As one of the pioneers in driver technology, who would have thought Callaway would try their hand at becoming a thought leader in laser rangefinders? Well, with the Callaway 300 that is what hey have done!
In collaboration with their partner IZZO, Callaway have put together a compact rangefinder which ticks many boxes, and all for not a lot of money.
We reviewed the Callaway 300 Rangefinder as part of our Rangefinders Review. The Callaway 300 Rangefinder snuck into third place out of the 10 rangefinders we reviewed in 2017!
If you already own the Callaway 300 Rangefinder please feel free to leave your own review in the comments at the end of this article.
Callaway 300 Rangefinder
The first thing that will impress you about this rangefinder is its stylish looks. The Callaway 300 is small and looks great in its grey / white / black colour contrast. Is it the most sophisticated laser rangefinder you can find on the market? No. But it does the core job well (ie: aim and lock target accurately), and given its great usability, its light and compact design, and its very cost-effective price-tag, you probably won't be bothered about the lack of certain features. Overall, the Callaway 300 gets a thumbs-up from us.
Pros and Cons
- Stylish design and super light. Fits perfectly in a pocket, bag and in the hand
- It retails at a great price, offering fantastic value for money
- The Pin Acquisition Technology is really accurate – we found it was correct to 1 yard in fact
- It’s waterproof and get this, fogproof!
- It was slightly slower at locking targets than some other rangefinders we tested
- The casing could be sturdier
|Product Details||Callaway 300 Rangefinder Review|
|Launch RRP||From $279.00|
|Distance Range||1000 yards (300+ yards to flag)|
|Size||4.3 x 1.8 x 3.0 inches|
|Manufacturers Website||Callaway Golf|
Callaway 300 Rangefinder Detailed Review
Build Quality & Features
I didn’t exactly throw it around on the floor to test its durability. But my initial takeaway was that this is a well built, well-designed device.
The PAT mode is great too. We put it through its paces, testing it over and over again, and were really impressed with the consistent readings it churned out.
Also, sometimes when you have trees and dark objects in the background, it can be hard to focus and lock the flagstick in. No such problems with this device though.
It’s pretty easy to flick between measurement units, depending on your preference between yards and metres. In summary, it’s probably mid-range in terms of its features, and there are fancier rangefinders on the market.
But this one does what it says on the tin. And, to boot, the tin itself is stylish and wonderfully pleasing on the eye.
Size and Weight
The words ‘ergonomic design’ might not mean anything to everyone, but it’s a trend that we’re very much a fan of and Callaway have nailed it here.
This is a sleek, slim and trim build which will probably even fit into the palm of your child’s hand, let alone yours.
At 7.5 ounces, this isn’t in any way going to be a struggle to carry around with you, and the soft casing will allow you to fit it in even the most crowded of pockets. Trust me, they’ve got it spot on in this regard.
Ease of Use
It requires zero setup, for starters. Stick a battery into it, and you’re away! Once you’re out and about on the course, just press down the power button to display the yardage.
Hold the button down a little longer, the laser will enter scan mode, and then you’ll see distances popping up as you aim at the various objects through the lens.
You can also activate the PAT mode by tapping the Mode button (next to the power button). And if you fancy going metric, just tap the same button again and the units will change.
Value for Money
Again, we don’t advocate cheap as necessarily being value for money. But this rangefinder is priced at a slightly lower than average level, and delivers a user experience that easily exceeds this in a relative sense.
And that, my friends, IS value for money! It’s accurate, it’s compact and it’s easy on the eye – all for the very decent price!
If you’re after something that’s absolutely top of the range, maybe this isn’t for you. But failing that, there’s a lot to like about the Callaway 300 in terms of value.