What is the Sonic Golf System-1?
The Sonic Golf System-1 uses accelerometers, wireless signals, and music processing chips to convert your swing motion into musical tones.
Slow swings are low pitch, quiet tones. Swing faster and the pitch and volume gets higher. With each swing you hear your rhythm and tempo, backswing/downswing transition, and the timing and speed of your club head release.
Watch our Science of Golf video and our How It Works video for more information.
What is included in the Sonic Golf System-1?
The Sonic Golf System-1 Pro Edition includes the following components:
The Sonic Golf System-1 Solo Edition includes the following components:
Why are tempo, rhythm, and timing important?
Tempo, rhythm, and timing are the glue that holds the whole swing together. Conventional golf instruction has focused on swing mechanics for decades, with even greater emphasis in this age of video instruction. But while great swing mechanics are important in the golf swing, mechanics alone are not sufficient. You can have great mechanics but you can’t have great results without great tempo, rhythm and timing.
Great tempo is what defines the best Tour players and explains why their mechanics can differ but their results are consistently great. Tempo, rhythm and timing help put the swing mechanics to work in a way that is dynamic and efficient. We have found that faulty swing mechanics tend to fix themselves when tempo, rhythm, and timing improve. Sonic Golf trains tempo, rhythm and timing in a new and dynamic way, revolutionizing the way we learn, play, and teach the game of golf.
What do you mean by “tempo”, “rhythm”, and “timing?”
Good question. These words are often used interchangeably, but it is helpful to think of them separately.
In music, the tempo could be "allegro", for example, but the rhythm could be Latin or Western Swing or Hip-Hop. Tempo is a measure of time, but rhythm is what the musicians and dancers do in the sound space between the beats per minute of tempo that makes the music unique.
Applying this to the golf swing, we think of tempo as the duration of the backswing and the duration of the downswing. Believe it or not, Tiger, Phil, Ernie, Vijay, Anoka and Lorena have very similar tempo. It takes them almost the same amount of time from start of the swing to hitting the ball. And the ratio of time between the backswing and downswing is very close for all professional golfers. Between 2.5 and 3.5 to 1. However, their unique bodies and swing mechanics give them a certain indefinable rhythm that is distinctive to them.
Timing could be described as the order and synchronization of the body parts throughout the swing -- the points at which the feet, the hips, the shoulders, the arms and the hands move and release. It takes proper timing, or sequencing, to apply maximum force at the ball with the club head square and moving properly down the target line.
Good tempo, rhythmically applied with proper timing equals a great golf shot. Even tour professionals have different grips, different stances, different ball positions, etc, but they all have in common great tempo, rhythm and timing.
How is this different from other swing training aids?
No other product has ever 1) provided immediate, real-time, and continuous feedback on your own tempo, rhythm and timing, 2) used a real club – any club – for use on the range or the course, or 3) been helpful to the broadest range of golfers, from PGA Tour professionals to complete beginners. Metronome products can play a tempo, but you don’t hear your own swing, or receive any feedback. Clubs that break don’t teach proper tempo, don’t allow you to use your own clubs, and don’t allow you to see the different results of different swings. Other swing trainer products don’t allow you to actually hit balls with your own clubs.
With Sonic Golf System-1, you can hear good tempo and bad tempo in your swing. You can hear precisely if you are “casting from the top” and releasing early and you can gradually “move the sound” forward. You can hear if you are making a nice, smooth transition at the top, with the club going quiet and your body moving underneath. No other product has been able to do these things, and the results are striking.
Is it wireless?
Yes, the Sonic Golf SX-1 shaft insert communicates wirelessly to the RX-1 audio processor unit. The whole Sonic Golf System-1 runs on a single AAA battery in the shaft insert and two AA batteries in the audio processor.
How heavy is it and will it change my club’s swing weight?
The Sonic Golf System-1 shaft insert is so light and strategically placed that it is not noticeable during practice. The shaft insert weighs only a little bit more than a single AA battery and that weight is located under and behind the hands. We have tested System-1 with hundreds and hundreds of amateur and professional golfers, and the unanimous conclusion is that once you are swinging and tuning in to your swing tempo, you completely forget about the electronics.
Can I use Sonic Golf System-1 with my own clubs?
Absolutely! This is one thing that makes Sonic Golf unique. You simply re-grip your own golf club with the custom Golf Pride® Tour Velvet grip made specifically for the SX-1 transmitter insert. The grip has a removable cap so you can easily insert the SX-1 transmitter for practice and remove it and cap your grip for playing. You can install the custom grips on as many clubs as you wish and transfer the SX-1 transmitter to the club you wish to practice with.
How do I learn how to use Sonic Golf System-1?
It is remarkably simple and straightforward. Swing improvements are almost immediate for golfers from first-time beginners to Tour Pros. Sonic Golf has created an instructional video that you will find on our website that provides instruction and tips for using the System-1.
Who can hear my swing? Can an instructor listen to more than one student?
Because the sound is coming through headphones, you won’t disturb anyone on the driving range. An instructor with a receiver and headphones set to your channel can listen to your swing. For practice at home or in a dedicated facility, you can easily connect the receiver/audio processor of Sonic Golf System-1 to powered speakers.
System-1 has 10 channels, so multiple students at a practice facility can each have their own channel. An instructor with a receiver can move down the range, changing channels to listen to each student.
Does Sonic Golf provide lessons?
No, we do not. However, we are creating a network of top instructors who will integrate the Sonic Golf technology into their teaching. We believe that the combination of their instructional methods with Sonic Golf’s real-time audio biofeedback will take student performance to whole new levels. We will start listing Sonic Golf trained instructors as soon as we can.
How much does it cost?
The Pro Edition is designed for teaching professionals and serious students. It is our most complete system with one SX-1 shaft insert, two RX-1 receiver/audio processor, 6 Golf Pride grips, two Sony headphones, carrying case, screwdriver for battery changes and insertion tape. It sells for $599.99
The Solo Edition is designed for personal practice. It ships with one SX-1 shaft insert, one RX-1 receiver/audio processor, 3 custom Golf Pride grips, one set of Sony headphones, carrying case, screwdriver for battery changes and insertion tape. It sells for $399.99.
We also offer additional or replacement Golf Pride grips, insertion tape and other accessories online.
When will Sonic Golf System-1 be available?
It is available now.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes, we can ship to any country. Our current automated processing system can process international shipments.
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Can this be applied to baseball/softball, tennis, the throwing motion, or other activities?
You bet. Sonic Golf’s patented approach to real-time audio biofeedback using musical tones is directly applicable to a whole range of other sports and human performance. We’re focused exclusively on golf right now, but we look forward to the day when people are improving their tennis serve or stroke, their baseball swing, their cycling cadence, or their rowing motion with our technology. Looking beyond that, we believe that our approach can be applied to other learning paradigms including rehabilitation. We are very excited about the prospects.