Here’s some good advice. If you are looking to step up your game, get a launch monitor. It’s the sure way to see in real time what your swing is producing and the start of figuring out how to correct your faults.

And no, we aren’t talking about one of those $20,000 models used by professional instructors and club fitters but one for just $350. We’re talking about the SC200 Swing Caddie from Voice Caddie.

The SC200 is small, about the same size and weight as a smartphone, and remarkably simple to use. After you turn it on, input which club you will be using then place the SC200 behind the ball on the line of the shot and swing away. That’s it–no Bluetooth connection to figure out, no special app to download, no hassle at all and Swing Caddie even provides a remote control to adjust settings without having to move from your address position.

Not being a tech guy, even I was hitting shots that were measured by the SC200’s Doppler radar within about a minute after Tyler Prins of Swing Caddie handed me the unit. The display shows each shot’s carry distance, swing speed and ball speed plus calculates the smash factor. That’s the relationship of your swing and ball speeds and a good way to tell the efficiency of your club-to-ball impact.

Did I say how simple it was? And of course, the SC200 doesn’t measure ball spin rates nor curvature but you can see the ball trajectory and slice or hook for yourself.

Here’s a short video that shows the SC200 in action: 

According to Voice Caddie the four AAA batteries (included, thank you) last about 20 hours and the SC200 automatically calibrates itself for the barometric pressure which means the data will be as accurate as possible. To help fine tune your game there are three operational modes: practice, target and approach. Plus, it even stores the results for each club and overall stats for the last 100 shots.

To see all the specifications, go to:

Image courtesy of Swing Caddie


In Case Anyone Should Ask:

DJ Takes FedEx St. Jude Playing TaylorMade: Marshall’s with “HUSH Y’ALL” paddles lined the gallery at 18, the hardest hole on the course, as Dustin Johnson addressed his last shot of the tournament. No, it wasn’t a putt. It was a nine iron from 169 yards which the new world number one holed for a walk off eagle and a six stroke win.

Johnson regained his place at the top of the world rankings from Justin Thomas with a winning combination of being first in driving distance (320.3 yards) and 12th in strokes gained putting with almost one stroke gained on the field in each round.

He plays TaylorMade Golf equipment exclusively and has had tremendous success with the P730 prototype irons he began using this season which took the place of four-year-old Tour Preferred MBs.

Here is the equipment Johnson used:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (10.5 degrees), Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 X Tour Spec 2.0
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M4 3HL (16.5 degrees), Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 95 X

Irons: TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (3-PW), Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (52 & 60 degrees) and Hi-Toe (64 degrees), KBS Tour Black 130 X

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x (#1)


Spider Mini: TaylorMade’s Spider Tour putter week after week is the most played single model on the PGA Tour and early-adopter was FedEx St. Jude winner Dustin Johnson. TMaG has now has released it for sale a mini version that is 15% smaller than the Spider Tour but has the same head weight (355g) and still has a high MOI. The smaller size moves the CG 7mm closer to the leading edge, so it is now 30mm behind the face which means the Spider Mini releases through the hitting area similarly to a blade rather than a mallet. The price is $299 and TMaG offers a choice of Tour Red or Diamond Silver finishes.

PING i210: Numerous reports have said PING’s new i210 irons were on the range in Memphis prior to the FedEx St. Jude Classic. This new cavity-back players design will take over in the lineup for the i200 model used by many of PING’s Tour players.