Trackman Vs. Garmin Approach R10 Comparison Overview
For a lot of people, their choice in golf launch monitors comes down to price point. However, there are many other considerations that should be taken into account.
We wanted to see if a professional-grade (and much more expensive) golf launch monitor was really better than a cheaper model.
So we tested 2 launch monitors that are pretty much night and day when it comes to price: the Garmin Approach R10 and the Trackman.
The Trackman is the kind of system that fitters use to set their customers up with the right golf clubs.
The Trackman is an indoor golf launch monitor that uses two radar sensors and a camera for it’s readings.
Most launch monitors use one or the other so right off the bat, the Trackman is pretty unique.
The reason it is used in professional settings is because it tracks a ton of in-depth data including descent, smash factor, roll, side spin, side angle, launch angle, back spin, flight path, carry, dynamic loft, club path, impact location and of course, total distance.
Keep in mind though that the Trackman needs to be professionally installed. In terms of accuracy and simulation though, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Beautiful course simulations of pretty much all courses of note and accuracy to within a yard on most readings are what we got from the Trackman.
Garmin Approach R10 Overview
The Garmin Approach R10 is about $17,000 cheaper than the Trackman system and it can be used outdoors.
It should be noted that the Garmin Approach R10 relies on radar alone. So while it is impressively accurate (within about 3 yards) to use outdoors, it gets pretty inaccurate when you use it indoors.
It also didn’t pick up some our swings with wedges and our 9 irons.
That all being said, we were really impressed with this little launch monitor. It pairs with the E6 Connect app so you also get good-quality course simulations and some fun skill challenges.
The battery lasted for a 2 hours range session and then some so no worries there.
Yes, the Trackman was incredibly accurate, reliable and the shot metrics it provides covers every spec you will ever need. At it’s price though, we were surprised with how well the Garmin Approach R10 kept up with it. The R10 is certainly the better value and accurate enough for the average golfer.