Foresight Sports’ GCQuad launch monitor generates pinpoint data for the world’s best (and you, too)

Golf's analytics revolution is led by Foresight Sport's GCQuad launch monitor.

Beau Daniels

Long before Bryson DeChambeau was golf’s distance king, he was golf’s data king. The 2020 U.S. Open champ didn’t thrust himself to the center of golf’s distance debate because he wanted to. He did so because the numbers told him to.

But the “numbers” is an abstract term. For DeChambeau’s sake, let’s talk in his language: absolutes. DeChambeau began his makeover because his Foresight Sports GCQuad launch monitor ($14,000 to $18,000) told him if he added weight, he would add ball speed. If he added ball speed, he would add distance. And if he added distance, it would be easier to score better.

The GCQuad doesn’t look all that revolutionary, but that’s okay because it does something revolutionary. It speaks in absolutes. Absolutes like pinpoint data about the swing, the ball and the club.

The GCQuad is a Tour favorite — used by names like DeChambeau and McIlroy. But it’s also an industry standard, the preferred indoor equipment used by clubfitting experts at True Spec Golf.

“We offer all our clients a performance guarantee — that our clubs are going to do what we tell them they do,” said Ryan Richardson, president of True Spec. “In our independent testing, we found the GCQuad performed exceptionally well indoors and that the data it produced was exceptionally accurate.”

We all want to change the world, but the Foresight GCQuad is actually doing it. Here’s how it works.

Beau Daniels

1. QUADRASCOPIC CAMERAS

Simply, launch monitors seek to capture swings and interpret them. The Quad gets its name from its four super-speed cameras that ensure high-level capture accuracy to the tune of 10,000 frames per second.

2. PHOTOMETRIC SENSORS

These tiny sensors regulate the flash feature on each camera, which controls the amount of light allowed into the lens for each image. The slower you swing, the more light each camera must produce in order for the machine’s onboard computer to collect information.

3. CLUB MARKERS

Four removable stickers allow the cameras to measure movement, tilt, rotation and a number of other important swing attributes as the club moves through impact.

4. ONBOARD COMPUTER

Swing data is parsed by a series of high-powered processors, translating the images into numbers the computer analyzes in a matter of milliseconds. “We design our boards to capture, carry, process and store data at extremely high speed rates — think on the order of gigapixels per second,” says Foresight director of sales Rick Cuellar.

5. ALIGNMENT STICK

How does it know whether your shots are straight? Because you tell it which direction you’re aiming using an alignment stick.

6. MOBILE APP

Your GCQuad has run its calculations and you’ve got the data. What now? With the Foresight Sports FSX Pro mobile app, you can access and interpret swing tendencies like path, smash factor, impact position, face at impact, spin rate and ball speed — everything you need to max out your motion.

To add more pop to your swing, get a driver fitting from the experts at our sister company, True Spec Golf.

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James Colgan

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James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing stories for the website and magazine on a broad range of topics. He writes the Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and utilizes his broadcast experience across the brand’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse University, James — and evidently, his golf game — is still defrosting from four years in the snow, during which time he cut his teeth at NFL Films, CBS News and Fox Sports. Prior to joining GOLF, James was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Long Island, where he is from.