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  • Measure your swing speed with affordable Doppler radar!!
  • Increase your swing speed to increase your distance!
  • Monitor your swing consistency!
  • Include velocity feedback when trouble-shooting your swing!
  • Determine your optimum swing speed for distance, control and accuracy!
  • Determine the club characteristics that achieve the best results!
  • Monitor the effects of changes in your mechanics on your swing performance!
  • SWING SPEED RADAR(R) HOTTEST NEW TRAINING AID FOR GOLFERS IN 2004!
Price: 
U.S. $99.95


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GOLF

It's not how hard you swing but how well you swing!
OPTIMIZE YOUR CLUBHEAD SPEED FOR YOUR BEST DISTANCE, CONTROL AND ACCURACY!
 
Ball distance is determined primarily by:
  • Ball Speed
  • Launch Angle
  • Ball Spin & Aerodynamics
Ball Speed is basically dependant upon:
  • Clubhead Speed
  • Clubface “Sweet-Zone” Squareness on the Ball
  • C.O.R. of the Ball/Clubface Collision
Optimum clubhead speed is created by:
  • Proper Equipment

  • Proper Swing Technique
Approximate Relationship of Driver Swing Speed and Ball Distance

Optimize your clubhead speed with your personal SWING SPEED RADAR™ as you practice in your own backyard, garage, basement, etc.; as well as on the driving range, practice area or during practice rounds; or with your Clubmaker, Instructor or Clubfitter, for best results!

See the bottom of this page for the all new Swing Speed Radar with Tempo Timer!


BASEBALL

It's not how hard you swing but how well you swing!
OPTIMIZE YOUR HITTING PERFORMANCE WITH YOUR OWN PERSONAL RADAR VELOCITY SENSOR!

Determine your optimum swing and bat selection for your best distance, quickness, bat control, and ball contact.

  • Increase your swing speed to increase your distance
  • Monitor your swing consistency
  • Include velocity feedback when troubleshooting your swing
  • Measure your swing speed improvement as you optimize your swing mechanics
BAT SWING SPEED MEASUREMENTS 
MEASURE THE SPEED OF THE BARREL OF THE BAT, OUT FRONT, IN THE HITTING ZONE 

To measure bat speed “out front”, in the hitting zone where batters are taught to hit the ball, the Swing Speed Radar™ can be positioned in front of the batter, or behind the batter.  The most important consideration in using the Swing Speed radar™ is to position it in the plane of the swing as the bat enters the hitting zone, similarly to positioning a ball at the desired height and location on a tee. 
 
If the batter is swinging “in air” without a ball, the Swing Speed Radar™ can be located forward about six feet in front of the hitting zone, at the height of the bat swing through the hitting zone. The radar can be mounted on a tripod or hung on a net or fence, using the two snaphooks provided with the Swing Speed Radar.  The batter is now swinging toward the radar as though it were the ball coming from the pitcher.  This is an ideal location for bat swing training. 

If the batter is swinging at a ball on a tee, the Swing Speed Radar™ must be located behind the batter to prevent the batted ball from striking the radar and/or erroneous reading caused by the unpredictable ball flight from the tee. The radar should be about six feet behind the tee, facing the ball on the tee and at the height of the ball.   The radar must be sufficiently rearward , where a catcher would ordinarily be positioned, to prevent it from being struck with the bat .In this location, the batter is swinging away from the radar.  To accomplish this positioning, the Swing Speed Radar™ can be mounted on a tripod, or hung on a net or fence by using the two snaphooks. 

Whether the Swing Speed Radar™ is located rearward or forward, it will measure the speed of the bat barrel in the hitting zone.  When determining the energy imparted to the ball, the maximum exit velocity results from the ball being struck at or near the “sweet spot” of the bat, which can be about 4” to 6” from the bat tip.  Therefore bat barrel velocity is more relevant to ball exit velocity, and ball flight distance, than bat tip speed, which will be about  15%-20% faster than the “sweet-spot” velocity.  Thus a 60 mph average barrel velocity will correspond to a bat tip speed of about 70 mph.  However, a batter doesn’t intentionally hit the ball with the bat tip—so measure bat barrel velocity with the Swing Speed Radar™.



BAT SELECTION CONSIDERATIONS 
  • A short, compact swing allows the most time to react to the pitch.
  • A light bat can be swung faster, and with more control to make ball contact, facilitating the short, compact swing better than a heavy bat.
  • A heavy bat will provide more momentum to drive through the ball.
  • A heavier bat, swung at the same speed as a lighter bat, will hit the ball harder and farther.
  • Select the heaviest bat swung at, or near, the same speed as the lightest bat.
SELECTION PROCESS
  • Swing multiple candidate bats ten times each and record each swing speed.
  • Alternate bats to eliminate physical biases.  That is, swing bat A once, then bat B, then bat C; then bat D; swing D again, then C, then B, then A;  repeat A, B, C, D, D,C, B, A ,A, B, etc, until the ten swings of each have been recorded.  Average the speed for each bat.
  • Select the heaviest bat that can be swung at, or near, the fastest average speed.
  • Additional considerations include moment of inertia characteristics, incl. bat length, barrel size, shape, taper; sweet zone; and “feel” to the batter.  The batter must be comfortable with the bat!!


The Swing Speed Radar™ with Tempo Timer can be set to measure and display:
  • Clubhead swing speed alone (SS Mode); 
  • Tempo time, from club takeaway to ball impact, alone (TT Mode); 
  • Or both swing speed and tempo time in the Dual Mode, in which the display toggles (alternates) between swing speed and tempo time. 
SWING SPEED RADAR(R) WITH TEMPO TIMER
For Golf
Price: 
U.S. $149.95

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SEMI-FINALIST FOR SPORTS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR FOR 2005!

The Swing Speed Radar™ with Tempo Timer is a small, inexpensive microwave Doppler radar velocity sensor that provides the swing speed and tempo rhythm for golfers of all ages and skill levels.  It assists players in developing /optimizing their swing, and maintaining consistency, by measuring ACTUAL TEMPO TIME from club takeaway to ball impact at the climax of their forward swing, as well as the SWING SPEED of the clubhead as it approaches the ball.  The Swing Speed Radar™ with Tempo Timer, featuring simple one-button operation, provides unmatched utility in a single, affordable device. 

Clubhead speed and tempo are two significant characteristics of a golfer’s swing that must be optimized and controlled if the golfer is to consistently achieve his/her best ball-striking results.  Expensive launch monitors costing thousands of dollars, primarily used by well-funded clubmakers, instructors, or pro golfers, generally include these two vital parameters in their measurement systems.  However, less expensive devices for use by most instructors, clubmakers, and by the golfing public are limited in utility.  Conventional swing speed meters can be inconsistent, unreliable, and complicated to use.  Some even require attachments to the club that can change the club swing dynamics.   Metronome-type devices can provide tempo time models for the golfer to try to emulate, but the resulting tempo time can only be estimated by comparisons with the model. 

The Swing Speed Radar™ with Tempo Timer is the practical choice of clubmakers and instructors who want the flexibility and convenience of use in the field as well as at their home-based hitting stations. It can be used by golfers of all ages and skill levels, at home or at their practice facilities, as they strive to optimize their swing mechanics and rhythm for their best distance, control, consistency and accuracy. 

When practicing at home, in the backyard, or in areas where actual balls cannot be hit, it is best to use a practice ball "target" to obtain swing speeds that correspond directly to those of hitting an actual golf ball.  The practice target provides a point to focus the release of the clubhead.  Many golfers experience a slower swing speed without a practice target on which to precisely focus.  Plastic and sponge balls are often used for practice, but the new Birdie Ball provides the feel and trajectory characteristics of an actual golf ball.  

Golfers need to determine the tempo time that best suits their swing rhythm.  John Novosel, in his best selling new book "Tour Tempo", points out that most Pro Tour Golfers have tempo times within the range of 0.9 to 1.3 seconds.  Ben Jackson, Owner and Head Instructor at the New England Golf Academy, emphasizes the trend for the new, young Tour Pros of today is for faster tempo times.  In Ben's words, "Speed is the new frontier!"  (Tempo time and swing speed!)  Check out your tempo time and swing speed and see where you fit in!! 


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