Ah, an old stalwart in the swing analyzer game. The GolfSense 3D analyzer, straight out of those magically innovative labs over at Zepp, was the first to pioneer a portable 3D sensor system with a device worn on the glove. Since then, all the others have followed suit in what is a fiercely competitive sector within the golf industry.
So, with a series of updates and enhancements, has this veteran of the game been able to hold its own as the sands of Father Time have descended upon it?
GolfSense 3D Golf Swing Analyzer
We’re probably within our rights to say that Zepp have put greater emphasis on marketing the new Zepp Golf 3D device. But even four years later, the GolfSense 3D still seems to occupy a decent share of the limelight. Initially, we could see why. It’s light, fits pretty seamlessly onto your glove. We prefer having sensors at the top of the grip, but there was ‘nae bother’ swinging with this thing. I probably had to re-adjust it twice during a bucket of 30 balls, which certainly isn’t the end of the world. Again, we read about platform connectivity issues beforehand, but we found it all to be quite straightforward and instant. Granted you need to have at least an iPhone 5 with iOS 8 (or Android Lollipop) for it to work properly, but, these days, that is likely to preclude only a precious few. The app is very impressive too. It’s undergone its fair share of modifications over the years, and we really liked the colour-coded dashboard. The SwingScore feature, which is the central metric to this device, is also a good feature and it gives you a very clear idea of what you’re doing right, and what you’re doing not-so-right. After the rise comes the fall though, and we do think there is a bit of a shortage of meaningful metrics here. We’ve pointed out the useful features below, but you expect more data points in this day and age so as to break down your swing into smaller segments so as to really hone in on the nitty gritty. And then there is the battery issue. Not only did the sensor look dead beat after the hour that we used it, but it drilled the battery on my iPhone. Something seems to be afoot there! On the whole, we think it’s a decent device, which will still be influential in the lower reaches of the golf analyzer market. But it’s basically bridesmaid to the Zepp 3D, so if you have a budget of over $150, I doubt you’ll be giving this much of a second look.
Pros and Cons
- A lightweight device that sits pretty well on your glove
- Offers you personalized tips, drills and goals
- SwingScore is a very good feature
- Good, solid app with a nice layout and design
- Takes a while to properly calibrate all your clubs
- 5 hour battery? Really? Not when we sampled it
|Product Details||GolfSense 3D Golf Swing Analyzer Review|
|Platform Compatibility||Android, iOS|
|Battery Life||5 Hours|
|Size||2.5in x 1.5in x 0.3in|
|Manufacturers Website||Zepp Golf|
GolfSense 3D Golf Swing Analyzer Detailed Review
Build Quality & Features
It’s an okay build. In terms of weight, there isn’t an issue. But it is a bit of a clumsy design, and isn’t nearly as streamlined as the Zepp 3D (although the color is less of a distraction!).
It isn’t weatherproof, and to be honest, there are some real battery issues here. Not just with the running time of the sensor itself, but also the way it drains your battery. Perhaps we received a lemon.
Anyway, the app itself redeems things in this regard at least. It’s a well-designed, clean interface with a decent feature set.
Obviously much centers on the SwingScore feature, which is where all the magic (ie: your ‘Goals’) happens. Within this you can review all the usual suspects – clubhead speed, tempo, position at the top and swing plane.
The added bonuses here are the ability to analyze hip rotation and the plane of your hands, which is somewhat unique. The personalized goals are also a nice touch, you can set them yourself so as to properly quantify your progress, and have something to work towards.
On the face of the above, you’d probably be inclined to think that it is feature rich. I suppose it is. We just thought the features were a bit hocus pocus, and didn’t have blind faith in all the data by the end of it.
There just isn’t a lot of point in having all these bells and whistles if you can’t fully trust the output, so that’s why we didn’t quite come away beaming.
Ease of Use
They’ve definitely considered the user with a deficit of technical acumen with this device and app (although I have every confidence that you don’t fall into this category!).
Nevertheless, the sensor clips on nicely to the velcro of your glove, while you get a nice walk through when it comes to setting up your profile on the app.
Enter your basic details like height and whether you’re right or left handed, and tap the appropriate graphic to describe the strength or weakness of your grip.
The last hurdle is entering your club details, and calibrating them. We actually found this to be a bit of a mission in the end, and it wasn’t as smooth a process as we would have liked. No major dramas though.
As for the app, it’s pretty good for navigation, and maneuvering your way around. It’s all rather intuitive, and accessing your swing history, statistics, clubs and the data within the Swing Goals feature is all a piece of cake.
Once you’re in 3D Swing View, you can choose to view either your hand or club path. It’s easy enough to switch between the two, and you can also flick between the different swing angles with just one ‘swoosh’. There are also some nifty little shortcuts if you want to look at previous shots too.
All of which are things you appreciate – the only criticism is that they aren’t immediately obvious to the user.
Value for Money
Look, at under $130, it certainly isn’t bad value.
It’s not as if you are getting complete rubbish for your money either. This has a lot to offer. It’s a nice low-maintenance device with easy-to-interpret metrics.
I think this could also have a fair bit of appeal if you’re a newbie, or someone who is not particularly fussed on specifics and technicalities.
But for those who want more from a golf analyzer, this probably isn’t going to be the one for you, and you’ll likely get better bang for your buck elsewhere.