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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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In-hand photos of prototype Ping “Blueprint” irons

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Our Johnny Wunder paid a visit to Ping HQ in Phoenix, and in addition to getting to step inside to company’s legendary gold putter vault, The Gear Dive host got an exclusive in-hand look at Ping’s new prototype Blueprint irons.

While we can’t provide any additional details at present, we do have these photos of a 6-iron for your viewing pleasure.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the irons in the forums. 

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Bargain Challenge: Putting together a set of clubs for $500

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You have a golf trip planned in two weeks. One day after work, you head to your car to hit the range and get some grinding in for the trip. As you walk to your car you notice your car has been broken into and your clubs are gone. Not good. You need new clubs for the trip but aren’t in a position to shell out the $2,000-$3,000 for a brand new set. What are your options? I recommend hitting the used market.

Every year, thousands of used golf clubs go on the market. Some of the clubs had a rough life and some have barely been hit. As an exercise to see what you can get for your dollar, I browsed one of the web’s largest used golf equipment sites (3balls.com) with a budget of $500 for a full set of clubs in my specs. What I found was really interesting.

Rules: 14 clubs for under $500 shipped. As close to my specs as possible.

Driver

Since I play a low loft driver with a low launch, low spin shaft, I knew I was in for a challenge with finding a driver. Once I took a minute to search, I found this beauty of a driver. I remember hitting the Ping G10 back in the day, and it was one of the most forgiving drivers at the time. Plus, it was very close to my specs at standard length, 7.5 degrees, and a mid-launch Grafalloy shaft.

Wood

While searching for a 3-wood, I had two things in mind, I needed a X-stiff shaft, and I needed it to be heavy. After about five minutes, I found this great Titleist 913 with a heavier X-stiff shaft. Normally I play a 13-degree 3-wood, and this 3-wood would allow me to loft it down to get the desired flight. Really a solid deal for $50.

Hybrid

In an ideal world, I’d be hitting a 2-iron or a driving iron here. The problem is that driving irons can sell for $100-plus fairly easily, so that was out of budget. After searching, I found a nice 17-degree hybrid from Ping with an X-stiff shaft. The shaft is a little lighter than I would like, but it is not a bad pick up for 80 bucks.

Irons

I knew I would want to spend the majority of my money on some solid irons. After searching, with the parameters being a 3-PW set with X100 shafts, I found this great Titleist combo set. I current play a MB/CB combo from another company, so this set fits well with what I am looking for if I was to replace my current set. All of this for $200.

Wedges

Wedge shopping was hard because I needed a lob wedge with good grooves and a gap wedge that wasn’t trash. I got really lucky with the Ping lob wedge. It is in very good condition which is really what matters for the grooves since I will be using it greenside. Since it is blue dot, I can get it sent to ping to be adjusted for my specs. For the gap wedge, I picked up a heavily used 52-degree. Ideally, I would have more money for a slightly better grooved GW.

Putter

Can’t go wrong with a White Hot in my preferred length. Not much more to say.

Total

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Is it easier to hit players irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day was created by lazyjc4, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what they feel are some of the easiest to hit players irons on the market. Our members have mentioned a multitude of players irons, with plenty of detailed reasoning behind their choices.

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.

  • thewral: “New Level 902. Single piece forging, feel great, smallish head, low offset, distance lofts.”
  • naj959: “I went through a couple of sets of irons this year which included 765s, flyz+, and finally settled on the…..Bridgestone J15 DPF. There are some great reviews of these irons. The 765s are forgiving, but the j15s are even more so. They have a very thin top line, are workable, and are lonnnng.”
  • Casper_golf: “Take a good look at the Wilson V6, or if you are looking for something older, guys really like the V4’s that can be found as a steal.  Way underrated irons. Soft feel forgiving and long for the weaker lofts they have. No offset.”
  • Sonja Henie: “Very interested in the comment about the 745s being similar to the 545s in forgiveness.  I’ve been very tempted by the 565s but might do better with the 765s.”

Entire Thread: “Easier to hit players irons?”

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