Sometimes its gimmicks that can make devices such as golf analyzers appealing to consumers, and it’s understandable that in such a competitive market of largely homogenous products, the need for differentiation can provide inspiration for such ideas, which can then be targeted to the buyer as added value. Yet sometimes the most important thing is for a swing analyser to do what its counterparts do, but do it better.
At the PGA tradeshow we attended, the Blast Motion 3D was the talk of the town, and lots of people were rather taken in by what it had to offer. But, rather than just accepting common consensus, we thought we’d take it for a test drive ourselves, and form our own opinion on what is unquestionably one of the market-leading products.
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There’s no doubt about it – this is a slick device, and you cotton on to that sensation almost from the get-go. The stable slots onto the top of the grip (of pretty much any club) easily and snugly. Shuffle the ‘little-man’ sensor on, and away you go. All in all, we can’t knock the Blast Motion 3D, and it definitely does what it says on the tin. We were particularly impressed with the simplicity of it all, particularly when it came to putting. Smart Video Capture gives you real-time feedback, and there’s a reason this brand has a reputation for accuracy. But, having sampled a few others out there, it’s fair to say that the user interface leaves a bit of room for improvement, and it perhaps isn’t as quick, easy and obviously clear how to access the various bits of information that this device has to offer. Then again, at a price of $125, it’s no surprise that this thing is still selling off the shelves.
Pros and Cons
- The Smart Video Capture is a great feature
- Probably one of the best devices we’ve sampled in terms of putting – simple and informative
- It sits beautifully on the top of the grip – no issues there
- Well priced for a mid-range product
- Not the best user interface in the world – both mobile and desktop
- Slightly annoying that you have to align the ‘little man’ on the sensor with the clubface
Build Quality & Features
I actually think this is a particularly well-made analyzer. It’s a clever, sleek design and the app itself is well thought out. In terms of the device, it’s waterproof, and fits on the top of your grip nice and securely. And it dots all the i’s and crosses all the t’s when it comes to things like platform compatibility, battery life, 3D sensor and video capture, and accuracy.
Yet in terms of features, it just didn’t set the world alight for us (unlike the Epson M-Tracer Golf Swing Analyzer!). We loved the Smart Video Capture as we’ve mentioned above, and it curates the replays really well. We cannot emphasize enough how impressed we were with it. In fact, not one swing was missed in all the balls we hit, and the Adaptive Slo-Mo Technology (240 frames) comes across well on the app itself.
But the quality of metrics available are no more than ‘acceptable’. It’s not that they’re limited or inaccurate per se, it’s just that the indices for things like efficiency and energy transfer seem a bit wishy washy, and I’m not convinced the average Sunday hacker will know what to make of it. Added to that, there isn’t as much data storage available as some other analyzers out there, and, as we’ve said before, we think the interface and general user experience (both on desktop and mobile) needs work.
Certainly the redeeming feature here is in terms of putting. As someone who believes that a putting stroke need not be over complicated (paralysis by analysis, and all that) I can tell you that this device really has it spot on in this regard. I walked away with a clear picture in my mind of what I was doing, and how to improve it – you can’t really ask for more than that from an analyzer.
Ease of Use
As is commonplace with analyzers, setting the Blast Motion 3D up and cracking on is as easy pairing the device up with your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth. When this device first came out, there were issues with bugs, and its lack of compatibility with Android was a big shortcoming. This has all been ironed out now though, and no one we’ve spoken to has had any problems in this regard since. It’s also pretty straightforward in terms of accessing the various metrics, while the Smart Video Capture could not be easier to operate.
We won’t go into our issues with the interface again – I’m sure you get it by now! However, we found that operating this thing worked best with a driver and putter (particularly the latter), as the various metrics seemed to produce some small inconsistencies when we sampled it with iron shots. You’d also hope for a bigger library of swings as a reference, which this one lacks.
Overall though, it’s easy enough to use and navigate your way around the app. Simplicity is a word you’d associate with this analyser, despite the (at times) questionable user journey. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why we weren’t enthused in this regard. Perhaps our expectations were just too high!
Value for Money
We were actually surprised to see Amazon punting this for as little as $125. It’s not necessarily a countrywide price tag, but it’s hard to argue that this doesn’t represent good value for money. Yes, there are areas where this device can improve, and it’s far from being top of the pops. But when you line up swing analyzers in this sort of price range next to each other, you probably aren’t going to find too many which do the job better than the Blast Motion 3D.
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|Product Details||Blast Motion 3D Golf Swing Analyzer Review|
|Platform Compatibility||Android, iOS|
|Attachment Location||Club, Putter|
|Battery Life||8 Hours|
|Size||1.5in x 0.8in x 0.5in|
|Manufacturers Website||Blast Motion|