Callaway 200 Rangefinder
Once you decide to play golf and step on the course, the brand of Callaway subtly imposes its dominance wherever you go. It is one of the most prominent golf companies, game-changer in many aspects, a company that invests a huge amount of money, time and resources in developing new designs, new concepts, and new technologies. It is the first company that collaborated with Boeing to better understand and implement the laws of aerodynamics into their clubs and golf balls, and it is the first golf company that developed an artificial intelligence computer which developed one of the fastest drivers ever.
But, their designs do not stop with the golf equipment, as its impressive range of products spreads from golf gear, apparel, shoes and practically everything that is golf-related. It gives the impression that there’s nothing that Callaway can’t produce, and whatever they launch on the market is greeted with immediate acceptance leading to ultimate market success.
Talking about market success in the field of range finders, today we are analyzing Callaway 200, a budget-friendly, highly performing distance finder that has been a favorite among golfers thanks to its sleek design and optimal performance. Plus, it has a very affordable price tag that makes it an irresistible market offer, especially when you know that it has been made by such a prominent company.
Compact and lightweight
Pin Acquisition Technology locks onto the pin to up to 275 yards
6x magnification, LCD screen
5-800 yards range with accuracy with +/- 1-yard
Scan mode allows distance measurements of multiple objects
Waterproof and fog proof
Being aware of golfers’ preferences, Callway created an ultra-small rangefinder with an ergonomic design that fits perfectly in any hand size. It is about 20% smaller than their larger model, Callaway 300 and it weighs only 110g (3.9 oz) which makes it one of the lightest rangefinders on the market. The royal blue plastic cover with rough surface delivers good grip and prevents it from slipping, especially during wet conditions.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t get the measurements you need. On the contrary, you will get the distance to the target you are aiming to by pressing the black button that is positioned on the top of the rangefinder. This will bring up the crosshairs and then you need to point at the flag to bring up the meters or yards to the flag. It is basically operated with the same button for most of its functions.
Another useful feature is the scan mode which can deliver the distance to multiple targets such as greenside bunkers, trees or water hazards. It is also very easy to use this function. The only thing you need to do is to aim to the desired location, press and hold the black button for a few seconds until you see the measurement displayed on the screen.
Callaway claims that this distance finder is very accurate with a precision of +/- 1 yard which is nearly the optimum that most of the premium, high-end ones usually offer. The range you can seek target distances goes from 5 to 800 yards, however, as this is a basic model, the measurements of further distances tend to be unstable and it often takes several attempts before you get the definite measurement. This is on the con side, and even though it is not a disastrous feature, it can be frustrating sometimes, especially if you are about to hit par. Regarding the time it takes to deliver the distance, it seems to be fairly fast, although if you compare it with the top-performing ones there’s a lag for a second or two, which is even unnoticeable. All in all, the accuracy is decent with very acceptable speed rate.
Magnification and Optics
Callaway 200 features 6x magnification which is of the highest quality and which allows users to zoom in the targets and see better the most distant objects. This feature is very convenient when scanning the landscape, targeting the pin or acquiring multiple targets. It is also suitable for persons with impaired eyesight and who wear glasses. The zoom works with the help of the rotatable, rubber eyepiece positioned on the upper part of the device. So, what you need to do is basically point to a target, rotate the eyepiece for a clearer image and you will get the readings on the screen.
If you are not lucky enough to be living in the always sunny places in the world (which means more than 95% of the golfers out there), then there must be times when the weather conditions have been far from favorable, imposing the need of owning golf equipment and gear which can resist those inclement weather conditions.
Therefore, taking different weather and course circumstances into account, Callaway engineered this rangefinder with waterproof and fog proof features, which means golfers can freely use it during rain and fog. The high-quality optics that is integrated within its design won’t greatly deteriorate the quality of the images, and the accuracy to the targets. We have to mention, though, that golfers did experience multiples attempts to pick up the target accurately enough and slightly blurred images during heavy rain and dense fog, but we have to be honest that in such conditions, deterioration in quality is expected, bearing in mind that this device is of entry-level performance.
Regarding the batteries, it uses standard CR2 battery which can be easily replaced on the course for uninterrupted use throughout the pop-up handle which is fastened on the screw in the battery compartment. The initial purchase includes one CR2 battery. Also, the product comes with a one-year warranty, starting from the day of the purchase.
- Compact, lightweight and very convenient rangefinder that delivers measurements in meters and yards.
- Pin Acquisition Technology (P.A.T) enables it to lock onto the pin to up to 275 yards distance.
- Accurate distance measurements with +/- 1-yard accuracy and a range from 5 to 800 yards.
- The scan mode allows golfers to scan the landscape and to acquire distances to sand traps, water hazards, trees, and flags.
- 6 x magnification zoom and bright LCD display
- Waterproof and fog proof
Having said this, it is clear that even beginners, including teenagers and recreational golfers, can take advantage of possessing a rangefinder. Callaway 200, as one of the most basic types, represents a perfect choice for anyone who is still having second thoughts about whether or not to invest in buying such a device thanks to its budget price. It is a reliable product, made by one of the most prominent golf manufacturers and it comes with a year warranty.
In a nutshell, this is a rangefinder that delivers optimal performance and reliable service for a very competitive price coming from a premium brand.