The ES14, released by Ernest Sports in 2014, is the company's most recent portable launch monitor. The ES14's biggest selling factor may be its mobility and the ease with which it can be set up in comparison to other high-end options. It measures 8.25 inches by 5.50 inches by 1.85 inches and weighs 3.5 pounds.
Operating The Ernest Launch Monitor ES14
Users need only bring the ES14 to the range (or their home golf studio), power up the device, and adjust the integrated kickstand to ensure the device is angled appropriately to capture ball speed information (you'll need to adjust the kickstand depending on the group of clubs you're using: driver to 5-iron, 6-iron to gap wedge, and lob and sand wedge). The ES14 can run on a single 9V battery (an extra battery can be stored in the case's battery well), so you can leave the power adapter at home if you don't want to.
More on this will be covered below, but first, you'll want to make sure the ES14 is set up correctly by adjusting the default settings for altitude and your club loft angles. Before you buy the ES14, we want to make it clear that it is positioned 14 inches in front of your ball position (toward the target) and 14 inches to the side (away from the player).
How Does The Ernest Golf Launch Monitor ES14 Works?
The ES14 measures club speed and ball speed in real time with doppler radar, and uses this data to derive other metrics such as smash factor, launch angle, spin rates, and distance. In addition to the currently active club, the LCD on top of the gadget displays the following data:
First Display: Batting Average, Club Velocity, and Ball Velocity
Flip to screen 2 for a spin, carry, and overall distance
You may get extra data, such as launch angle, by connecting your ES14 through Bluetooth to your phone and using the accompanying, no-cost ES14 app. The app's features include launch angle access as well as the ability to begin a new range session, continue an existing one, check session data, view club averages, and adjust preferences.
How Does The ES14 Perform as Per Standards of Players?
Most players will take issue with the fact that the ES14 can't directly measure all of the parameters that more expensive devices can (and by high-end we are talking about those in the thousands of dollars). Launch angle, spin, and distance are just a few of the metrics that can be derived from a player's club and ball speed data using the ES14. This could be a problem for Ernest Sports as they attempt to compete with higher-end launch monitors.
But many players will find that the projected outcomes, based on extensive testing by Ernest Sports, are more than adequate for their requirements. The ES14 provides the player with the fundamentals while also including data that has been absent from all but the most expensive portable launch monitors up until this point. When compared to other launch monitors, the ES14's setup is a breeze, but there is some effort involved in selecting club information during practice, and there is also the chance of breaking it if you hit it poorly.
Conclusion: Shall You Buy One
The older ES12 or the Voice Caddie SC100 are good options for golfers who are satisfied with the just ball and club speed. If you're a player who wants to take your game to the next level with a gadget that measures more distances and, arguably, more accurately, you'll need to shell out some cash for something like ES14 Ernest Sports Golf Launch Monitors.