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#1 clevited

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:17 PM

I am a long time forum prowler, first time poster.

I have scoured the internet for some information and I hope to test this for myself but I thought this forum might net me some good information.

I own a Skytrak and I really enjoy it.  Its very fun to practice on, simple to use, easy to trasport and all that good stuff.  Its accuracy has been very good...up to a point.

I have done a few tests in the past but nothing really serious.  I have tested it simultaniously against a Trackman twice, once with irons and once with Driver.  With irons I get ball speed, spin, distance and all that jazz to match up closely with Trackman but once I start getting into higher ball speeds, it seems that particular parameter deviates more and more from what Trackman shows.  For example, the one time I did a direct comparison with my driver, I got anywhere between 4-8 mph ball speed differences between Skytrak and Trackman.  The Skytrak was always lower.  The Trackman ball speeds for my comparison were upper 170s to mid 180s for reference.

My question to those of you that hit the long ball, have you ever hit on a Skytrak, do you own a Skytrak and did it give you ball speeds that seemed abnormally low?  I am wondering if this phenomenon is just with my unit or if it is just a limitation of the Skytrak.  If it is a limitation of the Skytrak hardware, then I wonder how much it is off at ball speeds nearer to 200 mph.  I theorize its an exponential growth of error, but that is just a guess.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:27 PM

While I don't have an answer for you, I just wanted to welcome you to the board!

Interested in possible answers, since I wasn't smart enough to ask this question, and I think that it is a good point to answer.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:33 PM

View Postaugustgolf, on 13 October 2017 - 02:27 PM, said:

While I don't have an answer for you, I just wanted to welcome you to the board!

Interested in possible answers, since I wasn't smart enough to ask this question, and I think that it is a good point to answer.

Thanks for the warm welcome.  I am really hoping to find an answer to this as "renting" my local Trackman for testing isn't cheap.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:35 PM

Every device is different if that makes sense. I have only hit on a Skytrak once and didnít really pay attention to my numbers. I will however say the data can still be used. You now know what your device reads in comparison to TM and can adjust accordingly

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:52 PM

View PostJasonfish_02, on 13 October 2017 - 08:35 PM, said:

Every device is different if that makes sense. I have only hit on a Skytrak once and didn’t really pay attention to my numbers. I will however say the data can still be used. You now know what your device reads in comparison to TM and can adjust accordingly

Thank you for the reply. I guess I am trying to verify whether this phenomenon is unique to my unit and needs to be sent in for recalibration or if it is a problem due to the design of the Skytrak. I have some technical  guesses as to why it might be limited by design but I won't get into that.


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 11:41 AM

Wow, not a single person on here with high ball speed and experience with that on a Skytrak, I am surprised. Oh well, it was worth a shot, guess I will just have to spend the money and rent the Trackman for an hour or something to confirm my previous observations.

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 04:15 PM

I can attest. I have a skytrak and while the wedge and iron numbers are relatively close the driver numbers struggle to compare. I’m in the mid to high 170s in ballspeed on trackman and skytrak is sometimes 10 mph off. I don’t use it to hit many drivers indoors more to dial in wedge distances but I have had a similar problem to you as well not sure what it is
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Posted 23 October 2017 - 04:21 PM

I have a SkyTrak that I'm actually trying to sell. I like the unit, it's definitely legit for the most part, especially for the price, I just don't use it. Anyway, I too noticed a difference in ball speeds compared to Trackman. Like you, I was significantly lower with SkyTrak. I can't say for sure, but perhaps you're correct with your assessment about exponential error.
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Posted 23 October 2017 - 08:38 PM

Awesome thank you for the helpful responses. Just an update,I checked Skytrak against a swing caddie and they agree more often than not up to about 160 mph ball speed.  After that, it is often 2-5 less from what I observed. Seems to backup what I have seen before and what you guys have seen

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 11:03 PM

I own a Skytrak and I've noticed that ball speed numbers are progressively lower as the club lengthens.  The driver and 3 wood show the most variance.   Once I determined this difference I just take the date for what it is.  Irons are really really close and with the longers clubs I'm most concerned with shot shape which Skytrak illustrates very well.  

Skytrak vs trackman isn't really a "fair" comparison based on the cost. On the same note, for the cost Skytrak is amazing.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:09 PM

I just recently got a Skytrak, and I can confirm that it doesn't measure well at high ball speeds. Driver for me doesn't recognize fade/draw very accurately, and definitely underestimates carry/ball speed. I have no problem carrying 270 in most conditions, but Skytrak frequently has my carry at like 240 or 250. It's damn frustrating. Irons register very accurately though :D

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 11:00 PM

a lot of people have commented on the low ball speed / low carry numbers with driver, and according to many this is do to the indoor swing effect.  I'm not sure if it is or if it isn't, but I gave up on hitting anything over 4 iron because it was so frustrating.  I had a few days where Skytrak would read my speeds in the upper 160's, but 90% of the time I had trouble getting it to ready anything into the mid  150s.

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 08:20 AM

View Postjerry3, on 15 February 2018 - 11:00 PM, said:

a lot of people have commented on the low ball speed / low carry numbers with driver, and according to many this is do to the indoor swing effect.  I'm not sure if it is or if it isn't, but I gave up on hitting anything over 4 iron because it was so frustrating.  I had a few days where Skytrak would read my speeds in the upper 160's, but 90% of the time I had trouble getting it to ready anything into the mid  150s.

That is definitely the case for some people, or dare I say most, but I have tested my Skytrak against a Trackman at the same time, at the same place and the Trackman was always higher ball speed wise.  2-8 mph higher is what I saw.  Never at the speeds I was hitting did I see Skytrak over report ball speed when compared to Trackman.  The ball speeds I saw this occur were over 170 mph.

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