Modern technology has brought many advancements in lots of different aspects of life. And this is true of golf too; there are now many training aids available that would have been unthinkable or incredibly expensive only a few years ago. Golf swing analyzers are examples of such training aids. These devices use a sensor that you attach to your club or hand and record data about your swing, for example, club head speed, rotation, and more.
This data is then transmitted to an app that runs on your mobile or tablet. Using the app, you can then view your swing from different angles, analyze the data, get advice and coaching, and so on.
And golf swing analyzers work very well and you can make big improvements to your game very quickly by using them. But not all swing analyzers are equal, so how do you know what to look for in a golf swing analyzer if you’re thinking of buying one? Well, for one, you can read our reviews of the best golf swing analyzers here.
But you still need to know how to decide which is best for you. So let’s take a look at some of the most important things to consider …
Golf swing analyzers buyer’s guide
Data and presentation
The data that the swing analyzer captures and lets you analyze is obviously important. It’s not just the data itself that’s important though, how that data is presented to you is also vital. It’s no use having all the data in the world if you can’t understand it or know what to do with it.
You will also want to be able to store your recorded data and track your progress over time.
Ease of use
Your chosen golf swing analyzer should also be easy to use. This means the app should be intuitive and user-friendly. It also means the device itself should be easy to configure and attach to your clubs or glove. And it should be simple to switch the sensor between clubs.
After all, if you’re struggling to use your swing analyzer you’re not going to get the most out of it.
Weight and portability
You want the sensor part of the swing analyzer to be as light as possible. Firstly because it makes it more portable which is important if you want to use it on the course. More importantly though because the lighter and more unobtrusive it is, the less it interferes with your swing which you’re trying to analyze.
Reliability and accuracy
There’s not much point having reams of data about your swing if that data’s not accurate. There’s also not much point having a device that is capable of recording all that data if you can’t get it to work; for example, if you struggle to get it to connect to the app (which is usually done via bluetooth).
If you have an Apple device such as an iPhone or iPad you’ll obviously want a swing analyzer whose app works on those devices, and similarly if you have an Android device. In truth, most golf swing analyzers these days are compatible with both, but you still want to make sure before you buy one.
Golf swing analyzers aren’t cheap so you want to make sure you do your research before buying one. Take the above factors into account when choosing and you should make a wise choice.
Good luck on the course!