I’m lucky to have a golf learning center at the club where I belong that has the Foresight GC3 launch monitors available. I’ve had a lot of time to experiment with Foresight to see what it offers.
The Foresight GC3It can be used as a personal launch tracker for game improvement. However, it can also be used as a great tool to find the best golf range and use it as a simulator. I didn’t use it with the simulator software. Instead, I use it for my golf game and to collect data that I can then bring to the course.
Here’s my honest opinion of the Foresight GC3 and whether or not it’s something you should spend your money on.
Foresight GC3’s Features
The Foresight GC3 can be used indoors or outdoors. It’s considered to be a more premium personal launch monitor with incredible accuracy. Although the Foresight GPS GC3 is less expensive than the Trackman, many people believe that the accuracy is very close.
Three Precision Cameras
The GC “3” in the product title helps us know that there are three cameras here that help golfers collect data about their golf swing. The cameras can be used to collect club and ball data. Premium launch monitors only have these options.
Touch Screen Display
The Foresight GC3 is extremely connected to many devices. However, you can also use the launch monitor to do your work. Even in the bright sun, the display is easy to read.
As much as I like seeing the data on the bigger screen, sometimes it’s nice to take a quick glance at the launch monitor screen and see my results within seconds.
This unit is also more user-friendly because it has a touchscreen.
Limited Space Requirements
Space requirements are something that every golfer should consider when buying a launch monitor. Luckily the GC3 hitting zone is only 7” x 10”. This is a smaller area than most and works well at a driving course or in a simulator room in your home.
Software Package Options and Compatibility
The Foresight GC3 is able to work without simulation software but it has more functionality than the FSX 2020 Simulation Software. You can play ten courses and set up a driving practice session with this product. The graphics are also impressive.
The data it collects is perhaps the most important feature of any portable golf launcher monitor. The more data you have, the better the launch monitor performs under simulated conditions.
You can also use this data to improve your golf game if you are able to understand and learn from it.
The Foresight GC3 gathers the following ball data:
- Ball speed
- Carry distance
- Horizontal and Vertical Launch Angles
- Total spin
- Side spin
- Spin the axis
Foresight GC3 gathers club data:
- Club head speed
- Smash factor
- Club path
- Angle of attack
You can collect information about the ball by using any club that is in your bag, without stickers or sensors. You can place small stickers on your club to collect club data. The stickers do not change your golf club’s performance, look or feel in any way.
Lithium Ion Battery
The Foresight GC3’s Lithium Ion Battery makes it lightweight and allows you to practice for 5 to 7 hours before you need to recharge it. This is a lot of time and the recharge process is quick.
Total Weight: 5 lbs
When I head out to the practice range, the last thing that I want is a bulky launch monitor with many cables and cords. Considering that three cameras are included in the Foresight GC3 and can track both club and ball data, I’m impressed with the 5-pound weight and the easy transferability of the launch monitor.
Foresight GC3’s Performance
Now that you have the basics of how the Foresight GC3 works let’s go through some of the performance variables so that you can see what you are really getting/paying for when you purchase the Foresight GC3.
The ForesightGC3 is very accurate. It actually helped me to be a bit more precise on the course. The Foresight helped me the most with the carry distance number.
I think I am like most golfers. However, my carry distance is a little shorter than I thought.
In addition, I’ve been working on a swing change, and the data from the Foresight GC3 helps me to understand when I did things correctly and when I didn’t.
Although the ball flight can sometimes tell me that, the GC3 confirms it.
Ease of use
The Foresight GC3 can be used very easily. I can’t say I was the one that programmed it, but I was able to figure out how to toggle through the screens, and I even learned how to switch it to the left-handed mode for my husband.
You do have to switch it manually to a left-handed golfer as it reads data on one side of the ball; if you don’t switch it, the Foresight will continually tell you that the ball is not in the right place.
Although it can be frustrating to get your ball to the right spot at first, you will soon get used to it.
The screen will show a trapezoid shape, which is where the ball can be placed. Although the area appears large, once you place it in the right spot, you will realize how accurate you must be.
Remember that the ball’s target area is always just behind the unit. This is because it can read the impact position.
The ForesightGC3 does everything I would expect a launch monitor to do in this price range. The fact that I have to stick stickers on to access club data is not an issue.
The stickers are durable, and it’s not like you need to take them off when you head to the golf course.
Another benefit is that the Foresight GC3 can be used indoors or outdoors.
What I Love About The ForesightGC3
Overall, I like Foresight’s GC3 functionality. This is important to me as I am more comfortable working on my game with regard to feel and appearance than stats or numbers. Here are my favorite features of the GC3.
The Screen is Easy to Read
If you don’t want to get involved with hooking up your launch monitor to a screen, the fact that the unit itself has a screen is a great benefit. Even some of the more expensive models from other companies don’t have this screen for quick on-the-go practice.
The Numbers were Accurate
I’ve played around with some other less expensive portable launch monitors and felt as though there were quite a few outliers in the data set. This was not true with the Foresight GC3.
Sometimes, I have my children with me when I practice with the GC3. The launch monitor can pick up on my 6-year-old’s 75-yard drives and she is learning about roll, carry, and many other things.
Speed of Results
I practice fast and find it frustrating when a golf launch monitor slows down my progress. Sometimes, I don’t even want to use the launch monitor, if it takes me away from my results.
The Foresight GC3 gives me the results before I can even glance down at the screen. It quickly clears them and prepares me for my next shot. For a fast practicer, the GC3 will be easy to enjoy and take in all that it has.
What I Hate About The Foresight 3GC3
The Foresight GC3 launch monitor is a favorite of mine. Although I have not tried it as a full-simulation simulator to play a round of golf, I can tell from the accuracy of its results that it would work well.
You should also be able to play a round of golf without interruption due to the speed of the results.
It can be difficult to find the right ball position.
The Foresight GC3 is not easy to use. It is difficult to find the right position of the ball.
If you practiced with the launch monitor a lot, you might be able to adjust quickly to the position of the ball and know where it should go. However, every time I break out of the unit, I have to play around with it to ensure I’m setting the ball up properly.
This is fine for iron shots as long as you are able to move the ball with your club. For driver shots, it’s a bit more annoying because you may have to tee and re-tee the ball from time to time.
Not for putting
The ForesightGC3 does not measure or analyze putting. The newest Foresight G4 allows you to track and measure putting.
Who is The Foresight 3 GC3 for?
The Foresight GC3 golf launch monitor is not the most affordable on the market. However, it offers a wide range of functionality. The GC3 will be a delight for those who want to use an indoor simulator and also practice on the driving range.
Foresight GC3 also has great functionality for aspiring pros. These are also popular with teachers and golf coaches. Overall it’s a versatile launch monitor in the mid-price range.
Overall Ratings and Thoughts – 95/100
The overall rating for the Foresight GC395/100. The unit lost a few points because it can be hard to find that 7” x 10” hitting zone when you start working with it. This model won’t work if you need to know your putting stroke.
Outside of that, I’m impressed with the accuracy of the data that you can get from the Foresight GC3. The overall model is lightweight, durable, and long-lasting. It is very simple to use.
A quality launch monitor will have a touchscreen display that allows you to access data without the need for a simulator setup. Even though all this technology is great, sometimes you just need a quick setup at the driving range to access your data.
Foresight Sport GC3 Golf Launch Monitor
Measures Ball Speed, Horizontal & Vertical Launch Angles, Total Spin, Side Spin / Spin Axis, Carry Distance, Club Head Speed, Smash Factor, Angle of Attack, and Club Path.