Putting it into practice
The GolfSense 3 motion sensor was easy to attach to my golf glove, and the app was simple to set up on my iPad 4. The whole system was ready for testing in less than a minute. As a test, I made 20 strokes (excluding practice swings, i.e. simulating strokes in preparation for making one). The motion sensor did not send data to the app for the practice swings as there was no contact between the ball and the club. The app recorded 17 out of 20 strokes. The GolfSense 3 app gave details for each swing. All the details seemed true and accurate. I naturally made some very poor strokes :( and the app was able to detect those. The app correctly gave better swing scores for better strokes.
The way that the app breaks down all the information about your swings makes it easy to see what your strengths and weaknesses are. I think of myself as a better-than-amateur golfer, and even for me, the details the app presented were very helpful. Moreover, the SwingScore feature increased my craving for a perfect swing.
On the negative side, the motion sensor had a tendency to move around a bit on the glove during swings. I was able to fix it temporarily by tightening the Velcro grip, but it started moving again after several more strokes. After some weeks of use, I think I could get used to this and forget about it. Also, I think attaching and detaching the motion sensor could get irritating, especially if you start using it more frequently. The rubber straps on the motion sensor could wear out, too. Next, the missing swing data I previously noted could become bothersome. I found that the app or the dongle misses almost 15 percent of swing data. Another minor glitch is that when the dongle is paired with an iPhone, the Bluetooth connection drains the phone's power in less than two hours.
GolfSense 3 certainly makes practicing more fun. This device could help golfers of all skill levels who want to improve their swing. The app catalogs every swing you make (ideally), so you can look at your previous shots and see if you are making any improvement. However, the GolfSense 3 is not perfect. The motion sensor sometimes fails to send swing data to the app. Still, we would say GolfSense is worth the money. Of course it is no substitute for professional instruction. HomeGear gives GolfSense 3 its highest rating: 4 Lights On: Excellent and Highly Recommended.
* Dimensions 2.59 x 1.53 x 0.47 inches
* Weight: 0.6 oz (17 grams)
* Sensors: 2 Accelerometers, 1 Gyroscope, 1 Compass
* Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery, 5 hours continuous swing recording
* Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1
* Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch with iOS 5.0+ and Android OS 4.0+