SkyPro’s market position on this one is “See, Groove and Improve”, and after reviewing this swing analyzer, it’s easy to see where they’re coming from. Although swing analyzers represent something of a quantum leap in terms of technology, there is nothing revolutionary about the benefits of actually being able to see and analyze your own swing.
After all, in the absence of doing so, taking advice or incorporating suggested swing changes from a coach isn’t easy to execute if you don’t have a clear picture in your mind of how it all looks.
The question is, can the SkyPro Swing Analyzer be the ticket to taking your game up a notch? Since they updated it to incorporate putting stroke analysis, you’d think it must surely be knocking on the door…
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The first thing we were struck by with the SkyPro Swing Analyzer, in addition to how easy it is to set up, was how versatile it was. Whether you’re a Sunday hacker or a professional looking to further hone your skills, this device really has a lot to offer. Swing speed and swing path information are freely and quickly relayed each time you wield the club, and you can easily dig a little deeper if you’re after some more detailed insight and feedback. Of course it is the Groove area of the app which we liked most (not least the Groove Medals!). You really can drill down on specifics with this feature. In total, we hit 50 balls with it on the range, and it only missed 4 swings, which is pretty impressive too. All in all, it’s accurate, has ample storage space, offers a great range of features within the app and is actually very enjoyable to use. There’s every chance that this can help trim some fat off your handicap.
Pros and Cons
- The Groove feature is a great way to ingrain good habits in terms of swing speed, length, shaft lean at impact and much more
- So quick and easy to set up and use, and there is plenty of data available here
- They’ve nailed it with the play back in terms of variable speeds, making comparisons with other swings, zoom etc.
- Very competitively priced
- Disappointing that it doesn’t show whether the face is open or closed at impact (except for putting)
Build Quality & Features
There’s nothing wrong with the build quality on this one. They claim that it is ‘Ruggedized’, and waterproof to boot which is always an important box to tick. It’s also smaller than pocket size, and is adjustable and compatible to fit perfectly onto any shaft just below the grip – whether that be a putter or a driver. It doesn’t shift or move after follow through either, which is very important.
On the software side, it has everything you need in terms of wireless connectivity through Bluetooth 2.1, while any Apple device with IOS 7.0 or greater will be compatible (along with Android Jelly bean 4.1+).
Yet the features are what this device is all about. Smart Calibration ensures that the SkyPro is accurate to a tee, while the Detailed Swing Speed will allow you to indulge in various analyses of all aspects of your swing. You can filter and store your swings to your heart’s content (literally, you can keep thousands), and share them with your mates with a tap of a button. You can even set up alerts too.
But it’s all about the groovy Groove feature for us. So often you can go to the range, thump 100 balls, and not learn anything. With the Groove function, you can highlight a specific part of your swing as a weakness (eg: a tendency to over-swing) and you can then do 10 repetitions which will compare you either against a specific swing as a reference, or a target custom range in this regard. Then it gives you ‘medals’, depending on how well you do. Genius!
Probably the only stick to beat them with is the lack of clubface angle readings at impact on full shots. Although there’s a school of thought which suggests these are never accurate anyway, so perhaps we can look past it on this occasion.
Ease of Use
Even for those daunted by technology, this one isn’t too bad to set up. You fasten it onto the shaft using the simple thumb screw, and it comes off as easily as it goes on. And, as we’ve said above, it really does not move at all once it on. Don’t worry about trying to align it with your clubface either, as the Smart Calibration means the sensor can face in any direction. You also don’t need to worry about fiddling with an on or off switch – there is an automatic sleep mode to save battery.
After that, it’s a simple case of laying your Smartphone, iPad or Tablet on the clubface, with your app set to ‘detection mode’. Give the club a good waggle; repeat the exercise with all your clubs, and voila – they’ll all be calibrated. You’ll only need to do it once per practice session or round thanks to the Anti-Rotational Stability.
Once that’s all done, you’re good to go. You’ll see after a few shots how much data this thing can offer you, while you can also view the swing path from three different angles. Each swing is broken down into five parts, and you will get specific data for each bit. The same applies for your putting stroke too.
Honestly, once you get a feel for this, along with the Groove feature, it all flows seamlessly and easily.
Value for Money
Okay, so you need to shop around a bit because there are many outlets charging up to $200 for this. But Amazon has it advertised at $129, which is a heck of a deal for this device. If you can get it for that, then you really are going to do well to get better than this in terms of value for money. We’re talking about a set of features here which can rival most competitors, and a brand with a reputation for accuracy.
For an amount of money that you would pay for two or three lessons, it really is hard to argue with a price tag like this.
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|Product Details||SkyGolf SkyPro Golf Swing Analyzer Review|
|Platform Compatibility||Android, iOS|
|Attachment Location||Club Shaft (Below Grip)|
|Battery Life||8 Hours|
|Size||1.8in x 0.7in x 1.0in|