Callaway LR550 Rangefinder, Yellow
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- Laser rangefinder designed to help golfers gauge distances on the course
- Quickly and accurately measures the pin or hazard from up to 550 yards
- First target mode displays range to nearest target amidst several options
- Built-in reticle and LCD display; 6x monocular with long eye relief
- Runs on 3-volt lithium battery (included); comes with matching neoprene sport sleeve
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Quick and accurate distance measurement up to 550 yards (500 meters) / Multiple Target capability / Waterproof
There's nothing quite as frustrating as hitting your club perfectly only to see the ball fall 30 yards short of the green. Enter the Callaway LR550 laser rangefinder, which quickly and accurately measures the yardstick from up to 550 yards away. The LR550, which comes in a striking yellow case, offers multiple range-finding modes for your convenience. The first target mode, for example, displays the range to the nearest target--useful when measuring the distance to a pin on the green with woods in the background. The rangefinder also boasts a continuous mode that ranges multiple targets in succession for up to eight seconds, so you can determine whether you have the right club to clear the sand trap or water hazard. Plus, targeting an object couldn't be easier thanks to the built-in reticle and LCD display, which combine to tell you when ranging is in progress.
The LR550 is also noteworthy from an optical perspective. The rangefinder's 6x monocular, for example, offers such features as multicoated optics, long eye relief (with a folding rubber eyecup for eyeglass wearers), and a waterproof, nitrogen-sealed housing. The LR550--which runs on a CR2 3-volt lithium battery (included)--comes with a carabiner for easy access and a matching yellow neoprene sport sleeve with a removable travel cover.
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Top Customer Reviews
The unit is light and easy to handle. It will fit in a reasonably big pocket. The colors make it easy to not forget it in the cart (though this also makes it conspicuous and easy for thieves to spot - be careful!). The eyepiece adjusts easily for a sharp view, and the unit is also handy as a 6x monocular on the course. With a little practice it is easy to use. I cannot hold it steady enough to get the crosshairs directly on the flag for a reading unless I'm within 100 yards. At larger distances you put the crosshairs on a reflective area on or near the green, depress the button, and then slowly sweep the crosshairs over the pin. (you have about 8 seconds of sweep readings). The numbers will change as you go over the flag and you have your reading. It doesn't hurt to double check with distance readings from other course markers.
This is a quality item that can increase your confidence that you have the right club, though it can't swing the club for you.
I've had a Golflogix GPS for about 3 years now, and have never been satisfied with it or the yearly price for keeping the maps updated. The smart phone apps that I have tried have been totally worthless. After seeing my friends using their rangefinders, I decided to try one. I know some rangefinders you have to be very steady & align your target with the reticle then push a button. NOT SO with the LR550. You push the power button once to turn on the reticle, then push it once more to put it in scan mode, and it scans anything & everything in the cross section of the reticle as you move over it including the FLAG, trees, bunkers,etc. It is fantastic!! As far as the working of this rangefinder goes, I would give more than 5 stars if I could.
I almost didn't consider getting this because of the Callaway name on it. I thought it was probably an over priced rangefinder with the Callaway name on it. I am so glad I read the reviews & purchased this rangefinder. It is actually made by Nikon. WARNING:do not buy one of the other Nikon 550's & expect it to perform well on the golf course. I'm told the LR550 is made for golf, and performs better than the regular (& cheaper) 550 rangefinders.
The reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because the manual that comes with it is very poor, and (per Kim's review) it doesn't sound like there is very good support for this product. I know I went to the Nikon web site to see about getting a better manual, and Nikon doesn't even have a manual for the LR550. So, shame on Callaway for putting their name of a product & not supporting it. Shame on Nikon for making a product with very poor support for it.
Nikon's first target scanning mode makes hitting the flagstick easier, but still requires focus to hit, like hitting a golf shot. If you have shaky hands, I would recommend GPS over laser for sheer ease-of-use and always available distances to multiple targets. Mind you don't get the to the pin accuracy of laser, but GPS gives continuous yardages from anywhere on the course.
Overall, GPS offers more features and is easiest to use. However, if you need accurate to the pin distances, then laser is your only option. Thanks to Nikon optics and technology, The Callaway laser rangefinder is one of the easiest and most accurate units available.
I've played 10 rounds with this and so far, it works great. I liked the white unit over the yellow, but didn't realize the chevron logo on the neoprene case is made from rhinestones. Bling! -[...]
Sent the LR550 to Nikon on 10/18/11, recieved email from Nikon on 10/25/11 stating they would fix for free. To my surprise I recieved a new LR550 on 11/8/11. I am well pleased at the way Nikon handled this, hopefully the new product is not as fragile.