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Bushnell's NEO XS, Tour Z6 JOLT, Pro X7 JOLT new for 2014
When it comes to locking in your yardages on the golf course, Bushnell GPS watches and rangefinders are a must for any golfer who takes his or her game seriously.
New for 2014, Bushnell has introduced the NEO XS GPS watch (MSRP: $199.99); Tour Z6 JOLT rangefinder (MSRP:$399.00); Pro X7 JOLT rangefinder (MSRP: $499.99); and Pro X7 Slope rangefinder (MSRP: $599.99).
The NEO XS features delivers even more benefits than the previous NEO X model with one button press such as shot distance, four hazards and round odometer, while providing over three rounds of battery life.
Additionally, when the product is functioning solely in watch mode, the battery can last 24 months without needing a recharge.The NEO XS is Bushnell's lightest and thinnest golf watch. It's simple to operate and comfortable to wear, giving golfer's easy-to-read front/back/center yardages on greens, hazard and shot distance measurements on over 33,000 preloaded courses with no membership fees.
The NEO XS Golf GPS watch is capable of instantly recognizing courses and has an auto hole advance feature which automatically changes from one hole to the next, meaning the user does not have to push another button the entire round. And while the golfer is out on the course, the odometer feature allows you to track distance, speed, and total activity time.
The NEO XS is available in three colors: Black/Yellow, Charcoal/Orange, White/Cobalt.
When a golfer aims the Bushnell Tour Z6 JOLT rangefinder at the flag, JOLT Technology will provide short vibrating bursts to reinforce that the company's advanced PinSeeker technology has isolated the target and locked onto the flag. The vibrating bursts provided by JOLT Technology eliminates any and all doubt and assures the golfer they have the exact distance to the flag.
Also new to the Tour Z6 JOLT is 2nd generation E.S.P (Extreme. Speed. Precision) Technology. 2nd Generation E.S.P. provides yardages five times faster and more accurately than ever before. Not only has the acquisition speed been increased to a lightning fast level, 2nd Generation E.S.P. provides 1/2-yard accuracy from 5-125 yards, and the distance is displayed to 1/10 of a yard.
Having more accurate laser distances enables the golfer to strategize and hit every approach shot with confidence.
The ultra-compact Tour Z6 JOLT also features Vivid Display Technology. Created specifically for Bushnell's premium rangefinders, this optical enhancement improves contrast, clarity and light transmission dramatically for enhanced use. The brightness of the digital readout information has also been increased, providing rapid and positive yardage acquisition in all lighting conditions.
The new Pro X7 JOLT also features JOLT Technology and Vivid Display Technology. The brightness of the digital display has been increased, providing rapid, positive identification in all lighting conditions.These enhancements are offered with four user adjustable intensity settings, allowing superior rangefinding performance for any golfer.
The Pro X7 JOLT also boasts E.S.P. technology.
Engineered for golfers who play competitively, the Pro X7 is legal for tournament play (all Bushnell laser rangefinder models, except the Bushnell Pro X7 Slope and Bushnell Tour v3 Slope are legal to use when USGA rule 14-3/.05 is in effect). The Pro X7 Slope has the same features as the Pro X7, plus Slope Technology that provides compensated distances based on elevation changes.
To learn more about these products and all of Bushnell's golf offerings, visit www.bushnellgolf.com.
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