Ernest Sports ES12 Portable Launch Monitor
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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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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.
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My kids use it a ton and it's has helped them rise to the top in US Kids golf... And DCP.
Customer service has been great. Had to send it back for repair (son shanked a ball into it) and we could not have asked for better service.
After multiple attempts of adjusting distance and angles from the ball, even using a tape measure to calibrate the suggested 14" out, 14" forward position, the distance measurements have been significantly inconsistent and flat out wrong. Regardless of solid or mishits, measurements were all over the place. An example.....a well struck 4 iron showed less distance than my gap wedge.
Also, the bluetooth capability does not work well at all.....I have not been able to get the unit to record and hold the swing measurement data effectively after multiple attempts and repeated add/delete of the device on my Samsung Note 5.
I suspect that the quality assurance process for the building of these units has high variability. That would explain why some people swear by it, while others think it does not work as advertised.
I will be reaching out to the company to see if there is anything that can be done.....will provide more feedback on the customer service then.
Anyone who says they can't get their Samsung Galaxy S III to work with the ES12 portable launch monitor hasn't followed the directions to the letter. If they have and it still fails, the last direction on the back page has a PHONE NUMBER to call to get HELP!!! You don't spend all that money for no customer support, you have it, and it's GREAT!!! The Launch Monitor was the talk at the driving range when I pulled it out and suddenly this voice is telling me my distance on every single shot.... I spent double the time I usually do there just explaining what I had, and what it does! Most golfers were amazed! After years of not being in the game (Which I had dearly missed) I had taken it up again in 2013 avidly and even got my beautiful wife to start playing and I don't think she even realized the spark it put back into our romance, we LOVE GOLF TOGETHER as well as separately and it's each of our favorite hobbies and sports whether together or separate. Thanks ES12, you will help me get back to my late 80's early 90's form a lot faster!!! Awesome Product!!! I also have some other great GOLF TRAINING equipment from SKLZ.......Gold Flex Strength and Tempo Trainer & also their Power Wedge & Smash Bag.... These 4 items will help you tremendously, also get yourself a Golf Net for basement/Garage to hang, and one for the yard, and some practice balls. You can use the ES12 with it as well. AWESOME PRODUCT!!! You won't believe how awesome it will be for your game!
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. If I smoked it it was right on (I really don't need the device for full shots but wanted to check each club for accuracy). I don't think there was one strike that I questioned the results from the ES12. Going in I was concerned on the accuracy for short shots but this is where I was really impressed. From 30 yard pitches to full pitching wedges the unit was almost exact for carry distance. There was a flag 61 yards out and when I hit a shot at it I mentally knew the yardage from where it landed. I then looked at the device and it confirmed the exact yardage as well as confirmed it with my Bushnell just to be sure. I will say I was still skeptical after my research and didn't expect these results; especially with very short shots.
Who it is best for: To be honest, if your a lower handicap its more of just a fun gadget. You probably know your yardages and 3/4 shots. But for mid to high handicaps and us northerners the ES12 is great. I can now go into my backyard or basement and hit wedges into net and practice different shots. This is where it can really add to my game. And if you go to a range that is poorly marked or not at all this is perfect. You may get more out of this than spending $250 on a new driver. Plus the app keeps all the data and show each clubs average and range from shortest to longest.
Pros: Accurate, easy to use, free app that saves all data through Bluetooth.
Cons: Bluetooth can be a little finicky as it wouldn't pair a couple times (may be user error, when I connected it stayed connected for the whole range session), you cannot edit the lofts of clubs though I didn't notice an affect and all my irons are strong lofts (rocketbladez). The engineer from ES said a few degrees of loft have minimal affect and ball speed is the main factor.
TL/DR: Easy to use. Great initial results for all clubs and distances. Very happy with purchase.