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Foresight GCQuad Review [Worth it in 2023?]

Since starting my golf practice at home I’ve been through continuous upgrades in equipment which of course includes launch monitors. 

I started with the Flightscope Mevo Plus, my “gateway drug”. As much as I enjoyed it I felt there was room for improvement and upgraded to the Bushnell Launch Pro, which I loved.

I was satisfied with the Launch Pro but I was curious how much of an improved experience I could get with the extra club data from the Foresight GCQuad. 

The Foresight GCQuad is the standard for professional launch monitors, trusted by some of the best PGA Tour golfers in the world alongside the radar-based Trackman. In fact, I think most agree the GCQuad is the better launch monitor for indoor use.

foresight gcquad launch monitor


When Foresight offered a limited-time trade-in program I took the plunge and traded in my Bushnell Launch Pro for a brand new GCQuad with clubhead measurement. 

In this Foresight GCQuad review I’ll do my best to break down the GCQuad and help you decide if it’s right for you.

Best in Class

Foresight GCQuad

The gold standard of launch monitors! Trusted by PGA Tour professionals. Use in your golf simulator and on the course!

The Hardware

The GCQuad has a sleek, solid-feeling form that honestly…looks pretty cool. It’s slightly bulkier and heavier than the GC3 / Launch Pro.

The screen has a backlight that you can turn on or off. I prefer to turn it on as it’s much easier to see indoors. You can navigate the menu using buttons located next to the screen but on a regular basis there’s no need to access the menu. Simply turn it on and it’s ready to go.

gcquad backlit screen

In addition to the launch monitor, it also included a sling bag, alignment stick, fiducial dispenser, USB cable and power adapter.

gcquad sling bag

Alignment Process

The alignment stick is used to quickly align to your target. Simply lay it down pointed to your target and the GCQuad locks in on it and gives you a beep to confirm and displays the angle in degrees relative to the GCQuad.

This is the same process you would use with the GC3 / Launch Pro and I love it. It takes 2 seconds and gives me total confidence I’m set up correctly.

Fiducials

The fiducials are simply small reflective stickers you place on your club face in order to receive club data. Without the fiducials the GCQuad will only display ball data. 

You have the option of using a single fiducial (One Dot Mode) to receive some limited club data like club path, club speed, and angle of attack. If you want to receive all of the club data available you need to place 4 fiducials on the club face in a specific pattern. This will allow it to provide things like club face angle, closure rate, and impact location.

gcquad fiducials

I’ve placed 4 fiducials on all of my clubs and they really don’t bother me too much. I leave them on all of the time, even when playing outdoors, and they generally stay on pretty well. 

Keep in mind they are supposed to be removed when playing a tournament or you could be disqualified.

Quadrascopic Vision

Of course, the technology you are paying for is in the 4 high-speed cameras providing quadrascopic vision. 

The idea here is that each pair of cameras uses stereoscopic vision, which means both cameras are looking at (and measuring) a single object from two different angles which they can match up. With the GCQuad’s 4-camera system they are doing this with both the golf ball and the golf club.

The GCHawk, Foresight’s overhead mounted launch monitor, is the only other launch monitor to use quadrascopic vision.

Connecting GCQuad via WiFi

I was already used to connecting my Launch Pro via WiFi so I wanted to do the same with the GCQuad however they work a little differently.

My PC found the GCQuad WiFi network quickly and asked for PIN to connect which confused me for a little bit. There’s an option in windows to use a normal password and then connected using the default password for the GCQuad: FSSPORTS

Once connected via WiFi you will lose your internet connection unless your PC is also connected to the internet via ethernet which is the route I chose to go. Otherwise you will need to connect to the GCQuad with the included USB cable or purchase a separate WiFi dongle so that you can connect to two signals at the same time.

gcquad connections

Foresight GCQuad Software

Aside from the launch monitor itself, the other important component is the software that you use with it. 

I’m a big fan of Foresight’s software but mainly because of FSX 2020. I think it’s fantastic for practice and provides great data views, swing camera integration, club gapping, and fun games like Inside 6ft and Skills Challenges.

fsx 2020 with gcquad

FSX Play is also included and I think it looks amazing. It’s certainly better than FSX 2020 for playing simulation courses because of the upgraded graphics. 

FSX Play is still considered new and does have a lot of random issues or bugs. The amazing graphics will take a toll on your computer and I experience frequent crashes during gameplay. I’m not sure if it has to do with the software or if my laptop is simply overheating. 

The good news is it is being updated frequently and Foresight is making improvements regularly.

I’ve written quite a bit about both programs in my FSX 2020 vs FSX Play article.

GCQuad and GSPro

GSPro simulation software has quickly become one of the most popular golf simulator software options in just a few short years. 

Yes, the GCQuad works great with GSPro although at this time none of the Foresight launch monitors are officially supported. That’s the case with a lot of the popular launch monitors so don’t be discouraged. It’s easy to connect a GCQuad using a community created app until there is an official integration.

I can say that I REALLY enjoy using my GCQuad with GSPro due to the GSPro Advanced Analytics view. 

gcquad with gspro advanced analytics view

This view is very similar to one that you get in FSX 2020 and I find it to be easily digestible after each shot. This kind of combines the data that I like to get from FSX 2020 with the high quality simulation of GSPro.

If you’re considering adding GSPro, take a look at GSPro vs FSX Play.

Essential Putting Analysis

I have not purchased the Essential Putting Analysis but a 30 day trial was included with my purchase. 

To use it, you simply turn it on using the menu on the launch monitor. The green LED light turns to purple to indicate you are in putting mode.

Your putter will require either 1 fiducial (one dot mode) for limited data or 3 for full data.

gcquad putter fiducials

You will get similar club and ball data as you would with a full swing but you also get data specific to putting like:

  • Skid rate
  • Time to full roll
  • Distance to full roll
gcquad essential putting analysis

gcquad putting analysis in fsx 2020

gcquad putting club data

One question that I’ve seen asked is “Do you need the putting analysis add-on to putt in the simulation software?”

The answer is no. You can putt using the GCQuad in all of the FSX Software and GSPro without the putting analysis add-on. You simply won’t get the extra putting data.

GCQuad Price Breakdown

The GCQuad essentially has a base price of $14,500 which includes licenses to all of the Foresight software including FSX 2020, FSX Play, FSX Pro, Foresight Fairgrounds, and 10 golf courses.

I have heard that the base price for the launch monitor itself is actually $11,500 and that the software licenses are valued at $3000. 

The Clubhead Measurement add-on is $4000 which most people are going to get. The essential putting analysis is $2500 and I would argue that most don’t need it.

So for the GCQuad with clubhead measurement (and standard FSX licenses) you are looking at a list price of $18,500.

Compare that to the consumer-targeted GC3 which is sold in a similar package for $7,500 or the Bushnell Launch Pro for $3,500 + $699 annual gold subscription (to include the same software for an apple to apples comparison). 

These options offer essentially the same user experience except with a 3-camera system and less club data. That makes GCQuad price even tougher to swallow.

Foresight GCQuad Review Summary

The GCQuad is still the best, most-trusted, camera-based launch monitor available. It excels indoors due to its limited space requirement.

It’s biggest competition is with its own lower-tier counterpart, the GC3.

I would say that it still makes sense to purchase the GCQuad for elite competitive golfers, golf schools and instructors, club fitters and golf simulator businesses.

Best in Class

Foresight GCQuad

The gold standard of launch monitors! Trusted by PGA Tour professionals. Use in your golf simulator and on the course!

GCQuad Alternatives

Foresight GC3 or Bushnell Launch Pro

As stated above these provide essentially the same experience. I would argue that these are the best launch monitors to use for most home golf simulators. You can read more about the difference between the GC3 and Launch Pro or check out my Launch Pro Review.

Favorite Multi-Use

Bushnell Launch Pro

Our favorite launch monitor for those that want portability but excellent use in a golf simulator!

International Pick

Foresight GC3

  • Available worldwide
  • No subscription
  • Full use of Foresight simulation software included

Uneekor EyeXO

The EyeXO is one of the most popular launch monitors for golf simulators however unlike the GCQuad it is not portable. The EyeXO is an overhead mounted launch monitor that is also camera-based. The EyeXO 2 is now available so either may make a great option for you.

Foresight GCHawk

The GCHawk essentially provides everything the GCQuad does in an overhead version. If you would prefer to permanently mount your launch monitor overhead so that it’s out of the way and don’t need portability – look into the GCHawk.

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Bobby Heckeroth
Bobby is the founder of FriendlyGolfer.com and is of course an avid golfer. He created the site after building a golf simulator in his garage and developing a passion for the technology that’s helped his game.

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