LiveView Pro Review
The LiveView Pro Golf Training Aid, is it worth the money?
As the name implies, LiveView Pro is a mini camera setup that connects easily via Wifi to an app on your smartphone or iPad that will give you a live feed right in front of you as you work on your swing indoors or out on the range. This product is compact, lightweight (4 ounces), and portable, which can be stored in your golf bag to travel with you, and set up is a breeze as this training aid can be attached to an alignment stick or a tripod.
In your quest to improve your golf swing, you've probably watched hundreds of videos and tried every gadget and gizmo that promised to shave strokes off your game. What if I told you that there was one training aid that combines both?
With the LiveView Pro Golf training aid, you can make changes to your golf swing in real-time. You don't need to record and wait to view later; you can set the camera up down the line of your address position and see precisely how your swing is responding and what needs to be tweaked right away. You don't need to wait a day or even a week to test your tweak, making your practice swings much more efficient.
If you want to analyze your swing even further, you can go home and fully dissect your session using the LiveView Pro app. It's like having access to a fully digital studio of your golf swing. Slow your swing down with the slow-motion playback feature, or draw lines on your swing to check your swing path and set up.
The ability to see your swing is a game-changer. I don't know how often I've been to the range and could not make solid contact. I felt like I wasn't doing anything different, but ball after ball was topped, shanked, or pulled. If only I could have seen my swing and what I was doing wrong, I could have adjusted right then and there… well, now I can.
Although the LiveView Pro training aid is small, that does not mean it's not packed full of features. On the contrary, the fact that it's small is one of its main features. It's easily portable in your golf bag, meaning you can take this anywhere, maybe even sneak it on vacation with the family to make sure the flight hasn't messed with your swing. It's also wireless, meaning there are no cords to plug in for power or attach to a smartphone or tablet. Instead, it simply connects via Wifi to any device, and its rechargeable battery won't have you looking for power outlets on the range.
Setting it up for use is simple.
Attach it to a small tripod found at any discount store or an alignment stick. Set it up wherever you want to get the best video of your swing, adjust the height, and you're that much closer to improving your swing.
The LiveView Pro training aid works for both indoor and outdoor use. So those of you in cold-weather states can continue to work on your swing inside during the winter, rather than waiting until the following spring and starting your swing from square one. Two settings allow you to use the camera as a live swing mirror, or you can record your swings to view at a later time. All video is captured and automatically uploaded to your device, so you don't need to worry about syncing everything later to grab your videos.
Who is it made for?
Video is a tool used in many sports to analyze and improve your results. Golf is no exception, so whether you are just getting into the game or you've played for years but just haven't been able to figure out why you are not consistent on the course, this training aid is for you. Immediate feedback allows golfers of all abilities the opportunity to see their swing and fully understand their setup, approach, and swing path to determine areas that can be improved.
The ability of the LiveView to be used in both indoor and outdoor settings will allow golfers from all parts of the world to continue to work on their game, even when they can't get on the course.
Overview of the LiveView Pro
Using the LiveView Pro is extremely simple. Once connected, you have three options:
You can just use the app's live view by sitting your iPad or tablet in front of you while swinging and getting honest feedback.
You can press record, swing away, and analyze it later.
The "Auto Replay" uses the sound of impact via the iPad to signal when the footage is trimmed into a recorded swing.
Within all three options, you can mark up the video using its various swing tools. With multiple shapes, lines, and colors, you can highlight numerous areas for review or focus on that one thing. On top of that, this can be done after the swing is recorded, or you can place them on the screen while swinging to get their feedback throughout the swing. I was most impressed that you can go in and create templates for the different markups you want to use and save them, making them easy to access during or after practice.
Value for the money
Is it worth $349? Based on how much people spend per year on golf training aids to improve their game, and don't actually see results. I think $349 is an investment worth making. Most people are visual learners, and the ability to get instant feedback on your swing in real-time is invaluable.
The LiveView Pro training aid makes improving your swing as simple as viewing what you are doing wrong in real-time. The ability to make changes, try things, and see right away each tweak has on your swing is a pro all by itself, but beyond that, this simple little training aid offers multiple pros.
Easy to use and store
Quick Set up
Works wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet
Live view while swinging
Regular or Mirror view
Save swings to view at a later time
Ability to markup your video with lines, circles, etc. to check for positioning
The camera works well in low light
I had this picture in my mind of what my swing looked like, and then I saw it on a live view. Needless to say, it was a hot mess. But I guess that's not really a con, but rather more of a disappointment. The only real cons I found with this product have to do with the overall video quality. Up to 60 FPS is actually not bad, but it's certainly not HD. I'm sure the video could be improved, but that would also affect the overall size, which to me is a bit more desirable.
Video Quality is not HD
Price could deter some people
Overall, I am incredibly impressed with the LiveView Pro training aid. It enables me to change my golf swing to a camera down the line, and I can see exactly what I'm changing with a smartphone or iPad that's sitting right in front of me. There's no recording, and having to watch back, I can see real-time the view as I'm making changes. There's no other device like this in the world.
Whether you are just starting in the game or have been playing for years, the LiveView Pro training aid is a product that every golfer needs to improve their swing, consistency and ultimately shave shots off their scorecard.