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OK, first off you may be wondering this basic question…
What does a golf launch monitor do and do you really need one?
A launch monitor is simply an electronic device that measures various aspects of your golf swing or ball flight. The two main uses of a launch monitor are to improve a golfer’s swing, and to help fit a golfer for new clubs.
Enter the Swing Caddie SC100. This is a portable, mobile golf launch monitor. That means you can throw it in your golf bag and break it out at the range or even on the course if you want. It offers instant visual feedback and saves your statistics for every club in your bag.
The SC100 is a standalone monitor, which means you do not need a separate device such as a PC or smartphone application to us it. It saves all data on the device itself, including swing speed for each club in your bag, and carry distance for each club. It also measures smash factor which is a number that represents how close to the center of the clubface you hit each shot.
This personal launch monitor comes with a handy feature which is a remote control for easy operation. Since it’s lightweight and portable you can use the Swing Caddie at the driving range, in your back yard and even on the course when you’re out by yourself of course. (I would not recommend busting it out in a match or a tournament.)
SC100 Pros and Cons:
First the negative… you have to understand is that the SC100 is not a Trackman. A Trackman also costs upwards of $20,000. My local golf club has a Trackman that I play on every week during the winter. It is awesome, but for a tiny fraction of the price the Swing Caddie SC100 does a decent job.
This particular model does not have voice feedback, it displays your shot data on the screen after each shot. They do make a model with audible voice feedback and that one is called SC200, but it costs about $100 more. (Not worth it in my humble opinion.)
On the pro side of things, this thing is easy to use…
Basically, you just set it down on the ground behind you. After each shot it displays your swing information. You get swing speed, ball speed and carry distance.
And here’s a little trick you golf techies will really appreciate… You can also attach a little electronic device called a SwingByte2 to your club and it will tell you whether your show was a straight, or if you faded, sliced, hooked or drew the ball. Using both devices at the same time is a great way to get all the feedback you need.
Bottom Line: Just a few years ago, if you’d have told me I could get my own personal golf launch monitor for a couple hundred bucks I would have told you you’re crazy. That vision is now a reality thanks for the Swing Caddie SC100. If you are a techie like me and want to use technology to get the most out of your golf game, then this device is a great investment.
Use it during your practice sessions and you’ll always have your most recent carry distances for every club in your bag. That’s info that’s can save you a few strokes every round.
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2 inches ; 8 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
- ASIN: B00J1VV792
- Item model number: SC100 BLK
- Batteries: 4 AAA batteries required. (included)