Compare to Pro
Learn from the best. We record each pro playing over 800 shots, and from this we distil down the perfect swing for over 20 different shot types: from lengths, to drops to volley kills! So far we've recorded Jesse Engelbrecht (England Level 4 coach), Nick Matthew (ex: mens world #1) and Laura Massaro (ex: womens world #1). Compare your swing in solo practice sessions to a top professional and see how you stack up. Ten different aspects of your swing analysed to let you emulate the best in the business. A great way to improve your technique.
Another world-first feature for Racketware! Solo practice with audio feedback is like having your coach with you on court. Get immediate spoken output for each shot you play. Choose from four different settings:
- Beep: a simple beep whenever you hit an accurate shot (thanks to #squashcoachphillip for this suggestion).
- Accuracy: a spoken accuracy for the shot ranging from 0% to 100%
- Description: choose a specific swing feature to look at then you will get feedback as "too high, high, just over, good, just under, low, too low".
- Value: choose a specific swing feature and have the actual value spoken out to you, such as "36" meters/second for impact speed.
A popular feature request - just introduced. Now you can record data about your matches: who you played, where you played them, what type of match it was (friendly, ladder, league, tournament), and the all important score. Keep notes so you can crib up and review your stats next time you play.
This is the main screen for the app. From here you can navigate to all the other screens and perform important activities such as syncing your data. If any of the main navigation buttons are grey, it means that there is no data yet to show you for those functions. When they have a small yellow star on them, it means there is new data there that you haven't seen yet.
The small rotating arrow icon at the top right of this screen (and many of the others) is what you use to sync your data. Once you start the sync process, you can go to a different screen, or a different app, or even close your phone, and the sync will continue. If you happen to get out of range of your racket and the sync stops, just start it up again using the same icon - it should continue from where it left off.
This screen is seen when you start the app for the first time or use a new sensor. It checks that your phone has the right hardware and operating system. It then searches for your sensor - so you must make sure your sensor is on at this point. The simplest way to do this is to plug it onto USB, and the blue light will come on to tell you that the Bluetooth is active. Once found it will connect to it and validate that your sensor is a valid Racketware device. It will then bond with your sensor so that only you can use it. You must keep your PIN safely as without it you will not be able to re-bond with you sensor should you change your phone or uninstall and re-install the app. Finally it will check the software that is running on the sensor (know as firmware) to make sure it is up to date. If it is not, it will update the sensors firmware for you. This process will take two or three minuted to complete - please leave your sensor plugged in and the app running during the update. Once updated the app will attempt to re-connect to the sensor and will re-check the new firmware to make sure the update was successful. Once complete, the sensor can now be used. This process can repeat if the app is updated and new firmware becomes available.
In the profile page we keep your personal data. This data is collected to make the app more usable, and to allow some calculations to be made more accurately. For example, your left/right handedness is needed for us to tell if a shot is a forehand or a backhand. Your age, height, weight, and gender are also used to more accurately calculate the calories you will burn during play. Finally your standard is used to compare your playing statistics with others of the same ability.
Here you can select the units you prefer to see in the app, and perform a number of house keeping functions. Also you can see some data about your sensor and your app in case you have a problem and need to contact customer support.
Match data can be kept as long as required, but as it builds up the app will start to slow down. Old matches can be automatically deleted by the app after they reach a certain age. Set this value via the "Delete matches after" setting.
If you lose your sensor or buy a new on, you may want to start again with a new sensor. Note that the app is made to work with a single sensor only. You should never use two sensors at the same time or sync data from two sensors. If you need to bond to a new sensor then use "Replace Current Sensor". This will remove the current sensor from your app and put you back at the setup screen. Note that you will no longer be able to use the app until you bond with your new sensor. You may also wish to go to the Bluetooth page in your phone and forget the "RWSquash" device you have their before bonding to your new sensor.
Always make sure you have recorded the PIN for your sensor. Especially if you remove the sensor then you will need to know the PIN in order to bond with it again.
Here you will see all the live mode Practices you have done. You can see the date and time of the practice at the bottom of the screen, along with the duration of the session and the number of shots. You can use the left and right arrows to navigate to other practice sessions you have had.
On the main section of the screen you will see each drill you did and the results for that drill. These include the name of the swing parameter you looked at, and the minimum, average, and maximum you recorded, and the number of shots you played.
On the match page you can see the analysis for your matches. You can see the date and time of the match at the bottom of the screen, and can use the left and right arrows to navigate to other matches you have had. Above that you can choose three different aspects of the match to view: fitness, skill, and tactics. In the tactics section you can swipe left and right to move through areas of the court, or select an area by touching the relevant quadrant on the court picture.
Every month you'll be set new goals to achieve, and the app will show you the progress you are making. The bar at the top shows at a glance how many days have passed that month. The bars underneath show your progress in each of the challenges. If they are green, your on track or ahead. If yellow, you're at risk of not meeting your goal, and if red you need to step it up a gear!
At the end of the month you'll get a new set of challenges to aim for. If you met your goal last month, you'll get a greater challenge this month. If you missed a goal last month, it'll go easier on you this month.
If you want to improve your swing, use Live Mode. Press the live mode icon on the home screen to enter. Then simply start playing your practice shots or drills. The app will connect automatically to the sensor and show you data from each shot you hit.
You can use the drop down list at the top of the screen to select the aspect of your swing that you are interested in. You'll see the value come up in the centre of the screen as well as the minimum, maximum and average for your drill. Press "Reset" to start these counting again. Swipe right to switch to a graph view - this is especially handy if you are practising alone and can view the data after each individual shot.
All your personal bests are collected here, along with the date you achieved them, and the value you have reached.
Your lifetime totals are collected here. For two of the main metrics, Time on Court and Energy Used, you can be awarded trophies when you reach the next level. The trophy has the value you have passed underneath it. You may also see a light, faded trophy first on the list. This is the trophy you are currently working towards.
Here you can see details about each metric we monitor for your matches. As well as some help text to explain the metric, there is a gauge showing how your value fits into context. The gauge shows "percentiles": which tell you how many other matches have values lower/higher than your own. So if you are in the bottom 12% for example, this means that 12% of matches have values lower than yours. If you are in the top 28%, then only 28% of matches have values higher than yours. The other matches right now are your own matches. So this gauge is comparing your performance now to your average performance in the past. In later releases we will have data from lots of players playing at different standards, so you will be able to see how you stack up relative to them.