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The Swing Caddie SC300i adds to the original model by tracking spin and integrating video. The easiest-to-use launch monitor. Impressive accuracy. Great value.
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The original Swing Caddie SC300 [review HERE] was among the leaders in the popular $500 launch monitor category. Swing Caddie recently upgraded the unit, now known as the SC300i, without raising the price. I put the new version through its paces to find out what’s been added and if it’s now at the top of this competitive segment.
Set Up & Ease of Use
One of the best things about all the Swing Caddie products is their ease of use. The SC300i is no different. Turn it on, drop it five feet behind your golf ball, select the club you’re going to hit, and swing away. You’ll be getting data on your shots in less than a minute.
The SC300i’s remote control remains one of its best features. The remote allows you to switch modes (Target vs. Practice), adjust the volume, change clubs, and more, all without leaving your hitting position.
Incorporating the MySwingCaddie app takes very little effort. Open the app, turn on your SC300i, and click the Bluetooth icon in the top right corner. You’ll be connected to your device in seconds, able to view your shots on your phone or use the app’s video functions.
Navigating within the app is just as easy. There are five buttons along the bottom – Home, Practice Mode, Target Mode, Stats, and Videos. The data is displayed in easy to read, intuitive ways, making it fun to use and worthwhile for looking back on your practice sessions.
Let’s start with an overview of the SC300i for those that are new to Swing Caddie. This launch monitor measures swing speed, ball speed, carry distance, launch angle, and apex using Doppler Radar. It also reports smash factor and, with the app, spin rate. The data is displayed on the large, easy to read screen as well as on your phone, if you’re using the app. The Swing Caddie SC300i also announces the results of each shot, though this can be turned off if you’re at a public range.
I tested the SC300I against a Foresight GC2 both indoors and outdoors with a variety of different golf balls and every club in my bag. Across the board, the accuracy of the SC300i was even more impressive than the SC300. For a fraction of the price of a professional grade launch monitor, the SC300i gives you excellent data that can help you improve your game.
Let’s get into the details on the accuracy. For ball and club head speed, the SC300i was typically within 1 MPH of the Foresight. Similarly, launch angle was consistently within 1.5 degrees. One of the new features, spin measurements, was also surprisingly good. With irons, I found the SC300i was usually within 200 RPM of Foresight. It was also impressive with the driver. Where the spin became less reliable was with my hybrid – the SC300i tended to produce substantially higher number on mishits. All of this leads up to distance measurements that are among the best I’ve seen in this category. There were instances, particularly on mishits and with the hybrid, where the distance reading was noticeably off, but the vast majority of shots were measured within a few yards of Foresight.
Now let’s turn to what’s new about the SC300i. As I mentioned earlier, the ability to report spin numbers is new. Again, you need to use the app to get these numbers – the display of the SC300 and SC300i are identical – but it’s a substantial addition.
The other exciting new feature is the addition of video to the MySwingCaddie app. You can use your phone to film your swing then view the shot with the data overlaid. The app also allows for line drawing so you can analyze each swing like Peter Kostis.
Overall, I think the app is a really valuable part of the Swing Caddie package. I like the ability to customize the data display so you can stay focused on what you’re working on. Also, being able to have a history of your practice sessions is valuable for those seeking long term improvement.
The Swing Caddie SC300i continues to be at the top of the class for portability and ease of use, both of which boost its longevity. This device can easily live in your golf bag, and the increased battery life (20 hours) means you won’t need to charge it between uses.
Adding to the SC300i’s longevity is the ability to use it with or without a phone. Being able to drop it down on any range or in your garage and get right to work is invaluable. That said, the SC300i makes using the app worthwhile thanks to spin, video, and long term progress measurements.
The Swing Caddie SC300i retails for $500. Plugged In Golf readers can save $50 and support the site by clicking HERE.
While each device in the $500 launch monitor category has its own strengths and weaknesses, I would recommend the SC300i to the majority of golfers for its ease of use and accuracy.
If you’ve been waiting to get your own personal launch monitor, the Swing Caddie SC300i makes a persuasive case that it’s time to get off the sidelines. The ease of use and accuracy are tremendous, and the MySwingCaddie app adds another layer of fun and function.