There are many different types of golf app for the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch ranging from simple golf-themed games played for enjoyment, to a variety of different apps aimed at helping you out on your course, acting as an electronic caddy, analysing your scoring and golf game and also analysing your swing.
There are many swing analyser apps about today, but Ubersense Golf SwingReader is certainly one of the most user-friendly versions we have come across.
What is Ubersense Golf SwingReader?
As the name suggests, Ubersense Golf SwingReader is an app that uses the video camera functionality of your chosen Apple device to help you record, analyse and compare your swing. In itself, that is nothing particularly special as there have been many other apps available that offer the same ability, but where this new app scores particularly well, is in how you can access this data and illustrate it.
There are four main parts to the app, the recording of your swing, comparing your swing (either with another golfer or a previous video recording of your own swing), analysing your swing and finally the social network feature.
1. Recording your Swing
The simplest function of the app but arguably the most critical to get right, is the record function. To use this properly you are going to need a friend or partner who can use your device to record your swing side on and also from behind. It is important that the user frames the swing correctly so that it is roughly the same scale as the videos you can download of other golfers swing to compare it to.
This sounds complex but Ubersense have realised that a little advice here can go a long way. As such they have set up a blog which details a vast amount of articles about all their different software (they also use similar analysis software on a wide range of sports) and in each section there are handy articles and blog posts about how to get the most from your software, including how to cap your video to the perfect size.
The blog is a nifty feature showing you through words and video exactly how to get the most from the software and ensure that when you make your crucial recordings of your swing, they are of a quality and clarity that makes it easy for you to use productively with other parts of the software.
2. Comparing your Swing
The comparison tool is, in my opinion, a tad overrated as a diagnostic device when it comes to improving a golf swing. Any golfer can compare their swing to Rory McIlroy and note the differences, but do they have the technical knowhow and golf knowledge to put it right?
That’s the million dollar question but that should not diminish the quality of the comparison tool in the app. You can use an older version of your swing, or any other swing you may have recorded, or download the swing of a number of LPGA and PGA tour professionals to compare you with. Best of all you can compare the swings either overlaid, or side by side (below), meaning you get to see two different comparative views, from the side and behind, to gain a fuller understanding of where your swing differs.
I’d always suggest at this point speaking with a teaching pro to try and rectify any errors you’ve made, but even so, the comparison tool is useful and also great fun.
3. Analyzing your Swing
Arguably the best feature of the app is the swing analysis tool. When you are comparing a swing, or viewing your swing, you can use a ‘telestrator’ to mark out key areas on the swing that you wish to focus on. This is a very similar tool used on sports television programs where a guest pundit will mark on a screen with a special digital pen, or their finger, what viewers need to watch and keep a close eye on.
By using the telestrator in the app, you can compare crucial aspects of your swing, such as the angle of your shaft when you take the club back and swing it onto the ball and simply by drawing lines along the shaft of the club at different points of the swing, you can see if your swing is too open, or too shallow when compared with top players.
This is a great way to break down your swing and to isolate any possible areas for work you need to discuss with your teaching pro.
4. Social Networking
The social networking side of the app allows for integration with many popular social networking sites including Facebook. You can upload your videos and make posts direct from the app to your feed, adding a new level of interactivity to the app and also allowing your friends to see what you have been working on at the range.
Ubersense Gold SwingReader is a very good swing analysis app. The swing analysis tools, comparison videos and supporting blog posts really give it the edge over many similar apps available today. Used wisely, it can be an excellent tool to help diagnose faults in your swing. Just make sure you get the right advice on how to put them right!
(Images courtesy of Ubersense Golf SwingReader Blog & Website)