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The Voice Caddie Swing Caddie SC200 is an affordable, portable launch monitor that can help you improve your practice.
When you watch the PGA Tour on TV, there’s a ton of talk about Trackman. They display Trackman data during the broadcast and frequently talk about how pros use the technology to improve their game. Unfortunately, unless you have a spare $20,000 and the time to learn to use it correctly, that’s not in the cards, but you can benefit from launch monitor technology with the Voice Caddie Swing Caddie SC200.
Ease of Use & Setup
The Swing Caddie SC200 couldn’t be much easier to use. Set it down behind the ball 40″ to 60″ (just use your driver to estimate), turn it on, and you’re good to go. The SC200 automatically measures barometric pressure to make the distance readings more accurate. The one thing that you need to input is the club you’re using, but that can be done via remote control to avoid bending over after each change of clubs.
The SC200 has a few modes that you can use. In Practice Mode, it tells you your speeds and distances. Target Mode allows you to set a distance and have the SC200 measure a series of ten shots to that target yardage. Finally, Approach Mode will generate random distances after each shot.
The most important thing to understand about the Voice Caddie SC200 is what it measures versus what it calculates. On the screen, you get club speed, ball speed, smash factor, and distance (total or carry, your choice). The speeds are measured, but the distance is calculated. This is why it’s important to input the correct club and adjust the loft settings to match the actual lofts of your clubs. When you do that, you will get fairly accurate distance estimates. If you tend to be extreme with your launch and/or spin, the distances will be off, but most players should get reasonable numbers.
The question is, “How does this help?” I think it’s useful in a number of ways. First, knowing your club head speed is beneficial, particularly if you’re trying to add distance. If you’re going to undergo training to improve your swing speed, you need to know where you started and if you’re improving. Second, the Swing Caddie will give you the unflinching truth about your ball striking via smash factor. If you want to maximize your distance, you need to be around 1.5 smash factor with your driver. If you’re living in the 1.3s or low 1.4s, you’re missing the center by a lot and leaving tons of distance on the table. Third, getting good distance estimates can be a major advantage if your driving range doesn’t have enough targets or has blind landing areas. Finally, using Approach Mode promotes the kind of random practice that creates long term improvement and creativity.
Relative to other similar products, I think the SC200 is priced correctly. It doesn’t measure launch or spin, but the cheapest device which does (SkyTrak) costs six times as much.
If you want a relatively inexpensive way to evaluate your ball striking, learn your distances, and possibly add yardage, the Voice Caddie Swing Caddie SC200 is a good buy. It’s easy to use, has enough different modes to keep things fresh, and it delivers reliable information.