Looking for the Best Golf Swing Analyzer and training aid to improve your game?
In this article we have provide detailed overviews of the best golf swing analyzers on the market. We have also ranked their performance against our assessment criteria to help you find the best golf swing analyzer for your level of golf!
The golf swing analyzers featured in this article have been selected based on our personal experience and assessments, expert reviews, consumer insight and feedback from the wider Golf Assessor community.
We update this page regularly to ensure we keep up with new developments and releases in the golf swing analyzer industry.
We put this article together to help players, like yourself, find the right training aid to analyze your swing. By keeping this guide updated through feedback from the GA community, we hope this page becomes a great resource for anyone looking to get a new golf swing analyzer.
Let’s jump into our Best Golf Swing Analyzer Review.
Best Swing Analyzers for Golf
1. Arccos 360
The award winning second generation system from Arccos has 14 sensors that fit into the butt of each club in the bag.
The benefits are threefold. First is the live shot tracking system relaying shot shape, trajectory and distance on your phone. The second is the GPS system showing exact measurements to the front, center and back of each green you are playing to. Lastly the Tour Analytics provides a concise summary of your entire round played and is sub-divided into 5 separate components.
These 5 areas are assessed by providing a handicap for each and making it easier to see where you are going wrong.
It seems simple – it is simple! But it’s absolutely fantastic! I am most certainly a data and stats driven golfer and often do a post round manual break down with pen and paper in order to establish where I went wrong. With the Arccos 360 in hand, those days are gone!
The previous Arccos sensors were fairly big and protruded slightly from the butt end of the club, but in the 360 version they are very small and hardly ever need to be nudged back into place. The Arccos 360 is compatible with Android and iOS, but we’ve heard a few complain that the Android app has had issues.
All of our testing team had the iOS apps and they worked like a bomb.
Exceptionally convenient with merely a one touch start at the beginning of your round and you can forget about everything else until the end. The battery life is said to last 5 years, but they are guaranteed to last 2 years…so rather go on the two year period!
Customer service is what sets Arccos apart though. Absolutely phenomenal service and they will contact or text you in order to rectify something – sometimes even before you’ve realized anything was wrong!
If anything happens to be faulty with the sensors in particular (which is VERY unlikely) soon after purchasing, they will happily rectify and replace in order for you to be satisfied.
2. Zepp Golf 3D Swing Analyzer
I’ll be honest, the first time I used the Zepp Golf 3D Swing Analyzer, it just didn’t feel right having the device clipped to my glove. The best way I can explain the initial feeling is uncomfortable or awkward. It took a good 20 shots to trust the device wasn’t going to fly off my hand. I also failed to align it properly, so it recorded some rather weird data!
But after my initial reticence and teething problems in setup, I was very impressed with what I saw. Sure, the Zepp 3D doesn’t have the full suite of features of some of the bigger guns, like the Epson M-Tracer, but it’s clear focus on usability and the core elements of swing analysis are as good as the best players.
Setting up and calibrating the device is super easy, and the dashboard reflects this simplicity. There is some product-specific jargon to learn, but it’s not very complex.
In summary, Zepp have produced a user friendly swing analyzer at a super affordable price, and because of that we have given it our Best Value vote.
3. Blast Golf Swing Trainer
The Blast Motion 3D Golf Swing Analyzer is a slick device. The stable slots easily and snugly onto the top of the grip of pretty much any club, and with a quick shuffle of the ‘little-man’ sensor you are good to go!
I was particularly impressed with the simplicity of the setup, particularly when it came to putting.
The Smart Video Capture gives you real-time feedback which is data rich and accurate. But, having sampled many other analyzers, it’s fair to say that the user interface leaves a bit of room for improvement.
And it isn’t as quick and straightforward to access the various bits of information that this device has to offer.
Then again, at the price that the Blast Motion 3D retails at, it is no suprise that it takes our pick for the Best Priced analyzer.
4. Sports Sensors Swing Speed Radar with Tempo Timer
The Sports Sensor Swing Speed radar measures club-head swing speed and tempo time.
The best part about this swing analyzer is there is no need to actually hit a real ball. One can use the tool at home with a birdie ball or sponge substitute. The key though is to release the club naturally to get a true measure of one's swing speed.
The easy to read display provides immediate feedback to help golfers improve consistency and distance.
The speed measurements can range from as slow as 40MPH, all the way up to 200MPH, with the tempo time measured to one hundredth of a second from takeaway to impact.
All in all, this is a great product for those who want to get a handle on their club head speed for custom fitting and swing improvements.
5. 3Bays GSA Zone Swing Analyzer
I can confirm this least… the GSA-Zone very light indeed, and plugs perfectly into the top of one’s grip. There really is no interference with your swing when using it. I also found it really easy to set up, and there definitely aren’t any of the connectivity issues that plagued it’s predecessor, the GSA Pro. It literally starts talking to you from the moment you turn it on and pair it up with the app.
It also comes with an impressive dashboard that allows you to view your swing in 3D from all the angles and perspectives you could ever want. In fact, it has one of the better simulation playbacks I have ever sampled.
Moreover, the data that is presented back at you is in-depth to say the least, if you are a data geek or student of the game, the GSA-Zone will keep you busy a good long while. However, if you’re not one for detail then some of the information may not be much use to you unless you’re working directly with a golf coach. Nonetheless, the swing data was very accurate, and I had a lot of confidence in what it was telling me.
All in all, I don’t want to sell the GSA-Zone short, because it’s a very effective, clean, powerful and smart device, and there is no doubting its quality. It’s also a marked improvement on the GSA Pro.
However, for something that costs 200 bones, I just wasn’t convinced that there were any memorable features, and you’d expect a swing analyzer like the GSA-Zone to include putting analysis. Perhaps that’s okay, and you might not really mind.
It’s thus a difficult one to rate overall – it really depends on what’s important to you.
6. Garmin TruSwing
A household name worldwide in the satellite navigation sphere and are exceptionally accurate and trustworthy. Now they’re really starting to make their mark in the golf niche. The Garmin Approach has been hugely successful worldwide and their aim is to help you establish how your mechanics are affecting ball flight and shot results.
Everything from swing speed, tempo, swing path to club and arm angles. The TruSwing is fully compatible with any of the Garmin Approach watches and will help analyze your at-a-glance swing data. Have a look through the Garmin Approach options in our Golf GPS Watches article.
The piece is very small and lightweight and fits to the club just below the grip. After having a range session you can upload your swing data to the Garmin Online Golf Community and discuss them with your mates or golf instructors. You can even compare results to your previous data uploaded to the database.
One of the best features is that you can get instantaneous comparative 3D animations between two swings in order to establish what you have done incorrectly and where you need to improve.
One of the minor issues is the rubber isn’t quite tacky enough to stay put on the shaft and needs to be shifted back into place every 15 swings or so. And the trouble is the Garmin relies on your human eye and judgement to make sure it’s aligned directly with the square clubface.
7. SwingTIP Golf Swing Analyzer
A very simple and user friendly experience right from the minute you take it out the box. A small black plastic piece that snugly grips to the shaft of your golf club.
Once attached all you need to do is visit the SwingTIP website and download the android or iOS app (compatible with iPhone 4S right through to iPhone 7) and you’re almost there.
It’s important to charge the analyzer first prior to using it and you can do that by plugging the cable into the bottom of the analyzer where the port is housed. When ready to go you’ll switch the analyzer on by pushing the button on the ‘top’ of the device. Pair it up with your phone and you’re ready to go!
The video and stats delivered are fantastic, clear cut and even displays a 3D analysis of your golf swing providing tutor style analysis for each and every swing. You’re also able to upload videos online and discuss with friends – much like the Garmin TruSwing.
The only issues we had was that the device did seem to shift ever so slightly after numerous shots and it’s important to keep an eye on if it is moving or not during your practice session.
Another issue we’ve heard of (although didn’t experience it ourselves) is that some of the SwingTIP devices seem to have a temperamental battery life. Some of them turn off after a handful of swings and the rest of the practice period seems to be a waste of time.
It’s always tough to try establish yourself what you are doing wrong, but the SwingTIP does give good feedback on a number of swing factors that will help you along the right path in terms of improvement.
Swing Analyzers Buying Guide
Build Quality and Features
In terms of build quality, you’re looking at two very different things – hardware and software. How does the device/sensor stack up? Is it well made? Durable? Good battery life?
Most importantly, where do you put it, and how much does it interfere with your swing?
Our personal preference is for lightweight devices, which plug securely into the top of your grip. But that isn’t the only way to skin a cat, so we’re keeping an open mind.
As for the app itself, there are certain minimum requirements. It needs to be compatible with iOS and Android, needs strong and instant connectivity, 3D playback, 360-degree views for analysis, accurate data and a clean user interface (while putting analysis is more than just a nice-to-have). After that, it comes down to features, and separating yourself from the pack is no easy task in this regard.
We love a good gimmick, but what you really want are features that deliver meaningful results and comparisons, so that you can apply what you see into practice with a clear understanding of how it will improve your game. That’s much more important than any flashing lights or pretty colours.
Ease of Use
User experience is so important, and it starts from the moment you unpack the swing analyser from the box. How is easy is it to set up the sensor? Does it stay put? After that, you want both sensor and app to connect instantly, and talk to each other almost in real time.
Club calibration is one issue that not many have found the silver bullet to dealing with. Let’s face it – that’s the boring part, so it needs to be over and done with as quick as possible.
Once that’s all done, it’s time to swing, and then analyse. This is where the dashboard is so important. You need to be able to find your way around the menus, features and statistics quickly and easily. Storing your swings and finding them mustn’t be a chore, and any split screens, comparisons and other imagery needs to be clean and uncluttered.
And then there is the data. It’s so hard to find that balance between supplying too much and too little data. After all, it needs to be informative, but you aren’t going to benefit from an overload of metrics and numbers in your face either.
It’s hard to explain in words, but you just kind of know when a device has nailed it in this regard. Unless you sample it yourself, I guess you’re just going to have to take our word for it in this category!
Value for Money
We’ll shout it from the rooftops again… cheap does NOT equal good value! But it’s good to have certain price points in your mind. For $100 or less, you have to set reasonable expectations. Once you start nudging up past $150, you’re entering the upper reaches of the mid-range price bracket.
And if you’re being asked to cough up north of 200 bucks, well, you should demand cutting-edge quality in return. Fear not – we’ve got the measure of this one. We have pretty high standards, and, if you stick to our advice, you won’t get ripped off.