Voice Caddie SC300i Launch Monitor Review (2024)

    Posted May 21

    On 5/1/2023 at 8:32 PM, Fongle said:

    Voice Caddie SC300i Launch Monitor – MGS Forum Member Review by Fongle


    G’day all!

    After making a snap decision 6 months ago to purchase a launch monitor, I figured I might offer some insights, and thoughts about the model I picked up, the Voice Caddie SC300i.

    I’m a single handicap player, from South East QLD, Australia, trying to ease back into the game after a near decade break due to a severe knee issue. Finally had surgery and got it sorted, and I’ve been playing again for the last 17 months or so now, and WOW, there is a lot of new golf tech out there. Rangefinders, shot sensors, GPS watches, and launch monitors are everywhere now, and honestly, I think they’re brilliant. Long gone are the days of looking for a fairway marker and trying to figure out if it means 100 or 150 left in, or looking at the map on the hole sign and trying to guess what distance the hazards are at.

    I’d decided my swing was getting consistent enough to try dialling my numbers in, and was tossing up getting a membership at a local Toptracer range, and then I saw a clearance deal on the Voice Caddie SC300i and from the limited information I could see about it online, it looked like a great option.

    It promised to use “High Performance Doppler Radar Technology” to be able to give all the stats I was looking for, total and carry distance, swing speed, ball speed, launch angle, apex, smash factor, as well as giving spin numbers through the connected app, and would allow me to record matching swing videos with the swing numbers linked to them.

    I’ve used it pretty steadily over the last 6 months, and while it has been good, it’s also been needlessly frustrating when it doesn’t need to be.

    First Impressions (3 out of 5)

    The first thing that jumped out at me when I’d ordered the SC300i was that it didn’t come with a case included, and the official case sold as an optional extra was obscenely overpriced for what it is ($89 AUD). Thankfully it fits fine into an AmazonBasics case, but it definitely started me off on the wrong foot with that.The actual unit came with almost nothing, just the remote, basic instructions, and a too-small-to-be-useful USB charging cable. The instructions were pretty easy to follow, and it included a QR code to easily scan and find the connected app, and setting that up and linking it were thankfully very easy to do.

    The screen is very easy to read at a glance, and the units of measurement for distance, speed and height can be changed between yards/metres, mph/metres/s, and feet/metres respectively. Finding the data per club in the app is easy enough, but not being able to make the swing data full page, or switch it to landscape mode is frustrating, with it being stuck in a small table you need to swipe through to see all the information.

    When entering my club data into the app, which then loads onto the unit when connected, I started running into some strange issues. I wasn’t able to enter a 2 iron as an option (it’s currently under Utility 3), and not being able to set the proper lie angle of some clubs, with loft being able to be entered by 0.5° increments, and lie angle locked to whole numbers only. Certainly not massive issues, but bizarre nonetheless.

    Aesthetics (3 out of 5)

    The SC300i is a very compact little unit, about 6.5”x4.7”x1.1” and weighing just 15.4oz, with a very orange screen, and good contrast which helps in reading the swing numbers. I just don’t like orange that much. Sue me, I’m not Rickie Fowler.

    The Numbers (3 out of 5 points)

    As mentioned previously, the SC300i captures data for total and carry distance, swing speed, ball speed, launch angle, apex, smash factor, and spin data separately through the app.

    When it captures strikes, the actual data provided seems to be quite accurate, with distance, ball speed and spin numbers being extremely similar to higher end launch monitors. I had an opportunity to set the unit up behind me while hitting with a GCQuad a few months ago, and for the most part the data was within about a +/- 2% margin, and the spin data within a couple hundred RPM.

    The issue is when it either randomly just doesn’t pick up strikes at all, which can sometimes mean some adjusting to make sure it’s on level with a tall tee peg coming through a range mat, and more frustratingly, when it just won’t register high spin numbers at all. Before I bought the unit I didn’t see any mention of this at all, but it seems for me the SC300i just won’t reliably register spin numbers on anything from my 9i up, with the highest recorded RPM it’s recorded being 8670.

    Actually reviewing the data has recently become harder too. Previously, within a set of data, which could be sorted by a date range, year, or total, there was options to view all clubs at a time with multiple options to get details at a glance, like average carry, average total, highest carry, average spin etc, but as of the most recent app update when viewing all clubs together it just shows average carry, and you now need to click into each clubs data to see the rest of the data.

    On The Course (4 out of 5 points)

    Setting up and using the unit is very straightforward, and thankfully pretty simple. I typically just take the unit out, set it up on top of the case about 5 feet away, and open and connect the app, which takes roughly 10 seconds.

    Using the video recording function is also pretty easy to do, I use a small basic tripod, and I just sit this behind the unit with it lined up to capture all of me in the frame. The only issue I have here is that when I’m hitting through balls pretty fast, it will sometimes capture the swing data, but won’t capture the accompanying video.

    Switching between different clubs is super easy as well, with the included remote able to do this virtually instantly.

    The Good, the bad, the inbetween (2 out of 5 points)

    Getting instant feedback on trying something new with a swing, or even just seeing big club or ball speeds when going hell for leather on a speed training session is fantastic, and the positive reinforcement of seeing actual tangible evidence cannot be understated.

    My single biggest issue is actually accessing the numbers from the app. A big selling factor for me was the ability to export swing data as a CSV, which I could then plug into a custom spreadsheet and see my data and review different swing changes and trends in my swing, but actually doing this is a nightmare in poor design. Instead of being able to highlight all the data to export, you need to do this one at a time for Every. Single. Club. Oh, and it doesn’t like being exported directly to Google Drive or Sheets, as that can corrupt the data, you need to export to email, and then download the attachments one at a time. I have contacted Voice Caddie about this, and they’ve said they’ll pass the suggestion for a bulk export along, but as of the last update nothing has changed.

    The video recording function is also good, but not great. It captures video in 30fps 720p, and there’s zero options for changing frame rate or resolution, which is a huge disappointment. Seeing a good swing in slow motion is nice, but watching it in 30fps HD video when my Note 20 can manage UHD 60fps is incredibly frustrating.

    Play it or Trade it? (2 out of 5 points)

    I do use the SC300i regularly, but less than I originally imagined I would. With the frustration of the software, and the strange choices Voice Caddie has made with recent software updates, I’ve been considering selling it and finding something a bit more user friendly. It’s nice to have, but there’s definitely better options out there.


    The SC300i is a solid unit, let down by frustrating and confusing software. It seems like a huge missed opportunity, because the hardware works well, and gives good, accurate data, especially for a unit with such a small form factor, and for something that’s quite a bit cheaper than any other options I could see available. Ultimately the negative user experience overweighs the benefits to me as a golfer.

    Final Score (17 out of 30 points)

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    thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this.

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    Voice Caddie SC300i Launch Monitor Review (2024)


    Voice Caddie SC300i Launch Monitor Review? ›

    Outdoors, I found that Swing Caddie's claims about ball speed accuracy were generally right on. The biggest gap that I found was 3 MPH, but more often the SC300 was within 1 MPH. The SC300 was almost as accurate with launch angle.

    Is Swing Caddie SC300 accurate? ›

    Outdoors, I found that Swing Caddie's claims about ball speed accuracy were generally right on. The biggest gap that I found was 3 MPH, but more often the SC300 was within 1 MPH. The SC300 was almost as accurate with launch angle.

    Can you use Swing Caddie SC300i without hitting the ball? ›

    Does swing Caddie SC300 work without a ball? Yes, you can hit shots with it or you can take practice swings and still get feedback on your golf swing.

    Does SC300i work indoors? ›

    For indoor use of the SC300i with a net, there should be 6 1/2 feet between the ball and the net, with the Swing Caddie launch monitor at least 5 feet behind the ball, requiring at least 11 1/2 feet total for indoor use.

    What does SC300i measure? ›

    For $500, the SC300i measures ball speed, clubhead speed, launch, angle, carry distance, apex height, spin rate and smash factor (how close is contact to the sweet spot of the club?).

    Is Swing Caddie worth it? ›

    Overall, I think the app is a really valuable part of the Swing Caddie package. I like the ability to customize the data display so you can stay focused on what you're working on. Also, being able to have a history of your practice sessions is valuable for those seeking long term improvement.

    Can Swing Caddie be used as simulator? ›

    The Swing Caddie SC4 is both a complete simulator and portable launch monitor. In simulator mode, the SC4 connects with the included MySwingCaddie App, providing a complete virtual display along with metrics and stats.

    What are caddies not allowed to do? ›

    A caddie must not set an object down anywhere on or off the putting green to show the line of play. This is not allowed even if that object is removed before the stroke is made.

    Can a caddie retrieve the ball from the hole? ›

    The player's caddie is allowed to mark and lift the player's ball on the putting green any time the player is allowed to do so, without needing authorization.

    Can a caddie touch the green? ›

    No advantage is gained if a player or his or her caddie merely touches the surface of the putting green on the line where the ball will be played.

    Can SC300 measure swing speed without a ball? ›

    Q: Will the SC300 give swing speed when using a Superspeed trainer without a ball ? No it will not. The doppler radar in the unit registers ball speed and spin.

    Where to place swing caddie SC300? ›

    Put the unit approximately 5-6 feet behind the ball. Place unit so VC logo on the left side of the unit is lined up with ball. (Doppler radar is where VC logo is.) If a net is used, allow at least 6 feet in front of the ball to the net.

    How many hours does a golf caddy work? ›

    During the golf season, most caddies work exclusively for one club, working 5-7 days a week. During these days, they often work two rounds of golf per day, with each round taking 4-4.5 hours. As a result, caddies frequently work well over 40 hours a week during the busy golf season.

    How does SC300i work? ›

    SC300i connects directly to a personal phone or tablet via Bluetooth allowing golfers to track their real-time, integrated data. Voice output of distance and remote control provides the highest levels of user convenience.

    How much space does the swing caddie SC300i need? ›

    What Are the Swing Caddie SC300i Space Requirements?
    • Place the Swing Caddie SC300i golf launch monitor behind the ball on the same level.
    • The unit should be positioned approximately 5 feet behind the ball.
    • For Indoor net use have at least 6 ½ feet from ball to net.
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    What does smash factor mean in golf? ›

    Smash Factor is calculated by dividing the ball speed by the clubhead speed. For example, if you swing a driver with a clubhead speed of 100 mph and generate a ball speed of 150 mph, the Smash Factor is 1.50. So, the higher the Smash Factor, the more ball speed you are getting for a given clubhead speed.

    What percentage does a pro caddy make? ›

    While these figures can be different based on negotiations, the most standard figure is that the caddie of a tournament's winner earns ten percent of what the golfer wins. That's a pretty good chunk of change, as the average value of a win on the PGA Tour during the 2021-22 season was just over $1.64 million.

    How many days a week do caddies work? ›

    Caddies are expected to work 1-5 days a week. Under the CaddieNow platform, caddies can accept loops (caddie term for a round of golf) on an individual basis and work as an independent contractor.

    Do golf simulators make you better at golf? ›

    A golf simulator can not only improve your mechanics, it can make you mentally stronger. Using the data analysis provided by your simulator, you can perfect your swing, learn to select the correct club, shape your shots, thus improving your skills, abilities, and consistency.

    What golf simulator does Jordan Spieth use? ›

    Jordan uses a Full Swing Pro Series Simulator to keep his game sharp when he's not on the road & to keep his friends entertained when they come over to visit.

    What type of simulator does Topgolf use? ›

    Topgolf Swing Suite is powered by Full Swing golf simulator technology, the same simulator used by PGA Tour pros Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day for off-course practice.

    Can a caddy tell you what club to use? ›

    Golfers may ask their caddies advice on which club they think is best used to make a specific type of shot. The caddy should be able to respond and provide advice on different club options. Yet, if the caddy is not sure, it is always best to tell the golfer they are not sure.

    Is PGA banning caddies? ›

    Informed by some codger sensibilities, the PGA Tour went and banned all caddie races, one of the untraditional and unorthodox wrinkles at some of the more entertaining annual stops on the rota (Colonial and TPC Scottsdale). It was a puzzling decision, that could only invite scorn.

    What is Rule 10.1 A in golf? ›

    Under Rule 10.1a. • If a player's club accidentally hits the ball more than once during a. single stroke there will be no penalty and the ball will be played as it lies.

    How accurate are full swing simulators? ›

    How accurate are full swing simulators? Full Swing Simulators are some of the most accurate golf simulators. They provide realistic insights, measuring ball flight without delay. This allows the user to see what they would do if they were hitting the ball out on the course.

    Is simulated golf accurate? ›

    Golf simulators are about 90% accurate on average. However, there are some golf simulators that have very accurate measurements and will be more than 95% accurate. For most amateur golfers, an accurate golf simulator would be one in the 94-98% accuracy range.

    How accurate is the swing caddie SC200 plus? ›

    Very Good Accuracy

    Not much has changed on that front. The SC200 Plus does pretty well inside if you have about 4-5 feet behind and in front of the ball. It's certainly not perfect (no launch monitor is), but it will give you very good estimates of your swing speed, ball speed, and carry distances.

    Does swing speed vary by club? ›

    PGA Tour Swing Speed With Irons and Wedges

    A 3-iron is roughly around 99 mph in clubhead speed. From there, it's roughly a 2 mph drop for each club. That leaves a 4-iron around 97 mph, a 5-iron around 95 mph, a 6-iron around 93 mph, a 7-iron around 91 mph, an 8-iron around 89 mph and a 9-iron around 87 mph.

    What simulator does Rory McIlroy use? ›

    The incredible accuracy of the GCQuad is proven — it has been used by some of the world's best players to hone their tournament game including Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau, and Rory McIlroy.

    What golf simulator does Rory McIlroy use? ›

    Foresight Sports GCQuad SIG10 Golf Simulator Package

    The GCQuad can be considered the gold standard of camera-based portable launch monitors, used by top coaches and tour pros such as Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy.

    How does full swing compare to Trackman? ›

    Both TrakMan and Full Swing Golf are excellent golf simulators. Both of them have great technology and features that not only help improve your game but also allow you to have an amazing golfing experience. However, TrakMan is essentially a better fit for the outdoors.

    What is the most realistic golf game? ›

    Tiger Woods PGA Tour Franchise

    One of the standout features of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour games is the swing mechanic, which utilizes a three-click system. This system allows players to simulate the actual swing of a golf club, adding a level of authenticity to the gameplay.

    What is a swing caddie SC300? ›

    Description. Swing Caddie SC300 is the latest addition to our family of portable Launch monitors. The SC300 is truly portable and provides golfers with complete swing and ball flight metrics found in professional launch monitors, including launch angle and Apex data.

    Can a caddie mark your ball? ›

    The player's caddie is allowed to mark and lift the player's ball on the putting green any time the player is allowed to do so, without needing authorization.

    How can I improve my golf swing accuracy? ›

    Easy Tips to Improve Accuracy
    1. Keep Flex in Your Wrist at Impact. ...
    2. Club Head First Followed By Your Feet. ...
    3. Practice With Low-Trajectory Shots. ...
    4. Point Your Knee to the Ball. ...
    5. Improve Your Visualization Methods. ...
    6. Use Speed to Control the Trajectory. ...
    7. Use a box to get Rid of That Slice.


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