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LAUNCH PRO: Bushnell and Foresight Join Forces

UPDATE ON THE LAUNCH PRO – 8/13/2021

According to new details that have emerged, the upcoming Bushnellgolf Launch Pro will, in fact, be camera-based. That’s not any surprise given the partnership with Foresight Sports. What is perhaps a pleasant surprise is that the Launch Pro will feature three cameras. According to Bushnell, that places the Launch Pro a step above any consumer-grade launch monitor currently on the market.

The talking points are similar to what Foresight has said before:

“Unlike radar-based systems that set up behind the golfer and rely on algorithms to guess what happened at impact, the Bushnell Launch Pro uses a high-speed camera-based system to capture every detail at impact.”

With its three infrared high-speed camera, the Launch Pro is capable of capturing thousands of frames per second to prove the most reliable and accurate data in the consumer space.

The specific details of what metrics will be provided to golfers remain under wraps for now.

We expect full details to emerge within the next couple of weeks.

Let us know what you think about these little teasers in the comments section below

Bushnell Enters the Personal Launch Monitor Space

Should all other personal launch monitors be scared of the Bushnell Launch Pro powered by Foresight?

We have limited information about this story but what we do know is that Bushnell and Foresight joining forces already has golfers excited. But why are two completely different companies coming together? Read on.

 

Bushnell Launch Pro

 

After testing Bushnell and Foresight products for many years, I can say with complete certainty that both companies are at the top of the food chain in their selected industries.

Bushnell is known best for their golf rangefinders. In testing,  Bushnell’s rangefinders have the clearest optics, top-notch accuracy and many features to help you shoot lower scores. There’s a reason why most of the players were using them at the 2021 PGA Championship.

Foresight is one of the leaders in the launch monitor space. Many PGA TOUR professionals use the Foresight GC Quad while practicing on the range or on the course at an event. So why would Foresight want to compete against themselves in the launch monitor space? Simple.  It’s a different niche of the market. The personal launch monitor space is grabbing a lot of attention by the everyday golfer.

 

Bushnell Launch Pro

Why Are Bushnell and Foresight Joining Forces?

Bushnell Golf enters the launch monitor market with the introduction of the Launch Pro. Bushnell partnered with Foresight Sports to bring a “pro-level” launch monitor to the everyday golfer.

“Our two teams are the right combination to win in the growing launch monitor market,” says Foresight Sports Co-Founder Jon Watters. “Foresight Sports’ leading technology combined with the strength of the Bushnell Golf brand will facilitate growth in new and existing golf markets.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be a part of this sport. Not only to be witnessing the evolution of our game toward a broader, more enhanced user experience through technology but to be actively helping golfers improve while growing the game and reaching new users. We are excited for the future and this partnership with Bushnell Golf.”

 

Bushnell Launch Pro

 

When looking at both companies, Bushnell is really good at distributing their products across the world in big box stores. They already have their products in these stores. Foresight is very good at providing accurate and consistent data but don’t have a lot of their products in mainstream stores. See where I’m going with this? It just makes sense. Foresight have the technology of their GC2 just sitting around because the GC Quad has taken over. So why not use the GC2 data and repurpose it in the Launch Pro?

This is obviously my own opinion and I could be completely wrong, but this theory just makes sense in my head. Food for thought.

A First Look at The Launch Pro

That’s literally all we’ve got. A look. A picture. And while it may not be worth the proverbial thousand words, this picture can give us enough hints to make a few assumptions.

“The Bushnell Launch Pro will offer our core consumer access to the best technology in ball-striking measurement and analysis which will support our consumers in their pursuit of improvement,” says Bushnell President Vishak Sankaran.

OK, but we want to know what specific data points the Launch Pro will offer. According to bushnellgolf.com, the Launch Pro will include clubhead speed, ball speed, launch angle, carry distance, spin rate and roll out. However, the picture of the Launch Pro includes side spin and launch direction. Whether this was by accident or just another tease by Bushnell/Foresight is to be determined. Launch Pro users will have access to multiple course simulations to enhance their in-home or off-course playing experience, according to Sankaran. I don’t know about you, but that sounds right up my alley.

Bushnell Launch Pro

You may be asking, “Will it be a camera or Doppler radar-based launch monitor?” Come on! Do you really think Foresight, a leading camera-based model, really start a Doppler launch monitor from scratch? I will bet my house on the Launch Pro being a camera-based personal launch monitor, using the same technology as their GC Quad.

With all of this technology that Bushnell/Foresight are offering, how much will it cost? Well, if you look at their new competitors with similar data offerings, you’re looking around $2,000. The Launch Pro might come in around that number but for having two top-quality companies come together, the price might come in higher.

How can Bushnell/Foresight differentiate themselves from every other PLM on the market? I think it’s simple. You have two leaders in the industry joining forces so you get double the amount of knowledge and technology in one unit. Plus the tech that Foresight have is incredibly consistent which can’t be said for some of the personal launch monitors on the market.

When Can You Get Your Hands On This?

According to Bushnell’s website, they will be available this fall.

The biggest thing that needs to be addressed is: Can I trust the numbers the Launch Pro produces? Don’t worry. We will be testing this unit as soon as we can get one. Then we will spill all the beans to provide you with more information to make a better, more informed decision.

Let me know in the comments section if you agree with my theory on why Bushnell and Foresight joined forces. If not, what’s your opinion?

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      Warren

      3 years ago

      They are not going to release this to compete with the GC Quad so the question is what features will they hold back that is offered by the Quad. One less camera could in theory mean it will be less accurate but would it be material enough to make someone step up to the Quad. If we assume it will include club head measurement, that would effectively mean it’s going to be cheaper than the Quad but will most definitely be more expensive than the 2 camera Skytrak. I would also assume it will have a lot more processing power and memory to process more images from 3 cameras than the Skytrak and not have that ridiculous lag time that the Skytrak suffers from.

      Im going to bet it will be in the $6k-$7k range where I see a gap in the market. There really isn’t much available between the price point of the Skytrak/Mevo+ and the GC Quad/Trackman/Flightscope X3. The Uneekor QED is a great option but who knows how long it will be around for with Uneekor focusing on the $10k Eye XO.

      Exciting times ahead!

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      Gtom

      3 years ago

      If this is lesser than 1k that would amaze me. But based on how much Bushnell and Foresight standards and pricing, I’ m, guessing north of 2k. Like Hello Elsa north of 2k. But we can dream right?

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      Steve Smith

      3 years ago

      First in to volunteer for testing the device (and keep it)! That’s got to be worth something, right?

      I’m doubting the price will get to average consumer (me) levels. My guess is the equivalent of 20 lessons that will, frankly, do me much better.

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      J Thorpe

      3 years ago

      Interesting development but what is the purpose that someone uses these. I have a prior generation of Voice Caddie SC200 which has allowed me to map my distances for each club or potential replacement to cover a gap for about two years. Key elements of clubhead, ball speed and angle of loft on those clubs has changed my approach to golf. I also have captured and compared the “tours PGA, senior and LPGA average results to my table to reconcile ability and reality.. These devices have a great humbling factor to them. To say I am not as good as I once thought I might be. is an understatement. However, being logical – it is what it is – just me…..

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      DJ Johnson

      3 years ago

      Come on…. for those of you that think this is trying to compete with Garmins new R10 or any other LM under 1k, you are far off the mark! Garmins R10, while a great buy at 600, is not even at the the caliber of Mevo+ or Skytrak, you get what you pay for. Remember, Garmin calculates spin which is a huge factor in ball flight characteristics. This new Colab unit from Foresight I suspect is going to be in the 4000-5000 range for base with a 3000 hardware add on for club data, seeing as how there’s a void there with GC2/HMT being discontinued. I’m excited for it, but we’ll have to see. Don’t bank on getting this thing under 3k base, IMO.

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      Neil

      3 years ago

      Unfortunately, they’re too late to the party? There are a lot of very good / excellent launch monitors out in the world today. They will need to bring something new (USP – unique selling point) to the market if they expected to be able to break in now!!!

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      JACOB

      3 years ago

      I think the only way they do that is to offer some type of club data add-on i.e. GC2’s HMT add-on. Other than that it’s a beefed up Skytrak without the awesome TGC 2019 options (probably). Probably a little more accurate but not enough to make those with a Skytrak (like me) switch….

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      Neil

      3 years ago

      Accuracy isn’t really the issue today? And it’s certainly not worth 15k$ or 20k$ extra. Seriously, one launch monitor measures 140.2m and the other 141.3m!!! The only thing that matter to me is the average of 5 reasonable shots (145m for an 8 iron etc…) Launching at 20 Deg etc… Yes you can work of some of the other KPI’s to improve your game.

      I have just bought the MEVO secondhand for a good price and love it. It is working well, so well that this Christmas I might buy the MEVO+.

      Anyone that believe that Trackman and GC Quad are 15k$ better are kinding themselves. Perhaps this is the right place for such a review?

      Bofadeez

      3 years ago

      Sorry Neil, but you have no idea what you are talking about. Offering clubhead data at $5k is a unique selling point. The mid range launch monitor is pretty much a completely untapped market.

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      Mat

      3 years ago

      Great analysis. This is a re-package of the GC2 in to a box that has the signature appearance of a quad. The quad is easily recognisable but the GC2 looks like something you stole from a bog box store.

      2 cameras instead of 4, and more emphasis on a “playable” machine. Plenty of people wanting a way to play golf without leaving the house and will pay up to 5k – as long as there are good courses, good graphics… maybe integration with a PlayStation / 2K21, etc…

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      Kansas King

      3 years ago

      I’m curious what it costs Foresight Sports to actually make their LMs because beyond a couple potentially pricey sensors there isn’t much there in way of materials. I’m sure the real cost is programming, R&D, and customer service. I’m sure they aren’t going to leave money on the table but if they price this as a high volume item, I’d say everyone else needs to watch out (assuming it’s good). If they price this under $2000, the Skytrak is probably dead, along with most other personal launch monitors that cost over $500. I believe Garmin has a new LM that is supposed to come out soon as well so this could all be very interesting.

      If this is actually priced under $2000, the final frontier for “affordable” golf simulation is either getting it to work with existing games like PGA 2k21 or making an affordable software that doesn’t cost several Benjamins a year to use.

      With that all said, I’m sure there won’t be any major cost cutting until we get a few decent models rolling out of China. It took way longer than I ever expected for cheaper laser rangefinders to get to the market. Hopefully they are faster getting to the LM market.

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      Alex

      3 years ago

      This vs the Fullswing Kit vs the Garmin R10, Mevo Plus.

      So much movement in this space it is exciting.

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      Lou

      3 years ago

      This is a genius plan! Two of the best products joining forces to secure hopefully a low to mid-range priced PLM. If the plan is to add an Android device, they have the potential to be number 2 in the PLM market next year. If they price it below 1,000 with all the bells and whistles shown in addition to allowing it to play as a golf simulator, they have the potential in two years to be the benchmark of PLM. I will bet the ranch this product will be 95 to 97 percent accurate. The only question is, what will determine the accuracy or what product will be used to test it? If Q4 is the 800lb gorilla in the room which all PLMS are measured by, then we know how good this product will be. This is a page torn right out of the PXG playbook. What was once a product unaffordable by most now becomes affordable to all! Note to Self, Call your broker on Monday and buy BUSHNELL and Q4 stock.

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      Jim A

      3 years ago

      If clubhead speed is measured, and not merely calculated like the SkyTrak, I’d definitely take a close look at it. And it depends on what the software package includes and what the subscription fee is.

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      Joe

      3 years ago

      I can’t see this going for much less than what they sell the GC2 for if they are using GC2 tech unless they license it all to Bushnell and Bushnell handles everything from manufacturing and distribution and service. They can sell GC2s all day

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      Goob

      3 years ago

      Have it from a very good source this unit will be an upgrade from gc2. It will include both club and ball data but not to the same extent of the gcquad. Think of a single camera gcquad basically. Cost including all the software add ons (apprx $4k) necessary will be $9k

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      Craig

      3 years ago

      Unless it contains a sim element I don’t see how it can compare to a SkyTrak or Mevo Plus.

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      Curt Carlson

      3 years ago

      In agreement with the previous comments, I’m wondering if the Launch Pro will focus on the FlightScope Mevo+ or the Rapsodo MLM as its primary competition—two significantly different price points providing different amounts/detail of output data. The Launch Pro probably collects enough information during a swing to compare with the Mevo+. We’ll see!

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      Robert Bloom

      3 years ago

      It could be quite the PLM but at that price point ($$$$$) it is still not for the everyday golfer.

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      WYBob

      3 years ago

      This market space is getting very interesting. With Garmin launching (pun intended) the R-10 recently at $599, and a host of other very good PLM’s in the $400-$600 price range, I suspect there will be market pressure to keep the LaunchPro priced at under $1000. It will be interesting to see how both the LaunchPro and R-10 do in next year’s Most Wanted list. In the interim, an article this Fall comparing the LaunchPro, and R-10 against the Rapsodo MLM would be invaluable, especially for those of us who live in colder climates and could use a PLM for indoor simulations and practice.

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      Redo

      3 years ago

      I agree with you thinking. Another reason they did it might be that they got tired of waiting on Rapsodo to develop an app for android! There, I said it.

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      Dave Lewis

      3 years ago

      Very curious to what Trackman’s next play will be. If this has the capabilities we think it will, hard to justify spending $20k when $2k will get almost same functionality for home simulator as TM4.

      Reply

      Joe

      3 years ago

      I’d love to see something similar to what Precision Pro Golf is doing with their “My Slope” feature. But with a full integration between launch monitor and range finder.

      It would be even better if Arccos got in the mix and started to amplify their club yardages with carry/roll distances.

      It feels like a few companies have an 80% solution for virtual caddies. But, i think the holy grail is the virtual caddie that takes all the inputs, and says “ the pin is at the back, you should fade a 9i into this green” instead of “this is the PW distance”.

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      Tony

      3 years ago

      A tool that could integrate the Arccos, rangefinder and launch monitor would be awesome.

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      FrankW

      3 years ago

      No doubt there will always be a customer that wants the best regardless of price, and that is why Foresight sells the GC Quad. But there is a massive market for an accurate PLM that is affordable to the somewhat common man. I feel this will launch at $3000 with software and or hardware options that will up the price from there. You already have a crowded market in the $500 range so why get into that especially with the new Garmin unit launching too. Mevo+ and Skytrak are good, but not what most would consider great when comparing them to GC Quad, Trackman, and Flightscope.. The market is ripe for a top quality mid range PLM for consumers with a little more disposable income, schools with limited budgets that need multiple units, and teaching pros, and golf simulation centers what want accurate but not outrageously priced units that are cost prohibitive. in volume.

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      Bobby

      3 years ago

      The price point on this will be the decision factor for me. The Garmin R10 coming in at $599 is going to be hard to beat. It will be interesting to compare the two if the price is similar.

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      Dave

      3 years ago

      That’s exactly what I was thinking.. I’m definitely buying before year end, Garmin R10 is at the top of my list currently, will wait and see when more detail comes out on the Launch Pro.

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      Alan

      3 years ago

      Ok looks great
      But as u said …..as an everyday golfer I do not wish to drop. $2k on a measurement toy

      There are PLENTY of $200 to $500 radar based devices in the market already that include club speed. Ball speed carry. Total distance. And spin

      I would rather buy a new set of Titleist irons with the savings !!!!’

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      Redo

      3 years ago

      I’m with you!

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      Eric

      3 years ago

      Not true at all, nothing that cheap actually captures spin

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      Bruce Lowe

      3 years ago

      Completing with SkyTrak if launch price of $2000 is accurate but Garmin R10 already launched and at a quarter of the price surely the new partnership will need to think of sometime unique or extra for folks to part with more cash. SkyTrak has cornered this ‘affordable’ market, Mevo+ tried to muscle in, Garmin are now kicking down the door kicking sand in faces. Let’s see what this new partnership is all about when they are ready to launch as it’ll be a very different market place come the fall given Garmin are already ready to rumble.

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      Brian w

      3 years ago

      Any clue on price? Looks awesome but like it’s going to be expensive too

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      Christopher Clark

      3 years ago

      Have you guys looked at the Garman R10 launch monitor? I’d be interested i. seeing how it stacks up against the current PLMs and bushnell’s
      I really liked their Z82 rangefinder

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      JoeyG

      3 years ago

      ????????????

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      Barrett Luciak

      3 years ago

      Thanks for putting this together, Harry. Is MGS also going to be testing the Garmin R10 and the FullSwing PLM that they are teasing as well?

      Reply

      Paul Vicary

      3 years ago

      I agree with your comments and am excited about the announcement. This is significant in the personal launch space and brings two powerful companies to the table. Price point in this space just choked on their breakfast. Can’t wait for the test info to be released.

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      Jerald Fuller

      3 years ago

      You have to follow up on this by bringing in the Garmin R10. It looks super interesting as well.

      Reply

      JAS

      3 years ago

      Interesting. Looking forward to how you will test the accuracy and of course the test results.

      Reply

      Wil

      3 years ago

      Will it have the capability to give AOA?

      Reply

      Bob Trimble

      3 years ago

      Your analysis looks spot on to me. I am curious about the features and price. I’m a custom club builder and can use this in my fittings. I will be interested in doing the testing coming from my perspective.

      Reply

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