Have you ever cleaned out a closet or looked through old boxes to find something valuable you forgot you owned? If you are like me, cleaning the garage can always produce an old training aid long forgotten, the swingyde, a golf fan power trainer, the speedstik, etc. I normally chuckle or swing the aid a few times and put it up. Last week, I may have struck gold when going through an old drawer.
While putting away Christmas presents, I found my Golfsense sensor from 2013-14. I used it a handful of times, but for some reason, I never fully integrated it into my routine. I also thought the measurements were off. What I am finding out with devices like the optishot and Golfsense is the measurements aren’t what is off. My perception of my swing is off. I decided to try the sensor again during my planned full swing session.
The information from the session with the tracker proved invaluable. My device is a couple years old, so the updated version from Zepp includes numerous additional features. The app for my device mainly measures club plane, hand plane, backswing, and tempo. The first handful of swings showed me my swing plane is not as consistent as it should be, my tempo is way too fast, and my backswing was short. Consistency comes from continued practice, so I used the information to work on my tempo and backswing.
I focused on tempo to increase the swing score on the app. The score is an arbitrary measurement of the quality of each swing. However, scoring each swing is a great way to create a game for focus on each shot. My temp tends to be quick. The app indicates 3:1 is the ideal tempo, but I started around 2.3:1. Working on my weight shift last summer along with my natural tendency to rush my shots was clear with the numbers. I took a handful of deliberate swings and achieved the 3:1 ratio.
The backswing number took more time to work on. I assumed it somehow read my shoulder turn, but the recommendation is 270 degrees. 270 is not humanely possible, and when I turned more, the number didn’t dramatically change. After reading a little further, I realized the backswing number measured the club at the top compared to address position. The tracker basically measured wrist hinge combined with turn. I wasn’t hinging my wrists near what I needed. I incorporated the slower tempo and hinged my wrists more to get closer to 270 degrees. My best efforts ranged from 240-250, but the app indicated those numbers were in the proper range.
Great numbers with easy fixes in 1 session was nice, but the real question is whether that has an effect on ball flight. I have not made it to the range due to the snow, but I hit foam balls into a screen that night. The numbers looked good and the ball looked to have a higher trajectory. My angle of attack improved due to the wrist hinge.
My next test happened a few days later on the optishot. After a few warm up swings, I was able to produce similar improved numbers on the simulator’s range. I then played a round. The numbers stayed reasonable, and while I got quick at times, my improvements seemed to stick. My round score wasn’t perfect, but I shot reasonably well.
My only criticism is the measurements don’t take into account face angle. I could make a reasonably good swing, but my clubface could be a little more open or closed. The sensor doesn’t account for some of that variation. I did find it difficult to have a good score and hit the ball terrible. Working with this sensor helped me with immediate feedback and improve 2 important areas of my game. I plan to continue to use it to help with my tempo and hinge. I believe improving those areas will drastically improve my GIRs. I can add club face work in as these numbers become even more consistent during practice. 1 device won’t solve everything, but the Golfsense sensor definitely helped my game.
A good winter cleaning is a good place to start looking for training aids. Stay warm.