Optishot 2 Vs. Garmin Approach R10 Comparison Overview
Playing your best round of golf means you gotta practice – and often. But how can you practice when it’s raining outside or you simply don’t have time to head to the range?
Launch monitors and golf simulators, that’s how.
However, not all of these kinds of devices are created equal. What we really mean is that not all of these devices will be good for practice.
To help you determine which golf launch monitor could help improve your game, we tested 2 very popular models side-by-side.
Optishot 2 Overview
The Optishot 2 uses infrared sensors to detect key metrics that the manufacturers claim will improve your practice sessions.
And they may have been right if they had made the Optishot 2 a bit more accurate. The onboard infrared sensors don’t do a great job of accurately tracking distance or predicting ball speed.
We found that the Optishot was reading longer distances of about 8 yards compared to other monitors.
For ball speed, it was reading faster by an average of 6 MPH. It missed some shots altogether as well.
We did like the fact that it came with 15 pre-loaded golf course simulations including Torrey Black, Twisted Twig, and the Canadian Club.
The Optishot 2 gives readings for club speed, carry distance, face angle, path, face contact, tempo and more. It should also be noted that this is an indoor-only golf simulator/launch monitor system.
Garmin Approach R10 Overview
The Garmin Approach R10 gave much more accurate readings for almost all the metrics it and the Optishot 2 provide.
Not only was it more accurate (outdoors), it analyzes more metrics including but not limited to spin axis, spin rate, apex height, smash factor, carry distance, deviation distance, launch direction, launch angle, club path angle, club head speed, ball speed and total distance.
The Garmin Approach R10 also records video of your swing so you can review it later with overlayed swing stats and information. Using the E6 Connect app, you can also play virtual courses and full rounds. We also liked the fact that the Garmin Approach R10 saves some of your key swing stats.
Overall the Garmin Approach R10 was much better for practice. The video recording and stat archives alone make it more helpful. The Optishot 2 was just too inaccurate to be reliable even if it does have some cool periphery features.