Uneekor Golf Review
And in-depth look at the Uneekor QED and EYE XO
Considering the Uneekor EYE XO or QED? Uneekor has been one of the fastest growing brands in the golf simulation space. And they have earned a reputation not many launch monitors have been able to achieve - being comparable to Trackman.
And spoiler alert for the rest of this article...the hype is real. We've tried both the Uneekor EYE XO and QED and they've quickly become our favorite system in the premium launch monitor/golf simulator category.
In this article, we'll give you everything you need to know about these two golf simulators.
About Uneekor QED and EYE XO
Uneekor is a launch monitor and golf simulation technology company that came onto the scene in 2019. Since then they have quickly established themselves as one of the best up-and-coming launch monitor brands in the industry. Due to its unique technology offering and accuracy, Uneekor has become the go-to system for premium launch monitors under $10,000.
Both the QED and EYE XO use ultra-high-speed cameras to capture and analyze your shot data. Capable of capturing over 3000 frames per second, both the Uneekor QED and EYE XO provide superb accuracy and instant shot display.
The differentiator with Uneekor lies in their Ball, Club, and Swing OPTIX technology. This technology gives you the opportunity to view a super slow-mo video of your ball spin, club path, and even your swing (if you pair the QED or EYE XO with a camera).
This is, undoubtedly, one of our favorite features of the Uneekor launch monitors as it's incredibly helpful to get a confirming look at what your club and ball are doing at impact.
While both QED and the EYE XO contain this technology, the EYE XO has some upgrades.
The Difference Between EYE XO vs QED
Overall the difference between these units isn't huge. While they both use the same technology and offer many of the same features, the EYE XO costs $3,000 more. So what do you get? Here are the key upgrades you'll get with EYE XO vs QED:
- Higher Resolution Club OPTIX video
- No need for metallic marked golf balls
- Multiple shot review with Swing OPTIX
- Enhanced ball impact on clubface
The biggest difference is the convenience of not needing marked golf balls as well as the extra club data. With EYE XO, you also get a very detailed look at your impact position - which is a very cool feature. For more detail on the exact club data each system provides, jump to: club data.
Overall, both units provide everything you would want in a launch monitor: speed, accuracy, in-depth swing analysis, and golf simulation.
What We Like
Without a doubt, the accuracy of the Uneekor QED and EYE XO are top-notch. From driver to wedge, the QED and EYE XO are right up there with TrackMan and FlightScope X3 in regards to accuracy. And not just with distance numbers. We find that Uneekor is accurate across the board - from spin, launch angles, swing speed, and more.
Another thing we love about these launch monitors is that they don't miss many shots. From duck hooks, to shanks, to 300+ yard drives, the QED and EYE XO are able to pick up a variety of abnormal shots. Which is something that many launch monitors tend to misread.
The speed at which these launch monitors pick up the shot is also a huge plus. In just about as much time as it takes for you to lift your head up towards the target after impact, the QED and EYE XO will have all your shot data spit out, and your shot tracer displayed.
This really adds to the realisticness of your experience. Even though you're hitting balls indoors into a screen, it really feels like your hitting out onto a driving range. The timing of when you hit the ball to the speed at which the shot tracer is displayed feels very real.
With cheaper launch monitors, it can sometimes take 1-3 seconds between impact to when your shot is displayed.
The OPTIX technology that Uneekor has is REALLY cool. It's the only launch monitor I've used that provides this level of club analysis. It gives you the ability to see a slo-motion close-up video of your club path through impact, as well as a close up view on your ball spin through the first few inches of ball flight. Here's what it looks like:
As you can see, this level of analysis is just un-real. You can even pause the video and go frame by frame if you want. If you're a serious gamer, then this technology is a must-have.
Great Club Data
The QED ($7,000) will provide a ton of great ball data and some club data (Club Speed, smash factor, club path, face to path, and face angle). All in all, those are the main club data metrics most people look at anyway.
The EYE XO ($10,000) provides a lot more granular club-data metrics with the coolest metric being Impact Point. Or where the ball impacted your club in relation to the center of the face. The club data EYE XO provides is as follows:
- Club Speed
- Smash Factor
- Attack Angle
- Dynamic Loft
- Club Path
- Club Face Angle
- Face to Path
- Club Loft Angle
- Club Lie Angle
- Impact Point
A Somewhat large hitting zone
The QED and EYE XO both provide a somewhat large hitting zone. The hitting zone is the area where a ball can be on your hitting mat, where the launch monitor will be able to read the shot. When setting up both units, you can configure where the hitting zone will be. Typically somewhere near the center of your mat.
When a ball is inside the hitting zone, QED and EYE XO will light up red and also provide a subtle ding sound to let you know it's ready to go. When your ball is outside of the hitting zone, the launch monitors will not light up, letting you know you need to move your ball to a better location.
Overall, the hitting zone is about a 1' x 3' area. Which is just big enough to not really have to worry about placing the ball in the perfect location every shot.
What We Don't Like
The Uneekor EYE XO and QED cannot be used outdoors. Technically, the EYE XO can be. But it's not portable and requires mounting. So if you have a permanent space outdoors with an overhead ceiling for mounting, then you could make it work. But you aren't taking these units with you to the range like you could with Trackman or the X3.
As mentioned, these launch monitors require mounting to the ceiling. The advantage to this is that you have a cleaner hitting area. Which makes play with lefties and righties super easy. And simply looks more professional. But the disadvantage is it's a bit of work to get setup initially.
Requires ball stickers (QED) and club stickers (QED and EYE XO)
The QED requires ball stickers in order to measure spin. Luckily, each purchase comes with 24 pre-marked Bridgestone golf balls. But once those wear down, or you want to use your own brand of golf ball, you will need to mark your balls in order to accurately capture spin.
With the EYE XO model, stickers are not needed. But in both models, you will need club stickers to accurately measure club data.
Overall this isn't a huge deal. But just a small piece to be aware of.
Golf Simulation with Uneekor
Both the Uneekor QED and EYE XO offer golf simulation as a part of their offering. Uneekor has its own simulation software called Refine and Succeed. Or you can use one of Uneekor's compatible 3rd party golf simulation providers like E6 Connect or TGC 2019.
After comparing all your options we feel that pairing Uneekor with TGC 2019 is by far the best option. It's the most budget-friendly and has the most (and best) course selection.
The Refine and Succeed software are great. Refine ($1,000) includes 5 courses, a driving range and short game facility, an on-course practice mode, and a target practice game. With Succeed ($2,000), you get everything in Refine plus access to 15 additional courses.
The downside to both Refine and Succeed is that the courses are all non-U.S. courses. So you won't get any of the famous courses like Pebble Beach or Augusta like you will with TGC 2019. TGC 2019 also offers many online events where you can play in tournaments. Considering the price of TGC 2019 is the same ($995), we find ourselves enjoying the course selection of TGC 2019 far more.
Here is a good comparison of the different golf simulation options you have with Uneekor:
How Much Space Do You Need for Uneekor QED and EYE XO?
The absolute minimum space you will need for these two launch monitors is 10'W x 9'H x 16'D.
QED and EYE XO are both placed overhead. The only difference in setup is that QED is placed 3' behind the ball whereas EYE XO is placed 3' in front of the ball.
But as far as spacing requirements go, it doesn't really change anything. You'll need between 7-8' between your screen and projector which puts your hitting area around 10-12' from the screen. You'll then need another 4-5' for your backswing.
One thing to note is that these units need to be between 9-10' above your ball. So if you have ceilings higher than 10', you will need to mount the launch monitor with an extension that drops the launch monitor within that range.
How Much Do Uneekor Launch Monitors Cost
Uneekor QED: $7,000
Uneekor EYE XO: $10,000
Does the Uneekor EYE XO or QED ever go on sale?
In our experience, Uneekor has not offered many sales on their launch monitors. So the price you see is most likely what you should expect to pay. Occasionally they have offered their software at a discount.
We can't say enough good things about the Uneekor brand of launch monitors. Their performance, accuracy, data, and features are all top-notch. It's by far one of our favorite systems we've used. And we've used a lot!
If you're thinking about getting an indoor launch monitor or home golf simulator and want a premium system under $10,000, then the QED and EYE XO are the best options on the market. We recommend pairing either launch monitor with TGC 2019 for golf simulation. The EYE XO with TGC 2019 is truly a world-class setup that we would highly recommend.