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Epson M-Tracer Golf Swing Analyzer Review

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“Epson? I thought they were involved with printers?”

Those were the words of one of our colleagues, whose name we’ll mercifully spare at this time. Because even though he (or she!) technically isn’t wrong, Epson have pioneered their way to the very summit of the Swing Analyzer industry with their latest product – the Epson M-Tracer.

Certainly there has been plenty of hype about this reportedly high-end product, with leading instructors such as David Leadbetter offering glowing endorsements.

It was more than enough to raise our expectations as we set about putting it through its paces. So, could it live up to the billing?

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Our Assessment

9 Total Score
Excellent (A)

From the moment you start opening the box, this device screams quality, and, in practice, it certainly doesn’t disappoint. When put in perspective, the M-Tracer doesn’t actually do many things that most mid-range rivals don’t. But it just does them better. Quicker. Easier. And with more accuracy. It’s rather like if you imagined the most versatile gadget in the land, but on steroids. We’re talking about data recording at a rate of 1,000 samples per second, which ensures that it is accurate to one-tenth of a degree. You’ve got to love the 3D, 360-degree view too, while the V-Zone is a great way to analyze the finer details of your back-swing, down-swing and follow through. In terms of references and comparisons, you can do so with your own swing or a library full of pros. And all of this is easy to set up, and even easier to use. The question you need to ask yourself is whether it’s worth the money. We think that if you give it a go, you may just be persuaded.

Build Quality & Features
9.5
Ease of Use
9
Value for Money
8.5
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The M-Tracer came out tops in our Best Golf Swing Analyzer Review (see the complete overview here), and is our Editor’s Choice.

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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Accuracy to within ONE-TENTH of a degree! Need we say more?
  • There is an absolute glut of metrics to choose from
  • This thing really is simple to use, and the results are instant
  • We loved the V-Zone view. And all the other view angles too!

CONS:
  • It’s subjective, but I suppose a possible con here is price. Value is in the eye of the beholder though
  • The sea of data may initially be a bit complex to understand for the beginner

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If you are serious about capturing data on your swing and make game changing improvements, then you can’t go wrong with the M-Tracer. It is faster, more accurate and better than all the competitors we looked at.

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Detailed Review

Build Quality & Features

Sometimes swing analyzers can feel like a cheap piece of plastic when you pick them up. Not the M-Tracer though. It’s a solid little device, but still wonderfully lightweight and compact. You don’t need to treat it with kid gloves, and it’s waterproof too.

In terms of features, it’s the Core Sensing Technology which is responsible for the extreme accuracy and reliability of the data. We’re also massive fans of the 360-degree view, and the 3D swing-path features (similar to the Zepp Golf 3D Golf Swing Analyzer). You can drill down on the critical checkpoints of your swing with the impressive V-Zone view and the HWB view, while we also thought the sketch it generates of your entire swing was a nice touch, and rather unique.

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There is plenty in the way of data and metrics. So whether it’s tempo, clubhead speed, lag, grip speed, carry, swing speed, swing-path, clubface angle, attack angle or anything else you wish to analyze, this thing has you covered. And it’s all utterly instant too. It also has ample storage space for your swings (200+), and it’s nice to be able to compare your swing with the pros – of which there is a huge stock to choose from in the library.

Epson M-Tracer Golf Swing Analyzer

The M-Tracer is our Editor's Choice for Best Golf Swing Analyzer. Although it doesn't have all the features of some of it's competitors, when it come to the core elements of swing analysis it is faster, more accurate and easy to use. We highly recommend it!

Ease of Use

You can’t really go wrong with the setup process here. It comes with different-sized clips so thus fits perfectly onto the grip, and after that it sits as tight as you could want it to. It has a small loop that goes around the club to save it from flying off, but honestly, a bucket of balls later, and it hadn’t budged an iota anyway. It’s just as easy to unclip too.

In terms of firing her up, you can just pair it up via Bluetooth to your iPad or smartphone. Then you tap the measure button, followed by ‘Setup’ to select the club. Then you hit ‘Start’, wait a couple of seconds for the status light to come on, and then swing!
One thing which may be a slight nuisance is that, when calibrating at address, it assumes you are using the club you used previously. To save a few seconds, you’d have thought it would first ask you which club you want to measure, and then get underway with the calibration. You also have to calibrate before each shot.

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However, we’re starting to knit-pick here, and it is the data which is so impressive, vast and yet user-friendly as well. Perhaps if you’re a newbie, all these facts, figures and imagery may seem intimidating at first, but you’ll pick it up quickly and it really is easy to flip between the various views and digest all the data. We also liked the way the backswing and the downswing were separated in contrasting colours, which makes it even easier to discern between checkpoints.

All in all, this thing just oozes versatility and simplicity, which is really quite remarkable for something so informative. You’ll know exactly what we mean as soon as you give it a whirl.

Value for Money

Mmmm… we wouldn’t say this is at the very top end of the price spectrum. But it isn’t far off. So, what are you looking for? What exactly do you value most in a swing analyzer? Because this device just about has it all. People may look at the price tag and think something like this is for someone who either has greenbacks to burn, or is a player of strong technical ability. We don’t necessarily see it that way though.

Anyone with a good understanding of both their own swing, and who is a real student of the game, could get a lot of value from this. Particularly if they’re willing to put the time in – both on the range and on the course.

There’s a reason you have to part with 200 big ones if you want this puppy – it has a profound competitive edge, which, in our opinion, means it could just be the one for you.

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Key Facts

Product Details Epson M-Tracer Golf Swing Analyzer Review
Launch RRP $199.00
Platform Compatibility Android, iOS
Attachment Location Club
Battery Life 8 Hours
Size 1.0in x 0.6in x 2.0in
Weight 0.95 ounces
Manufacturers Website Epson M-Tracer

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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