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TruSwing is Garmin’s first golf club sensor accessory. It follows in the footsteps of Zepp, which created a swing analyser that attaches to a player’s glove.
Garmin’s new device is a small, lightweight and easy-to-use sensor which measures a mere 2.40 inches and weighs only 28 grams, making it portable enough for you to take to every golf session – especially since it hooks onto any club. The device will dish out swing metrics to help you improve your game, and will make the data immediately available on your wrist using compatible Approach watches and handhelds or the Garmin Connect Mobile app. The accessory also delivers 3D animations to give you instant feedback on your swing.
“We’re thrilled to bring great swing training convenience with TruSwing to our Approach customers,” said Martin Resch, Garmin Senior Product Manager Outdoor & Golf for EMEA.
“With swing feedback that can instantly be seen on the user’s wrist TruSwing allows golfers to stay fully focused on their routine, and it gives them a unique training experience unlike anything else that’s on the market. It provides golfers the information they need to get to a consistent swing within seconds and allows them to improve their swing over time”.
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TruSwing churns out a variety of metrics including: swing tempo, speed, club-path measurements, critical club angles and more. The swing metrics can be checked conveniently on your wrist using one of the compatible Approach watches such as the S4, S5, S6 and S20 as well as on Approach G7 and G8 handhelds. That means you can use the sensor during a practice round, even if you don’t want to carry your smartphone.
Additionally, TruSwing collects data to produce 3D swing animations through the Garmin Connect mobile app on a smartphone or tablet. With these animated diagrams, golfers can view side-by-side swing comparisons to analyse their data in real-time. Individual swings can be analysed, and two swings can be overlaid on top of each other to compare and contrast.
Analysis on Garmin Connect allows you to identify exactly where you can make changes. For example, by altering the combination of clubface angle and clubhead-path angle, you can make significant changes to your ball’s flight pattern. Each session is organised by date, so you can go back to see each individual swing, and how you’ve improved since then.
The device can get up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge with plenty of storage to make it through multiple rounds before uploading to Garmin Connect. It also boasts an IPX-7 water rating, so can withstand the elements if you get caught in a sudden rainstorm.
TruSwing will be available in Q1 2016 and will have a suggested retail price of £129.99. You can pre-order now on Garmin’s website.
As if that wasn’t enough, Garmin has also launched the Approach G10. This is a pocket-sized high-sensitive GPS device that comes preloaded with more than 40,000 golf courses around the world.
The clip-on tracker provides distances to the front, back and middle of the green as well as yardages to hazards, doglegs and layups. Green View display shows you the true shape and layout of the green, even if you’re behind it. You can manually reposition the pin to today’s location for accurate shot selection. For those who like to walk the links, there’s even a built-in odometer to track exactly how much ground you’ve covered.
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Additionally, the Approach G10 doubles as a digital scorecard, so golfers are able to track their progress using Garmin Connect. When you’re done, you can save and review your round of golf or upload the information to Garmin Connect the online golf community for post-game analysis.
Robust and water rated to 10 metres, the G10 golf device features a long-running lithium-ion battery to carry you through long rounds or those extra holes. You can easily enjoy a whole weekend of golf with up to 15 hours in full GPS mode before the battery needs to be recharged.