There is much more to wearable technology than smartwatches or headsets like Google Glass; Some of the most exciting uses of technology are performance trackers aimed at helping you improve in sports. One of the latest is Zepp, a small sensor designed to help golfers and tennis players improve their game, which goes on sale in the UK for the first time today.
Already available in the United States, where golfers, tennis players and softball / baseball players have been using it for over a year, Zepp is a small, lightweight sensor that clips onto a glove and provides all kinds of measurements. performance and analytics to help you work out which parts of your game need improvement. Developed in partnership with the PGA Tour pros, it pairs with a smartphone or tablet to display the information captured 1000 times per second, right after you’ve taken a hit. It weighs just 6.3g, so won’t affect performance and should last eight hours on a single charge – more than enough for a round of golf or a day at the driving range.
The Zepp Golf sensor and app measures swing tempo, club speed and angle, hip rotation and provides a personalized swing score, designed to help you improve over time. It can also replay 360 degree swings to compare the shape of a backswing to a downswing. Even without the sensor, the free Zepp app (available for iOS and Android) can show you how the pros rock; Zepp Golf includes videos from PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, PGA Tour pro Brendan Steele and long haul champion Ryan Winther.
Zepp Tennis works the same way, but clips onto the bottom of a tennis racket rather than a glove. It tracks the amount of forehands, backhants, serves and slaps, shows how much power you generate with each swing, and tracks topspin, slice, and flat hit. Both apps can store an unlimited number of swings in the cloud and then compare them to other Zepp users. It also includes a training center, which is full of video tutorials and tips from the pros on how to get better.
We admit that we have never hit a golf ball in our life, but after a few hours with the app and the sensor we were able to reach a distance of 130 meters – not bad at all given that our previous experience was literally nothing. Other reporters we spoke to at the kickoff event who play golf all said they noticed improvements in their swing taking into account the performance results.
âWe have had tremendous success in our native United States with Zepp and are very happy to introduce it properly in the UK,â said Jason Fass, CEO of Zepp, of the launch. âWe’ve built a platform that delivers impactful data and instant feedback to athletes and coaches, enabling them to analyze and improve their game like never before. “
Zepp sensors are available for purchase in the UK from today. Zepp Golf and Zep Tennis will cost Â£ 129.99 each and will be available at Apple stores, Currys PC World, Argos and John Lewis. We’ll be testing it over the next few weeks to see if it can help absolute novices (like us) improve their game, as well as experienced golfers and tennis players.