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Swing Profile App

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Pros: Simple, intuitive, feature packed

Cons: price, tougher to use alone

Swing Profile is designed to be an all-in-one solution for the avid golfer to record, review, and compare their golf swing right at your finger tips.  Swing Profile also attempts to do most of the heavy lifting for you in advace by utilizing their 5A’s methodology;
 

  1. Auto Capture – recognizing and recording swing motion only
  2. Auto Trim – keeping only the raw swing motion by trimming away redundant footages
  3. Auto Sequence – creating Golf Digest-style swing sequence
  4. Auto Line – drawing swing plane
  5. Auto Sync – synchronizing two different swings regardless of tempo difference


By using the 5A’s, the end user does not have to go through the steps of transferring, trimming, and loading video from the camera into another program, thus allowing for quicker feedback and more productive practice sessions.

User Interface
The interface of Swing Profile is really simple and intuitive.  There are only 3 screen types to understand.  1. Main app screen 2. Record 3. Library/Play back.  The action buttons are clear and easy to understand.  If you ever have doubt on what a button’s action is, a quick tap on the help icon brings up a screen overlay explaining each action.   

Recording
Recording is simple.  On the capture screen, you tap “Capture”, and the app is ready to record.  Swing profile provides a  transparent view of a golfer in the setup position with 2 lines, one below the feet and one above the head.  This overlay is intended to provide the user with reference for placing yourself within the screen.  Placing your iPad at a distance away which allows you to have your body between the two lines gives the best possible view to capture the entire swing.  This overlay is not visible in playback.

 


Recording is one area where Swing Profile sets themselves apart from other swing recording apps.  Swing Profile will only record your swing motion, automatically trimming out the “fat” which would be recorded using a traditional camera.  Meaning, setting up another ball, rehearsing a feeling/position, or talking to friend will not be captured and you can leave the app running.  Also, each swing is recorded separately from others.  Allowing you to sift through many swings quickly and only keep the ones you want.  Other swings can be deleted without worry of losing your entire session.

Swing Profile has also given thought to using the app alone.  When recording, visual recognition for ready to record is given by placing a green box around the screen.  Obviously, you can not be in two places at once.  Swing profile has also provided audio recognition;  one “beep” for ready, and two “beeps” for finished.  Therefore, once you have your iPad setup, hit capture, listen for the single beep, and swing away.

 

Lastly, Swing Profile allows you to build a pro swing library by recording a swing from Youtube or your TV.  Unfortunately, I was busy enough with viewing myself, I did not put this option to the test.

While recording is simple, it doesn’t seem to leave much room for error.  During my usage I found that slight movements of the iPad would cause an “Excessive Movement” warning and the app would not record.  This was a fairly large problem for me when using the app alone, and at an uncovered range, because you can not see the screen, leaving you waiting for the ready “beep”.  Unlike the iPhone, there are not many price conscious/cheap mounting solutions for the iPad which will hold it in place solidly and easily.  I had to rely on my Apple cover rolled back to prop up my iPad.  As you can imagine, this is not ideal, and a slight breeze would cause the iPad to rock slightly preventing recording.

The second issued I had was the height required to place yourself between the two reference lines.  Optimum height is around chest high.  To get this height at the range I had to fashion a mounting solution using a trash can and range buckets.  This gave me a good height, but it was not a solid solution.  I was more worried about my ipad falling, than making productive swings.  This also limited my ability to get face on video.  I was not able to get the iPad high or far enough back in the neighboring stall to get a wide view.

 

 


Reviewing
Simplicity is found throughout Swing Profile, reviewing continues that trend.  After recording your swing, Swing Profile has many options you can use while reviewing; Add notes, View a single swing or dual swing (up to 4 swings together), Compare to pro swing, etc.

 

 

During video playback, Swing Profile allows you to view video at one of 3 speeds; full speed, ½ speed, and ⅓ speed.  You can also go into finer detail and view video frame by frame.  In using the frame by frame mode, it must be remembered that the recording is not high speed  or high resolution.  This is quickly apparent by how far the club will move between frames and is often a blur.  Despite this weakness, frame by frame was the feature I used most.

Similarly to other recording apps, Swing Profile has a complement of drawing features for drawing reference lines.  When you first open a file, initial shaft plane lines are drawn for you automatically.

A couple features unique to swing profile is the film strip output and synchronized swings.  Film strip output tries to capture the main positional checkpoints through the swing.  The downside is related to not being high speed video.  Often times the titled position was not captured correctly due the lack of speed in the video.  When viewing two swings side by side, Swing Profile will attempt to sync the two swings for easy direct comparison.  While not perfect, I found the synchronization to be very close.


Swing Profile will also let you quickly share or transfer your videos via email, facebook, and twitter.  Videos are emailed in mp4 format for easy viewing in your computer’s media player, Quicktime for me.  When emailing your video, Swing profile will give you the option to include slow motion playback as well.  Both full speed and slow motion are sent in a single video file, with the accompanying film strip output as a jpeg.  

 

 



Final Thought
Overall, I would give Swing Profile (iPad) a B grade.  The lack of solid mounting solution, not high speed, and price ($60), which I didn’t cover, are my main detractors.  Swing Profile’s biggest separator, for me, would be the auto trim feature of captured video, but that alone doesn’t warrant the price tag.  I see the iPad version being most popular with professionals giving lessons, where mounting is of no concern and the large screen of the iPad is handy for immediate playback.  As a self user, I would trend towards using the iPhone version for easy mounting and quick transfer to a computer using the email function.


 

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Pros: Easy to use, intuitive, auto swing sequencing of key positions

Cons: would like P6 Position added to sequence

 

 

This is a very unique piece of software for use on the range and for teaching.  I found it easy to use and to work with.  The one feature that was particularly nice was that once you had yourself or someone else  set up in frame, the software would diagnose when a swing was in process and capture it.  You do not have start the process and trim away a bunch of useless video on either side of the process.  When you review what has been captured you will see that a sequence of shots has been captured in key positions (address, up-swing, top, down-swing, impact, follow-through, and finish).   I for one would like to have a the position between down-swing and impact set as part of the sequence but that is just me and not usually part of many sequence shots.   As with many other software packages, you can draw in your lines (but not circles).  If you do the multi-lines, the degree of the angle is automatically calculated.  

 

You are able to view multiple sequences at once so that you can see yourself (or a student or friend) before and after a change, etc.  or.. you can do the compare/contrast with other players.  

 

There are a couple of interesting features.  You can flip the player around (become left or right handed) and you can capture players from your TV set.  As you can see from the bottom two screen grabs, I captured Phil Mickelson on the 17th tee at Phoenix.  I then flipped the photo so I could look at the swing in a way that I am used to seeing a swing.  

 

Lastly, you can film a person down the line and face on and then watch them simultaneously and stop at any give point to look at key indicators or positions.  The software has the ability to watch the swing at full speed, frame by frame and slo-mo.

 

I tested this software using the Ipad.  It is available for the iPhone and has free versions for both with pared down features.  You can share the photos via email, facebook, etc. and send the video in mp4 format.

 

All in all something I would spend my own money on.  I will most likely buy the iPhone version so that I will always have the app available in case I need a quick sequence shot.  (is this where we are going in golf.. where instead of asking someone if they see something in your swing to asking them to take a quick video of you?)

 

Bottom Line... A winner of an App.. This will make all the other apps step up their games.

 

 

 

 

 

Swing Profile App
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SwingProfile iPad Pro is designed to be the complete swing analysis solution for serious golfers and professional golfers. In addition to our world’s first Swing Recognition Engine, iPad Pro is bundled with never-seen-before features such as combined video-sequence view.

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