Different rangefinders have different techniques to change the unit. However, in most cases, you have to go back to some sort of selection menu and select the desired unit.
How to Change From Metric to Standard?
Manufacturers tend to program their rangefinders to show the result in yards. This, most of the time is the default setting. But golfers often need to use the meter. This switching back and forth creates a dilemma. Luckily, this can be solved quite easily.
This problem is pitched up in the golfer forums often. By reading the answers from those forums, you may presume a particular method is the right one. But that method may not work for your device. In that case, going through the user manual for your range finder seems a good idea. Of course, only if you have enough time and patience!
In this article, we haven’t presented a specific method as a lifesaver. Rather we have chosen some of the popular models and described the procedure for that. This will save you from the hassle of going through the user manual.
Bushnell YARDAGE PRO LEGEND
Most probably this is the only rangefinder that can even float if dropped into the water. This is something that Bushnell claims. Apart from being fully waterproof, Yardage Pro is one of the most advanced range finders up for sale.
Just like most other rangefinders, you can change the unit of measurement. To do so, you just need to press the ‘Mode’ button for more than 2 seconds. (Mode selection button is on the left side, underneath the logo)
While pressing the Mode selection button, look through the monocular. If you can see ‘M’, that means the unit is in the meter. If you see ‘YD’, it means the opposite. However, it has to be mentioned that the rangefinder will always turn on with the setting that has been entered during previous use.
Bushnell TOUR V4
Bushnell TOUR V4 is one of the few widely lauded rangefinders in the current market. It has a SLOPE feature that can become quite handy. However, the process of selecting the unit of measurement in this unit is not as easy as the Yardage Pro.
To change the unit of measurement, you need to wait for the rangefinder to be fully off. Then press the Power/Fire button to turn on the device. You have to hold that button to enter the desired setting.
As long as you are pressing that power button, the display will show different settings regarding the unit and slope function. When you see a + sign with ‘Y’, it means the unit is the yard and the slope function is ON. + Sign with ‘M’ denotes the same thing but in meters. However, only ‘Y’ or ‘M’ means the slope feature is off and the unit is in the yard and meters respectively.
Bushnell TOUR V3
Tour V3 is almost similar to Tour V4. Consequently, the process of changing the unit is the same. You need to turn off the device in order to make such a change. Once it is completely off, press and hold the power button for about 5 seconds.
Then the display will serially show different modes. Press the power button again to confirm your preference. Just like V4, in this device ‘Y’ and ‘M’ indicates yards and meters respectively.
Bushnell Hybrid GPS
This is one of the well-equipped range finders in the market right now. Its hybrid features that combine laser technology with GPS are interesting. In short, this device is a combination of new tech, quality, and durability.
However, like most other rangefinders it has the basic feature to change the unit of measurement from meters to yards or vice versa. To do so, the unit needs to be completely powered off at first. Then press and hold the power button. In this case, you may need to hold the button for about 7 seconds.
On the display, you can see that the device is going through different options. When you see your preferred unit being displayed, release that button. This will change the unit of measurement accordingly.
Precision Pro NX2
Golfers place Precision Pro NX2 in their all-time favorite list. This is one of the best non-slope range finders that are also budget-friendly. However, it doesn’t compromise with any necessary feature.
To select the preferred unit of measurement, you need to press and hold the ‘mode selector’ for a couple of seconds. As usual, this device will also indicate yards as ‘Y’ and meters as ‘M’.
Just like every other feature in the Callaway 200s, changing the unit of measurement is not a big deal. You need to power on the device and press the ‘Mode’ button for approximately 1 second. The device will automatically toggle between ‘Y’ (yard) and ‘M’ (meter). Simply release (let off) the button when you have selected your preferred setting.
Leupold 119088 GX-4i2
This is one of the high-precision rangefinders that golfers use. As it can take a series of parameters as input to do any calculation, it can be slightly difficult to switch between the units of measurement.
Anyways, at first turn on the device. Press the ‘Mode’ button for about 1 second. This will let you enter the ‘Quick set up’ menu. Then, you have to press and release the Mode button a couple of times until it flashes ‘Set Up’ in the display.
Simultaneously, the word ‘Unit’ will steadily be shown at the lower section of the display. At this point, you have to press the Power button to toggle between ‘YD’ (yard) and ‘M’ (meter). Then wait about 30 seconds until the device turns off automatically. You can also press the ‘Mode’ button for a couple of seconds to save the settings.
Q: Are ‘standard unit’ and meter the same?
Ans: Yes! Meter is considered to be the ‘standard unit’ of measuring any distance. While the yard is used in the imperial and US customary system.
Q: Does changing settings in a rangefinder consume a lot of power?
Ans: The most common power source of rangefinders is a battery. Rangefinders are calibrated in such a way that they consume minimum energy. Toggling between any settings won’t consume much battery.
As you can see, different models follow different methods to toggle the unit of measurement. Obviously, you cannot force your rangefinder to follow the similar pattern that a random guy from a random forum has told! Hopefully, now you have learned the correct procedure for your device.