Callaway LR550 Review
Introducing the Callaway LR550 laser rangefinder by Nikon. This golf rangefinder quickly and accurately measures distances to the the yardstick from up to 550 yards away. Under 100 yards the LR550 will also display distances broken up into fractions of yards.
This golf laser rangefinder also offers multiple range-finding modes for your leisure. The first target mode displays the range to the nearest target. This is useful when measuring the distance to a pin on the green with woods, bush or scrub in the background. The LR550 also has 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 etc.
The Callaway LR550 comes with a monocular magnification of 6x for crystal clear readings, multi-coated optics and long eye relief (with a folding rubber eye-cup for glass wearers). Also included is a built-in reticle and LCD display.
This laser rangefinder is slim, light and simple to use with one hand. It comes in a striking yellow or white body and a neoprene sport sleeve with a removable travel cover is included. It runs on a 3 volt lithium battery (included) and is water proof making it suitable for use in all sorts of conditions.
Product Features of the Callaway LR550
- Measures the pin or hazard from up to 550 yards
- +/- 1 yard accuracy
- Nikon’s First Target Priority mode
- Capable of distancing different targets in succession – for up to 8 seconds
- Built-in reticle and LCD display
- 6x monocular magnification with long eye relief
- Long Eye Relief and folding rubber eye-cup for glass-wearer easy viewing
- Runs on 3-volt lithium battery (included)
- Comes with matching neoprene sport sleeve
Product Specifications of the Callaway LR550
- Magnification: 6x
- Objective lens: 18mm
- Range: 550 yards
- Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.5 x 2.7 inches
- Battery type: 3 volt lithium
- Weight: 6.3 oz
- 550 yards to yard stick
- Under 100 yards will display distances broken up into fractions of yards
- Accuracy: +/- 1 yard
Callaway LR550 in Action!
Pros and Cons of the Callaway LR550
- Easy to use and accurate within +/- 1 yard
- Slim and light-weight
- Waterproof and durable
- Rubber eye-cup makes it easy to use for people who wear glasses
- Comes in a yellow or white body which makes it less likely to forget it on the ground or anywhere else
- Does not work well in foggy conditions (no fog mode)
- Need a very steady hand for longer distance measurements
- Battery cover may pop of if not fitted properly
Customer Reviews of the Callaway LR550
F. Mendez @ Amazon.com
“This range finder has been a joy and easy to use. The eight second active mode makes verifying the target a snap and the display is as easy to read as any range finder I’ve used. My friends recommendation of the yellow was spot on because it makes leaving it in the cart near impossible. Lastly the waterproof feature (only one in the price range I saw) allows you to not worry about those occasional showers. I recommend it to everyone I play with!”
Rob @ Amazon.com
“I bought this to replace a Bushnell 1600. This rangefinder blows the Bushnell out of the water.
At a course where the flag-sticks have prisms; any rangefinder will work. The true test is when you go to a course that doesn’t have the reflective prisms on the pins. I have never been unable to get an accurate reading with this rangefinder. I can not say that about the 3 different Bushnells I have used. The Callaways are far more accurate, by a long-shot. If you know your getting a laser rangefinder, get this one; you will be very pleased.
Still, in my opinion the best rangefinder I have ever used. The sweep function ensures I have an accurate reading every time, I get the number for something past the pin then I get the pin. More than once with my old Bushnell(s) I had pulled it out at a new course and on the first hole trusted my yardage; only to fly the ball 20 yards long… and later realize I had the distance to a tree behind the flag… because the pin didn’t have a prism and my Bushnell doesn’t like pins without prisms.
The only drawback is the battery cover seems like it could actually be knocked out accidentally. So, I bought a skin to go over it; which solved the problem and makes me feel better about that one time in the future it will definitely get dropped on a cart path.”