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The Future of Golf Simulation: A Comparative Analysis of the EYE XO2 and N1 Launch Monitors

N1 Data NVISAGE Technologies 9 min read


In the world of golf simulation, accuracy and realism are paramount. As enthusiasts look for the most effective ways to bring the golf course indoors, the technology behind launch monitors becomes increasingly significant. This article presents a detailed comparison between two notable launch monitors: the EYE XO2 by Uneekor and the N1 by NVISAGE Technologies.

Introduction to Overhead Launch Monitors

Launch monitors are pivotal in simulating real-world golf experiences, capturing data like ball speed, spin, and launch angles to accurately predict flight trajectories.

Overhead launch monitors, such as the EYE XO2 and the N1, use high-speed cameras to monitor the ball immediately after being struck by a club to measure the launch conditions. Positioned above the player, these devices provide unobstructed views of the ball's departure, ensuring high-accuracy measurements without the spatial limitations of floor units or the environmental sensitivity of radar-based systems.

Overhead units can work with both left-handers and right-handers without having to switch the floor unit back and forth, and there's no need to have the lengthy space behind the golfer for a radar unit—or to accept their limited indoor performance.

The EYE XO2 ($14,000) and the N1 ($5,500) are very similar, with the major difference being that the EYE XO2 utilizes three cameras, whereas the N1 utilizes two.


Comparative Analysis Methodology

Our comparison focuses on the metrics crucial for golf simulation software like GSPro and E6: ball speed, back spin, side spin, and launch angles. These metrics are what determine the trajectory of a shot, and so for the user most interested in playing simulated rounds of golf on courses, they are the most critical.

The data was meticulously gathered from 60 ball strikes—20 each with a driver, 7 iron, and pitching wedge—under carefully calibrated conditions to ensure the full performance of each unit.

While acknowledging the potential for light interference, our setup aimed to minimize its impact, providing a reliable basis for comparison.


Key Findings

Despite its newcomer status and significantly lower price point, the N1 delivers remarkably competitive results across all measured parameters.

Ball Speed: N1 vs EYE XO2

Ball speed is, of course, a major factor in determining the trajectory of a ball. This is a metric that is fairly easy for an overhead unit to compute due to its vantage point. Unsurprisingly, for all three clubs tested, the average ball speeds recorded by the EYE XO2 and N1 were consistently close, underscoring the N1's capability to match the EYE XO2's performance in capturing the initial velocity of the ball.

Driver Ball Speed N1 vs EYE XO2


Backspin and Sidespin:  N1 vs EYE XO2

The spin of a moving golf ball also has a substantial impact on its flight.

The right amount of backspin contributes lift to the trajectory and can keep the ball aloft longer, though too much backspin can divert the trajectory too high and, thus, reduce its overall distance. Side spin causes the ball to curve in one direction or the other while in flight.

These metrics are therefore very important when considering overall shot shape.

Looking at the results, the comparison of backspin and sidespin rates further highlighted the N1's accuracy. Though slight variations were observed, the N1's measurements were in tight competition with those of the EYE XO2, suggesting its precision in capturing the nuanced effects of spin on ball trajectory.

Launch Angles:  N1 vs EYE XO2

Horizontal and vertical launch angles have a direct impact on the ball’s direction and distance. Balls launched with equal speed and spin but with just a few degrees different launch angles will have very different paths through space.

In our testing, both horizontal and vertical launch angles showed minimal differences between the two monitors, affirming the N1's ability to accurately assess the ball's departure angles, a critical factor in simulating realistic ball flight paths.

Carry Distance:  N1 vs EYE XO2

The carry distance, calculated by GSPro from the measured metrics analyzed above, offers insights into the simulated performance of golf shots, providing a comprehensive look at how the EYE XO2 and N1 translate measured data into the final outcome. Once again we see that the N1 measurements result in a very similar result to the EYE XO2 measurements.

Interpreting the Results

When interpreting the results, it's important to acknowledge the strengths and limitations of each device, considering factors such as price, accessibility, data parameters recorded, and overall performance. Variations observed in measurements, particularly in spin data, can stem from differences in sensor technology, calibration methods, placement, and data processing algorithms between the devices.

Despite variations in specific measurements, both the NVISAGE N1 and EYE XO2 provide valuable data for improving golf performance and enhancing the indoor golfing experience.


Choosing Between the NVISAGE N1 or EYE XO2

When it comes to selecting the launch monitor for your indoor golf setup, we understand there’s a balance between affordability and performance. The NVISAGE N1 may not offer as extensive data as the EYE XO2, but its accuracy in capturing swing data makes it a strong contender in the market.

Despite being more budget-friendly, the NVISAGE N1 delivers accurate performance insights and an immersive indoor golf experience. With its ease of setup and precise measurements, the NVISAGE N1 stands out as a more cost-effective option for golfers seeking a reliable launch monitor at a competitive price point.

On the other hand, the EYE XO2 is a top-tier launch monitor with a strong reputation. It’s a premium choice for golfers looking for extensive data from an established brand.

Take this data into consideration as you decide which launch monitor fits your individual preferences, budget, and performance requirements.

Accurate 8
Ball Data  
Club Data    
Overhead install  
Good for commercial use  
Good for home use  
Dimensions 21.8"L x 6.9"W x 4.9"H 36.3"L x 5.9"W x 4"H
Hitting Area 24"D x 20"W 21"D x 28"W
Cameras 2 high-speed cameras 3 high-speed cameras
Price $5,500 $14,000 



The advent of the N1 by NVISAGE Technologies marks a significant milestone in golf simulation technology.

Offering comparable accuracy to the EYE XO2 at a fraction of the cost, the N1 stands out as an accessible option for enthusiasts looking to dive into the immersive world of golf simulation.

Its compatibility with leading simulation software, combined with the presented data, positions the N1 as a compelling choice for both newcomers and seasoned simulator users alike. As golf simulation technology continues to evolve, the N1 exemplifies the potential for high-quality, cost-effective solutions to democratize access to this engaging sport.

With its impressive performance and affordability, the N1 is poised to become a favorite among golf simulation enthusiasts.


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