You can easily switch modes on Bushnell 1600 Golf Rangefinder by going to settings with the help of the Power and the Mode button. If you have trouble getting the distance to the flag, then use the PinSeeker mode. Otherwise, you can use the Standard with Automatic Scan to lock onto objects as well.
How to Switch Modes on Bushnell 1600 Golf Rangefinder
When playing golf, you do not want to be guessing your distance from the flag! That will be very frustrating and not to mention very much inaccurate. That is why rangefinders are very important, as they help you determine the distance from your destination.
When it comes to golf rangefinders, Bushnell provides some of the finest and best ones in the market. Bushnell 1600 golf rangefinder is a laser rangefinder and its ranging accuracy is +/-1 yard. So, if you have this in hand, you will have a pretty accurate estimation of the distance.
Modes in Bushnell 1600 Golf Rangefinder
There are mainly two modes in Bushnell 1600 Golf Rangefinder which are PinSeeker and Standard with Automatic Scan modes. However, there is an additional mode in the 20-5106 model, which is the PinSeeker with Slope mode.
You need to turn on the unit first. To do that, press the Power button one time. Now you have to look through the eyepiece. Then you have to press the Mode Button very shortly and let go of it quickly.
It is quite common to face problems while getting distance from the flag. Because the rangefinder may target background objects like trees. But, PinSeeker mode helps you avoid this error.
You have to turn on the unit by pressing the Power Button. Now looking through the eyepiece, you have to point at the flag you want to distance to. Next, line up the aiming circle reticle with the flag. Then point the laser onto the flag by pressing and holding the Power button, until the flag indicator is surrounded by a circle.
Recognizing One Object
If there are no background objects in the path, the laser beam will recognize only one object which is the flag. If this happens then the distance will be shown on the LCD. However, no circle will surround the flag indicator.
Recognizing More Than One Object
The rangefinder may recognize background objects as well. In such a case, the flag indicator will be surrounded by a circle and the distance of the flag (closer object) will be displayed on the LCD. The circle indicates that more than one object has been recognized by the laser beam.
Standard with Automatic Scan
As the name suggests this mode automatically scans the whole area provides distances to multiple objects. Press down the Power button for about 3 seconds. Then browse the area object to object with the rangefinder while holding down the Power button.
This mode helps update the range and display very quickly as many objects or targets are recognized. The target distance range spans from 5 yards to about 1600 yards. This mode is mainly used when there are reflective targets.
PinSeeker Mode with Slope
This mode is only featured in the 20-5106 model. This contains an inclinometer based on an accelerometer. This mode helps determine the slope angle from -20 to +20 degrees of elevation. The accuracy range of this mode is +/- 1.0 degrees.
Once you are in this mode, get the distance of the target just like you would do in the PinSeeker mode. Once that is done, you need to press down on the Power button for about 2 seconds while keeping the aiming circle fixed on the flag. After releasing the Power button, the angle and range will be displayed down the distance.
How to Insert the Batteries in Bushnell 1600 Golf Rangefinder
Type of Battery
This rangefinder supports 9-volt Alkaline batteries. Do not try to use lithium batteries or other heavy-duty batteries. The rangefinder will not accept it. Thus it will not be able to function.
Inserting the Batteries
Firstly, you need to open the door over the battery slot by sliding it outwards. Then insert the battery in the correct position and slide the door to close it. If the door closes properly then your battery is in the correct position.
There are two ways through which you can know that your rangefinder needs a new pair of batteries. Firstly, through the blinking of the yard or meter indicator. And secondly from the sign “loB” on the display. If any of these happens then replace the old batteries with new 9-volt batteries.
How to Use Bushnell Tour V5 Shift
Bushnell has been making advancements with each of its rangefinders. Tour V5 Shift is their latest rangefinder which is filled with a lot of extra facilities. For example, these rangefinders have a magnet inside them so that you can easily stick them to a cart.
Switch from Slope to Non-slope or Yard to Meter
Switching modes from Slope to Non-Slope used to be an issue for the previous rangefinders. Because they required going through the settings and then changing them. But this rangefinder comes with a button with the letter B. This button lets you change from Slope to Non-slope by just sliding it.
Moreover, they have also added a button for switching from yard to meter or vice versa with just a press.
This technology helps the rangefinder to lock on the specific target. Rather than locking on to surrounding or closer objects, the V5 Shift can lock onto a pin with the help of jolt technology. After the target is locked you feel a slight vibration in your hands. Also, you will see a red ring on the lens.
Q: How do I change my rangefinder from meters to yards?
Ans: To get the liquid crystal segments and items display on the eyepiece, you need to hold down the Power button for about 5 seconds. The display will toggle between yard and meter as you depress the power button.
Q: Are Bushnell rangefinders worth it?
Ans: Yes, they definitely are if you play golf. Almost all golf players have come across Bushnell rangefinders once in their life because of their high quality and accuracy.
Q: Do you need a slope on a rangefinder for golf?
Ans: No, you necessarily do not need slope but it does come in handy. Though you cannot use a slope in tournament plays, this mode gives massive advantages during practice. It helps the player to understand the change of shot-making due to elevation change.
The Bushnell 1600 Golf Rangefinder is one of the best golf range finders that provides you with two very important and useful modes. However, both of them can make errors. As Bushnell V5 and V5 shift include the Jolt technology, so their calculations are much more accurate. However, this rangefinder has been around for a long time providing all facilities.