Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Different Types of Golf Analyzers

There are many types of Golf Analyzers out there...

Club Analysis:
Systems like the Optishot, P3ProSwing measure what your club is doing. They measure analytics such as swing path, face angle, club head speed and more. From these analytics, calculations on ball flight can be made and shown on a computer screen or projected onto an impact screen for full simulation.

Ball Analysis:
Here is where it gets complicated. There are systems out there like AccuSport, Foresight Sports, Full Swing Golf and more that measure different aspects of the ball such as spin, velocity and most importantly launch angle. The complicated part is that some measure all and some only minor and they can be difficult to setup. These systems are great for clubfitting and can be great for basic golf simulation. The launch angle and spin can really help you hone in on your game if you are a low handicap golfer.

Club & Ball Analysis:
Some systems like the Golf Achiever, GolfTek, Sports Coach, About Golf and others can measure both the club and the ball. These systems give you the benefits of both analytics, but tend to be more expensive than the others. Sports Coach's new 3D High Speed Camera system is really cool, as it allows you to hit off of almost any surface, is easy to setup and only costs about $11k for the cameras and software. This may still be a little high for most golfers who just want to improve at home.

Video Analysis:
There are really simple software systems that work off of basic web cameras and there are complex ones that rely on high quality video cameras. The software can then be as basic as showing your swing, others that you can draw lines on and even ones that you can overlay your swing on top of pros like Tiger Woods. I am not an expert in this field but if you Google it, you can find some great systems out there. PS the P3Pro includes a video capture option for up to two cameras at once (this makes it a great learning tool as you can combine it with the analytics and simulation all on one screen!)

Body Analytics:
Systems such as the K-Vest measure what your body is doing - a very cool concept but not something most people can afford for their home. Some pro shops and instructors will offer this to their clients to get even further analysis on what the golfer's body is doing. There is also plate analytics to measure the weight variations between your feet as your body moves during the swing.

OK, so that seems like a long winded explanation, but it really just scratches the surface. If you want more information or need help finding a system that is right for you, feel free to contact me.

Keep Your Eye on the Ball,
Cory Gauvreau, Par2Pro

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Which Virtual Golf System is Right For You?

Hey All,

My specialty is golf simulators & swing analyzers. I have had years of experience and have done tonnes of research.

There are multiple systems out there with several different technologies. The three best systems (in each price category) are the Dancin' Dogg at $450 CDN (for basic portable use, no real simulation), the P3ProSwing at $1,250 CDN (my personal favorite as it is the best bang for the buck), and the GolfTek System at about $40,000 CDN (for luxury homes and major commercial installs) - oh yeah, there is also a GolfTek home practice center version that costs about $15,000 CDN.

The Dancin' Dogg features an turf covered infrared sensor pad with basic swing analytics and a course with overhead only view. It interfaces with Tiger Woods and is good for a gaming / basic system. A computer is required and you can add stance mats and nets/impact screens. You can use any club in your bag, but sole tape is required on the bottom of your woods & putter. The unit must be used indoors and in a light-controlled area. The turf is nice, but it needs to be replaced if used too much. You only need enough room to swing a club and you can take this anywhere.

The P3ProSwing features an extremely durable sensor pad with 65 infrared sensors with 12-point swing analytics, a driving range, putting green, full 18-hole golf course and a Tiger Woods interface. The system is 99.9% accurate, is a PGA Learning Center Technology Partner, and is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The basic system can be setup and taken down within minutes and is really easy to operate. The graphics are great and can really make you feel like you are on the course. This system can be used with your computer and your projector to give you the full simulation. You can add stance mats, nets/impact screens, games, video capture, launch angle, and more. You can use any club in your bag, but sole tape is required on the bottom of your woods & putter. The unit must be used indoors and in a light-controlled area. The surface of the pad looks fragile, but is incredibly durable - I have abused mine for over 2 years and it still looks like new. You only need enough room to swing a club and you can take this anywhere.

The GolfTek system is very similar to the About Golf and Full Swing Systems, just at a better price. GolfTek was the first company to develop golf simulators and they have perfected the technology. This system has multiple sensors and requires a large area along with overhead lights. The system is extremely accurate, has all the analytics you can imagine, and includes 12 courses based on real courses. The graphics are so real that you may never want to go out again, ok, maybe not that great, but you get the idea. There are over 50 courses in total available as well as extra features such as video capture. The analytics are intense and can be used for instruction, clubfitting or just self improvement. The requirements of the system make it only suitable for permanent installs, but if you are serious, there is no other system that compares to it.

I am the Canadian Reseller for all three of these systems and I have full stats on almost every feature of almost every system out there, so if you want to know more, just visit my website at www.par2pro.com, email or phone me.

My goal is to match the right system with each golfer... even if I don't sell my own systems :)

Take care & keep your eye on the ball!