HOW IS SKYTRAK DIFFERENT FROM OTHER LAUNCH MONITORS AND GOLF SIMULATORS?Let’s start with the two main ball tracking systems used commercially —
Doppler (Radar) and Photometric using Cameras.
Both types of commercial systems have benefits, yet they use two, very different methods to that may or may not fit your needs. To put it simply – a Doppler system, tracks how your ball flies and where it lands, then calculates rather than measuring much of the data it outputs. In contrast, a Photometric system takes precise measurements what the ball is doing immediately after impact. Such precise measurements are used with sophisticated flight algorithms to simulate a realistic shot shape, flight path and distance that would represent your shots on the course. Photometric systems are generally accepted to provide the most accurate results in an indoor environment. While Doppler systems provide advantages outside, its limitations inside create other issues to include the challenge of providing a consistently accurate shot shape without measured side spin.
HOW MUCH SPACE TO I NEED?: SKYTRAK VS RADAR
Because radar relies primarily on tracking how your ball flies and where it lands, results can be compromised in an indoor setting due to space. Thus, a radar device can require up to 21 feet of space to gather minimal data. In comparison, the only real requirement for SkyTrak is to be able to comfortably swing a club. Radar devices can also be negatively affected by fluroescent lighting and other electrical devices.