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Over the past few years, the most popular gadget category for golfers has been personal launch monitors. The $ 500 and lower group has more competition than ever. The newest participant is the PRGR launch monitor
. Many of you have probably seen the infomercials on the golf channel because it is offered through Revolution Golf.
The PRGR is actually a launch monitor that has been on the market under a different brand name in Japan for several years. It was recently redesignated for the US market and is only offered $ 199 as a means of capturing budget buyers.
I have tested almost every launch monitor there is, and I must be honest that I had my suspicions. Most of the products that have been pushed as infomercials on the wave channel are junk. I wrote about many of the popular ones over the years in my mini exhibition. In addition, the PRGR looks cheap compared to the slicker units that are available.
Like any other product that comes through my door, I honestly shake it and focus on its performance rather than appearance. The PRGR surprised me. After testing the inside and outside, I was surprised by the accuracy. In this review I will discuss his performance, some disadvantages, and where it fits in with his competition.
How the PRGR performed indoors
I tested the PRGR start monitor both inside and outside. I usually find most radar-based products that struggle when they get in, because they don't have enough room to watch the ball travel.
As a control, I used my SkyTrak launch monitor
indoors. Although SkyTrak is not perfect, I have found that it is within 1-3% of the accuracy compared to enterprise-level products such as Trackman and Foresight Sports. SkyTrak also costs $ 2000, which is 10 times the cost of the PRGR. If you read my SkyTrak review, you will see that it offers many more features.
What I am mainly looking for is ball speed and differences in wearing distance. Swing speed is not directly measured by SkyTrak and is estimated.
Overall, I was impressed and, to be honest, shocked at the performance of the PRGR inside. When I was able to get the right distance behind the ball and have enough space between the net and myself, the measurements were fairly accurate.
You can coordinate the numbers almost exactly with regard to wearing distance, ball speed and swing speed
Here is a summary of the differences that I saw going through my bag:
Club / launch MonitorCarry YardsBall SpeedSwing Speed
LW – PRGR676258
LW – SkyTrak67.256461
% Difference 0.37% 3.17% 5.04%
9i – PRGR138.5102.7574.5
9i – SkyTrak143.25103.2578
% Difference 3.37% 0.48% 4.59%
6i – PRGR183.2512385
6i – SkyTrak185.75122.7585.25
% Difference 1.36% 0.20% 0.29%
Driver – PRGR263154.5101
Driver – SkyTrak255150.75102.75
% Difference 3.08% 2.46% 1.71%
Every launch monitor has tendencies. My instinct told me that indoors, the PRGR
was pretty accurate on wedge shots within 100 meters, which I found the case with many budget launch monitors (and usually the kind of practice I encourage). I felt it underestimated my carry yardages with shorter irons at 3-5 yards. Interestingly, with longer shots, such as my 6-iron, the yardages were almost perfect.
I also discovered that SkyTrak tends to underestimate my transport gardens with my driver. The PRGR actually showed my ball speeds and wearing distances that I am used to seeing on more expensive launch monitors such as the Foresight GCQuad.
Outside performance and some other considerations
When radar-based launch monitors have more room to watch the ball travel, they generally perform better. I thought that was also the case with the PRGR. Although range balls are not the best way to get exact ball data for your game, I found that the PRGR did an excellent job of showing carrying distances that I saw on the range. It recorded almost every shot with relatively accurate distances that I hit, with a few exceptions.
The PRGR had its best outdoor performance in the range
Again, do not expect perfection. No start monitor, regardless of the costs, gets it right every time.
One thing you should know with this product is that everything must be set correctly. You have to play with how far the PRGR should be behind the ball (it recommends somewhere between 3-5 ft). Moreover, you want it to be exactly behind the ball. I discovered that it has a very narrow measurement zone – so if you take a few photos a little to the right or left offline, it can be difficult to read the recording.
Perhaps the most critical function to do well is to choose the right club. With the PRGR start monitor
you can select the club that you hit for each shot, and this is a must if you want accurate measurements. My preference is that you can choose the lofts of your irons. Some of you may find that if you have more modern irons with lower lofts, you should select a club lower on the device. For example, select an 8-iron when you hit a 9-iron. This is a feature that you would expect to play along a bit to find songs you're used to seeing.
Finally, I found that the PRGR (and many other products in this category) perform best when you hit the ball relatively well. If you hit a few "guys" there, expect it to have trouble reading. Although, you should have a pretty good feeling if you have had an extremely wrong swing.
Where does the PRGR Monitor adjust?
I must say that I was rightly surprised by this miniature launch monitor. The PRGR does not look very impressive, but it is very good at providing data about wearing distances, ball speeds and swing speed that are relatively close to what I know is my average number. The versatility of indoor and outdoor use is a plus, although you may see different results based on how much space you have inside.
I would say that the PRGR is for those who want to buy a starter monitor that is very basic and does not cost much. It is definitely a no-frills offer. There is no associated app that models such as the Swing Caddy SC300, Rapsodo MLM or FlightScope mevo. Another budget model that costs a little more is the Swing Caddy SC200, which has a remote control to adjust the club you use and display loft (along with a few other functions).
You can't expect much for $ 199, but I would say that this is an entry-level product whose core value is the accuracy of the wearing distance. The competition has more functions if that is what you are looking for.
You can buy the PRGR start monitor here
Here are other articles that I have written on start-up monitors:
Swing Caddy SC300 Review
Rapsodo MLM Review
Flightscope mevo Review
Garmin G80 Review
Starting the monitor manual