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Ernest Sports ES12 Portable Launch Monitor

3.7 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
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  • The ES12 by Ernest Sports gives ball speed and distance data instantly
  • Pair the ES12 to your Smart device to save and store your range session, participate in a skills Challenge and much more
  • Get your shot data instantly, easily and affordably with the ES12
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Product Description

The ES12 classic is an extremely accurate portable launch monitor that provides ball speed & distance data with minimal set-up. Paired with the free Ernest Sports app, the ES12 is for golfers of all levels of expertise & provides the ability to track and analyze your practice session. Make your practice purposeful with the ES12 from Ernest Sports.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 3 x 1.8 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B008MAUI1Q
  • Item model number: ES12
  • Batteries 1 9V batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,808 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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I've had this product for about a month now and I have very mixed feelings about it's performance. Obviously, you will disappointed if you are expecting the ES12 to perform like the launch monitors you see at Roger Dunn or Golfsmith, but if all you want is an fairly accurate estimation of ball speed and distance based on launch angle, then this is the instrument for you. Doppler radar merely measures the speed of an object, so to measure distance, you need to add launch angle to the equation, which is input as your iron selection. This is estimation is only accurate to a few degrees, depending on whether or not the angle of the face of your iron is equal to the angle that is default to the machine. For example, I use a 62 degree Lob Wedge. The average Lob Wedge is 60 degrees, so my calculated distance will be off because my launch angle is 2 degrees lower (or higher, depending on how you look at it). Granted, at that distance, 2 degrees may be negligible, but a few yards in either direction could make a huge difference. Further, this calculation does not take in account of forward press, or ballooning backspin, so again, distances will be off.

With that in mind, I recommend this product for the high handicappers, like 18+, who hit standard shots and just want to dial in their iron game. I suppose low handicappers don't need something like this, because they already know their game. I've hit fades and draws using this product, and I am not 100% sure, but I think that the reporting is pretty accurate, because the ball speeds are different, meaning draws are reporting a higher ball speed than fades.

You pretty much have to hit off matts and not grass for two reasons. First, the flying divot interferes with the readings.
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First, if you think this is going to give you everything a $7k-20k GC2, Flightscope or Trackman launch monitor gives you then you need to need to come back from fantasy to reality. However, if you want to know accurate carry yardages for your clubs so you can dial them in for less than $250 then you've come to the right product.

Second, I researched this product and was impressed with the results the ES12 had testing with Mizuno USA at the Country Club of the South when comparing range data from a launch monitor, Bushnell Laser, the Mizuno's Iron Byron and the ES12. The results speak for themselves and aren't disputed. [...]

Finally, my golf coach has three of these and had me try one yesterday on the range. I used it in stand-alone mode (just itself with no smart phone app) for a couple of hours to learn my club distances. It was spot on for every "normal" shot (no fats, tops, skanks, etc.). It even picked up shots that were a couple of grooves low (thin shots). I bought one from her on the spot and will be upgrading my phone to a Iphone 4 soon so I can take advantage of the free app and this product's full capabilities. IMHO you won't find a more accurate yardage device in this price range.
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Before I bought the ES12 ($250) I researched about every launch monitor and swing analyzer under $400. I wanted a device that provided accurate results, make the range more fun, and could improve my game. My goal is to improve my accuracy with different wedges from 20-140 yards and be able to use with a net during the winter. The ES12 was the only device I found that supposedly measured ball speed accurately for an affordable price and had pretty good reviews.

Ease of Use and Droid App: Setup is pretty easy. You just place the unit 12-14 inches over and 12-14 inches ahead of where you are hitting. There are only two buttons; Power and Club Selection. You just select the club on the device before you start hitting. All clubs are preloaded w/o the ability to edit. You can also use Bluetooth to link it to the free app that will record all of your hits. After each hit the unit displays ball speed and then distance. If you have the app linked it will speak the distance in a creepy computer voice. The app is very easy to use and keeps track of up to 2000 swings.

Results and Accuracy from range session: I've hit about 150 balls with the unit now and I must say the results are quite impressive. You do have to have the ball in the right area though as if you are to close to the ES12 it will pick up your club too and give you a much lower yardage. This was an easy fix though. I was at a range that had just got new range balls and was able to use the flags and my Bushnell to compare against my ES12 output. There was still snow on the range so I was not able to compare against my Bushnell over 120 yards. However I do know my yardages with my clubs and each club was pretty much dead on. If I hit it fat or miss hit it the results showed on the device.
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When I first got the ES12 I took it right out to the driving net I built in my garage.

First thing I learned was I was about 10-15 yrds short on my carry distances from what I think I hit my clubs. After letting go of my pride and accepting the distances I was getting I started hitting a lot more greens ;-p

Second thing the ES12 did for me was allow me to work on my swing and try out a few things to increase clubhead speed. With the feedback I was getting I was able to pick up 15-20 yrds of carry on every club (30 on my driver :-). So now I am hitting further than I ever had before.

Third... I have never been able to work on my wedge distances at the range to know how far I carry each at Full,3/4,1/2 swing. Way more consistent with my wedges now.

My wife was a real skeptic when I asked for this for my birthday. Now she uses it all the time too.

Fun toy but a real handicap dropper for me as well. Started out around an 10 and I would say I am a solid 6 now.

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More than a half year of use on the ES12 and still thrilled. My distance gains are here to stay and I have been able to diagnose where my swing goes wrong if I am a little off. My sons have been using the sensor as well and they love using it.

My only complaints about the product is the software for the iphone. I really wish there was a better way to switch between users on the same phone. Also... having to name each session is a pain. I find myself just typing in jiberish and hitting enter every time.

Also... I'd say you only get about 4-500 shots before having to switch the 9V battery out. (if you start getting crazy results and the BATT text is on the sensor then its time to switch batteries)

Still a solid 5 stars even 6 months later.
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