Swing Caddie SC300 Review: A New Generation in Portable Launch Monitors
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One of the hottest new trends among golfers of all levels is the affordable launch monitor.
Most likely, you’ve already seen the traditional, industry standard launch monitor at work in golf tournaments. These launch monitors provide instant statistics on every shot. And shot statistics do more than add interest to a PGA Tournament. They also offer priceless insights for any golfer seeking to pinpoint shortcomings and practice more strategically.
Until recently, launch monitors only came with a price tag of $10,000 or more. They were the luxury of touring professionals, only available to amateur golfers in major golf facilities.
Over the past couple years, however, industry innovators have found ways to make the same cutting edge technology portable and affordable to almost anyone. And the innovator leading the industry is Swing Caddie.
You’ve likely heard of Swing Caddie. Their SC200 portable launch monitor was a huge hit from the moment of its release. Combining state-of-the-art Doppler Radar technology with affordability and a lightweight, compact design, the SC200 quickly became the go-to tool for coaches, professionals, and weekend warriors alike.
Now, Swing Caddie is introducing their newest model, the SC300 portable launch monitor. How does it stack up?
I’ll fill you in on the new features that set the SC300 apart. First, let’s talk about the foundation on which this new model is built.
The New Features of the SC300
As a PGA Teaching Professional, I can assure you, the more information you have about your golf swing, the easier it is to make real improvements to your game. I serve as Director of Golf at the Sanford Power Golf Academy, and I use launch monitors with my students all the time. I also encourage them to get their own portable launch monitors.
So it’s no wonder I’m a big fan of the new features of the SC300. For this new generation of launch monitor, Swing Caddie added three areas of feedback for greater insight into your game.
In addition to swing speed, smash factor, ball speed, and carry distance, the SC300 also tells you the apex of each shot.
What does this mean?
The apex is the highest point in your golf ball’s trajectory.
Why should you care?
There are several ways you can benefit from understanding the shape of your ball flight. Probably one of the most compelling examples relates to navigating hazards on the course. For example, imagine you have to shoot over a tree. Or, on the flip side, you may want to make sure your ball glides under a tree. Either way, when you know how high or low you tend to hit the ball, you have clearer expectations for your shot. This knowledge can inform your course management or guide you to make any necessary adjustments in your swing.
The question of apex arises a lot at the Sanford POWER Golf Academy, as well. We get a lot of wind in South Dakota, so it’s not at all uncommon for me to encourage my students to shoot a little lower. With a reliable launch monitor, they have a quantifiable understanding of what “lower” means.
The SC300 also displays launch angle information after each shot.
“Launch angle”—as you probably deduced—refers to the angle at which your ball launches.
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