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The LX2 is our best selling 3000 fps hi-speed camera floor mounted ball and club tracking system

System Updates & Development News

GSA Golf daily updates and news

Hi! I'm Martin Paul Gardiner

Electronics and software development engineer and founder of GSA Golf

Regularly check out my tech news page for all our latest developments and free updates

GSA Golf tech news is updated almost daily!

so make sure to check in for all the latest updates and news regularly

If you have any questions

please feel free to contact me personally anytime from M to F - 12noon to 3pm US ET via e-mail at

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GSA Golf Control Panel (CP) Updates

V April 24 2024

Click the above green button to download the latest CP update.

This is a fast download and installation,

suitable for most users that have done updates and initial installations within the last year or so.

How to install the CP (Control Panel) full version and updates

GSA Golf Control Panel Full version download


Use the above download to install the full version Control Panel with sample shot videos.

Used for first time installations on new PCs

or for those that would like to run a fresh new installation.

Note that the download is only licensed for cameras that have been previously registered.

Download and Run the latest CP update shown above after installing the full version if the update is newer

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April 24 4:45 pm

Coming tomorrow:

Specific setup parameters that match the sample videos are set to insure that the sample videos produce the correct results.

Useful to compare your current setup parameters with those of the sample shot videos.

Once the sample videos are switched off, your current setup parameters are restored to what they were beforehand.

April 24 1:45 pm


New 1: Quality of sample shot video 2 improved

New 2: A couple of smaller teaks and mods to improve ball and club speed detection

Sample Video 1 is from a stereo camera SCX system

Sample Video 2 camera 1 is from an EVi/LX2 system showing the overhead view of the club striking the ball

Sample Video 2 camera 2 is from an EVi/LX2 system showing the side view of the club striking the ball

April 23 3:00 pm


New 1: Sample shot videos


A number of sample shot videos are currently being generated.

Just 2 for the moment but many more to come.

Note that when loading the sample videos, the system type may change.

Video 1 ( with enhanced spin dot ball images) was generated from an SCX and Video 2 from an EVi system

New hi-intensity IR spotlight for the SCX IR ?

This IR light looks very promising. Hi-Intensity with a very narrow beam angle.

I've ordered one to test and will publish results in a couple of days.

The problem with the current CM Vision IR Illuminators (see below) is that they are wide angle and thus not producing a concentrated spot where the light is needed.

They are also quite large and 3 are required which makes the SCX IR heavier and longer than the regular SCX.

These new IR lights are smaller and probably only 2 are required

April 21 2:30 pm


New 1: New customer camera registrations

New 2: A number of smaller layout and cosmetic modifications

New 3: New stereo calibration for the SCX IR

As the cameras in the SCX IR are mounted 29" apart (due to the long casing that has the 3 large IR lights in them)

as opposed to the regular 20 inches apart, the stereo calibration tables are different.

In order to differentiate between the 2 types of SCX systems, a new separate SCX IR product option has had to be added

April 20 5:55 pm

Greater focus precision and far easier focusing with Marshall low cost lenses


While testing a customer order for an SCX IR today, I noticed a significant difference in lens focusing precision between the far more expensive Computar lenses ($138)

and the low cost ($20) Marshall lenses which the SCX is normally equipped with.

Turns out that Computar lenses are extremely sensitive to the slightest turn of the focus ring (you just have to touch the ring and it's out of focus)

while the Marshall lenses allow up to good half a turn of precision focusing.

Even though the Computar lenses produce slightly more brighter images, the advantage is completely negated if you can't focus the lens.

If you're having difficulty focusing and you're not using the Marshall lenses and you'd like to swap them out, Google "Marshall V-4512 lenses".

They are available from various resellers for $20.

Coming next week:

Ability to mount the SCX longitudinally (i.e. inline with the center of the screen)

instead of latitudinally (i.e. when cameras are mounted left and right of the center line)

Advantage is that - because the cameras are pointing directly down over the center line -

the shot playback video will show the exact ball path (left and right)

whereas the ball path appears somehat skewed with regular latitudinal mounting method as the cameras are viewing the ball off center left and right.

April 18 1:07 pm


New : More improvements to SCX and LX2/EVi ball spin detection

April 13 9:40 am


New 1: Improved ball spin detection

New 2: New LX2 default values. eg Shutter speed exposure time 100 us instead of 300 us

VisTrak SCX Ball Spin Detection

The above image (from a customer shot video) shows the issue with longer exposure times and out of focus lenses when attempting to detect ball spin dot markings.

Exposure times need to be under 150 us to reduce motion blur caused by the ball traveling at high speeds.

Nether-the-less, if increasing the Ball Spot GS (gray scale) to 200, then even out of focus and blurry ball dots can be detected.

Today's CP version also features improved ball spin frame detection by attempting to find 2 adjacent ball images that have at least 3 dots on them instead of just 2.

More ball spin detection updates will be coming regularly over the next few weeks

April 11 4:00 pm

VisTrak LX1 Production model

LX1 uses the same casing as the LX2 and is upgradable to LX2 specs for $799

April 10 4:10 pm

VisTrak LX2 Production model

The world's first and only floor mounted launch monitor that features a true horizontal camera


Agreed, a somewhat unorthodox design but it's the only way to capture club data with a floor mounted launch monitor

Now featuring a real ON/OFF switch! (ha,ha)

Well, you may laugh about that but it's actually a real pain in the butt to put that in.

it's a wonder a don't electrocute myself in the process

I always wanted to put on/off switches on my products but didn't see the point as the user would have get up on a step ladder

to reach the ceiling mounted unit to switch it on or off.

It would be easier to just pull the plug on it from the floor outlet or use a power strip with an on/off switch.

i must admit I get a bit jittery working with voltages much over 5v.

A couple of months ago I wanted to check the LED 110v lights on an SCX light track and - due to a short circuit - a loud bang and super bright spark occurred that blew the circuit breakers.

Scared the living day lights out of me.

So these days, I prefer to don sunglasses and ear plugs prior to a first live test.

April 9 3:45 pm

Production news - SCX vs LX

Currently, the assembly time for the LX2 is 4 times that of the SCX. i.e. SCX assembly time : 2 to 4 hours. LX2 assembly time 8 to 16 hours

This is mainly due to the additional casing and wiring required in the LX2.

Should sales of the LX2 exceed more than 2 a week, then production will have to be outsourced.

Fortunately, I have a team ready to go for this eventuality.

April 9 3:00 pm

Low frame rate when running 2 cameras

I've had a couple of users over the years that say they can't attain the minimum frame rate with 2 cameras with their PCs.

The below new entry in the "Issues and Fault Finding" page should help

4.1 Each camera runs at full speed when connected to the PC separately

but when a second camera is connected, the frame rate drops significantly.

This would indicate that your PC USB3 bus has insufficient bandwidth to cope with 2 cameras running at full speed.

You can try setting the cameras to 1500 fps in the CP's main panel and restarting the CP.

As the frame size is halved when setting the cameras to 1500 fps, you may be able get 600 fps or more when running the 2 cameras.

While not ideal, at least the system will then be playable.

April 8 6:00 pm


New 1: Improved laser and green LED strip controls.

Laser and LED strip turns ON during camera testing when first starting the CP.

Fix 1: Laser not always switching OFF when ball located

Fix 2: LED strip not always switching ON when ball located

New 2: A number of smaller cosmetic improvements

New 3: New customer camera registrations

April 6 4:22 pm


The old Alignment and image rotation mode has been disabled due to issues.

If - for some reason - it was stuck ON, then it could cause false LA readings and calibration problems

April 4 5:30 pm

Business news

A new "Where to Buy" reseller list is currently being compiled for GSA Golf VisTrak products.

This will probably take a while but should show results soon.

Also a number of exclusive resellers for certain countries will be listed.

e.g. The exclusive distributor for Japan has been signed up today. Many more to follow.

April 4 1:51 pm


A number of smaller but potentially important fixes.

April 1 3:15 pm

New easy SCX calibration method

Click the above button to see an easy and fast SCX calibration method

April 1 10:00 am


New 1: New SCX stereo table calibration.

SCX Calibration was done with cameras mounted 8.5ft high and 21 inches apart

New 2: New improved ball LA and ball speed calculation methods

New 3: Many new smaller system improvement features


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Recent customer comments

Hi Martin, I just wanted to drop you a note to say how amazing the new VisTrak camera is.

I am still playing around with the settings and learning but the video capture and being able to see the frame by frame impact is awesome!

I also really like the way you show the ball ready/playback buttons as an overlay on the TGC.

The best part of my day is going to the tech page and seeing your latest updates - keep up the good work!

Richard L. Illinois 12/17/2020

Hi Martin- I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your efforts.

I could have bought any of the expensive and well-known golf simulators, but I’m glad I ultimately took the chance and bought your products.

It wasn’t an easy decision, as it takes a leap of faith to take the road less traveled, but it has made all the difference.

I love that your products are not perfect (no one's are) but that you strive for perfection while pushing innovation.

You’re clearly never satisfied. As soon as you develop a new software feature, or build a new camera system, you're immediately back at it working on the next iteration.

You’re a true inventor and engineer. Almost every day I download the latest beta and see how it enhances the simulation.

It's like Christmas morning everyday.

Sometimes there’s a marked improvement. Sometimes the new feature “breaks” something else.

But over days and weeks, I feel how the collective innovations are improving the overall experience.

Your products aren’t for everyone but they are a clear alternative to the high-margin corporate products that have an arm's length association with their user base.

Buying a GSA product is buying into you and becoming part of your user community.

You listen, you care, and you explore. I know many of us appreciate it but perhaps not enough of us say thanks.

Martin, thank you for an enjoyable and rewarding journey with your products in 2020.

You’ve made a COVID 19 year more endurable.

Eric P. Burien, WA 12/25/2020

Matt P. 1/15/2021

Hello Martin, I have had 2 weeks of excellent play and stability in Eagle Mode! This has been very enjoyable! Matt T.

Matt T. 1/14/2021

Hi Martin, I see your daily updates on the Tech News page and I just want to say thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

Your passion for golf and engineering clearly shows and thank you!

Mike B. 05/03/2021

Thanks Martin……..

I appreciate the excellent customer service and fair pricing! And the very informative website!

Have a great day!


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As they say, while it's easy to shoot yourself in the foot with the standard C language,

you can blow your whole leg off in C++. : )

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