Los Gatos, Calif. –– Zepp today unveiled a major expansion to its multi-sport training platform with redesigned apps for Zepp Baseball and Zepp Golf that add video-analytical tools featuring top Major League Baseball players and PGA golfers, among others.
A new video-analysis feature allows users to watch professionals swing from different angles, capture their own swing on video, and compare the swings side-by-side via a free app download.
The new apps can be used with or without a Zepp motion sensor, sold separately.
The free apps also provide a detailed analysis of the pro’s swings, complete with specific training tips and drills. When paired with the Zepp multi-sport sensor, the app delivers a complete 3D training platform for baseball, golf, tennis and softball, the company said.
MLB players who provided swing videos to Zepp include three-time American League All-Star Mike Trout, two-time National League All-Star Giancarlo Stanton, three-time World Series Champion David Ortiz, three-time All-Star and current World Series participant Hunter Pence, 2014 American League Batting Champion Jose Altuve, 2013 American League Rookie of the Year Wil Myers, 2014 American League All-Star Josh Donaldson, and 2014 Rookie of the Year candidate George Springer.
For softball players, Zepp worked with U.S. Olympic Softball gold and silver medalist and three-time World Champion Jennie Finch.
For golfers, Zepp delivers videos of 2011 PGA Championship Winner, 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, and 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team member Keegan Bradley; PGA Tour professional Brendan Steele; and 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion Ryan Winther.
Each Zepp Pro has a dedicated section of the app featuring their swings from multiple camera angles in HD video. In addition, the new apps provide the pro’s swings in 3D with associated swing data showing key metrics of each swing. Users can break down the videos frame by frame.
Using a smartphone, a user can capture video of his own swing, which the app will import and trim appropriately, and produce a side-by-side comparison with any of the pros. These comparison videos can then be shared with other Zepp app users or on social media. When used with a Zepp sensor, the app will also compare keys metrics of the swings such as speed, duration and power and offer tips and tutorials on how to improve each metric.
“Our mission at Zepp is to build the world’s most expansive multi-sport training platform to help athletes of all levels reach their maximum potential,” Jason Fass, CEO of Zepp, told TWICE. The video element is just "the first wave" of new content planned for the apps.
Trout, who plays outfield for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, commented: “When I was growing up I tried to develop my hitting style watching video of Derek Jeter. But I was just swinging — I didn’t know if I was doing something right or wrong. But now, using Zepp, young players are going to be able to accelerate their learning so much faster. I wish I had Zepp Baseball when I was a kid.”
“Zepp gives me the ability to capture actual data around the critical elements of my swing when I’m playing my best," added PGA pro Keegan Bradley. "Then, when I’m not, I can quickly see exactly what’s changed and get back on track.”
The new Zepp Baseball and Golf apps are available today as a free download on the AppStore and will be available on Google Play within two weeks. The Zepp multi-sport sensor is available at Apple stores, Best Buy and Verizon stores and Zepp.com for $149.99.