Wireless golf swing analyzer now available


Swingbyte, which Golf Digest magazine called one of the "12 coolest" products at this year's PGA Merchandise Show when it was introduced to golf professionals, is now available to golfers in the U.S. and Canada.

Golfers who want to know what they need to do to fix their swings can get answers from the 3D swing analyzer that attaches to their club and transmits feedback instantly to a smartphone or tablet. Swingbyte takes advantage of the latest mobile technology to help golfers of all skill levels improve faster.

"Swingbyte will tell golfers more about their swing in five minutes than many would know after five years of practice," said Brian Payne, a former PGA professional who is vice president of business development for Chicago-based Swingbyte. "It's the most objective, convenient and affordable way golfers can learn about their swing and improve their game."

Swingbyte is now available in the U.S. and Canada through the company's website, Swingbyte.com.

About the size of most key fobs and weighing less than an ounce, Swingbyte attaches to the shaft of any golf club below the grip. As the club makes contact with the ball, a sensor transmits a digitized version of the swing to Apple and Android smartphones and tablets where it can be viewed during practice sessions and archived in the cloud for future reference.

With the information Swingbyte makes available -- club head speed; the club's true plane, from address to impact; club face angle relative to swing path; loft and lie at address and impact; angle of attack and tempo -- golfers can pinpoint swing problems and work on their own or with an instructor to correct them.

Swingbyte complements the personal instruction teachers provide, according to Dr. Jim Suttie, who owns the Jim Suttie Golf Academies at Cog Hill G&CC in Lemont, Ill., and The Club at TwinEagles in Naples, Fla.

"Instructors can make a swing look as pretty as you want, but if you don't know what's happening at impact it doesn't matter how good that swing looks," said Suttie, who is ranked 15th among America's 50 Greatest Teachers by Golf Digest. "You need something to verify what the instructor believes needs to be corrected, and that's what Swingbyte gives you."

Mike Perpich, director of instruction at RiverPines Golf in Alpharetta. Ga., and a Golf magazine Top 100 Teacher, said: "I've never seen anything like it. It's unbelievable." "For the people I teach, it will be invaluable."

Swingbyte's introductory price of $149 includes the Swingbyte unit, the free Swingbyte app and access to premium online content and service for one year, a $49 value included at no charge during the introductory period. Premium options include historical data storage, upgraded instruction and the ability to send data to instructors for review.


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