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Best golf launch monitor 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2020
Best golf launch monitor of 2018
Here are my top picks with detailed reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you purchase the perfect item for your needs. If you get well acquainted with these basics, you shouldn’t have a problem choosing a golf launch monitor that suits your need.
I browse the various golf launch monitor available on the market and list three of the very best. After carefully examining the reviews and ratings of the people who have used them earlier this listicle has been made.
Test Results and Ratings
№1 – Ernest Sports ES14
Why did this golf launch monitor win the first place?
The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.
№2 – Ernest Sports ES14
Why did this golf launch monitor come in second place?
I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.
Why did this golf launch monitor take third place?
It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.
golf launch monitor Buyer’s Guide
Here’s a look at some options
Our top pick for personal launch monitors is the Swing Caddie SC 200, the latest from Voice Caddie. It’s the most affordable, fairly accurate and even talks to you. The best part is that’s also very easy to use.
While it doesn’t actually measure spin rate (which is one of the most valuable features of Trackman, for example), it gives you plenty of other information. Like Trackman and Flightscope, it uses Doppler radar, which is amazing, considering its size is close to that of an iPhone And unlike some other portable devices, it’s self-contained; no need to pair it with a phone. It uses four AAA batteries and comes with a remote control.
And here are some of the cool features: It has a barometric pressure sensor to adjust for more accurate readings. You can adjust it for different lofts of clubs for more accuracy. And it will store all your statics.
As far as reading go, you can get ball speed, clubhead speed, smash factor, carry and total distance. Additionally, you can use for it practice, set it for Random or Target mode and play games and see how you score. No doubt, this makes practice more fun and productive.
Ironically, what this portable launch monitor doesn’t do is report the launch angle of your shots, though that information is certainly used in the calculations of carry and distance.
NOTE: If you don’t need advanced features such as barometric pressure adjustment, consider the original (and excellent) Swing Caddie SC 100, which sells for a lot less here.
If money isn’t an issue, the FlightScope Xi Tour is the closest thing to having one of the big boys. Because not only does this unit do what the Swing Caddie does, but it measures so much more like spin rate, side spin, launch angle, attack angle, face to target, face to path, swing plane (both vertical and horizontally) as well as a provide a club acceleration profile.
The FlightScope Xi Tour is fairly easy to use and it interfaces with an iPad or other device. Because it’s more sophisticated, it can provide more data as well as a variety of graphs that can tell you more about your game and even help with club-fitting. You can see a virtual representation of your swing and you can play FlightScope Skills challenges. As the name would imply, it’s popular with professional golfers.
The drawback, of course, is that while it’s portable, it is bigger than other portable devices, so you’re not going to put this in your golf bag, even without the iPad. But for serious students of the game and even instructors, this is probably money well-spent without having to finance it like an automobile.
But if you want something cheaper, smaller and even more portable, FlighScope has just introduced the FlightScope Mevo, which pairs with your phone. It measures ball speed, club speed, smash factor, vertical launch angle, carry distance and spin rate.
Mevo can be used for other sports, too, like baseball and soccer, but the golf application is specific. You can even take video with your phone and add data overlay to the videos as well as share your results with your teacher.
Like Flightscope, SkyTrak is more sophisticated than the Swing Caddie, but isn’t nearly as portable. But you can set up a virtual driving range in your house or garage, or even better, use it as a golf simulator to play famous courses from around the world.
Like the Swing Caddie, the Ernest Sports ES1is portable, but unlike the Swing Caddie, it isn’t all self-contained. It uses Bluetooth to connect with a phone or iPad. It measures swing speed, ball speed, and smash factor, but also calculates spin rates instead of measuring them directly.
Is to really help you hone in on your, you guessed it, approach shots. Again you will have shots, but this time before each shot it will give you a distance between 40 and 100 yards. You then have to try and get it as close to each distance as possible, and it gives you a score out of 10.
I found that any of these games (or any practice in general) works well when you have some clear distance markers on the range to shoot for. If you just have an open field and it tells you to hit it 7yards it can be a little difficult to get a frame of reference.
I started on practice mode with my iron and hit about 20 shots.
One after another, it was pretty much right on the distance I was anticipating at about 15yards.
Occasionally it would miss a shot altogether, which happens with any launch monitor regardless of the price.
I found that if you hit your shot well, then the accuracy was pretty much dead on. However if you top it, or have a bad slice then the information can vary wildly.
I found in general that the longer the club, the less accurate the device became. I have a tendency to have a bad slice, and there were times where I had a big banana slice with my driver, and it would tell me I carried it 260.
Yet most of the time when I was hitting my drives straightish, it would give me a number that seemed pretty spot on.
This only happened once in my testing, but where you stand and outside conditions could play a role in your results.
Here are the new features on the SC200
But aside from these the technology is pretty similar, as are the different modes (practice, target, and approach).
The question of whether or not the SC200 is worth the upgrade kind of depends on you and how you plan to use it. Do you have custom fitted clubs and lofts? Definitely worth getting the 200.
The new one will be a little bit more accurate across the board, but the rest comes down to personal preference.
In most of my testing I was the only one (or one of the only ones) on the range, and I really liked the voice distance output.
The covers of balls are either made of plastic like ionomer, or a more rubberized Urethane. The ionomer covers allow the ball to go higher, and reduces hooking and slicing. This type ball is also better for those with a slower swing. Distance and low spin are the keys to this type ball.
Professionals, or even very good amateurs, are better suited to the rubberized cover of urethane. These balls go further on the original drive, and offer more touch near the greens for the expert golfer. It will also benefit those with a very fast swing. These balls have less spin, so they will stop on the green, but unless you are skilled enough to take advantage of that, it might actually hurt your overall game. Some of these type balls are three, four or even five piece balls.
There is also a middle range ball available, which is a three-piece ionomer ball. These balls have higher launch and lower spin, and roll further once they land.
Combine these two or three basic types with the dimple patterns on balls, and you have a lot of options. The dimple patterns were developed to affect the aerodynamics of the ball in the air. Years of research have gone into different shapes, sizes and patterns. Pros recommend finding one that fits your game. Balls have 300 to 500 dimples. A smooth ball would go only half the distance of a dimpled one, scientists say. It is hard to say which dimple pattern is best, so it may be best to experiment to see which fits you best.
Finding your ball
An article on golf balls in American Golf magazine, say you should experiment and find the ball that fits you best. There are subtle differences, and constant give and take in the game of golf. You may have to sacrifice a little distance for a little more accuracy, or vice versa, depending on your skill level.
A writer in Golf Digest suggests finding the shot that is most important to your game, and use that as your main reference point. Through reading ball analysis and practicing with different balls, find the one that best fits your best shot, and stick with that one.
The Golf Digest article suggests balancing the cost of the golf balls against your skill level. Your skill level does have a lot to do with how well you will play, and the quality of the ball will accentuate that slightly to a certain degree. Finding the ball that best balances those two aspects is a good determining factor in which ball you should buy.
There are fancy things like drivers and launch monitors to help you determine which is best, but that can get expensive. If you are a beginner, or have a low skill level and are not likely to get a lot better, that may be too expensive. It is better then, to just experiment with different brands and types of balls. The ones you score the best with are the ones that are best for you to use.
If however, you are really good at the game, and want to continue to get better, you may need a higher level ball. Experiment with some of the three or four-part balls with the rubberized surface and see what works best.
Golf Training Aids
It used to be that the two worlds of technology and sports couldn’t be further apart. One of them was a trial of athleticism and endurance, the other an experiment of science and wires, both as different as could be from the other.
For golf, we have everything from GPS to simulations that have helped us improve our game in several ways. Today we will be looking at one of those devices with the Golf Launch Monitor.
ProTee Golf Simulator
ProTee United B.V. is a Dutch golf company, based in Amsterdam The Netherlands, specialized in developing, manufacturing and worldwide distributing of Indoor Golf Simulator products for entertainment, commercial, professional and private use.
With the GC2, you can practice or play golf in any environment with equally trusted results. Outdoors, the portable GC2’s exclusive self-leveling technology provides verifiably accurate results on every surface and on every shot. Indoors, the GCproduces the most accurate measurements of ball characteristics at launch – period. And at less than inches long and under four pounds, the GCmoves from outdoor to indoor as easily as it fits in your golf bag.
The very latest in Golf Simulator technology, the GolfBlaster3D Golf System allows golfers to play on some of the most famous golf courses in the world and use their own standard golf equipment. GolfBlaster3D uses a great new graphics engine reproducing golf courses in a high resolution with an ultimate level of reality. Three dimensional objects such as houses, bridges, clubhouses and other objects come to life on the golf course and are integrated within the 3D graphics to provide the very best level of simulation.
The GolfBlaster3D is so advanced and accurate. The system deploys a unique dual sensor tracking method that gathers information from both the golf ball and the club head. Therefore it is capable of detecting every possible kind of shot played with the ultimate of accuracy. Hooks, slices, fades, draws, lobs, pitches, putts etc are all reproduced with fantastic realism. We cannot imagine any other system having the same amount of accuracy and realism.
Take a lesson with one of the PGA accredited coaches who optimize the use of laser ball tracking systems.
See the ball flights, spin rates and club paths to better understand your swing.
Expert Club Fitting Session
Flightscope™ and Trackman™ are most commonly used during club fitting sessions. If you are looking to purchase new clubs, or you feel your current set up isn’t right for your game, a fitting session is the best way.
Find the correct equipment for your game including head designs, shaft and shaft flex, grip type/thickness that suit the requirements of your game.
With no wires to connect and its own built in battery, the SkyTrack launch monitor gives you total portability, where ever you may be. Shot tracer technology, allows you to see your own ball flight on your iPad, giving you instant feedback on your shot shape, launch angle, spin rate, carry distance and much much more to improve your game. With shot tracer providing views from two camera angles, your practice time will become more beneficial and you will be getting all the information you need, than actually being out on the course.
Iron Fitting is one of the most overlooked aspects of your bag. During this session, your club fitter will evaluate your current iron and wedge set checking for the proper loft and lie, length, shaft flex, weight, bend point, ball trajectory and spin rates. Recommendations will be made for the proper shaft type, manufacturer, make and model, along with club head recommendations and any adjustments that should be made with these critical “scoring” clubs. The Iron Fitting is the best option for those who are looking either purchase a new set of irons or retro fit their current set up.
Grafalloy ProLaunch 6Wood R Shaft
Golf simulator technology in 201is incredible. These devices allow golfers to play in a virtual golf world that is graphically displayed in 3D on a screen or computer. Amazing!! These machines give golfers access to golf all year-long. Furthermore, golfers can compete online, practice on a virtual driving range or play some of the best 1hole golf courses in the world all from the comforts of their own home. As witnessed by the abundance of simulators being demonstrated at the PGA Merchandise show. The virtual simulator is the future of golf.
UD women’s golf team
The University of Delaware women’s golf team hosted its third annual Fall Invitational Tournament at Rehoboth Beach Country Club Oct. 24-25, with 1teams from all over the East Coast.
Harvard University won the 54-hole event, which featured 3holes on Saturday and a concluding 1holes on Sunday. Two Crimson golfers, Lito Guo and Anne Cheng, finished first and second, respectively.
Andrea Slane of UD took third, with Nathalie Filler of Delaware in fifth place.
Rehoboth Beach Country Club hosted the tournament once again, and its members provided 3volunteers to help with spotting, live scoring and other assistance.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your golf launch monitor wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of golf launch monitor
- №1 — Ernest Sports ES14
- №2 — Ernest Sports ES14
- №3 — Voice Caddie SC 200 Portable Golf Launch Monitor with Audible Output