The original Voice Caddie – SC100 Swing Caddie we reviewed 2 years ago wowed us.
It was the first true “pocket sized launch monitor” to give golfers enough of the data they crave at an affordable price ($250). Fast forward to 2016 and Voice Caddie has introduced version 2.0 into the mix, the SC200, claiming more features and, yes, you guessed it; more money… about one hundred dollars more.
The secret to a good sequel is recognizing what worked well with the original and building on it. Take everything that people loved, tighten it up, fix a couple of the headaches, and then throw in a bunch of new wow factors.
For Voice Caddie that means don’t overthink it. You caught lightning in a bottle, no need to change the formula. Just give golfers more, maybe plenty more.
So does a bit more cost correlate with improved product? Or Voice Caddie changed too much of a good thing?
OUT OF THE BOX
INSIDE THE BOX:
- 4 batteries (thank you)
- Carry pouch
Including batteries is a nice touch, so thank you Voice Caddie. There’s nothing worse than getting your new toy, and rushing out to use it only to discover you need to make one more stop at the store. Am I right?
The unit itself has a very sturdy feel. You shouldn’t have any fears keeping the SC200 in your bag. Don’t sweat the occasional bump at the range.
Voice Caddie has once again kept things pretty simple, so getting up and running is a breeze. On the sides you’ll find all the buttons you need to toggle through the settings and features, which includes modes, club selection, and volume up/down.
The remote is designed to make life simple. Every feature available on the unit has a matching button. Want to change clubs? Push a button. Tweak a loft? Push another button. There’s no real learning curve at all, it’s just that easy to use.
Putting it to actual use is just as simple… place the SC200 down somewhere between 40 and 60 inches behind the ball and within 6 inches to the right or left and it’s good to go. Staying within these parameters should pick up most, if not all, of your shots.
Once powered up, the high-res screen is easy to read, and reading in bright conditions shouldn’t be an issue.
The Swing Caddie SC200 retains all the great features of the 100 and adds a few additions of its own.
Core features carried-over:
- Doppler radar sensor
- Toggle between imperial and metric units
- Practice mode – track carry distance, swing speed, ball speed and smash factor
- Target mode – set a distance and try and hit it for a score
- Approach modes – same as target, random distances
- Daily and all-time statistics per club
- Voice output (Yup, it talks) – Hit a shot and it audibly reads out the distance. It’s adjustable to five volume levels (0-5), but anything above 3 may annoy the stall next to you.
- Barometric Pressure Sensor – The folks at Voice Caddie say that the unit tries to estimate distance while taking weather into account. With each boot it displays the current temperature and a hectopascal (hPa) or atmospheric pressure measurement.
- Total Distance (toggle between Total Distance and Carry Distance) – It’s quite a nice feature to have for driver distance junkies who like to show off. These new features add to the SC200’s value, making it feel just that much more improved over the original.
Let’s just get to it, the Swing Caddie SC200 performs admirably. The features work exactly as described and the device rarely make a mistake. As with any launch monitor, be it $300 or $30,000, there will always be a missed shot or two, but on the whole the SC200 works consistently well.
For additional precision, the SC200 allows you to input the exact lofts of your clubs. This is important since the unit has default lofts programmed in, and if your lofts are +/- 2 degrees or more off those defaults, your carry yardage will be off as much as five yards.
For instance, say you have a 33 degree 7-iron and really smack one. If the SC200 is programmed for a 35 degree 7-iron, your carry distance will read about 5 yards short.
We quickly fell in love with the target and approach modes. What started out one evening as a scoring challenge between friends at the range quickly turned into a revelation. The target modes really make you step away and focus on each shot, helping you to hone in on your distances.
Yes, the launch monitor that doubles as a training tool. How often have you slightly miss-hit a shot at the range and just scoffed that it only cost you a few yards. In comes the SC200 for a reality check: that shot cost you 10 yards.
Battery life has been very solid. After a month of testing we’re still seeing full bars on the meter.
SC200 (vs) SC100
The primary difference between the two units is the loft adjustment feature. The SC200 simply does a better job with yardages when you dial in your specific lofts.
Carry Distance is pretty much spot on between the two units when you’re within a degree or two of the SC100’S stock lofts. The other numbers tend to be different and most likely VC has update its algorithms in its newer model. This would make sense because the VC 200 is going the extra mile and giving you Total Distance as well. With that said, if Carry Distance is really all you care about, then it is hard to justify the extra $100.
First we looked at the SC200’s SW setting which we adjusted to our 54° wedges loft. The SC100 was set to AW as it is hard coded to 53 degrees. Time and time again the two units were spot on only displaying on occasion a 1-2 yards difference.
Switching to a 7 iron we witnessed more of the same and reinforced the 2° difference. With the SC200 tweaked to our 33° club and the SC100 at its default 35° shots with 7 irons were generally spot on.
SC200 (vs) TRACKMAN
The SC200 did an exceptional job keeping up with industry standard TrackMan, especially when you consider the astronomical price differential. One can only expect so much when you look at the two on paper, but in the real world the SC200 holds its own quite well.
Normally the Voice Caddie’s recorded swing speed is 1 or 2 MPH higher than TrackMan. The SC200’s higher swing speed would explain generally lower smash factor numbers, as higher SS tends to reduce that number.
The only anomalies we saw occurred when the user hit a drive with a lot of spin, up in the 3000 RPM range. The SC200 would still register a carry of 275, whereas Trackman would show a more realistic 245 yards. An end user with any experience could quickly visually assess the shot and write it off as a pop-up and move on.
At the end of the day we really like the SC200 and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to someone in the market for this type of product.
Compared to its predecessor, the SC100, the new Swing Caddie retains the core of what made the original unit so great, but has more than enough new goodies, such as tweak-able lofts, total carry, and vocal readouts to more than justify the $100 premium.
When head to head with Trackman, the SC200 definitely holds its own. Comparing feature for feature the two units spit out pretty much the same results. People will still chime in about Trackman’s ability to chart spin, dynamic loft and so on. This is unquestionably true, but let’s face reality: if you want that kind of information, you might have to sell your car in order to buy it.
The original Voice Caddie SC100 set the bar for what a pocket sized launch monitor should be. The SC200 sets that bar a little higher. Voice Caddie has kept everything we loved prior and given us a much more action packed sequel. If straight Carry Distance is all you need and if the SC100’s stock lofts match your needs we can’t see shelling out the extra $100. But that’s not too say that the SC200 isn’t a great value for the additional dollars. We think the added features such as loft adjustment and the voice output alone are enough to justify the extra expense.
Bob Levittan4 years ago
DON’T BUY ANY SWING CADDIE! If you crack the screen, they WILL NOT REPAIR OR REPLACE IT! I cracked the screen on my SC300 and they had the nerve to suggest that I buy another $550 unit instead. These guys must be high.
Marc Patton3 years ago
So you screw up the device and expect them to fix it for free and when they don’t you trash the device by saying you wouldn’t recommend it. Boy what a guy
David6 years ago
I own a SC200 and love it! But I’m always a little sceptical of how accurate it really is because of the affordable price. I was really hoping for a real “VS.” article with some data to back up the (possibly, to-good-to-be-true) SC200 against the Track Man. I hope you do a follow-up!
James6 years ago
Have tried this 4 times now. It seems to detect almost 100% with short-med irons but a driver I am lucky to get 30%.
Ball speed number with a driver is almost always spot on (I know my numbers from trackman). Carry distance also good. Swing speed seems high which gives a low smash factor but it isn’t miles away.
If it detected more shots I think it would be a fantastic device…
Buck Mayers7 years ago
The swing caddie is very good! Not quite the data tho
Michael Wray7 years ago
Agreed. Off center hits are biggest difference. We’ve tested almost all of the consumer units against track and flightscope
Todd D Heugly7 years ago
Buy a GC2 they are the best. For teaching and club fitting add the HMT.
Greg Marcus7 years ago
Funny I bought my Trackman for 10K.
OlearyADK3605 years ago
If you get paid to play golf, it is probably worth it. If you pay to play golf, good luck getting your 10k investment back.
Nigel Day7 years ago
Great article, in depth review, thanks GS ⛳️
Jason Geraci7 years ago
So, it’s a good device, despite its inability to consistently deliver accurate data.
Christian Sarran7 years ago
My experience with comparing both was that the sc200 “carry “was almost the same number as the Trackman “total ” yards. So maybe that’s what they intended? Club head and ball speed were almost spot on.
Ryan McLin7 years ago
Thank you very much for the review. I was considering purchasing this in the near future. Can you tell me, does the SC200 measure the ball for a short ‘window’ versus the entire flight like Trackman? If I’m hitting low quality range balls that I know won’t travel as far as my premium balls on the course, will that also make a difference? If that short measure ‘window’ is all I need for an accurate representation, then the quality of the ball shouldn’t matter so much when hitting with launch monitor.
Gordon7 years ago
Can the sc200 be used at night? or does it need to be used during the day time to work?
Hitting The Golf Ball7 years ago
“People will still chime in about Trackman’s ability to chart spin, dynamic loft and so on. This is unquestionably true, but let’s face reality: if you want that kind of information, you might have to sell your car in order to buy it.”
And there you go, all the comments about comparing apple vs oranges. Still a good read though.
Mike7 years ago
The problem with this device is varying attack angles. If player A hits a 47* PW with dynamic loft of 43* and player B hits it with dynamic loft of 45* those carry numbers will be completely different. This thing is worthless for practicing flighting wedges.
I could see getting on a trackman and getting your average dynamic loft for each club then programming the unit for those lofts which could give you a far more accurate carry reading.
Does the unit make assumptions about AoA? Or does the loft entered mean that’s the exact loft at impact?
ParHunter7 years ago
I’ve ordered one from Amazon about a month ago (after reading the previous review on mygolfspy). I really wanted to like it but I sent it back the same day after playing around with it on the range.
I wanted to use it for practicing my wedges but the distances the SC200 gave me were way off. It told me 90 yards when the shot was 60 (confirmed with Bushnell range finder to pin). And that wasn’t a one off. I’ve tried changing the loft settings but that didn’t change much.
I think as the SC200 makes a few assumption regarding lauch angle etc it might well be that it works fine for some players that happen to hit shots with that launch angle. But if you tend to hit your shots high or low the numbers will be way off.
Not much more than a toy, I am afraid. I wish it would be more accurate as I can’t afford a proper launch monitor but as it is it was useless for me.
ParHunter7 years ago
Was the SC200 only tested by one player or did you use different players with different capabilities and shot shapes?
It would be interesting to see a table with the shot data from both TM and SC200.
You always say MyGolfSpy is data centric. There wasn’t much hard data in this review!
I always used MyGolfSpy as one of the main sources for reviews/tests. I bought my putter (Ping Ketch) because of the tests here on MGS (can agree on this one) and I bought the SC200 because of the previous review of the SC100 but in this case the review/test does not fit with my own experience at all!
Ed7 years ago
I have to agree. I came into some cash around the end of march madness, and decided to treat myself to a portable launch monitor. Based on the reviews here I got the SC200.
It works okay, meaning that it USUALLY picks up shots, and it is SOMEWHAT accurate, but it isn’t transforming my game the way I had hoped. For shot range shots it isn’t really accurate enough, and for driver swings it honestly feels like a crapshoot. It is a pretty good with mid and long irons though.
I think the real “value add” it has is that if you HAVE to be hitting into a net for whatever reason, it gives you good feedback on how solid you are hitting your irons. Outside of that particular usage though, it really is just a toy.
Marcus6 years ago
You could chart your dynamic lofts with a garmin true swing and then input them into this, would give you close results to a track man at about $600
Mark Elliott7 years ago
This is like comparing a macbook pro to a dollar store calculator.
Todd D Heugly7 years ago
The GC2 with HMT is the best launch monitor on the market.
Scott Garrett7 years ago
Had one, before flightscope , great piece of kit
Darryll Mendoza7 years ago
Get a Skytrack
Curtis Focused Taylor7 years ago
May need to invest in it playa
Mike Wilson7 years ago
Probably my skytrack gives the same numbers….
DaeGunn Jei7 years ago
Apple v. Banana. Meaningless comparison. I have the original one. Way different from actual carry/total distances I measure with laser.
Bootylicious Album7 years ago
posts like this are why everyone loves your page
Brian Roussel7 years ago
This thing does NOT do what a trackman does. You can’t even compare the two. This thing tracks your clubhead speed and calculates the numbers based on the loft you put in. Anything this thing tells you about ball flight can’t really be trusted and won’t be reliable. Trackman actually tracks the BALL, this thing is basically an expensive clubhead speed checker. Buy an optishot system for the same price because it’s the same thing except you get a golf simulator with it.
Brendan Moylan7 years ago
Thanks Josh Stewart, the only problem is I was told it will only read up to 300m.
DanJames7 years ago
Does it give face to angle and face to path?
Nolan Ring7 years ago
Thanks for the info, Now I want one!!!
Justin7 years ago
“People will still chime in about Trackman’s ability to chart spin”.
While it’s a nice feature, it isn’t absolutely necessary. If someone doesn’t know what a ballooning ball flight looks like compared to a low line drive and the “ideal”, there are plenty of resources that can help them out.
Besides, the fix is easy: if the shot’s too high, switch to a lower loft. If the shot’s too low, switch to a higher loft.
Rod_CCCGOLFUSA7 years ago
I own the SC100 and the Earnest Sports launch monitor. SC’s main advantage is portability. It is reasonably accurate on club head speed and ball speed. The algorithms work ok indoors, on the range, it just doesn’t match reality on distance. Parameters such as spin rate and launch angle are important to teaching and fitting. For these activities, I use Flightscope. Golf Spy reduces its credibility by putting SC200 and Trackman in the same sentence. The SC product is a toy. It’s a fun toy for an indoor range, less fun outdoors where you can actually see the shots.
P.J.7 years ago
Comparing Swing Caddie to Trackman is like apples to oranges.
A more interesting and relevant comparison review might be Trackman vs SkyGolf -or- Swing Caddie to OptiGolf Dancin’ Dog.
Michael Chua7 years ago
I have the swing caddie and it’s a fantastic gadget for range rats, especially the feature that gives random yardages that you have to try to hit. Is it as good as TM? Of course not, but it’s a great gadget for the money.
Jason Geraci7 years ago
Kyle Morris7 years ago
I don’t understand how you can finish off this article with anything other than the fact that the SC doesn’t hold a candle to the TrackMan. You’ve made it clear that the SC isn’t close on club speed, ball speed, and has no clue on spin rate. It is doing nothing other than trying to guess- you’ve proven that the distance can be as much as 30 yards off. Well not everyone who is interested in this SC is going to be hitting this outdoors to see the flight, so when they pop it up and it says 275 they’re going to ingrain poor swing moves.
Also, not everyone has access to a properly calibrated bending machine or loft measuring device so that they can input it into the machine. Since the SC can not measure the Dynamic Loft or Spin loft, even if they knew what the true loft of their iron was, there is a possibility that the SC is still not going to calculate the yardage correctly, especially if they are someone who adds loft at impact. Sure the price is great, but to compare it to the TM is a joke.
Alex Baxendale7 years ago
There’s no comparison. Tm is superior
Alex7 years ago
As it should be, since its approaching 10X the price. Most people can’t afford a TM.
Steve S7 years ago
The reviews on the older version are mixed at best. With only 4 reviews on the new version the jury is still out. This is possibly a quality issue and not a design issue. Since MGS would be honest with their testing, I would expect them to report issues if they had problems. I also wonder about the loft issue. I you are a “sweeper” the club loft and the impact loft would be close. If you hit down on the ball wouldn’t that affect the distance calculation?
Shane L Yoshihara7 years ago
I have the original swing caddie, I would say it’s like trying to put the optishot VS a real golf simulator
Ryan7 years ago
I have spent a little time with the original unit, and had a very positive experience with it as well. Definitely hoping to get some time with this one. I don’t need a launch monitor frequently enough to justify dropping $350 on this, but it’s a cool product for sure.
Rob Head7 years ago
Good read !!!
Kenny B7 years ago
Sounds interesting. I might have to put this on my Christmas list this year.
4 batteries – what kind and are they rechargeable? If not, would rechargeable ones work?
GolfSpy MBP7 years ago
4 x standard AAA batteries (non-rechargeable)
Yes rechargeable should work fine.
hckymeyer7 years ago
Have you tested while hitting into a net for backyard use? How much carry distance is needed to get a reading?
Alex7 years ago
I’m gonna say no to anything voice caddie putts out, amazon reviews will agree with me: I had my unit mal-function in a few month, their customer support is non-existent. I cannot vouch for a company that do not support their own product.
mcavoy7 years ago
Yeah I’m having a hard time reconciling the enthusiasm from MGS from the reviews of users on Amazon which I had looked at prior to reading your post.
Dave S.7 years ago
A lot of times I’ve found that Amazon reviewers will give a product a very low star rating due to customer service or malfunctions after owning the product for a while (as they should). So here, we’re just getting MGS’ review of the products functionality, which it sounds like is pretty good. That said, if the product has reliability issues and the company doesn’t stand behind their product when it breaks, then I could care less how well it works… if I’m gonna drop $350 on a piece of tech, I want assurances that in 6mo I’m not going to be SOL.