Published on May 29th, 2013 | by Greg
SwingTIP: Analyze Your Golf Game
Father’s Day is coming up, and we’re prepared to spend some time with dad on the course. If you have a significant other, spouse, or mentor that plays a lot of golf, then you know how much they love interesting new gadgets and gear to show off on the green. But outside of the clubhouse, unless you’re hiring a pro for lessons, it can be hard to get the feedback you need to really improve. The best set of clubs out there won’t much help someone who can’t use them.
That’s where the SwingTIP Wireless Golf Swing Analyzer steps in. It’s one of the best golf inventions to come along in quite awhile, since it should work regardless of how good you are, where you play, or what sort of clubs you use. Simply clip the holster onto your club, then slide in the small wireless sensor. It weighs less than an ounce, so it won’t affect your swing. After the unit is charged (it takes about an hour), you simply setup the app on your iOS or Android device and connect the sensor via Bluetooth. We tried it with a few smartphones; the app is freely available on the appropriate stores but requires the sensor to work.
We tried the SwingTIP both inside on a “simulator” during practice, and then out on a driving range in the nearby Chelsea Piers. Our simulator consists of little more than a net, but it’s actually the best place perhaps to fine-tune your swing. One important note- it won’t work if you’re not actually hitting a ball, something we didn’t know about at first. The claim: that the device delivers the “ultimate interactive and visual learning experience showing you what happened, why it happened and how to fix it”. The results won’t have us on the PGA tour anytime soon, but we did notice a remarkable improvement, thanks to the simple and straightforward suggestions and visual replays. There’s cute visual modeling that felt fairly accurate from multiple viewpoints, even if we tried left-handed, and the sensor automatically adjusts for wood, iron, or drivers. The clamp might not fit all clubs, though, and we did find that we needed to re-secure the holster every so often.
Battery life is OK (rated at 200 swings or so), and while we did face a couple of random issues with seeming inaccuracies, they were fixed when we changed the location of the sensor slightly and re-aligned properly. Beyond the six types of data available for each swing, there are plenty of tutorials on the app as well. We liked the data displays- everything is intuitive and thoughtfully laid out. And you can upload everything to the cloud for later analysis, or just to impress your co-workers with your swing tempo and speed. A couple of nifty features are iOS-only at the moment, like an automatic video capture mode that we didn’t try out much of, but also the ProView analysis, which looks at nine swing aspects: lie angle at address, takeaway, top of backswing plane, downswing plane, power load/backswing length, power store/release point, power at impact, transition and arc of swing. It turns out, there’s a whole lot of little things you can do to fix your swing, and practice is really the only way to build that muscle memory properly.
Golf lovers will definitely enjoy the SwingTIP, available now online and in stores for around $130. It isn’t quite a magic bullet- but it is a great way to improve your swing!