Zepp Golf Review
A few months ago I reviewed Zepp’s original golf product Golfsense.
A swing tracker that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
While obviously for under $200 you’re not going to have a full on Trackman system on your hands (no pun intended), but the Golfsense was actually a pleasant surprise with how well it performed.
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So What Exactly is Zepp Golf?
Zepp Golf is a Bluetooth device that tracks all of your movements during your golf swing. It then provides feedback on each aspect, and gives an overall rating for the quality of your swing.
Some of the primary features it analyzes are:
- Clubhead speed
- Club plane
- Hand plane
- Backswing degrees
- Hand speed
- Hip rotation
Chances are you have no idea what some of these things actually mean, so it’s worth spending a little bit of time in their video library getting up to speed before heading out to practice.
It’s important to note that in my mind, this is a practice device. It isn’t a product like Game Golf where you’re going out and playing a round. To get the most out of this, you’ll want to use it on the range and keep an eye on the app after each swing. Otherwise you’ll end up with a ton of swing data, and have no idea what to do with it.
So, the important question, how does it compare to it’s older brother, the Golfsense? And which one, if either, should you pick up?
Immediately upon opening up my Zepp, it’s clear they upped their game when it came to production value.
The box features a flap with a see through window to the little neon green device, which is about the size of a half dollar.
Pulling it out, everything felt high end, and it was nice to see the new Zepp device was sexier and about half the size of the original Golfsense device.
In the box came a proprietary USB charger, the device, golf glove connector, and a sleeve with warranty info and the url for the setup website.
Getting setup was a breeze. Connecting to my iPhone via bluetooth was seamless, and worked exactly like you’d expect.
I logged into my Zepp account, and found all of my old Golfsense information loaded up, so it was nice to see that carry over. Feature wise the app is very similar to the Golfsense app, with a bit more polish – I also found it a bit easier to navigate.
So with all of these similarities, how did it perform?
I headed out to the driving range, and strapped it onto my glove, which was a bit trickier than I expected. Despite it’s small size, it didn’t seem to attach to my glove as easily as the Golfsense did – although it’s entirely possible this is just a case of user error.
I selected my club, grabbed a ball and hit a shot. 3 seconds later, I could see my entire swing in full detail, along with all kinds of stats about it.
In my previous review, I mentioned how in an hour of using it I improved my backswing position from 220 degrees to closer to 270 and added a ton of distance to my shots.
It was nice to see that my numbers were still relatively good for that metric, and that my tempo had improved as well – maybe this is why I’ve been scoring better lately…
After spending a couple of hours with the new Zepp device, I’ve come to the conclusion that it really works just as well as the Golfsense does.
I won’t say they’re identical products – but they’re pretty close.
That is, with one key difference.
There’s one game changer with Zepp Golf that the Golfsense didn’t have: multi-sport capabilities.
With the new Zepp device you can take your little green square and also use it to track baseball or tennis swings in separate apps.
I grew up playing competitive tennis, and this alone makes the decision to go with this product a no brainer. If you have other family members who play different sports, this can be a great way to help everyone improve their game.
Is It Worth It?
Overall I think the Zepp is great…if this is what you’re looking for. At $149.99 it’s not exactly cheap, and if you’re a casual golfer who rarely hits the range, you’ll probably grab this, use it once, say “that’s cool” and let it sit on the shelf.
However, if you’re serious about improving your game and your swing, then Zepp Golf is invaluable. Being able to compare past swings, as well as compare to pros is great for tracking progress and making sure you’re on the right track – at a fraction of the cost of a Trackman or series of lessons.
I feel like they’ve improved the app design, and it truly feels like it’s a high end product.
Is it worth spending the extra $20 to get Zepp Golf over Golfsesne? Eh, it’s up to you. It’s smaller, sexier, has multi-sport capabilities, and I like the app a little bit better. However you’ll probably get the exact same performance and results out of it. So an extra $20 for more sports and “cool factor”? Probably worth it for me, but its up to you if you feel the same.
Definitely check out my Golfsense review for more specific thoughts and details – as they really are extremely similar.
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- Multi Sport Capability
- Looks Good
- Decent Price For What You Get
- Too Similar to Golfsense
- Glove Attachment Had Issues
Hello, I’m looking to buy a Zepp sensor for golf and tennis. One question that I can’t seem to find the answer is this: Do I have to “hit a button” on my device for each shot or can I hit a few shots and browse the data after?
Thanks for the article.
I just got my Zepp for Father’s Day – completely unexpected. To answer your question, you do not have to hit a button before each shot, Zepp records each swing. You DO need to make sure you have selected the correct club on the app – so, for example, if you tee off with driver and set it for driver you need to open the app and change the club to 6 iron before hitting that shot. It also means that it records EACH swing …. if you take three practice swings Zepp captures them all labeling the practice swing with a little “p” but only on one screen view – if you’re actually looking at the data you won’t know it’s a practice swing. The only time you “push a button” is if you want to *star* a swing. That flags that swing as a star (presumably one that you liked) and it lets you look at the data for all starred shots or just all shots. Here’s a more comprehensive review I wrote for Amazon:
I’m a complete golf addict. I play multiple times each week in all kinds of weather, I maintain more golf magazine subscriptions than the Dentist’s office, and if the lightning is close enough to chase me off the course (which means it’s REALLY close) I might spend the next two hours wandering around Golf Galaxy. I’m carrying a 10 handicap and love to watch golf on television or on the internet. The most important “club” in my bag is my SkyCaddie GPS and I’d been casually considering picking up a skypro (their competing product which attaches to the shaft of your golf club). I’ve previously owned and used the V1 application which enables you to video record your swing and analyze swing plane, body movement, setup position, etc. I’ve also had both lessons with personal instructor video recording my swing both on and off the course, and been a member of a “gym” that focused strictly on golf.
My daughter and her husband gave me a Zepp for Father’s Day. I spent about three hours researching the similarities and differences between Zepp and its major competitors including the Skypro before deciding to keep the Zepp and opening the box. I won’t go into all of that here other than to say that most of them have at least one unique feature that the others don’t and they each do some things better than others.
I read the manual cover-to-cover, downloaded and configured the app to my iPhone 4 (yes, iPhone 4), and watched several YouTube videos while the device was charging. The app did not have my clubs in its database so I entered their specifications manually – not a big deal. Once fully charged we spent an hour or so in the dungeon getting to know each other. I tried swinging a variety of clubs and looking at the immediate feedback. I tried video recording my swings and comparing it to the two pros in the Zepp database. All pretty straight forward. Then we headed to the driving range.
On the driving range Zepp performed extremely well. It was quite easy to select a club, hit some balls, and consider the feedback. I liked the ability to easily *star* a shot that I liked in order to see how its data compared to others. I hit 150 balls and Zepp captured data on each swing as well as some “practice swings”. I paid $14 for the bucket of balls but using Zepp on the driving range cost me an additional $60 that day because I did not set the configuration to only synch the data when connected to wifi so all of that data (about 1 Gig) used the dataplan on my phone (I don’t usually use much data so my wife and I share 300mb – each additional 300mb that is automatically added costs $20). This was MY fault – there’s an easy option to toggle that prevents that from happening – you’ll get the same immediate feedback but the data stays local rather than going to the cloud.
Before that session on the range I had been suffering for the last two weeks with an awful pull-hook off the tee. I’d lost more balls in the last two weeks than I had in the previous six months. A quick look at the data Zepp provided gave me everything that I needed to correct the issue and about halfway through the 150 balls I was back to hitting a predictably high draw and my swing confidence was coming back. This made the $60 data charge well worth it!
The next day I played a round of golf wearing the Zepp. I was looking forward to playing a round then reviewing the data as I replayed the shots in my mind afterward (I told you I’m addicted). Using it on the golf course proved a little more challenging than using it on the driving range. I’m a walker and use a pull cart. Going out as a single I often get paired with riding golfers so keeping up with them does not allow much time to fidget with gadgets. With some practice I’m sure I can get to the point where club selection becomes more natural but keying in the screen saver code on the iPhone, selecting the app, finding the place to select a club, and selecting the club after already having had to determine the pin position, read the GPS, and select the club is just a bit much (in particular in the bright sunlight where I often have to try to shade the phone in order to see it).
Additionally, it records every swing – sometimes I take no practice swing, sometimes I take one practice swing, sometimes I take several practice swings – Zepp records them all. So I ended up with something like 112 recorded swings when I shot a 77 with 31 putts (meaning I actually only hit the ball with a club other than my putter 46 times). Many times I had failed to successfully select a club so it thought I hit driver twice and things like that. This wouldn’t happen if I had plenty of time and my guess is after using it several times I’ll be able to minimize club selection issues. Again, I do like the ability to *Star* a shot on the golf course and I did annotate my scorecard with which shots I “Starred” so I did have some correlation points to the data.
The biggest problem that I found on the course was the Bluetooth connection. The Zepp instructions recommend that you put your iPhone in your right front pocket (left front pocket for left-handers). It’s only when you do that that you get the hip rotation data. I don’t like carrying my iPhone in my pocket when golfing and keep it on my push cart. The distance between the Zepp on my glove and the iPhone in my push cart was frequently too far to maintain a Bluetooth connection so I had to reconnect it (and sometimes recalibrate) before teeing off on the next hole. My wireless headphones have no problem staying connected when my iPhone’s in the basement and I’m on the 2nd floor of my house – it seems like the Zepp should be able to maintain a Bluetooth connection the width of a green away. Having said all of that, I believe through practice I’ll work through a method that will get me where I want to be in terms of data collection in order to be able to “replay” the round and correlate stray or otherwise disappointing shots with the Zepp data and likewise for those perfect shots.
Other random thoughts on the Zepp:
1) You have to know what to do with the data. Zepp tells you, for example, your hand plane is +12% … if you’re not enough of a golf student to know what that means and/or how to correct it you would probably be better served taking a lesson with a pro who video records your swing than buy this device and expect it will help you.
2) I’m disappointed that I can only look at the great data and swing renderings and recordings on the little iPhone screen. I’d love to see Zepp provide a Mac App so I can come home from the range or the round and review the data on my large screen monitor. (I really don’t want an iPad but may have to buy one to get all that this has to offer)
3) I’d love to be able to export the data to an excel spreadsheet or a database to be able to analyze trends – I hope Zepp can put this on their enhancement list.
This sounds like a brilliant product however, I am struggling to figure out how it knows what to compare my swing to or hip rotation. Does it automatically work out my ideal swing path/hip rotation and then tell me how it should be done or is there a standard swing path/hip rotation it will compare mine to?
What do all those confusing numbers mean? What am I supposed to achieve? What’s better, higher or lower for me as an individual (higher or lower)? How do I know what swing speed I should achieve for my height?
I just picked up the Zepp golf sensor on Amazon for $129 if that helps anyone in their decision. I have yet to test the device, but look forward to it and will post feedback afterwards.
the battery doesn’t last. After a year, and proper care of the sensor re wearing down the battery and recharging, the device won’t last 2 hours. Apparently Zepp offers no battery replacement or other solutions. Plus the power seems to come from a soldered in-place, “pouch” cell type battery which means one can’t dyi replace it. There you go. It served me well for just four seasons.