OK, well it was brutally hot this morning already but I decided to go out and give the Swingbyte a try.
First I'll tell you about the setup.
The product packaging is very fancy looking, but surprisingly, there are no instructions included. One very small piece of paper that says "Download the App". Seems like they could have put some better info, but ok, I downloaded the app...
App downloaded, I set into pairing the unit and configuring my "bag" in the app. I setup each of my clubs with the actual length, lie angles etc.
Headed out the range and gave it a try. I started off with 6 iron, shown below installed on the club shaft and also I put a little impact tape on the club face to try to add that mentally into the results.
Before I could capture swings, I had to calibrate the unit. I'm not positive I did this step correctly, and may try recalibrating again next time out. (see below).
However once I selected the club and gave a swing, each swing appears on the app after about a 4 second delay. There are two main "screens" to view the swing data. One is the illustrated swing path drawing, the other is the raw data numbers with figures such as club head speed, tempo, club path, etc. Each new swing updates the screen with the new data, but all are captured with time and date stamp in the history. You can pull up a previous swing and review the data or play back the swing in a animation, or step thru using the slider.
First comment: regarding the visuals of the animation matching real life. I've down lots of video of my swing. I know that I have a shut closed face on take away, and tend to hold it out and keep it over the plane, and have shut face at impact. The animation matched it very very closely.
Second comment: the data screen. I have used fitting monitors and trackman during a lesson a few times, so I know roughly my 6 iron and driver club head speeds as well as club path tendencies. I would say that it matched very closely.
The only thing I noticed that seemed like it might be "off" is the shaft lean and dynamic loft. I almost think it was due to a mis-calibration, since it looks like all my swings recorded show about 4.5* too much shaft lean both at address and impact. i.e. a 10.5 driver shows 6.5* at address and 2* at impact... I'll try to test that out some more, re-calibrate, etc. It was just too hot this morning to do much more.
I hit the 6 iron, Driver, 9 iron, and Hybrid. The 6 iron results seemed as expected (not great, but as expected). The Driver results were pretty depressing, (sigh). The 9 iron swings were also accurate, but I was able to make some changes on the swing to fix some path issues using each swing's feedback with reasonable success. Started getting some good results. The Hybrid was also very beneficial to measure. It was long enough to expose the faults, but I was able to "work it out" a little. I think with some time this could be as helpful as video analysis. Heck it's almost like a personal cheap launch monitor.
... more later