Swingbyte, an innovative, lightweight swing analyzer we have covered here and here on GolfWRX, today becomes the second golf-related app to release Glassware for Google Glass. With the Swingbyte and Google Glass, a pair of internet-connected glasses with an optical display, golfers now have instant, hands-free access to their Swingbyte data such as swing speed, club face angle, swing path and more.
Wearable technology, especially when it comes to sports, has been on fire lately, and demand and innovation is only expected to keep getting hotter. Google Glass specifically has been spotted in videos from the PGA Tour as early as last year, but momentum has picked up recently with many players putting on Glass to give fans a player’s eye view while they play a practice round. While it isn’t legal to use Glass during official tournament play, Glass is almost perfectly suited for golf, especially during practice.
One of the complaints about technology on the golf course is that it can get in the way or take you out of the moment, especially when you’re grinding on the range. But Glass is a powerful, hands-free display that eliminates the need to fumble around for your smartphone because it presents the information, such as swing data or even the distance to the pin, directly on the screen in front of your eyes.
Swingbyte weighs less than 1 ounce and connects to the shaft of your club to track thousands of data points during your swing and present accurate information such as your clubhead speed, face angle and even 3D animation of your swing. While the golf swing is complex and golfers can easily get data overload, Swingbyte has always tried to be as easy to use and understand as possible, presenting only the information a golfer needs and wants. Creating Glassware was the next logical step in continuing to fulfill that vision.
“We’re continuing to work to bring the ultimate training experience to golfers,” said Alex Pedenko, Swingbyte co-founder and CEO. “We want to not only provide them with useful and accurate data they can use to improve their game, but we want to deliver it in a fun and convenient manner. Teaming up with Google Glass to offer our Glassware is one example of doing just that. Glassware brings a fun and engaging experience to golfers training on the driving range.”
All a golfer has to do is fire up Swingbyte, download the Swingbyte Glassware from the Google Glass App Store and start swinging. Each swing is tracked, analyzed and sent to the Swingbyte cloud to be available for viewing on any device as well as instantly on Glass. Key swing data, including clubhead speed, club path and face to path are presented in a clean, uncluttered view right on Glass. This allows golfers to stay focused on their routine, focused on what they are working on, and not take the time to reach for a smartphone or tablet to view data after every swing.
There is so much technical innovation in golf right now and the real opportunity lies in making sure the technology doesn’t take over and command too much attention to use it. With Glass, Swingbyte has created a powerful blend of golf and technology and opened up a new way for golfers to visualize their swing data that doesn’t require adding any additional steps to a golfer’s routine once they start taking swings.
Just like the iOS and Android apps, the Swingbyte Glassware is free and available through the Google Glass App Store. You will need to purchase the hardware which is available for $169 at www.Swingbyte.com and more than 1,800 AT&T stores and select Golf Galaxy, GolfSmith and Golf Town stores. And oh yeah… you’ll need a Google Glass unit, which is currently only available in limited release for $1500. You can sign up on the Glass website to stay informed of future releases.
WRX Spotlight: Dead Zero Putting Disk Pro
Product: Dead Zero Putting Disk Pro
Pitch: From Dead Zero: “The new Dead Zero Pro model putting disk offers golfers the ability to accurately determine green slope and a true fall line when practicing their “money” putts thanks to a bubble level embedded into the top of the disk. The bubble level accurately measures up to six-degrees of slope and gives a true reading of the fall line on any area of the putting surface. Like the Original model, the Dead Zero Pro helps all golfers build confidence to make more putts inside eight to ten feet.”
Our take on the Dead Zero Putting Disk Pro
The Dead Zero Pro Putting Disk Pro improves upon the original design by incorporating player and instructor feedback to include a level in the top of the disk. It’s a wise addition to a device that already offers players aid in an important practice approach: putting to a target smaller than the 4.25-inch cup. (The disk is roughly half the size)
We tried the Dead Zero Putting Disk Pro in the manner creator Eric Schmitt suggests in the video below.
We found it easier to focus on putting to a smaller target when using the device–the fact that the disk looks like a target certainly doesn’t hurt this! It’s also easier to practice breaking putts with the Dead Zero Putting Disk.
The level function helps quickly get an accurate feel for the putt, and you can set the disk down where the hole effectively “is,” from an aiming standpoint, on, say, an eight-footer that breaks six inches right to left.
It’s also a nice tool to have in your bag any time you need a target in practice, really, and are struggling to visualize a line or landing area. For example, when pitching from around the green.
Ultimately, this is a good practice and practice round tool that nicely functions as a smaller-than-a-golf-hole target for putting, a level, and an easy-to-see target.
A final word: There is something to the fact that golfers, particularly those who struggle with their putting, get hung up on aiming at a portion of the hole, “three balls out,” etc. If the cup has started to look more like foe than friend, shaking things up with a device like the Dead Zero Putting disk is recommended.
- More photos of/discussion about the Dead Zero Putting Disk Pro in the forums.
WRX Spotted: Lamkin Sink Fit Straight
When it comes to grips we golfers can be a finicky bunch – especially when it comes to our putters. With so many different taper, weight, and material options on the market today, it’s easy to find something that’s just right. The same can be said for tour players too – when the flat stick isn’t working, try a new grip.
At the Zurich Classic in New Orleans this week, we came across a new putter grip from Lamkin: the Sink Fit Straight Polyurethane.
The Sink Fit line from Lamkin is not new but the Straight Polyurethane version is. Featuring a soft, tacky outer layer the shape is designed to help promote a better pendulum stroke with a slight pistol for the top hand. Unlike many other popular grip models that feature less taper the pistol shape might be the better option for those used to a pistol shape but want the benefits of a reduced taper grip.
The cool thing about the Sink Fit popping up at the Zurich, is that if you want to try it, the grip along with others from the Sink Fit line are already available online from Lamkin.
- See more of our photos from the Zurich Classic in the forums.
Forum Thread of the Day: “Anyone jumping on the Hogan bandwagon?”
Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from tsecor, who pays homage to Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, and asks what fellow members think of the club manufacturer. The consensus is very positive, with the value for the quality of irons provided cited as one of the best features of the company.
Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.
- bfp9: “I’ve been on the Hogan train since 2006 when I bought Apex Blades (with the dreaded Callaway Forging). Still use them today. Although they are getting long in the tooth. Best Irons for my swing, and my game. And they were $299 new at Golfsmith. Haven’t hit the new stuff, but I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to buy another set of Hogans.”
- MattM97: “Lefty options are limited, only thing I might consider are the wedges but after shipping, import fee/duty, re-gripping to what I like they are as much or more than most wedges. But I do like what they are offering and are a much cheaper and appealing product for many golfers. So I’ll be a fan, but won’t be a user of Hogan products.”
- dkelly1269: “I have a set of the FW15s and just picked up a set of the PTx irons. Both are very high quality and very playable at a great price. I’m all in.”
- tsecor: “I played Hogan Apex PC’s back in the late ’80s when I was a child, and I loved them. My parents bought them for me as a gift for graduation. They were $399 I think……not sure why I ever sold them, but it seems as if the Hogan company is getting back to their roots and the tech they are including in their irons is impressive…to me anyway.”
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