We're super excited to do an initial features review of the Launch Pro personal golf launch monitor and simulator. This Launch Pro and GC3 are the result of one of the most compelling collaborations between two golf brands that are blurring the line between consumer- and pro-grade products: Bushnell Golf and Foresight Sports.
After a recent acquisition, Foresight is now under the same corporate umbrella as Bushnell Golf. And that means tour-level launch monitor numbers and simulation just became available for everyday golfers and their at home golf setups—who are willing to pay for the most accurate tech in these gadgets, i.e. a proven camera-based system.
So, you're probably still scratching your head over that "GC3" we slipped in up there. That's right, there's a GC3, and the wild thing is that hardware-wise, it's no different than the Launch Pro. Real quick, let us explain why.
The main physical difference is that one's badges read “Foresight Sports”/“GC3” while the other's read “Bushnell Launch Pro”/“Foresight Sports.” The guts of it—the circuitry, the cameras, all the hardware and software—are 100 % the same.
The distinguishing factors come down to price and functionality. You can pay $3,000 for the Launch Pro and get limited data and subscribe to a tier of plans for additional metrics and simulation. Or you can pay $7,000 for the GC3 and get the whole lifetime shebang.
In this article, we're concentrating on what you can do with the Launch Pro. A review of the Launch Pro personal launch monitor from our partner Gabe at Let's Play Thru is forthcoming, as well as a more thorough comparison article about the functionality and options of the Launch Pro vs the GC3. So stay tuned! (Jump on our newsletter by signing up in the footer of this page or follow us on social—where we'll keep you posted!)
For most precision, especially indoors, you can't go wrong with a camera-based GLM, especially from Foresight!
Get tour-level performance and accuracy on every shot! The Launch Pro combines proprietary high speed/high resolution cameras with infrared which has been optimized in an auto calibrating three camera system, powered by Foresight!
Foresight is manufacturing this precision puppy in their expanded San Diego-based headquarters—and they're pumping them out to meet anticipated demand!
Where other launch monitor technologies struggle with ambient light sensitivity, small hitting windows, and incomplete performance capturing capabilities, Launch Pro delivers unmatched precision and reliability both indoors and outdoors.
Preliminary tests show that the data metrics of the Launch Pro are very close to GC Quad numbers. We'll have more information on this as more thorough review becomes available.
You should know up front that you only get basic performance data with the Launch Pro out-of-the-box for the $3K. There are several successive plans, adding data, capabilities, and simulation (with free trials). You should also know it's worth it!
While it is being manufactured by Foresight Sports, the Launch Pro is branded by Bushnell Golf, in order to offer tour-level metrics in a package (or packages) that is more affordable for the everyday golfer. Notice we didn't say affordable, but more affordable. The Launch Pro is not cheap, but the accuracy you are getting with this photometric golf launch monitor is near GC Quad-level.
Let's jump right into what you get when you purchase a Launch Pro.
All of the ball data metrics and no head data, which includes:
Data is limited to a single shot; you get what's displayed on the Launch Pro’s LCD screen. You can't store, export, or save your performance data. Again, while this seems limited, it offers what entry-level GLMs offer, but with premium accuracy and robust technology.
These you will activate during you product setup/registration with a credit card.
Basic Plan (first year is free): $99/year lets you:
Connect to an iPad and see 2D ball flight on a range similar to what originally came with the GC Quad.
Save 1 session locally and another 10 in the cloud.
Silver Plan: $399/year gets you a robust upgrade with a basic simulation package, which includes:
Gold Plan (free 30-day trial with purchase): $799/year allows you the full package: full simulation capabilities (up to 8 golfers at a time), as well as all of the ball and clubhead metrics offered by the GC3, which include:
* through FSX or FSX Pro Software only
Additional courses for Gold package users are $125 (standard course) and $200 (premium course). Zombie golf and Fairgrounds are $99 each.
The $799 Bushnell Launch Pro package puts the device almost on even footing with the Foresight GC3. Both include the ability to connect third-party simulation software.
Tip: Think group share: If you have several friends who would play with you (remember up to 8 players in simulation with the gold package) you could split that annual cost, making it more affordable!
Do we think the Bushnell Launch Pro personal launch monitor and home golf simulator is worth the $3,000 + annual subscription fees? For the accuracy? Heck yeah! The question is: Are you the kind of golfer who wants to invest in this before now unavailable tour-level quality and accuracy?
You will not find this kind of robustness or precision in another launch monitor close to this price point. And that's due to the proven photometric (camera-based) technology of Foresight Sports that puts it on par with the GC Quad, while costing almost a quarter the price.
It's well-known that camera-based golf launch monitors give more precise indoor or limited-space data. Does that mean a great portable launch monitor and simulator for $500-$2,000 won't help you improve your golf game? Of course not. It just begs the question of how dialed into your swing and your numbers do you want to get. If you're a serious golfer who has plateaued in their data performance and who needs (and wants!) a system that can get them to the next level, the Launch Pro should prove to be life-changing.
Stay tuned for much more on the Launch Pro and the GC3 and this new, very compelling joining of forces between Bushnell Golf and Foresight Sports!