Callaway Rangefinder Reviews – Find The One That Suits Your Needs

To enhance your golfing experience and lower your scores you will quickly realize the benefit of having a rangefinder to provide accurate distance to within ½ yard rather than guessing where the flag is positioned and how far it is from the middle of the green as you would have to with a GPS device.

Having an accurate distance available makes club selection much easier especially if you are in between clubs or undecided.

I have frequently played golf on a course with many a slope and had to guess the distance when taking the slope into consideration. However, most rangefinders come with a slope option to provide accurate distances to the flag, and the length that it plays considering the slope.

The Callaway series of rangefinders contains one that will suit nearly all golfers irrespective of your budget or requirements.

In this piece, we will look at some of the most popular Callaway rangefinders available.

Callaway Rangefinder Reviews

1. Callaway Tour S Rangefinder

The Callaway Tour S stands head and shoulders above the other rangefinders in the Callaway range, in features as well as price. It is priced at nearly double the price of the less expensive EZ Laser.

Key Features:

  • 7x Magnification is higher than any other Callaway rangefinder
  • The maximum range is 1,200 yards, far superior to other Callaway rangefinders
  • Prism mode use reflections for exact measurements to the flag making the Tour S accurate to with ½ yard. This is ½ yard more accurate than specifications on other Callaway rangefinders
  • Slope functionality provides actual distance and “playing” distance. It can be turned off for competition making it legal.
  • The Scan mode can lock onto multiple targets simultaneously
  • High-resolution OLED Red display
  • The Sure-Grip design makes it easy to hold in your hand
  • Larger than the 300 Pro and weighs in at a solid 12.3 ounces providing a feel of real quality
  • The Tour S is the most expensive laser rangefinder in the Callaway range
  • Measures in yards or meters
  • Water/Fog resistant
  • Premium molded hard carry case comes as standard

2. Callaway 300 Pro Laser Rangefinder

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Fog proof
  • Excellent optics
  • Slope measurement can be turned on and off
  • Legal for tournament play
  • Ease of use
  • Accurate to within +- 1 yard
  • Emits a “chirpy” sound when locked onto the pin

Cons

  • Carry case appears to be cheap
  • Prone to pick up objects beyond the flag and provide incorrect measurement

The Callaway 300 Pro Laser is priced at the lower end of the scale and is one of the most respected rangefinders available on the market.

The release of the 2021 version of the Callaway 300 Pro Laser Rangefinder still delivers all the distance measurement features as the previous version, but with a few additional functionalities.

Key Features:

  • A.T. (Pin Acquisition Technology) with Pulse Technology™ comes standard. This technology sends a short vibrating “burst” when locked onto the pin. The Callaway 300 locks onto the pin up to 300 yards away compared to the 200 that maxed out at 275 yards.
  • Rather than searching in your bag every time you want to use your rangefinder, the new Callaway 300 Pro Laser now features Magnahold™. This provides a powerful integrated magnet that enables you to securely attach the unit to the cart frame for quick and convenient access during play.
  • The Slope feature is of great assistance when playing a course that slopes. However, it is not legal to use in competitions. Callaway 300 Pro Laser comes with a toggle enabling you to switch the sloping function off.
  • The maximum Measurement Range is 1000 yards compared to the 800m on a Callaway 200.
  • 6x magnification
  • Select measurements in Yards or Meters.
  • Accurate to within +/– 1 Yard.
  • Scene mode allows you to lock onto multiple targets at one time and eliminate unnecessary objects.
  • Birdie mode produces a ‘chirping’ noise when locked onto the pin.
  • The LCD Screen is easy to read even in bright sunlight and it displays all relevant information.
  • Inclement weather is not a problem since the Callaway 300 is water and fog-proof.
  • Slope technology enables the Callaway 300 Pro Laser rangefinder to measure the angle of incline/decline and calculate the slope-adjusted distance.

3. 2019 Callaway 200S

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Fog proof
  • Slope measurement can be turned on and off
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Legal for tournament play
  • Accurate to within +- 1 yard

Cons

  • The maximum range is less than the 300 Pro Laser
  • Pin lock-on is shorter than the 300 Pro Laser

The 2019 Callaway 200s comes with some of the features that can be found on the Callaway 300 Pro laser although the maximum range to take a reading is shorter as is the lock onto the pin.

Key Features:

  • It is 20% smaller and weighs in at a mere 3.9 ounces making it lighter and more compact than the Callaway 300 Pro Laser
  • Slope functionality can be disabled
  • A.T. (Pin Acquisition Technology) has a maximum range of 275 yard
  • The maximum range for 6X magnification is 800 yards
  • Scan landscape to acquire multiple targets
  • Measure in Yards or Meters
  • Accurate to within + – 1 Yard
  • Water and fog proof
  • Target acquisition is slower than rangefinders that compete in the top end of the price spectrum.
  • The Rangefinder is a bit slower than the higher-priced rangefinders, but this is to be expected at the price point.
  • It is budget-friendly and is the least expensive rangefinder in the Callaway range.
  • Power is provided by a CR2 battery

4. Callaway 250+ Laser Rangefinder

Pros

  • Small and compact
  • Magnahold for easy access
  • 6X magnification
  • Accurate to within 1 yard

Cons

  • Some reviewers have experienced problems with the durability of the device. This should be resolved under Callaway’s warranty
  • Some golfers reported a lack of accuracy

The Callaway 250+ Laser Rangefinder is a sleek, compact design and priced competitively compared to the 300 Pro Laser rangefinder.

As with most other Callaway rangefinders, the 250+ now features Callaway’s Pin Acquisition Technology (P.A.T.) with Pulse Technology. This technology provides feedback via vibration when locked onto the pin. The maximum range to lock onto a pin is 300 yards.

Key Features:

  • Slope Technology is standard on the 250+ Laser rangefinder and can be turned off for tournament play.
  • A.T. with Pulse Technology locks on to the pin up to 300 yards away
  • An ultra-compact, lightweight device
  • Magnahold with integrated magnets for storage on metal surfaces such as the frame of a golf cart
  • Scan landscape to acquire multiple targets
  • 6X Magnification up to 950 yards
  • Measure in yards or meters
  • Accurate to within + – 1 Yard
  • Water/Fog resistant
  • Legal for tournament play
  • Premium molded hard carrying case

5. Callaway EZ Laser Rangefinder

Pros

  • Stabilizes picture when your hands are shaky
  • The rangefinder is sturdy and durable
  • Easy to hold with the hand strap
  • A molded case for protection
  • Exterior display

Cons

  • Heavier than some other Callaway rangefinders
  • The maximum distance to pin lock is shorter than the 300 Pro Laser rangefinder

Callaway’s EZ Scan is a top-quality, easy-to-use rangefinder near the top-end of the Callaway range of rangefinders.

What sets the Callaway EZ laser apart from its stablemates is the complete easy to use package. Press the “EZ Button”, scan across the flagstick, and accurate distances magically appear on the interior display and can be read on the exterior LCD.

Key Features:

  • EZ Mode is used to acquire the flagstick with a press of a button
  • The EZ Scan provides both internal and external reading on the exterior LCD.
  • Scan mode can lock in multiple targets at once
  • A.T. (Pin Acquisition Technology) – lock on to the pin up to 275 yards away
  • The maximum range for accurate measurement is up to 800 yards
  • The EZ Scan comes standard with a CVR V3 Battery
  • For protection purposes, the molded carry case is standard as is the hand strap to secure the rangefinder when taking measurements.
  • Magnahold enables you to attach the rangefinder to the frame of the cart for easy access.
  • The EZ Scan is larger than both the 300 Pro and the 200s and is more solid weighing in at a solid 12.8 ounces
  • Scan landscape to acquire multiple targets
  • 5X Magnification as opposed to 6X magnification on then Callaway 300 Pro Laser rangefinder
  • Measure in Yards or Meters
  • Accurate to within + – 1 Yard
  • Built-in hand support strap minimizes shaking
  • Water/Fog resistant
  • Comes standard with a premium molded hard carrying case

6. Callaway Hybrid Golf Rangefinder

Pros

  • GPS and laser functionality
  • Lightweight and compact
  • 38,000 preloaded courses
  • Easy to navigate menu

Cons

  • Low battery life for power-hungry GPS

The most innovative offering from the Callaway range is the Callaway Hybrid Golf Rangefinder that combines GPS and Laser rangefinder technology. This combination offers the best of both worlds when it comes to precision and accuracy.

Callaway Hybrid Golf Rangefinder is small and compact weighing in at a mere 7.7 ounces measuring 3.5 inches X 1.5 inches X 3 inches to fit comfortably in your pocket.

Power is supplied to the laser through a CVR 3V battery that can be replaced under the easy to open the battery cover and the GPS unit can be charged using a USB cable.

The maximum range of the laser is 950 yards with 6X magnification and 300-yard pin lock technology.

There are 38,000 courses preloaded on the GPS unit. No subscription is required to access the courses or any add-ons that come standard with the Callaway Hybrid Golf Rangefinder

The GPS provides distances to the front, middle, and back of the green to cross-reference to the laser and have accurate information making club selection and shot-shaping much easier.

GPS measurements are displayed in the mall 18×18 mm GPS screen below the viewfinder.

Navigating your way through the menu is straightforward with four buttons, two on either side. The right-hand buttons allow you to scroll up and down on the menu and select the option with your left hand.

It can display distance information of two hazards at a time and then allows you to scroll onto more hazards.

Safe storage is provided by the soft carry case with a magnetic clasp under the flap. The case has a loop where you can tie a strap to attach it to your bag.

The power-hungry GPS would struggle to make 36 holes in a day without a recharge, but the laser is expected to last longer.

Final Thoughts

There is a Callaway rangefinder that will suit your budget and requirements.

The Callaway Tour S Laser Rangefinder is ideal for a golfer who is serious about achieving the lowest score possible and requires a light and compact rangefinder that provides accurate and reliable data. The Callaway Tour S Laser Rangefinder faces stiff competition in this market segment.

The Callaway 300 Pro is ideal for golfers that require a budget-friendly yet quality rangefinder. It provides more technology and features than its predecessor, the Callaway 200S rangefinder. This is a serious contender in the price category.

The EZ scan is not the best in the Callaway range and is ideal for the less tech-savvy golfer that requires the rangefinder to stabilize a shaky hand. One press technology and a mounting strap make it easy to hold, point, and shoot. The LCD screen makes it easier to access the information.

The Callaway Hybrid offers the best of laser and GPS technology combined allowing you to accurately find your distance with the laser and then cross-check it with the GPS. You need to be accurate to benefit from the preciseness offered by the Hybrid.

Our selection for the best Callaway rangefinder is the Callaway Tour S with its 7X magnification, accuracy to within ½ yard, high-resolution OLED Red display, and Sure-Grip design.

Your feedback on your experience with Callaway rangefinders will be much appreciated in the comments section below.

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