GCQuad Review - A Real Outdoor Field Test

GCQuad Outdoor TestHardly a week goes by that Carl isn't asked to do another launch monitor review, so in true Carl’s Place fashion, we tested the Foresight Sports GCQuad at the driving range to see how it performed compared to real life numbers measured by a Bushnell rangefinder.

We’ve done this type of outdoor field test with several other launch monitors, including the Mevo+, SkyTrak, Uneekor EYE XO, Garmin R10 and Full Swing KIT

GCQUAD FIELD TEST SETUP

The GCQuad is a relatively small, photometric launch monitor that sits adjacent to the ball position, making it easy to take to the driving range and set up once there. At the outdoor range, we made sure the GCQuad was on as level of a surface as we could find and did not have sunlight shining directly on the cameras to try to get the most accurate data. 

Tim, a product specialist at Carl’s Place, took 20 swings each with a pitching wedge, 6 iron and driver. Mike, a content writer (and the guy who won the first matchup in the Tim vs. Mike Challenge Series on our YouTube channel), was out in the field tracking the ball. Mike marked the carry distance, then Tim used the rangefinder to measure that distance. Jon, videographer and all around good guy, was behind the camera recording all the action.

Disclaimer for the naysayers (we know you’re out there): Of course, there are factors that come into play in an uncontrolled outdoor environment, such as wind, tee box elevation and human error marking the ball out in the field. Keep those factors in mind when you check out the data.

 

GCQUAD FIELD TEST RESULTS

PITCHING WEDGE

Overall, the GCQuad was quite accurate reading the pitching wedge with 16 of the 20 shots being within 5 yards of the actual range finder distance. 

The average difference and percentage were a little inflated due to a couple of large outliers that were pretty big misses. 

“Although we only had a couple shots perfectly accurate, most of the pitching wedge shots were quite close to actual numbers,” Tim said. “I felt pretty good about the Quad’s performance with the roller coaster of numbers from my pitching wedge.”

Pitching Wedge

Real Life Carry Distance

Simulator Carry Distance

Yardage Difference

% Difference

Shot 1

106

108

2

1.89%

Shot 2

102

106

4

3.92%

Shot 3

105

112

7

6.67%

Shot 4

89

89

0

0.00%

Shot 5

107

122

15

14.02%

Shot 6

102

110

8

7.84%

Shot 7

96

98

2

2.08%

Shot 8

115

119

4

3.48%

Shot 9

104

109

5

4.81%

Shot 10

101

113

12

11.88%

Shot 11

120

120

0

0.00%

Shot 12

99

100

1

1.01%

Shot 13

113

114

1

0.88%

Shot 14

102

103

1

0.98%

Shot 15

119

122

3

2.52%

Shot 16

87

90

3

3.45%

Shot 17

123

125

2

1.63%

Shot 18

114

117

3

2.63%

Shot 19

113

118

5

4.42%

Shot 20

108

111

3

2.78%

         
   

Average

4.05

3.84%

6 IRON

We were very impressed by the data the GCQuad read from the 6 iron. The first shot was the only one that was more than 10 yards off. Otherwise the GCQuad tracked 18 of the 20 shots  within 7 yards of the actual distance measured by the rangefinder. 

In fact, the percentage difference improved, which is not something you see all the time as you start hitting longer distanced clubs.

“Seeing the improvement compared to the pitching wedge was a pleasant surprise that we’ve rarely seen before in other tests,” Tim said.

 

6 Iron

Real Life Carry Distance

Simulator Carry Distance

Yardage Difference

% Difference

Shot 1

148

161

13

8.78%

Shot 2

134

139

5

3.73%

Shot 3

130

136

6

4.62%

Shot 4

118

114

4

3.39%

Shot 5

144

151

7

4.86%

Shot 6

138

145

7

5.07%

Shot 7

118

120

2

1.69%

Shot 8

142

146

4

2.82%

Shot 9

157

163

6

3.82%

Shot 10

151

151

0

0.00%

Shot 11

160

161

1

0.63%

Shot 12

140

145

5

3.57%

Shot 13

148

156

8

5.41%

Shot 14

156

157

1

0.64%

Shot 15

133

127

6

4.51%

Shot 16

150

153

3

2.00%

Shot 17

157

159

2

1.27%

Shot 18

142

148

6

4.23%

Shot 19

133

136

3

2.26%

Shot 20

144

147

3

2.08%

         
   

Average

4.6

3.27%

 

DRIVER

And even more interesting was that the GCQuad’s data for driver percentage difference improved even more over the 6 iron and pitching wedge. 

It’s not easy for launch monitors to measure or calculate these longer numbers, especially with Tim’s inconsistent slice, because the margin of error is significantly more, but only three shots ended up being 10 or more yards different.

It even got 9 shots within 5 yards, and two exactly right. 

“The GCQuad just kept getting better as I hit longer clubs,” Tim said. “I couldn't believe it. That has not been the norm for other launch monitors we’ve tested.”

 

Driver

Real Life Carry Distance

Simulator Carry Distance

Yardage Difference

% Difference

Shot 1

205

212

7

3.41%

Shot 2

219

219

0

0.00%

Shot 3

200

197

3

1.50%

Shot 4

224

231

7

3.13%

Shot 5

207

211

4

1.93%

Shot 6

194

200

6

3.09%

Shot 7

207

213

6

2.90%

Shot 8

198

197

1

0.51%

Shot 9

201

202

1

0.50%

Shot 10

202

205

3

1.49%

Shot 11

190

197

7

3.68%

Shot 12

196

206

10

5.10%

Shot 13

210

223

13

6.19%

Shot 14

200

209

9

4.50%

Shot 15

209

215

6

2.87%

Shot 16

204

216

12

5.88%

Shot 17

208

216

8

3.85%

Shot 18

195

200

5

2.56%

Shot 19

204

201

3

1.47%

Shot 20

203

203

0

0.00%

         
   

Average

5.55

2.73%

CONCLUSION

The data accuracy from the GCQuad was impressive, especially with how it kept improving as we moved to the longer distance clubs. But is it worth the price tag? Let’s compare it to the similarly priced Uneekor EYE XO. 

 

 

Uneekor EYE XO

GCQuad

Price

See Pricing

See Pricing

Data Parameters

  • Ball Speed
  • Side Spin
  • Back Spin
  • Side Angle
  • Side Total
  • Launch Angle
  • Angle of Descent / Land Angle
  • Flight Time
  • Distance to Apex 
  • Carry, Run and Total Distance
  • Club Speed
  • Dynamic Loft
  • Angle of Attack
  • Smash Factor
  • Club Path
  • Club Face Angle
  • Club Face to Path
  • Club Lie Angle
  • Club Loft Angle
  • Impact Point Vertical
  • Impact Point Horizontal
  • Ball speed
  • Horizontal & vertical launch angles
  • Spin
  • Side spin
  • Carry distance

Available with additional purchase:

  • Club head speed
  • Smash factor
  • Angle of attack
  • Club path
  • Loft at impact
  • Lie & face angle at impact
  • Impact location on the club face

Software

Comes with View software, which is a driving range. Upgrade to Refine+ and still stay under the price of the GCQuad with the included FSX 2020 software

Includes FSX 2020

Setup

Overhead mounted

Sits on the ground adjacent to the tee position

Multiplayer Friendliness

Center mounted overhead so no need to move it if you have righties and lefties

Must be placed adjacent to ball, which means moving the device for an opposite handed player. Foresight does offer an overhead, centrally mounted launch monitor called the GCHawk

Portability

Indoors only

Indoors and Outdoors

 

Let us know in the comments if you’re interested in the GCQuad!