Blastmotion 360 Golf Sensor Test Drive, and Putt

We got a chance to test out the Blastmotion 360 Golf Sensor that helps you track all sorts of dynamic metrics involved in smacking a golf ball deep down the middle of a fairway, or finessing a double breaker into the hole for birdie.

The Blastmotion 360 Golf Sensor attaches to the butt end of any golf club in your bag. The Blastmotion 360 Golf Sensor connects to either you’re Apple iOS device or your Android device via Bluetooth Gateway. One of the Blastmotion 360’s coolest tricks is its ability to track your swing metrics, and upload them to your device at a later time. In our tests at the The Judge, an Alabama Golf Trail course by Robert Trent Jones, I kept the sensor on my driver from the driving range, all the way through to the 18th hole. I can honestly admit I had one of the best days off of the tee that I’ve had for at least a year. In other words the sensor and the rubber connector sleeve that keeps the sensor attached didn’t bother me one bit. In fact I even winced after crushing a Drive, walking down a steep grade from the tee, and spiking my driver into the bag. I completely forgot there was a sensitive piece of equipment on the end of my driver. The sensor takes a licking and keeps on tracking.

IMG_20170506_1516210The Blastmotion 360 Golf Sensor comes with apps for both your Andriod and Apple iOS devices. We tested both as our foursome had two iPhones and two Andriods. The Android App has been removed from the Google Play Store, but you can find it on the Amazon App store. The Amazon App environment seems like a place for Misfit apps. They may not measure up to Google Play’s programmatic practices, but more likely are doing things that push the boundaries of what Apps do. Conflicts with Google army of lawyers and the Eula agreements they carry underneath their arms. Conflicts with older devices may be the other reasons for not being in the Google play Store. The app ran fairly well on a late-model 3 GB device with a Snapdragon 808 processor running Marshmallow, or Android 6.1 for the less Android dessert savvy out there. The lack of camera use, was detrimental to the Android experience compared to the iOS verion.

Obtaining a Blastmotion 360 Golf Sensor is a lot like diving into an Olympic size swimming pool of new metrics, new feedback, new rhythms, and yes new ways of trying to squeeze an extra two miles an hour out of your swing speed.

It offers a lot of information, and I really feel like I didn’t get to test but a fraction of its full capability, and even then you have to figure out what the data of means, and how to apply it to your game. I consider myself to be a feel player, and let my natural swing stir my drink instead of relying on a couple dozen swing thoughts. I’ve been fortunate enough to be playing golf for well over 25 years, so a lot of the fundamental mechanics are second nature me.

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Looking at my data was like taking a quick swim in the very large pool of data sets. I could see how the Blastmotion 360 golf sensor could give me instant feedback on the keeping my backswing and forward swing in check; by slowing me down. Swing slow, hit hard is my mantra after reading a fantastic article from Freddie Boom-Boom Couples in Golf Magazine. IMG_20170506_1522563ally shines is on the putting green The Blastmotion 360 Golf Sensor sensor gives you smorgasbord of information on your putter stroke. From backswing speed, too forward swing speed, shaft, backstroke length, rotation change, loft change, lie change, back stroke rotation and more. .

There were at least nine videos featuring a Blast Motion pro explaining each of the putty metrics, and how they applied to the putting stroke. Brad Faxon is also avaialble on some videos to explain how to make sense of your putting data. In case you didn’t know other than Jack Nicklaus and pre-Perkins waitress Tiger Woods, Brad Faxon is considered to be one of the best Putters of all time. He made a career out of negating his lack of distance off the tee, with an unreal short Game, and an even more unreal flatstick.

13329076_1578804019080829_1088191842_nIf Brad Faxon says this can help your putting out, I believe Brad Faxon.

With a couple of top 10s at Augusta, He led the PGA Tour in Putting Average in 1996, 1999, and 2000 (when he set the single-season record with only 1.704 putts/greens in regulation), and finished 13th in 2005 at the age of 44. Faxon explains his success on the greens thus: “My only secret is confidence… I just try to hit every putt as if I’ve just made a million in a row.”

Unfortunately we did not get to digest all of Brad Faxon / BlastMotion instructional videos, so I can’t say that I understand 100% of the metrics. what I do know is it gives you instant feedback on the rhythm of your putting stroke.

After hurting my wrist a few years back instead of playing, I used a coupon from a golf tournament swag bag to go get a short game lesson at TPC Sawgrass. After waiting an hour and a half past our appointment time, our instructor bent over backwards with the putting lesson. The ex-Lake Nona pro spent an extra two and a half hours with us as we were patient with their family emergency situation. We were hitting unlimited range balls on the range of TPC Sawgrass, how mad can you be?!

He essentially gave us the $400 slow motion camera putter fitting that you would find on the TaylorMade Tour van. The same exact system. Not only did he record our putting Strokes he adjusted our putters accordingly. In his video library he had recordings of practically every PGA tour pro and their putting stroke.

The ex Lake Nona, now TPC Sawgrass head Teaching pro, told us that all the great putters have the same time completing the backswing as they do completing the forward swing. In other words all the great putters have impeccable rhythm down to the 100th of a second. I’ve seen the video tapes from Tiger to Phil and one of my personal favorite Davis Love III. I’ve modeled much of my game after Fred Couples and Davis Love watching them dominate through the 90’s.

The Blastmotion 360 Golf Analyzer essentially replaces a very expensive slow motion camera system used on PGA Tour Vans all season long. After connecting the BlastMotion sensor to the end of your putter and obviously connected to your smartphone, your smartphone will read back the backswing and forward swing speeds in synthesized speech for that incredible instant feedback the Blastmotion 360 Golf Analyzer provides.

The Blastmotion 360 Golf Analyzer came with two sleeves to hold the sensor on the top of the Golf Club. A clear one was a little larger then the black one I used on my driver. I imagine when they designed the sleeves the large clear sleeve was meant for oversized putter grips. After seeing Phil Mickelson go to the SuperStroke putting grip I got myself the Fatso 5.0 SuperStroke grip which absolutely shaved two strokes off of my game. The Blastmotion 360 Golf Analyzer does not fit my putter grip, and honestly it isn’t even close. Of course we improvised with a roll of blue painters tape which did the trick quite nicely.

We thought some kind of Velcro situation or even something with zip ties would be a better solution then having a loose rubber sleeve riding around on the end of your driver. Another issue of keeping the Blastmotion 360 Golf Analyzer in place is while it is charging. It comes with a very cool inductive charger that is Wireless. The Blastmotion 360 Golf Analyzer charges wirelessly on top of a charging pad. While this adds definite cool Factor to the sensor, apparently it proved difficult to charge the Blastmotion 360 Golf Analyzer on the car ride to the golf course. Given this car ride was two and a half hours to the beautiful Alabama Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the sensor kept sliding off of the charge pad and had to be secured with wadded-up napkins from the glove compartment.

One of the only cons we kept coming back to was how the Blastmotion 360 Golf Analyzer attached to the Golf Club. I’m sure the developers spent plenty of time trying to figure out the best solution for the Blastmotion 360 Golf Analyzer product. It’s to precise, too exact, too Surgical for them to have not explored every option to keep the sensor on the butt of the club. I think they probably shipped the best solution.

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