Bumping this thread for some more Swing Caddie questions. I took advantage of our host’s ultra-low priced bundle a weekend ago, to pick up a 200+. I’ve never used a launch monitor before, other than corporate outing—screwing around with an uncalibrated simulator—kind of things. I sort of had an idea about my swing speed and ball speed from distances on the range—the meh balls are hopefully cancelled out by me hitting 20 feet up in the air (Memorial Park’s 2nd deck.) The deck has a sun curtain roof, and that played a role in some things I was finding with my higher lofted wedges.
Anyway, onto my questions. First, what exactly does this thing measure, versus derive? AIUI, it’s a Doppler radar unit that is really consistent about measuring ball speed. It also says it measures clubhead speed, and reviewers like Adam Young noted that it’s readout of same is consistent, if not as accurate as its ball speed readings. (Which is fine: I was mainly using it to get a baseline ball and clubhead speed for later evaluation of changes to my swing and swing speed). Carry is derived from the club input, chs, and primarily ball speed, right? It’s not noting where the ball hits the ground?
I had thought I was about a 100-105 MPH driver speed guy. The SC said, yup. Average about 102. It then said I was swinging my 3W at 108, ball speed 149 and carrying it 250. I mean, that’d be awesome, but that’s 15 yards further than a nuked 3W from me. Weirder still, it claimed my 7W was averaging 225, with ball speed 141. Which was further than my 5W. CHS of 90 on a 7I, but carry of 155, and so on.
I am perplexed. Which values should I be putting faith in? It was very consistent at least on the ball speed.
Finally, I’ll try to validate the wedge performance when I try another session not under a roof. All that said, great battery life, intuitive operation, extremely easy to set up and use (the box it comes in makes a great stand for getting the base elevation up to the height of the mats I was hitting on), and I am quite pleased.
But still confused.