Uneekor QED vs SkyTrak
The QED launch monitor by Uneekor is a hot new launch monitor system that has garnered a lot of interest in the market recently. It comes in at a mid-level price point but boasts many of the features seen on higher priced systems. Features such as it's slow-motion footage of impact really make this unit stand out. In this article, we'll compare the QED to SkyTrak. SkyTrak has developed a household name in the personal launch monitor market and has consistently been one of the most popular choices for at-home personal launch monitors. We'll walk you through exactly how these two systems compare in all the important categories. Let's get started!
Both launch monitors use photometric technology. In simple terms, these systems use extremely high-speed cameras to capture images of each shot. These images are then used to calculate the result of the shot. We have used SkyTrak extensively here at the Rain or Shine Golf office and have always found it very accurate. From the early testing of QED, it also seems to be extremely accurate. It also spits out the shot data a second or two faster which is a nice plus.
The QED separates itself from SkyTrak by providing an additional camera that captures real-time video of your swing through impact. This footage is then displayed in slow-motion after each shot. Being able to see video of your swing path and club through impact is a very unique feature not found on many launch monitor systems. We found it a very helpful tool for verifying your results and getting a more detailed look at what actually happened during your shot. It's often easy to get lost in all the data a launch monitor provides. So the video is a nice alternative for seeing what's going on in your swing. It's also a great tool for analyzing your putting stroke!
The other key difference in technology is simply how you set up the system. We'll get into this more in the feature section but for now, know that the QED is mounted above the hitting area on the ceiling, whereas SkyTrak is placed in front of you on your mat. If you are interested in learning more about launch monitor technology check out How Do Launch Monitors Work from Golf Practice Guides.
Both systems provide very similar ball data metrics. Things such as carry and total distance, ball speed, spin, flight path, etc. Where the QED edges out SkyTrak is in the club data category. Most launch monitors that are on the lower price tier sacrifice in-depth club data. And SkyTrak is no different. With QED, you get useful club data metrics such as club path and face angle. This type of data appeals to the more advanced golfer that wants deeper analysis of their game. The additional club data tells the complete picture of each shot and makes it easier to pinpoint exactly what is going wrong in your swing.
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Both Skytrak and the Uneekor QED offer 3 levels of software options. The 1st option is what comes out-of-the-box with each unit. For SkyTrak, it's called 'Basic'. And for QED they call their basic software level 'Ignite'. For both systems, the out-of-box software includes a driving range and nothing else. You can hit balls on the driving range and see all shot data on each shot. But to get access to course-play and other cool features, you'll need to upgrade to one of the paid plans.
While the out-of-box software features are pretty identical for each of these launch monitors, the paid options have some differences. In the features category, SkyTrak edges out the QED by offering some additional challenges and games, golf simulator software integrations, and an overall better selection of game improvement modules.
For QED, upgrading to the 2nd level software option (called 'Refine') will get you course-play on 5 courses, an on-course practice mode, additional driving ranges, short game training, and challenge mode - which is a game that you can play against yourself or others that consists of hitting shots at a bullseye target. The 3rd level is called 'Succeed', and gives you access to 20 courses instead of 5.
For SkyTrak, the second level is called the 'Game Improvement Plan' and gives you access to a ton of great features that contribute to SkyTrak's popularity. These features include everything from closest-to-pin and long drive contests to game improvement features like Bag Mapping (helping to dial in your distances) and Wedge Matrix (helping you practice half-shots with wedges). We've dedicated a whole article to SkyTrak's Game Improvement Features if you are interested in seeing exactly how these work. But they are fantastic tools that can help golfers of all skill levels improve.
Most importantly, the Game Improvement Plan gives you access to supported integrations for a handful of great golf simulation software such as E6, The Golf Club 2019, Creative Golf 3D, and Fitness Golf. It is also important to note that while Uneekor has their own simulation software, the QED is also compatible with E6 and The Golf Club 2019.
The 3rd level of SkyTrak's software plan is called Play and Improve. It gives you supported integration with the golf simulation software WGT (World Golf Tour). For a long time, WGT was the only simulation software that was supported on iOS. So Apple users needed this option. However, now E6 Connect also supports play on iOS.
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Overall, SkyTrak offers a few extra game improvement features as well as a few more options for 3rd party simulation software integrations.
Both units perform well indoors. And for the Uneekor QED, it can only perform indoors. Technically, QED can be used outside, but it isn't portable so you won't be able to casually take it to the driving range for a session.
SkyTrak is very portable and can be used both indoors and outdoors. However, in our experience, SkyTrak doesn't perform as well outside as it does inside. Especially on bright sunny days, SkyTrak has a hard time capturing and reading the shot. But even so, the portability of SkyTrak is a plus. It's small and lightweight and can be easily stored in a golf bag. And although it has a tougher time reading shots outdoors, it still can be used outdoors. And you can get creative with ways to block light and help SkyTrak read your shot.
As mentioned above, one of the key differences between these two units is the setup. The Unkeeor QED is mounted on the ceiling above where as SkyTrak is placed in front of you. These two setups have their advantages and disadvantages.
For QED, the mounted launch monitor has two advantages. First, it creates a clean hitting space and is way more user friendly for multi-handed play. If you are playing with friends and family that hit on opposite sides of the ball, then you will enjoy that the QED lets you freely swap in and out players without doing anything. Since SkyTrak needs to be placed in front of the ball, you will need to move it each time a player of the opposite hand takes a turn. This isn't a huge deal to most. But if you consistently play with friends of the opposite hand, then this will be really nice. And if you are a golf store, golf club, or other business, then the mounted setup provides some extra security to avoid theft.
The obvious disadvantage to the mounted setup is that it's somewhat permanent. There is no portability to the QED unit and so it isn't suited for someone who doesn't have a permanent space for their golf studio.
PC vs. iOS Compatability
Currently the Uneekor QED is only supported on PC. SkyTrak supports use on iOS and PC.
A small difference we have noticed initially between these two units relates to the time it takes to register a swing. Otherwise known as shot delay. With SkyTrak, it takes 2-3 seconds after impact for your shot to register in the app. With QED, the data populates nearly instantly. While this shouldn't be a deal breaker for those interested in SkyTrak, it is nice to have such instant feedback with the QED. This difference will be more notable in course-play when an immediate shot display creates a more realistic golfing experience.
SkyTrak Cost- $1,995
Uneekor QED Cost- $6,000
Although SkyTrak costs considerably less than the QED, QED is still a steal when comparing it to similar systems. I know nothing about physics, but it must be considerably more difficult to capture and analyze club head data than ball data. Becuase most systems that provide in-depth club data, like the QED does, cost considerably more than those that don't. Comparable systems that provide a similar quality of data and accuracy often cost $10,000 and up.
All in all here are some of the key pro's for each launch monitor:
- Low Cost
- Quality of add-on game improvement features
- Depth of data (club and ball data)
- Slow motion footage of club through impact
- Ceiling mounting creates a really professional look and feel
Ultimately, the QED is best for someone who places the most importance on depth of data. Although both systems are great for both entertainment and game improvement purposes, QED's depth of data and video footage feature really appeals to someone who wants more thorough analysis of their game. This additional data would also appeal to an instructor or golf shop looking to use the simulator for fittings. And user's can get even more in-depth data with Uneekor's EYE XO model.
If you're more concerned with using a launch monitor for entertainment purposes. Or are a mid-level handicapper that doesn't need all the advanced data that QED provides, then SkyTrak will most likely best suited. It's significantly cheaper and provides some great golf simulation options. It also still provides a ton of data that is more than enough for most golfers.
Learn more about each launch monitor below!