Garmin Approach R10 Launch Monitor Review
Launch monitors in the golf industry are becoming increasingly more popular at club golf level and even some members have their own personal studios at home. One of the main turn off with launch monitors is the price. Outlays of up to £20,000 begs the question, is it really worth it? Well, in short, yes. The data analysis and feedback they provide act tenfold in aiding a player's improvement. However, once bought it cannot physically improve your game- only hard work and dedication can.
Now in previous years, we’ve seen the introduction of handheld launch monitors such as the Garmin G80 which at £400 is a bargain for the technology involved. Any feedback in relation to data and the way you swing the club can help highlight faults and improve your game.
The G80 is a fully loaded GPS, launch monitor, and game analysis system all in 1 device! Garmin's spectacular new Approach G80 is packed with innovative technology to take your game both on course and on the range to the next level.
Equipped with multiple practice and game modes, this ultra-premium device is designed for the modern player. Warmup mode is the perfect partner for practice sessions, providing data such as ball speed, club speed, smash factor, and even tempo, giving you instant feedback on every shot. Adding to this, target practice improves focus for much more precision on drives or short game shots alike.
On course, G80 gives you every piece of information you could possibly require. The launch monitor setting, which is easily accessible via the radar button, measures shot distance, while touch targeting allows players to simply select any area on the hole to give instant yardages. This is useful for determining how far away hazards, dog-legs or lay-up zones are, for much better course management. This is all available on a full-screen colour display.
Garmin has now released an even better launch monitor in the Approach R10. This is a device that you can take with you wherever you go. Want some data on the range? Set it up next to yourself and start hitting balls. The R10 is for the player who is always on the move. The golf obsessed. Imagine before a big round in the weekly medal and having a launch monitor at your disposal- it would help prepare you like never before.
As well as being a launch monitor, the R10 will also act as a GPS device on the course. This means it can be used for any golf occasion and not just for practice on the range. If you’re at home the R10 can be plugged into your TV to give you a more detail displayed and will share the appearance of a more expensive device.
The training mode links with your smartphone via the app giving you access to visuals and stats to effectively improve in key areas. The shot dispersion chart, as well as video/swing recording, gives you bespoke information to help you understand your clubs' performance.
Play over 42,000 different golf courses across the globe on the virtual simulator. Test your game by playing virtual rounds as well as participating in weekly tournaments competing with other R10 players around the world.
The R10 has a battery life of 10 hours so you can enjoy plenty of practice in between charges. Connect and interact via the Garmin Golf app while using the dedicated mount that attaches to your golf bag for better visuals.
Overall, the Garmin Approach R10 can be a key ingredient in aiding the improvement of many club golfers. Granted, this product won't be seen on tour or even in practice on the range. This is because the professionals use much higher-end products such as Trackman, Flightscope and Foresight.