Garmin R10 Vs Swing Caddie SC4 – Which One Is Better?
The personal Launch Monitor space has been moving at an incredible pace over recent times. Only 5 years ago, it would have been impossible to get the devices we are looking at today without spending $20k on a Trackman.
Here we are today, looking at 2 relatively accurate devices at around the $500 mark which is amazing. The next question becomes, which one is the right choice for you.
Garmin R10 First Impressions
It’s hard to imagine the R10 is almost 2 years old at the time of writing. It made a serious splash when first released.
The first thing to notice is how compact and easy to use the device is. You just open it up, stick the head into the stand, turn it on, pair it with the Garmin Golf App and you are good to go.
The Accuracy of the Carry Distances have always been good but Garmin have also now brought accurate spin numbers into the picture.
Swing Caddie SC4 First Impressions
The SC4 is the newest of the personal launch monitors sitting around the $500 mark.
They looked to upgrade every aspect of the SC300 and that is evident as soon as you unbox the product, it looks amazing.
The display is clean and intuitive and this one is also really easy to set up and use. It has a handy holder for the remote control at the back of the device as well.
What we like about this one, straight off the bat is that it calls out your carry distances, so you don’t have to be looking at any screens as you play.
What The R10 Does Better
Once you learn to get the alignment right, use the RCT balls recommended by Garmin and use the Awesome Golf software, you can get pretty close to accurate spin numbers. This is huge for a device that is so affordable.
We consistently saw shots within 1 yard of carry from the Trackman and within 100 RPMs of the spin. It increases to 2 or 3 yards with the Driver but still awesome figures for an indoor Dopplar Monitor
The Graphics on the simulators of the cheaper devices are a bit cartoony compares to the more expensive devices but don’t let that deter you.
The R10 offers a range of golf software to use from Home Tee Heroes to Golf Awesome to E6.
We recommend to use Golf Awesome as we are getting the most accurate stats when using this device.
What Does The SC4 Do Better
Design And Ease Of Use
The R10 is very easy to use and the SC4 still manages to edge it out in this one.
The display is crystal clear and calling out the shots is very handy, so you don’t need to look at a screen after every shot.
The remote is also super handy for changing clubs in between shots.
The fact that it comes with one course on E6 and practice mode allows it to stand out from the MLM2 Pro in terms of value proposition.
Doesn’t Need An External Device
The SC4 is the only one of the personal launch monitor/simulators that doesn’t need an external device to use.
It is a self-contained unit so you can show up to the range and hit balls easily or just break it out at home, start hitting, and hear your numbers called out excellently.
Not having to worry about battery levels and ensuring you have your tablet/phone at the range is a big win for the SC4.
The SC4 is a massive step up from the SC300i which came before. It literally has improved on every metric that we can measure.
The biggest issue we have is that the spin rates are off by about 2000 RPMS with the irons and it is slightly less accurate in terms of carry than the R10.
We are giving the overall victory to the R10. Once you get the right set up, the accuracy for a device at this price range is second to none.
All the different game modes and software make sure you will never get bored of the R10. This one is a real bargain, get out and get it!
Aidan Lehane here, I’m a Mid-low handicap golfer who has made tremendous progress in breaking 90 in just over 1 year of playing golf seriously.
I get out to the course or range as often as possible and review all the equipment I’ve come across on this blog.