Garmin Approach R10 Vs. Skytrak Comparison Overview
Choosing the right launch monitor can be the difference between lowering your handicap and continuing to struggle on the links in vain.
We have seen firsthand how good launch monitors can improve the game of many different kinds of players.
The keyword in that last statement was “good.” Not all launch monitors track the same stats and even worse, some aren’t even that accurate.
Today we will be comparing two popular launch monitors to help you make the best choice for your game.
Garmin R10 Approach Overview
The Garmin Approach R10 is a handy and affordable little launch monitor that you can take pretty much anywhere.
We really mean it, this thing is smaller than a smartphone when it’s not loaded into the included foldable tripod and even with the tripod, it stands less than a foot tall.
The Garmin Approach R10 uses radar to track shots and we noticed almost immediately that it is more accurate outdoors.
Outdoors, the Garmin Approach R10 was accurate with total distance to within about 3 yards. Indoors with a practice net, this dropped to about 5 yards.
Still, the Garmin Approach R10 tracks a ton of shot and club metrics including club head speed, launch angle, smash factor and total distance.
It was also very easy to set up. You have to connect the Garmin Approach R10 to your phone or tablet via the Garmin Golf app but once you have it set up, it’s pretty much good to go when you are.
The Skytrak is a higher-end golf launch monitor but it’s pretty much the opposite of the Garmin Approach R10.
What we mean is that the Skytrak is much more accurate indoors than outdoors. That’s because the Skytrak uses high-speed cameras to get it’s readings.
Indoors the Skytrak is accurate with total distances to wihin 2 yards.
If you are playing outdoors on a sunny day, the sun can actually interfere with the cameras, compromising it’s accuracy.
The Skytrak offers data on side angle, smash factor, launch angle, ball speed, roll, carry, club head speed, offline deviation descent angle and more.
The Skytrak is definitely the better golf launch monitor for indoor use; plus you get a bunch of fun course simulations. However, if you like to practice at the range, the Garmin Approach R10 will provide more reliable information for you.