Zepp Tennis Swing Analyzer
If you’ve ever watched the Tennis Channel – heck, if you’ve ever walked into a Best Buy as a tennis player – you’ve no doubt seen the advertisements for Zepp sports products.
According to their website, the Zepp Tennis Swing Analyzer edition is on of the best selling and most publicized training aids of all time.
So while there is no doubt they are great at marketing, we wanted to find out if the product lived up to the hype.
In case you haven’t seen the Zepp Tennis, it’s an ordinary sensory meant to be attached to the handle of your tennis racket.
You then take swings as you play and the Zepp records a variety of information about your swing, including swing speed, shot type, power, and sweet spot.
According to Zepp, you also have the ability to see yourself in a 3D visual markup.
Sounds simple enough if that is all true.
We tested it out and here’s what we found:
Speed of Results
The training aid is primarily focused on building your game from the feedback you get when using it. On this front the quality of instruction is a little mixed.
On the positive side, we found it to be very effective at showing you how your backswing, impact, and swing speed are tracking and the opportunities for improvement you need to work on.
It was also effective at highlighting and analyzing your swing path.
On the negative side, we found it to be unreliable at recording every stroke so sometimes the numbers can be incomplete.
Overall the Zepp Tennis Swing attachment definitely encourages some positive swing habits but is not a cure-all for every tennis flaw.
It does give you a great insight into where you need to look to improve your game, and could be of great use when combined with a top teaching program.
Easy to Learn
The Zepp is very easy to use… you simply attach it to the bottom of your racket handle and begin to swing it during practices or matches. Sync the Zepp apparatus to the iPhone or Android application and you’re ready to go.
The Zepp is currently compatible with the following operating systems:
- iOS: iOS 7.0+, iPhone 4S+, iPod Touch 5th Generation+, and iPad 2nd Generation+
- Android: OS 4.1+
With so many units sold it’s no surprise there are a ton of customer reviews out there. And this is where it gets really interesting… because the Zepp has gotten a lot of great reviews but also a lot of terrible reviews.
In fact it probably has the most polarizing reviews of any product we have seen.
One complaint that came up frequently in the negative reviews was that customer service is very poor and is only able to be reached through email, the wait times are said to be long. There are complaints out there about the software and the limitations in it’s ability to provide actionable data.
Specifically, that players can only get serve tracking and the Zepp doesn’t have tracking to improve groundstrokes for instance.
The Zepp Tennis swing analyzer attachment sells for $149.95.
One of the more expensive options for a training aid that only addresses certain data on certain strokes, although it does provide an easy to use interface with valuable information.
The Bottom Line
The Zepp is good for training swing path on the serve, getting data on your speed, power, and spin, but there is an opportunity to improve the app and sensor going forward. It leaves many aspects of the different swings unaddressed…
If you do decide to give it a try, remember you are dealing with a typical application and/or technology company and any problems could have a delay in being addressed or fixed
To learn more about the Zepp or make a purchase, visit their website here.
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