I just received the SwingTalk Golfswing Analyzer from GolfZon and am pretty impressed with this small device that will provide all the necessary feedback to analyze, correct and improve your golf swing.
When the SwingTalk first arrrived I was amazed at how small the packaging was. It was just this nicely designed clear plastic tube—very much reminded me of an Apple product in it’s clean and innovative design.
Inside the tube included the actual device that attaches to the top of any club, the USB cable and a Quick Start Guide.
I loved the idea of the Quick Start Guide because it’s quite small and was mostly simple pictures. I love the idea of a “visual” QSG because the cleaner and simpler you make the process, of course, the better the user experience (it certainly was for me!)
Before you do anything you need to charge the unit with the USB cable provided. You know it’s charging when you see the red light on the side of the unit. When completely charged the light will turn off.
After it’s charged, be sure to read the instructions because if you have the app installed on your mobile device and you’re trying to sync (or pair) the Swingtalk, it will not sync (it pairs/syncs via BlueTooth).
Once the unit is charged (you get approximately 2-3 hours on a full charge) you can then download the SwingTalk App to your device. SwingTalk is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android.
When I first downloaded the app and reviewed the UI (user-interface) it was a bit disappointing. It’s designed in a blue/black/gray color scheme that just seems a bit “sterile” or “medical” to me for a golf app — I cannot say I was a fan of this.
Funny, after I first tried to test the unit I brought it outside, attached to my club and paired it, then made some practice swings and nothing registered. I thought the unit was not working.
After more researching online, apparently you have to hit an actual golf ball for it to register (probably due to the vibration?). No where did I find this in their documentation. A bit frustrating.
The main menu consists of the sections – Swing Analysis, My Statistics, Swing Test, Test Result, Settings, Support and Pairing.
To me, I just did not immediately get “Swing Test” or “Test Result” I really did not know what I was supposed to be testing. “Test,” to me anyway, sort of implies, “is it working?” Maybe “analyze” or “activate” would be better.
I just was not clear what ORDER to do things.
I also think that Settings, Support and Pairing should not be in the main menu. These are ancillary (or secondary) items and should be put in a less prominent part of the app.
Really the first thing to do is to activate a club (but you have to select one first). Then you can see your Swing Analysis and finally review your Statistics. That order seems logical to me.
Anyway, after going back and forth to the site (they have excellent videos on the site and trying to figure out the UI, I basically got the gist of how it works.
So how does SwingTalk actually work it’s magic?
Well, it has a Gyro Sensor and accelerometer installed so that it can trace your club’s trajectory in 3-dimensions. This allows to track all the key data points that will allow you to see, analyze and most importantly, improve your swing.
ON THE RANGE
One of the things I really liked is how small and light he actual unit is. It weighs a measly 10.5 grams — really, as much as a couple teasspoons of sugar. I actually just put it in my pocket and headed off to test it. You almost forget it’s there.
One thing to note is that you cannot have the heel of your hand touching the device as it apparently will not read properly. I usually do have my hands quite high on the grip so it felt like I had to choke down on all my clubs.
Once I got the hang of the UI, made sure the pairing was activated (you’ll see a blue BlueTooth symbol in the upper left of app in blue – if not connected, it’s gray) and attached the device to the grip top of a club (I pushed it down but then found by twisting it it became a bit more secure) and hit actual balls on the range, the device worked amazingly well.
That was the beauty of it to me — once all is synced up and ready — it was simple. I wanted to test both a few irons and a driver. I selected a 7-iron from the drop-down menu and immediately started getting feedback from the voice as to swing speed and tempo. It’s pretty cool to get this feedback when you are practicing — almost like a coach reminding you, “tempo, tempo, tempo. . . ”
Just remove the device, select a new club on the app, attach to a new club and you ready to evaluate your swing with another club.
I think this is where the SwingTalk analyzer really shines — it’s in-depth data and analysis.
Once you have tested a club it automatically gets tracked so you can review it later. For example when I went to the range, I logged 12 different 7-iron swings. Now when I go back into the app I can select “My Statistics” and look up the date I did the test. You’ll see the session number, club, swing tempo ratio and swing speed. You can also access by picking just the club you want further data on.
From here you click to see a 3-D model of your swing that you can view from multiple angles (just drag down, up, right, left) to see top, side, front, etc. A nice feature on this is the blue slider bar (which you can see in the image above) which allows you to access key swing points like: address, backswing, top of backswing and impact.
Next, you can dig even deeper into the swing by hitting the “Details” button which allows you to see things like: loft angle, lie angle, shaft lean, cocking rate, face to address, face to path, club path, attack angle, swing plane, plane angle (up) and plane angle (down).
Additionally, you can also compare your swing to the pro you set as a default by selecting the up/down arrow to the right top of the golfer swing and you can also save your “best” swing for that club (or select a favorite swing) by hitting the “medal” or “star” icons respectively at the top navigation.
Another great feature is that the SwingTalk analyzer can analyze almost any club – from the driver all the way to the putter. I personally love that I can get putting stats!
Overall, I am very pleased with the SwingTalk Analyzer and the rich set of data you can extract from this tiny but powerful unit. If the user-interface was a tad more intuitive this product would easily be 5 stars (out of 5 stars).
Check it out here: SwingTalk