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By adding swing data, ClubHub aims to change the GPS shot-tracking game

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A new player is entering the market of GPS-based sensor-and-app shot tracking, and this one offers something huge the existing options don’t: swing data.

That’s right, in addition to the traditional shot tracking possibilities we’ve become familiar with recently, ClubHub is a portable launch monitor of sorts, offering information such as club head speed, face angle, angle of attack, and tempo, in addition to a 3-D view of a golfer’s swing.

“The main point of differentiation between our product and the competition is we are the first and only personal, portable, and affordable sensor system that does both swing analysis and shot tracking,” said John F. Melican, company president. “We provide the swing parameters that lead to the result … a complete solution for golfers: swing analysis and shot tracking to be used on the range to practice, or on the course to play a round.”

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ClubHub, which hits the market in early June with an MSRP of $499, is the brainchild of company founder Pat Steusloff, an avid golfer with a background in medical technology product development, as well as a degree from the Golf Academy of America.

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“Each shot taken is automatically analyzed and recorded, and can be reviewed on the phone app,” Steusloff said. “All swing data is also pushed to the Cloud, and can be reviewed by the player and shared with their instructor. The player can see trends in their swing and compare results since all swings are permanently saved. In addition to swing analysis, it automatically tracks shots on course—the club used, the location and distance of every shot, along with scoring stats such as fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts.”

At first blush, ClubHub and its component technology seems an obvious upgrade over existing options, and a premium offering of sorts with a retail price of a few hundred dollars more than Game Golf or Arccos. At GolfWRX, we will be interested to see whether GPS shot tracking enthusiasts are willing to pay an additional couple of hundred dollars for swing data.

We suspect they will.

And a final note: Anticipating the top question from the comment section. The ClubHub butt-end sensor, at 10.2 grams, does change a club’s swingweight by approximately two points. For more information, ordering details (again, the product hits the market in early June), and other burning questions, check out their website and FAQ.

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  1. Mark

    Jun 25, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Clubhub does not track your score even though it has the data. You have to enter your score at the end of the round.

    The swing analysis is cool but Arccos has the better app.

  2. 8thehardway

    May 14, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Next year I’m releasing “NAGS” – Neural Analysis and Golf Swing advice that instantly tells you what you did wrong on EVERY shot. When you ‘can’t handle the truth’ anymore, point it at a friend and help them have a more enjoyable round. Oh, it also ‘voice-afies’ and simplifies results from your Ping putting App – “left that one short, Phil” – so you’re covered from tee to green.

  3. Nick

    May 13, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I love anything that gathers stats/analyzes/generally appeals to the inner geek, so I will be having a look at this.

    Just what I need, something else to feed my obsession:)

  4. tlmck

    May 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I just use a free GPS app called GolfShot. Does not analyze, but it is a good GPS.

  5. Robert

    May 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    The problem with these “swing analyzers” is that they are so inaccurate when you are analyzing from the grip side it’s outrageous. I used to own the SwingTalk and that thing was great, but it was so inaccurate compared to a high end launch monitor. Frankly, it was embarrassing. How about just make a GPS shot tracking device like Arccos but have it actually work.

    • TR1PTIK

      May 12, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      It’s called Game Golf 😉 Obviously kidding. Game Golf has its quirks as well.

  6. Rene

    May 12, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    LOL, I was just thinking about this exact setup yesterday and how helpful it would be

  7. Blake

    May 12, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Can we please stop advocating using the phone while on a golf course?

    • Rene

      May 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      The cost of these systems would be out of range for normal golfers if they didn’t implement the phone as the data collector. Easy solution would be leave the phone alone and review data after the round.

      As for me, I use a GPS range finder on my phone while playing, but it doesn’t slow my rate of play down, if anything it speeds up a round by not having to check yardage markers and stepping off distances etc…

      But I agree, you shouldn’t be reviewing your analytics while on the course, unless of course you are waiting for the group ahead of you

    • Other Paul

      May 12, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Nope. I love my phone on a golf course. Stat tracking and digital scorecards are great. Phone calls are bad.

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