Many of you have been asking about the Optishot Orbit—specifically, is it the same launch monitor with golf simulation as the Swing Caddie SC4, and why is it $200 more?
It is a puzzling situation that requires some sorting out.
In this article, we’ve got the answers to your questions. And we’ll clear up the mystery surrounding this product partnership between Voice Caddie and Optishot so that you’ll know what you’ll be getting with an Optishot Orbit and the Swing Caddie SC4 golf launch monitors.
The Short Explanation — Swing Caddie SC4 vs Optishot Orbit
In a nutshell, U.S.-based Optishot partnered with Voice Caddie so that they could package their new simulation software into an affordable, portable golf launch monitor. And Voice Caddie—a top Korean golf tech brand—partnered with Optishot to reach more American customers.
When you purchase an Optishot Orbit, a few key things are different from the Swing Caddie SC4:
- The outer packaging includes the Optishot branding.
- It includes Optishot’s new Orion simulation software, which leads to the greatest difference, which is
- The Optishot Orbit is $200 more than the SC4.
- The Optishot Orbit simulation software requires a PC (see system requirements below).
Optishot Orbit vs Swing Caddie SC4 — What’s the Same?
So, the Optishot Orbit is the same exact device as the Swing Caddie SC4. In fact, while the outer packaging says Optishot Orbit, the inside packaging and actual golf launch monitor are badged-up with the Voice Caddie logo.
Here’s what you can count on being the same between these two:
- The same data points offered:
- Carry/Total Distance
- Smash Factor
- Launch Angle
- Swing Speed
- Apex (Max Height)
- Ball Speed
- Launch Direction
- Spin Rate
- Free access to the MySwingCaddie App, providing a complete virtual display along with metrics and stats. The app provides:
- Swing video recording
- Practice/Target mode
- Shot statistics
- iOS and Android compatibility.
- Both the Swing Caddie SC4 and Optishot Orbit are indoor/outdoor golf launch monitors.
- Each of these launch monitors with simulation comes with a remote.
- The Swing Caddie SC4 and Optishot Orbit both provide audible distances.
- These portable golf launch monitors are currently compatible with E6 Connect and the Optishot Orion Simulator software. While it commonly does, currently, we do not know if other third-party sim software will become available on the SC4/Orbit.
SC4 vs Orbit Launch Monitors — What’s Different?
The biggest difference between these two is the price.
You will pay $549.00 for the Swing Caddies SC4. With the purchase of the SC4, you get one free E6 Connect golf course (Aviara Golf Club & Resort) and the driving range for life.
Then, you will have the option to purchase one of two E6 Connect golf packages:
- The Basic Package includes 27 permanent courses, 12 rotating courses, and the cost is $300/year.
- The Expanded Package includes 100 courses plus new courses as they become available. This plan is $600/year.
We highly recommend that you watch the SC4 with E6 Connect review video below by our partner Gabe who has a popular golf YouTube Channel called Let’s Play Thru. He shows you how to get started with E6 Connect, the steps to get ready to play it on the SC4 and then, of course, he shows the SC4 in action with the E6 Connect software and discusses the accuracy of the launch monitor.
For the price of $749.00, you will get the same exact launch monitor (without the free E6 Connect course), and it will come with the Optishot Orion software.
Features include 20 real-world courses, a new dynamic range, gimme distances, online play, auto-caddy, and more (see our section below for all the details).
Watch a Swing Caddie SC4 with E6 Connect Review
What You Need to Know About the Orion Simulation Software from Optishot
Orion includes 20 premium golf courses.
Orion Live connects golfers from all over the world with access to online tournaments and closest-to-the-pin contests.
Improve each aspect of your game on Orion's 4 ranges. Orion includes a driving range, short range, putting range, and a dynamic range.
Play full rounds of golf or just a few holes on 20 real-world courses. Play with up to 8 players, set your profiles, gimme distances, weather conditions and more.
The new dynamic range allows users to customize the exact distance from the target. Select ranges with different obstacles like multiple bunkers, trees, or water to help master your game.
Optishot Orion System Requirements vs E6 Connect System Requirements
One thing to consider before you purchase a golf launch monitor and simulator for home is the system requirements for the simulation software.
The Orion software by Optishot requires a PC with Windows. To run Orion on the Orbit/SC4 you will need, at minimum:
- Operating System: Windows® 10 64 bit Intel Core i5 Quad-Core S Mode disabled.
- Graphics Card: Dedicated GPU (Graphics Card): OpenGL 4.6 compatible card with 4GB GDDR5 RAM and latest Video Drivers (no more than 6 months old)
- Storage: 6GB Hard Disk Drive free storage space
- RAM: 8GB RAM (Memory)
- Connections: Bluetooth
- Internet: Internet connection of 5Mbps for software installation, updates, Premium course delivery, and online play.
The E6 Connect software that you can use with your Swing Caddie SC4 (it comes with one free E6 Connect course) does not have as rigorous system requirements and works with more devices.
- iPad Pro 1 or later
- iPad 5 or later
- iPad Air 3 (Current Version)
- iPad Mini 5 (Current Version)
- iPhone 8 or later
- Intel i5 Processor
- 8GB RAM
- Nvidia 1070 Graphics Card equivalent (Dedicated GPU with DirectX 11 Support)
- 25GB of Hard Drive Space
- Windows 10 64-bit (Required)
- Internet Connection (Required)
Swing Caddie SC4 vs Optishot Orbit — Which One Should You Buy?
If you know that you want the new Optishot Orion software—and you have the PC power to run it—then the Orbit may be the way to go for you.
If you choose the Swing Caddie SC4 for $200 less, you can test out the free E6 Connect course to see if you would prefer it to Orion (we feel that E6 Connect is more realistic). You can give it a test ride, along with the MySwingCaddie app, and can always purchase the Orion software later.
Here is a screenshot of the data that E6 Connect simulation shows you on the SC4:
Vs. the data that Orion gives you while playing it on the Orbit:
Orion seems to offer some nice tools for game improvement, but the MySwingCaddie app is full of many different ways to analyze your data and even view video of your shot with data overlay.
We definitely recommend the SC4 to anyone who wants an affordable—and amazingly accurate for the price—launch monitor and home golf simulator experience.