Technology. Isn’t it amazing? With your smartphone and a simple attachment, you can now get a complete analysis of your own golf swing, including club head speed, club head angles, backswing angles, body rotation, and more. You can even compare your swing to that of PGA tour professionals! These devices are far from perfect yet, but can definitely help the average hacker hit a bit farther and straighter. If you want to improve your swing, and don’t feel like hiring an expensive coach/instructor, then you should definitely check some of these devices out.
The 5 Best Golf Swing Analyzer Devices:
The Zepp Golf 3D Training System is easily one of the best swing analysis systems on the market. The system is a combination of a small sensor that is attached to your glove, and a free mobile app (Android, or iOS). The sensor connects with your smartphone/tablet device via Bluetooth, so you don’t need to be on a wireless network. As you swing, the sensor will record thousands of data points along your swing path to help you find out where you need to improve. The app will then display a 3D-model of your swing, so you can analyze it from every angle (360 degrees). You will visually see your club plane, club path, and hand path. The app will also calculate your swing speed, swing tempo, and backswing angle. You can also compare your scores to various professionals, and save your history, so you can track your improvement over time.
The Zepp Golf sensor is very small and lightweight, so you won’t notice it while playing. It is also very reasonably priced, and is our choice as the best golf swing analyzer system on the market!
Check out the Zepp Golf commercial below:
If you want to save some money, check out the older version: Zepp GolfSense Swing Analayzer
The newcomer to the swing analyzer market is the Golf Replay system from Blast Motion. It was awarded as one of the “Best of 2016 PGA Show” by Golf Digest, and is supported by numerous players on tour.
The Blast Motion Golf Replay is incredibly easy to use. You simply attach the sensor to the end of your club, and connect it to your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth. The system will automatically start to analyze your swing without the need for any complicated setup. It will record swing metrics including backswing time, downswing time, tempo, speed, and numerous other useful metrics.
Unlike most other devices, not only does Blast Golf Replay help you analyze your swing for drivers, irons and wedges, it also helps you analyze your putting stroke!
One of the coolest features of the Blast Motion Golf Replay system is its video recording app. Just record a video of your swing using the app, and it will automatically overlay your swing metrics (speed, loft, rotation, etc.) on the video to create your own highlight film. The metrics will appear in sync with your swing, and you can replay it over and over in slow motion. Using the apps built in social media sharing, you can quickly show off your swing improvements to your friends via Facebook, Twitter, etc.
The one major downside of the Blast Motion system is that it is only compatible with a limited number of devices. This is especially true for Android phones (see full list of compatible devices here). Iron and wedge swing analysis is also only currently available for iOS devices.
Check out the promo video for Blast Motion Golf Replay below:
SwingTIP — made by the fellas at Mobicoach — is one of the cheaper and more popular swing analyzer systems on the market. The motion-sensing device clips onto the shaft of your golf club, and connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. SwingTip will analyze your swing across five main points: address, takeaway, top-of-swing, downswing, and impact. You can get a 3D-animation of your swing, as well as a video recording with stats like clubhead speed and swing speed, swing tempo, angles, and more.
The unique feature of the SwingTIP system is its integration with Mobicoach’s remote coaching service. After you record your swing with SwingTip, you can upload your swing to the Mobicoach website, and receive live feedback and instructions from real golf coaches around the world! (This feature currently available for iOS only)
SwingTip is not without its flaws. The device does not work well with left-handed swingers, and the company seems to have some quality control issues with their manufacturer. Many customers have received faulty devices that have weak battery life or don’t record your swing reliably. Mobicoach does provide excellent customer service, so if you receive a faulty product, just make sure you contact them and they will send you a new device.
Overall, SwingTIP is solid entry level swing analyzer system, and is very budget friendly, currently costing around $80 (on Amazon)
SkyCaddie SkyPro Golf Swing Analyzer (iOS only)
SkyPro Swing Analyzer is made by the same company that makes the popular SkyCaddie GPS devices. The lightweight sensor attaches to the shaft of your club (just below the grip), and connects wirelessly to your iOS device (version 7.0+) via Bluetooth. The device should fit almost all shaft sizes, and will help you track every club in your bag (including putter). The SkyPro will track your clubhead speed, swing path, club rotation, face angle, swing plane, shaft lean at address and impact, tempo, and more.
TheSkyPro has the best golf swing analyzer graphics and animations. The detailed 3D-models allow you to playback your swing in multiple speeds (real-time, half-time, quarter-time, pause), and also gives you mulitple viewing angles (including zoom-in). You can also compare your past swings to see what changed in your swing.
The SkyPro will also backup all your swings online, so you never have to worry about losing your swing history.
The main drawback of the SkyPro is that it does not come with detailed instructions, so it can be complicated and frustrating to initially setup. It is also slightly higher priced than most golf swing analyzers, and is currently available for iOS (iPhone, iPad, etc.) and Android users.
3Bays markets itself has the lightest golf swing analyzer in the world (0.33 oz.). This is useful, since the club will feel the same when you swing with or without the device attached. The 3Bays device fits onto the butt end of your club instead of the shaft. This should also help keep the club feeling the same whether you swing with or without the device attached.
As you swing, the device will captures up to 10,000 data points along your swingpath, which is then transmitted wirelessly (via Bluetooth) to your device. You can view an extremely detailed animated version of your swing plane from the side or front, and also view numerous swing metrics like club head speed, face angle, tempo, down swing time, back swing time, impact force, ball speed, carry distance, and consistency. Viewing just metrics alone is not very useful, so 3Bays gives you the ability to compare your swing to your own past swings, as well as those of various PGA/LPGA professionals.
Overall the 3Bays is very reliable, lightweight, and accurate swing analyzer. For just over $150, it is also a good value buy. Note that the 3Bays device is only meant for adults sized clubs, and will probably not work or fit with child-sized/smaller clubs.
There are seperate versions of the 3Bays Golf Swing Analyzer for iOS and Android, so make sure you pick the correct one!
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