Have you been wondering if it’s time to take your golf game to the next level with the help of a training aid? As a PGA golf instructor, I’ll let you in on a secret.
The one device I use the most in my work as an instructor is a launch monitor.
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Features of the Swing Caddie 2
The first thing I noticed when I tested the Swing Caddie 2 was its manageable size and weight. The device is roughly the size of a smart phone. It’s easy to slip into a pocket when you’re heading out to the driving range or golf course and easy to pack when you’re hoping to get a little golfing in on your next business trip.
The Swing Caddie 2 comes with simple, clear instructions for use. It also includes a remote control. The remote enables you to switch settings without having to bend down to access the unit.
Additionally, the launch monitor comes with Voice Distance Output. This means the Swing Caddie 2 reads your distance out loud after each swing. The voice feature is non-disruptive on the golf course. However, if you’re not quite ready to have your swing stats read aloud in a public setting, don’t worry. The Voice Distance Output can be turned off.
Like all launch monitors, the Swing Caddie 2 tell you the carry distance, swing speed, ball speed, and smash factor on each swing. It also stores your stats for the last 100 shots and stores your average distance, speed, and smash factor for the day. This storage feature will help you recognize patterns and track improvement.
Finally, this particular launch monitor does more than help you evaluate your abilities; it also includes settings that test your ability to reach specific goals. You see, the Swing Caddie 2 features three different mode settings.
The Practice Mode gives you the stats for every swing you make.
Target Mode enables you to set a target distance, then gives you the impact data and scores you on how close you were to reaching your target.
In Approach Mode, the Swing Caddie 2 sets random target distances for you so you can practice your accuracy and adaptability.
This all sounds great, right? But here’s the big question: Are all these readings even accurate?
Well, the “brochure” answer would be this: The Swing Caddie 2 uses Barometric Pressure Calibration and Doppler Radar Technology to ensure the most accurate reading possible. (link to SwingCaddie 2 home page)
Nevertheless, I wanted to give you an answer based on my own real-world experience. I wanted to be able to tell you in basic terms how well you can trust the Swing Caddie 2. That’s why I conducted my own field test. Here’s what I learned from trying this device out for myself:
The Swing Caddie 2 Field Test
As I mentioned before, I use a high-end launch monitor with my students to ensure that I am instructing them with the most accurate information available. The unit we use at the Todd Kolb Golf Academy is the industry standard and can cost up to $20,000.
So, I decided to conduct a field test with the Swing Caddie 2 in order to see how this $349 unit stacks up against the much more expensive industry standard. I set both units side-by-side, programmed them both for whichever golf club I was using, and compared the readings. Here are my results.
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