Oh, I do love me a good gimmick now and then, and I had a wry smile when I first discovered the voice-over feature in the Swingtalk Analyzer. The obvious similarity is with Siri, who I have become scarily dependent on in my everyday life.
So lazy me was always likely to be more partial than most to having the technical details of my golf swing read back to me by a robotic voice, rather than having to whip my phone out after every shot. Of course, that alone isn’t nearly enough to make anyone part with their dollars to buy a swing analyzer, and it was more important that the core features and attributes cut the mustard. That’s what our in-depth review below aimed to properly establish.
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Yes, yes – let’s get it out the way… I’m a fan of the voice feature, and clearly it’s a neat little selling point in a market where almost every clever idea seems to have been cottoned onto by each of the different brands. But more importantly, the Swingtalk Analyzer doesn’t do a lot wrong when you shine the proverbial light in its eye. I’m a fan of having the sensor at the butt of the grip - it’s just more secure and less intrusive to your swing that way, albeit that it doesn’t feel quite as stable on the club as the Zepp. It’s pretty easy to set up, although it’s a bit strange that you have to pair the device before you install the app. The app itself is also reasonably easy to navigate, and it’s a clean design. Although perhaps not as rich in features as some others out there, we were really impressed by the variety of metrics. Like some others, it works off five main data points within your swing, and you really can indulge yourself by zeroing in specific things when doing your post-swing analysis. One thing that did niggle us slightly was the data and its accuracy. I’ve always had issues with a closed club face, but it was telling me that it was close to double digits shut at impact, which clearly doesn’t make sense. There were one or two other fishy looking numbers, but, in fairness, the data remained consistent throughout, so you can still make reliable and valid comparisons with your different swings. On the whole, it’s a very tidy, solid device which does exactly what you’d expect from it. It has plenty to give, is really simple to use and seems to be reasonable value for money, so it’s well worth giving this one a try next time you’re out ‘analyzer shopping’.
Pros and Cons
- Concise, detailed and relevant metrics
- Sensor is durable, yet light as a feather. It won’t interfere with your swing
- App is easy to use, and sleek in its design
- Voice feature is definitely a big plus
- The battery life isn’t great
- Not convinced as to the accuracy of the data
Build Quality & Features
Depending on your preference, the fact that the sensor is attached to the top of your club is a good thing, especially because it is so light and fits on nice and flush. It’s sturdy too, so no qualms with that in terms of build. As for the app, it really is a sleek and clean design. Perhaps not necessarily as aesthetically pleasing as one or two others such as the GolfZone Swingtalk Golf Swing Analyzer, but there’s a lot to be said for simplicity when it comes to an interface, and that’s exactly what this app exemplifies.
Obviously the signature feature of this device is the voice feedback, and it’s one I have no shame in endorsing. Because in truth, stopping to check your phone after every shot can be disruptive, and this is a great workaround. There aren’t too many other bells and whistles to write home about though, so if you have an appetite for gimmicks, you may be somewhat disappointed here.
Nevertheless, we were really impressed with the variety of metrics on offer. The swing analysis is split up into five data points, and you really can drill down pretty deep into each with everything from swing path and tempo to the rate at which you cock your wrists and shaft lean. There is plenty to work with, and it’s a bit of a treat for us data geeks.
The only other points we’ll say is that the battery life is mediocre, while, as we’ve covered above, some of the data may be a bit questionable in terms of its accuracy. But ultimately, this is a solid device with plenty to offer in terms of features and measurements.
Ease of Use
As we’ve said above, it’s a bit unusual that you have to pair the device before installing the actual app. But other than that, there are no real issues setting it up. You can screw the sensor itself onto the top of your grip really easily. Just make sure it lines up perfectly with the angle of your club face, as this will obviously affect the data it churns out.
You’ll also want to check after every few shots that it hasn’t slipped. It didn’t happen to us, but others have noted the issue. Also, make sure your hand doesn’t touch or obstruct the sensor, as it will then struggle to pick up your swing.
In terms of the app itself, just select ‘Swing Analysis’ from the home screen, and select the club from the tab at the top left of the screen. Then simply commence the swinging!
The metrics are great, and easy to interpret. Each of them has an explainer, just in case you aren’t sure what they mean.
As for the analysis, the 3D simulation or animation of the arc of your swing is clear and simple, and with the slider you can really hone in nicely on the various stages of your swing. There is also a target for all the metrics, so you’ll have a clear reference in your mind for things like tempo and clubhead speed.
All of the data is easy to store and easy to understand. One of the hallmarks of this product is how uncomplicated it is from start to finish – just as a golf swing should be, incidentally.
Value for Money
Priced at around $150, it’s in the middle of the pack, perhaps pushing the upper reaches of the market. And in terms of product quality, it’s more than a match for its price tag, so on that basis, we’re more than happy to endorse this device as being worth its salt, and recommend that it could be a great addition to your golfing armory – regardless of handicap.
Besides, in addition to getting a great piece of equipment for your money, you’ll also get something which is willing to talk to you as often as you want it to. As they say, you can never have too many friends in life!
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|Product Details||GolfZon SwingTalk Golf Swing Analyzer Review|
|Platform Compatibility||Android, iOS|
|Attachment Location||Club Grip|
|Battery Life||3 Hours|
|Size||1.3in x 0.5in (1.3in x 1.5in with pin attached)|
|Manufacturers Website||GolfZon SwingTalk|