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.”
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.
“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.