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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2013
I've been playing this silly game for decades and up to now the only feedback I could get (besides a teacher watching my swing) is how far does the ball go on the range or course. I know that hitting it farther depends on solid contact and club head speed. This product gives you an accurate assessment of the latter. In the first two weeks I had it, my results were pretty dismal, 85-89 mph. I have a relatively low handicap so not a duffer by any means and these results were discouraging as I had imagined by speed was somewhere in the high 90's. But hitting whiffle balls in the backyard virtually every day for a half-hour has helped me find the secret ingredient to where I am now in the mid 90's consistently with an occasional 97 mph. Still a long way to go to get to 100 but I can now make a swing change and get instant results. GREAT! What I have found works remarkably well is loose wrists, full shoulder turn, and moving my lower body as quickly as I can on the downswing and just letting the club be pulled by the lower body. It is almost as if you aren't swinging with your arms. Now I know I have been doing this wrong for 20 years. A couple of 18 hole rounds confirms the changes as I am hitting the ball a good 240 yrds now with a little draw. Hope springs eternal. If you are serious about wanting to improve, this is a terrific device but don't give up on it. Any change takes time. Even the great Tiger Woods took a year before his swing changes took hold so we hackers have a bigger challenge. Watch some U-tube videos of Hogan, Johnny Miller and others and see what works for you. It will take time but this little device will help you improve.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2011
This is a great product with one little caveat, when you set it up, it's important to set it up the way they suggest, 8 to 10 inches from the tee at an approximate 45 degree angle to the swing path. If the swing speed radar is parallel to the swing path, you'll see a higher swing speed than the real swing speed. (it will make you feel better , but it's not accurate).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2014
I purchased this product and had it shipped to Australia, I was excited to measure the club head speed of my swing so I got it out of the box and started thrashing away seeing how fast I could get my swing to go. I made a ridiculous mistake and took my eyes of the radar while I swung, sure enough I smashed into the unit and destroyed the screen. To my surprise the unit was still trying to work but the screen was smashed. The thing was though it was just too expensive to post it back to the US to have it repaired.
I contacted SPORTS SENSORS and told them the story, I asked if they could send a replacement screen, they were great could not do enough for me, and posted a screen to repair the damage, they didn't even ask for payment.
I have never dealt with a better company, and the product is all quality, I cant say a bad thing about this product and would recommend it.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2011
I have a golf net set up in my garage for the winter months. I place the radar next to the tee and blast away. I can't say whether the speed it registers is exactly accurate, but I am sure that the faster I swing the higher it registers. So regardless of the absolute speed, it tells me when I am improving my swing. I went from a top speed of 86 mph to a 104 mph in about 2 weeks using this device.

One thing I've noticed is that occasionally (maybe once every 100 swings) it registers an outlandish number, 124 mph in one case. Sometimes high and sometimes low. Also, it sometimes apparently can't clock the speed, in which case it just flashes the previous speed. That happens maybe once in 20 swings. These slight flaws are nothing compared to the value it adds.

The device comes with a handy little graph to tell you how far you hit the ball based on the swing speed. One things to keep in mind (in my opinion) is that if you are using it in a 45 degree garage in New England, the speed of the club head is probably slowed down by the cold air the same as a golf ball would be. Here's a chart of carry distance per temperature.

224 95* F
222 85* F
220 75* F
216 65* F
214 55* F
205 45* F
186 35* F

That's about 7% between 45 and 75, for example. So I add 7% to the swing speed before calculating the distance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2014
The SSR is a great way to measure relative swings throughout the year. I find the unit to be about 7% too high in it's readings, and I also believe that the amount that it's off can be attributable to your swing type. If you have a high face closure rate, the unit seems to pick up the toe of the club, which is moving faster than the heel.

It's also nice that it picks up training devices such as just a shaft for overspeed training.

One thing you should note, however, is that this device has NO idea what the speed of your club is at impact. Therefore, you could be releasing the club early, and decelerating at impact, and the unit will read high.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
Numbers ... they are facts, not opinions. It helps a lot to see how variations (deeper backswing, straighter left arm etc.) of your golf swing can impact the club-head speed. You can evidence yourself that by trying to increase power you actually loose it. But by making a relaxed swing with enough lag you can easily have an additional 10mph of club-head speed. So with this product I've learned that club-head speed correlates very well with the quality of your swing, not the actual feeling of power.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2010
Great product. As others have said, it performs exactly as advertised. I also believe it is very accurate as the swing speed readings are virtually identical to what I've seen for my swing on a Trackman launch monitor. I'm having a lot of fun with this in the backyard, hitting wiffle balls. It gives you instant, objective feedback on what type of adjustments increase swing speed. Five stars all the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2014
I found the Swing Speed Radar to be a great product. It is simple to use and gives reasonable results that correlate well with golf carry distance. I have been able to use it to increase my swing speed over the last year. I have not checked the baseball function. Unfortunately, on Monday of this week, a bad slice hit it and smashed the LCD display. On Tuesday, I phoned the company (Sports Sensors) to see if it could be fixed and the man at the other end said he would send me a new display gratis. They are in Ohio and I am in California and it came in Thursday's mail. Talk about customer service. The part was very easy to replace but I could have sent it to them for repair.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2014
My swing speed is pretty low, so I finally decided to buy one of these.

Its amazing because as you try to swing differently you find what produces the most speed.
I was able to increase my swing speed pretty significantly.

An all arms swing will produce the slowest speed.

What worked best for me, was feeling like the left arm pulls gently downward from the top (creating lag). Right hand being passive.
Then to release the club, you don't use the arms, but rather turn the hips aggressively which uncocks the wrists.
Keep the wrists loose.

I was able to get my swing 7 iron speed from armsy swing of 65mph to body controlled swing (80 thru 85) feeling hips pulling club thru while arms are very passive.

3 wood was about 93 mph which was improved by about 10mph.

One final note: I was able to get even a little more speed by feeling the hips pulls slow the first instant then accelerate quickly.
Instead of turns hips aggressively immediately there is just a miniscule pause, then let the hips release.

Well this isn't the cure-all, but I saw better results than pretty much any other golf aid that I previously purchased.

Anyway, your body can start to intuitively figure out what it needs to do to generate more speed with this instant feedback.
GIve it a try, but again if you are a newbie, try NOT to muscle it with the arms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2013
Easy to use, works well.
A great training aid for improving ones golf swing.
Tip: make sure you are hitting a ball otherwise you never achieve your maximum swing speed.
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