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The Swing Caddie SC300 personal launch monitor upgrades the SC200 with a larger screen and an app for storing your data. Accuracy is good for the price.
For so many golfers – from the gear head to the range rat – owning a launch monitor is a dream. But with professional models costing well into five figures, that dream is unlikely to become a reality for most.
Swing Caddie wants to help golfers bring their dreams to life. Their SC200 (review HERE) was one of the earliest entries into the personal launch monitor market. Now Swing Caddie has brought out the next generation, the SC300, which adds more measurements and an app while keeping the price within reach of regular golfers.
Set Up & Ease of Use
Like the SC200, the SC300 scores major points for being easy to use. Charge it up, drop is 60 inches behind the ball, and fire away. The SC300 is significantly larger than the SC200, so you can easily read the results of each shot without bending down or squinting. You can also have the device announce the numbers after each shot.
The SC300 comes with a remote control which makes many features easier to use. You can switch from driver to sand wedge in just one touch instead of cycling through every club with the on-unit buttons. That said, the range on the remote control is limited, and it needs to be pointed directly at the SC300.
Swing Caddie’s app connects to the SC300 quickly and easily. The primary value of the app is that it will store your shots (if you create an account), so you can monitor your progress over time.
Let’s start out by identifying what the SC300 claims to do. Using Doppler Radar, it measures swing speed, ball speed, carry distance, launch angle, and apex. Swing Caddie states that the SC300 has a 3% error on ball speed, 3 yard error in Target Mode (user sets target distance), and 5% error on carry distance in Practice Mode.
I tested the SC300 head to head with a Foresight GC2 both indoors and outdoors. Outdoors, I found that Swing Caddie’s claims about ball speed accuracy were generally right on. The biggest gap that I found was 3 MPH, but more often the SC300 was within 1 MPH.
The SC300 was almost as accurate with launch angle. It captured many shots perfectly, though there were occasional shots that were significantly off. When it comes to club head speed, there was significant variance between the GC2 and the SC300, but this was not entirely unexpected. Different launch monitors – even at the professional level – can give different readings because they measure the club speed at different points in the swing.
When it comes to distance, the SC300 performed similarly to the SC200. With mid irons, it does a good job of approximating carry distance. When you get into the ends of the bag – woods and wedges – the SC300 struggles because it doesn’t measure spin.
Indoors, I found some significant problems with the SC300. With the high and low lofted clubs, I found the SC300 was generally operating at the far edges of error range. Particularly with wedges, it was routinely 3 MPH faster and 3-5 yards longer. When I switched to mid irons, the ball speed and distances gaps remained, but the launch angle became very erratic. I was seeing launch angles as much as 10 degrees higher than measured on the GC2.
How much you use the Swing Caddie SC300 will likely depend on how and where you use it. If you’re currently hitting balls into a net, the SC300 is going to be an upgrade that you use regularly. For players who do all their practice outdoors, the SC300 may come out for serious sessions but stay home when things are more casual.
Regardless of how you use it, the SC300 gets high marks for being portable and easy to use. It can easily live in your golf bag and can be set up in under a minute. Also, the 12 hour battery life is awesome.
The Swing Caddie SC300 retails for $550 (get it for about $485 and support PluggedInGolf HERE). At this price, it’s in a category with two other devices – the Rhapsodo MLM and the FlightScope Mevo. This is an interesting price because it’s so far below the professional grade launch monitors that cost many thousands of dollars, but it’s still a major investment for most golfers.
In the battle of the consumer-grade launch monitors, it’s hard to declare a winner because each device has a unique approach. If you want something that’s incredibly easy to use and doesn’t require a smartphone connection, the SC300 is the easy choice, but be aware that its accuracy is not as strong indoors.