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TrackMan 4 Simulator Review

The TrackMan 4 is kind of like the Pro V1 of the golf launch monitor world. All other launch monitors and simulators are compared to the TrackMan 4 when it comes to accuracy, features, and course availability. We have been using the TrackMan 4 for several years, and aside from being fun, it’s the most accurate and functional option on the market. Here’s what you can expect.

Quick summary

The TrackMan 4 is renowned for its precision and extensive features. It offers over 250 courses with exceptional accuracy and realism, and is constantly being updated and improved. There are various practice modes, and it is equipped with AI to optimize performance. For coaching and detailed data analysis, it’s the launch monitor to beat. Despite its high cost, including a $1000 annual software membership, its accuracy and functionality make it an easy choice for serious golfers.

Who is this for?

Starting at $21,495 USD, the TrackMan 4 really is for the few that can afford it. If you can afford it, and you’re serious about improving your game, then the TrackMan is one of the best tools for doing so, as it provides so much data about your golf swing.

You will need to be able to understand the data though, in order to make the necessary adjustments to your swing. TrackMan University is an online platform that is there to help golfers understand their data and what it means (this is totally free). This is in addition to the integrated AI software that has made it easier for golfers to understand the data.

Who should look elsewhere?

If you have realized that the TrackMan 4 is out of your budget, then I’m sure you have already looked away! If that is the case, then do check out our article reviewing the best golf simulators of 2024.

For those who prioritize their putting, TrackMan 4 does offer putting data and the ability to overlay video of your putting stroke, however, if you are a real putting geek, there are better putting-specific analysis and training systems.

Pros

Extremely accurate data (over 40 different parameters)

Perfect tool for golf coaches and club fitters

Portable

Comprehensive Course Selection

Range of features (AI integration, practice modes etc)

Cons

High retail price

If the majority of your practice is indoors

Features

The TrackMan 4 has a wide range of features that go well beyond measuring ball speed or distance. Here are some of the key features you can expect:

Data

With the TrackMan 4 launch monitor, you’ll have access to more than 40 parameters, and you can get all of the ball and club data you would want. Some parameters include:

  • Club speed
  • Dynamic loft
  • Club path
  • Face Angle
  • Face to Path
  • Spin loft
  • Swing Plane
  • Attack Angle
  • Smash factor
  • Full Distance
  • Spin rates
  • Swing Direction
  • Putting analysis
  • Carry distance

Golf Courses

The TrackMan 4 has more than 250 courses at over 53 venues. You’ll notice that, on average, about 3 courses are added per month. Some courses like Pebble Beach are going to come at an additional cost. The courses are mapped and programmed in-house so you get great accuracy and realistic experience playing each of these courses.

Practice Modes

TrackMan 4 offers target practice, great visuals, and the ability to measure ball flight data and track precisely what your golf ball is doing. You can also play games during the practice session to keep yourself engaged, these include: Capture the Flag, Bullseye, Closest to the Pin, and more. There is also a feature that allows you to compare your swing to 50+ swings with data and videos of the professionals.

Data for Coaching

Coaching data and information can be broken down into individual player accounts. There is even an ‘Event mode’ that allows you to capture video and data from the tee and share it with players after a round of golf. It’s a great tool for golf coaching.

AI for Optimizing Performance

TrackMan uses “Tracy,” the AI assistant, to make it easier to use, and organize, the entire scope of features that TrackMan offers. If you are new to this type of technology, it makes a big difference in understanding ball flight data, launch angle, and more.

Accuracy

The TrackMan 4 is the most accurate when it comes to tracking full ball flight and impact factors. It’s only challenge is indoors. When you are right at the minimum distance and have high ball speeds, you may start to see some inaccuracy.

Foresight’s GCQuad might estimate these a little better.

Ease of Use

At first, the TrackMan 4 is easy to get set up and running. However, when you start hitting shots, you will realize how much this thing is capable of. To fully grasp its benefits, you need to move beyond just tracking your total distance. Online support with TrackMan is excellent, and they are available 24/7. If you have any issues in the beginning or you don’t understand some of the features, simply contact support.

When conducting our TrackMan 4 review, a concern was its portability. Surprisingly, it proved to be highly portable. We effortlessly brought it to coaching sessions and tournaments, finding it durable and easy to carry. Transitioning between indoor and outdoor use is straightforward, and getting used to the TrackMan software is a quick process.

The TrackMan 4 works on phones, iPads, Macs, and PCs. However, you will need a PC if you run it as a golf simulator. The app is a great feature to have when on the go.

Value

The TrackMan 4 is expensive. It has a lot to offer, and in the golf industry, that’s important. However, the bottom line here is that not all golfers need this for their game. Annual membership for the software has increased to $1000. If money is not a problem for you, this device is the best you can get.

Golf Insider verdict

When money is not an issue, you will want the TrackMan 4. It’s the best launch monitor and golf simulator in the game. The features, accuracy, and possibilities are genuinely unmatched.

Alternatives to consider

If TrackMan 4 isn’t a fit for you, here are a few other options to consider.

GCQuad

Foresight’s GCQuad is a similar price to TrackMan 4, but has better indoor performance. Navigation and user experience may be more challenging, and course selection is not as extensive.

FlightScope X3

The FlightScope X3 is half the cost of the TrackMan, and even if it is not the best launch monitor on the market, we are talking about more than $10,000 savings. You’ll have to put up with considerably fewer choices of golf courses, but you’ll have some money left to play those courses in real life!

Trackman iO

The TrackMan iO is a new option designed to measure club and ball data indoors. As we mentioned, the TrackMan 4 does a better job outdoors than it does indoors. With the iO, you have a ceiling-mounted option that can only be used indoors. It comes at a cheaper price and might be good for club fitters or the average golfer who has to make it through a cold and rainy winter.

FlightScope Mevo Plus

The FlightScope Mevo Plus has similar functions to those of the TrackMan, but it’s not as accurate. The Mevo is just a few thousand compared to over $20,000 for the TrackMan. It’s a very portable little tool that fits in the golf bag, it’s not incredibly accurate for putting analysis, but it certainly gets the job done for an average golfer.

If portability is a main consideration of yours in your quest for a launch monitor, click here to check out our article comparing the FlightScope Mevo Plus and Skytrak monitors.

Garmin Approach R10

The Garmin Approach R10 is one of the easier golf launch monitors to use, and offers a more budget friendly option to the TrackMan 4, priced at less than $1,000. Practice sessions are easily analyzed and worked on, but it may lack the precision and accuracy of TrackMan 4, especially in terms of lateral shot error and impact data. Click here to read our article comparing the Garmin to TrackMan 4.

Click here to check out our article reviewing the best golf simulators of 2024.

FAQs

What is the difference between TrackMan 4 and TrackMan IO?

TrackMan 4 can be used indoors and outdoors; TrackMan IO is an indoor-only launch monitor and simulator. The TrackMan IO is considerably less expensive, but it’s not portable and will lack some functionality because of that.

What is better than TrackMan?

TrackMan is typically considered the best, but the GCQuad is regarded as a close alternative.

Will there be a TrackMan 5?

There is currently no talk of a TrackMan 5. The hardware and continual software updates for the TrackMan 4 seem to be enough to keep golfers happy at the moment.

Why is TrackMan so expensive?

TrackMan is so expensive because of the impressive software, accuracy, portability and functionality of the device. With TrackMan, you can look at every aspect of a golf swing and analyze it to the fullest.

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Britt Olizarowicz

Britt Olizarowicz is a former teaching and Class A PGA professional with more than 25 years spent with a golf club in her hand. Britt is a small business owner, author, and freelance golf expert that knows this game inside and out. She lives in Savannah, GA, with her husband and two young children.

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