So, I want to build my own launch monitor absolutely from scratch. Has anyone here ever tried this?
I found a thread here about someone that wanted to build their own, but apparently he wanted more of a simulator type of deal and not truly build one from scratch. I think he later posted another thread on where he could find a launch monitor under $1,000.
I know what you guys are probably thinking: "this guy is crazy, there's no way you can build one from scratch..." Well, I am not crazy.
So I am calling out all of you geeky golfers out there, which I know there has to be a few. I am just wondering if anyone has ever tried this. I am basically looking for an affordable way to obtain a decent radar system with decent range (I tried eBay and craigslist, no luck). I am looking for something with decent range (I'd like at least 100 yds, but I think I can do it with 50 yds) but I definitely don't think I'd need full shot range measurements. I'd love something in the levels of the Trackman (they claim it's military-grade stuff) but that would cost me a lot more I think plus it might get me a knock on the door by the FBI... (or at least a phone call and a tail or something like that)
A little bit about me (just so you know I'm not crazy), I am a PhD student in aerospace engineering that tracks satellites for a living. Basically, satellite tracking works by collecting measurements about the satellites flight characteristics, so technically I can do the same with a golf ball. After all, that's exactly what these companies do anyways. My programming background is fairly strong and my electronics background is decent enough but not that strong, but I still think I can handle a project like this.
Thanks for reading,
If you are working on it, i'm in.
I have been working on a 10Ghz patch array. However, based on some crude calculations and measurements, I think 24Ghz would be a minimum for accuracy.
Luckily, a simple homodyne circuit should work fine, since we are, generally measuring in one direction.
Let me know what you think.
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