The Callaway ECLIPSE (manufactured and supported by IZZO) offers yet another new form factor to the range available for golf GPS devices. We are struggling, however, to figure out the target market for the Callaway ECLIPSE. You can clip the device to your belt or bag, and then quickly detach it and carry it in your pocket. Um, or you could simply get a dedicated handheld or a watch and call it a day.
If you do require this versatility, well…please leave a comment below letting us know why you like it so much. After that, head out and enjoy the 30,000+ preloaded courses, and (fixed, unfortunately) front, center and back or green distances, as well as distances to hazards and doglegs. The ECLIPSE also includes scoring features, putts and GIR tracking. It’s straightforward and may be all that many need, but the the price is on the high side for what it offers, and we think the ECLISPE is going to have tough sledding against comparatively priced dedicated handheld units as well as the increasing number of golf watches available.
Retail price: $199.99
Three year cost: $199.99
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This device appealed to my wife because she finds all the gps watches too large and cumbersome for her small wrist and hand. The handhelds are too large for her to try to keep in a pocket and inconvenient to keep in one of the pouches of her golf bag. The eclipse allows her to either clip it to a belt loop or simply onto the outside of her bag where it’s quick and easy to access.
I just got this unit for $75. I don’t want a watch gps, so this is exactly what I wanted. I can hang it on my bag and take a glance at it when I get out of the cart to get my yardage quickly. I have a course that I know is not mapped correctly on other units, so when I got to that hole, I checked the numbers and they were wrong. After the round, I went online and found the phone number for support and called. I reported the problem to the Callaway representative who answered the phone and he made the changes to the map while we were on the phone talking! He told me the changes were done and I could go out and get the new course updates immediately! That’s great customer service!! It does take awhile to download the updates since you can’t choose which course updates you want (it just updates them all), but you can set it to update and walk away and come back later to an updated unit. It is VERY easy to update, unlike my old SkyCaddie. Overall, I’m very pleased with the purchase!
Pros: Easy to use and Easy to Update, Great Customer Support, Clips on Bag for easy visibility
Cons: The way you connect the charging cable is goofy. I don’t know why they didn’t use a regular mini-usb port. Perhaps the new version of the Eclipse coming out in near future will have a better charging port.
I also got it for around $75. At that price, it’s great. Battery lasts two rounds. Numbers are large and easy to read. I have used a Bushnell laser range finder for years, but this little guy is faster by far, and speeding up play is always good. I agree with Texas Wedge below–the only negative thing is the recharging unit which requires close attention to get the alignment right.
Purchased my Eclipse Nov of 2016. Just had my first opportunity to use it yesterday because of medical issues. What a piece of junk !!! Every hole shows as a par 25 and every hole shows inaccurate yardage. Even after I teed off, it showed 425 yards to the flag on a 330 yard hole. The course update utility does not work and it says not to try and update the firmware. Anyone else have these issues and, if yes, were you able to resolve the problems or did you just throw the GPS in the trash?”