Published on October 4th, 2013 | by Greg0
Zepp GolfSense 3 Sits On Your Glove, Not Club
If you’re a golfer and you don’t already have a system that tracks your swing, you’re missing out. These little gadgets can improve your game, but more importantly, they can improve the experience- offering personalized, instant feedback without the need for an expensive coach. You can play exactly as you would otherwise, but gain the ability to show people that hole-in-one and give them some proof that you did it (and maybe, just maybe, learn how to repeat your successes which can be as critical as avoiding your mistakes).
The Zepp GolfSense 3 is not the only model on the market- we’ve seen a variety of other golf sensors. Like most, you’ll need a smartphone (or tablet) to make use of it, and free apps are available for both iOS iPhone users and Android devices. It stands apart from most others because it is the only stand-alone sensor we’ve seen that attaches to your glove instead of around your club (a superb advance to the SensoGlove that we reviewed a couple of years ago). The club-type models offer some advantages- we don’t always wear gloves, and they did tend to be more accurate- but adding extra weight and bulk to your club (and constantly adjusting and re-tightening those kind of versions whenever you change clubs) is awkward.
Also fairly unusual is that Zepp makes sensors for quite a few other activities and spots- or at least they are planning to, when their Tennis and Baseball sensors become available in the near future. Unlike some, you actually can use this one for practice without hitting a ball, as long as you modify the settings (it’s a bit buried). We aren’t professionals, or even gifted amateurs, but it’s still pretty amazing to be able to analyze your motions in three dimensions, and it is here that the GolfSense 3 excels. Connecting it is easy, and we had no issues with the Bluetooth wireless during our tests. And the most important thing to remember to is that you can relax and enjoy the visuals- the device will give you a bunch of numbers, but they can be hard to understand at first, and the graphic representation really does help you isolate, repeat, and compare different movements and motions.
Granted, it can’t show you everything, and doesn’t appear to track weight/balance among other things, and there isn’t a video playback option like is available on some competitors. But you do get to see your speed, plane, path, tempo, and can even use your smartphone to help by placing it in a pocket and having it measure your hip rotation. Pretty nifty! With two accelerometers, a compass, and a gyroscope all built in, and a lithium polymer battery that last for five hours of continuous recording (or double that for more typical use) there is lots to like about the Zepp GolfSense 3. Available now, in white or black, for around $110.