|Small, neat packaging|
(pens not included!)
|Two of my swings, viewed from behind, with various stats in the left hand column. |
Pitching Wedge used for the top image; Driver for the lower one.
|My swing (left) with a 'Pro' swing next to it. |
Have to confess, mine looks better.
Is it easy to use?
There’s some ‘exploring’ to do on the App to get to grips with what you have to do (enter your name, height, club data) and you may need to go to the Swingbyte site to resolve an issue not covered by the App’s FAQs, but this is straightforward… and for anyone who uses Apps on a regular basis it will be a doddle.
In terms of fitting it to and positioning it on the club – it’s intuitive. Yes, it might be a bit fiddly because it has to stay so snug to the shaft and you have to position it accurately, but once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s easy.
Once you start swinging, you can decide for yourself how you want to look at the results on screen. There are multiple angles of your swing plane, there are reams of data (swing speed, etc.) to assess and you can look at one or both after every swing. You can look at and compare history (very useful after several sessions on the Range) and you can compare two swings at once. Finding which one you prefer will simply take a little bit of time. The swing is also available in 3D and you can video yourself, too.
I’m fairly ignorant of many of the criteria listed on the stats. For my 6 iron, my ‘Average Path’ is +9 degrees (see image below). Is that good? I have no idea. My ‘Shaft Lean’ was 10 degrees for some shots, 17 degrees for others… which is better or are they both terrible? In other words, some of the stats are completely over my head. And, to be honest, I’m not that bothered about finding out because I benefitted in other ways.
|My 'Path to Average Enlightenment' is +9 degrees... apparently|
If you know all about these things, then chances are you will benefit even more.
There is a ‘Pro Tips’ section, which analyses your swing and makes observations, but Swingbyte doesn’t assess if you’re moving your legs too much or if your grip is wrong. This is all about your swing. I’m not presenting this as a negative, just as a word of warning. Where the Swingbyte comes into its own is once you’ve had, or are having, golf lessons.
I had lessons last year. I was bringing the club back inside the line leading to a big loop at the top of my swing to compensate… the Swingbyte is perfect for helping me to correct this. I have been to the Range twice this week and I can see a difference in the swing already. Perhaps, more importantly, it gives me the belief and confidence to do something that feels strange – I’ve been swinging the same way for 20 years plus, so having that confidence is essential.
|You can show all your shots in a list format so you can assess speed, tempo etc. |
of one shot after another. The green 'thumbs-up' indicate swings/shots
I was very happy with.
For more info and to see the Swingbyte in situ, check out this YouTube video