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Equipment review: Swingbyte 2

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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I'm not much for gadgets or gimmicks when it comes to golf so at first glance I wasn't sure I would like the Swingbyte 2.

It's a contraption the size of an eraser you can hook to your golf club or putter at the range or practice green that will measure all sorts of statistical data and spit out a quick-hit analysis of your swing.

The verdict after playing around with it for a few days: I love it.

Let's check out why.

What's your favorite thing about Swingbyte?

It's really, really, really easy to use. I can't stress this enough. I mean it's really easy. If you shove something in front of me and say "this will improve your swing but it will take you 50 minutes to figure out how to use it," I'm probably out.

All you do is flip the power on this little piece, hook it on your club, and click an app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Swingbyte connects to your device via Bluetooth and you're off and running.

How does it help you?

Swingbyte gives you immediate feedback on the following things:

  • Club head speed and acceleration
  • Your club's true plane from address to impact
  • Club face angle relative to swing path
  • Angle of attack and club path
  • Swing Tempo

I think my favorite part is the 3D club path you can see on your phone or iPad. I struggle with looping my swing and staying slow on the way down and I can see immediately after I swing whether or not I did those two things.

The feedback looks like this:

What else do you like about it?

I love that it keeps a history of my swings with each individual club. I can see if I'm staying slow or if I'm getting faster with my swing as my swing sessions go on. I can measure improvement rather than just looking at it once and moving on. I think that's the mark of a good product.

Do you have a video?

Of course. Here's a good look at the device.

Where can I buy it?

Right here at Swingbyte.com

And is it costly?

Nope, $149

So how would you rank them?

9/10

One other note

I don't recommend using this during an actual round. You'll be swimming in so many numbers you won't even be able to make contact. But for those long practice sessions on the range? Absolutely.

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