I haven’t hit a golf ball since last July, so I’ll be keen to know my numbers as soon as I’m back out again.
Another point of interest will be the progression of swing metrics (ball & club speed, carry and total distances) from the first day on.
Of course, I’ll also have to have a way to compare between the Classic Golf Swing model and the slightly different Post-Modern Golf Swing model or Shift & Post, whatever you wish to call it.
That said, I don’t have the time nor the inclination to be fighting for session spots at what will likely be heavily booked and backed up testing facilities (some places are already booked until months from now).
The relevant numbers for me, crucially, are:
- Ball Speed
- Club Impact Speed
- Launch Angle
- Carry Distance
- Total Yardage
So, I’ve decided to spring for a portable launch monitor, which will be a change for me as I’ve always relied on ball flight, shape and eyeball distance or laser-measured target flags when working on my own swing.
Now, I have always run my blogs with my readers basically taking me at my word when it comes to swing models and what I say can be done with the proper way to swing.
For that, I am profoundly grateful, as I wasn’t forced to prove my numbers any more than what I reported from time to time when I’d visit a facility to get metrics and hard numbers.
Being primarily concerned with converting people from the horrific Modern Golf Swing principles, I was able to convince many people simply by showing my swing, pointing out and featuring the swings of the Classic Golf Swing era’s greatest swingers and encouraging them to give Classic principles a go for themselves.
For those already swinging in the Classic method, it was a matter of pointing out optimal stance and mechanical principles to improve their own motion.
I was also in those years more focused on modeling and the particulars involved in this endeavor than on giving hard numbers – of course, anyone with whom I spent time was always free to report in the comments exactly how far and straight I could send it – but now comes another facet to this journey – the metrics.
After doing some research, I settled on the SC300i portable launch monitor from Voice Caddie**, which seems to be the greatest fit for what I intend to work on and report this coming season:
**Disclaimer: I am not involved with nor do I receive any compensation from Voice Caddie, I’ve simply decided on this product and here’s why:
It’s the most accurate portable launch monitor when compared to the FlightScope and Trackman launch monitors which will set you back the price of a new sedan, and that was basically my biggest selling point.
It works on Doppler radar technology so the ball speed, club speed and Smash Factor numbers it provided in the demo reviews I watched on YouTube were spot on when compared to the biggies.
Additionally, the carry and total distance yardages were well within range, varying less than 3%.
The difference in yards is within 3% then you’re talking a variance of less than 10 yards on 300 yards and within 12 yards on say 350 yards – and that was the greatest variance, because many of the yardages between the SC300i and the biggies were virtually identical.
The only thing that varied more than a smidgen, really, was the spin rate, but that won’t be a very big factor in my work even if they are a tad off from the very expensive launch monitors.
I already have very good spin and attack angle numbers with a driver as indicated in the yellow circled number and right-most green circle below:
So I won’t likely suffer greatly from not knowing exact written-in-stone spin rates on every ball struck – I’ll of course be visiting the testing facilities if and when I’m able to book them when I wish to, so I’ll be able to see what’s up there, but rough spin numbers will suffice for now.
There were other devices that give metrics I really would have loved – one of the devices gives club path, which is a concern if someone is not coming inside-out into impact, but that won’t be a concern for me either.
As for attack angle, also not a concern for me, not to mention I’ll know my attack angle is positive by looking at Launch Angle numbers for driver.
Another feature I’d have loved to have would be the flight shape, which a different device offered. But again, you can see flight with the eye and the only reason to have that feature would be for the “coolness factor” when posting video online.
Both of those other devices however fell short of the SC300i which is really the most accurate in providing numbers and that’s the game, for me.
When I think of what I was able to do with the golf swing flying blind for the most part, and that now I’ll have data to analyze every trip out to work on and test the models at which I’ll be looking (the Classic, Post-Modern & traditional Long Drive), this is a big step.
I can also likely download an app somewhere that will get me the “cool factor” down-the-line tracers on video, and if I can pair that on my iPhone with the actual SC300i numbers, then we’ll really be cooking.
I will with any luck be back out and hitting balls within the next month – the preparations continue!