For more in-depth installation material please see the attached pdf files.
The software automatically installs the drivers for the force plate and pressure plate's (except the calibration file). Installing it manually shouldn't be necessary.
In addition to the start guide, you should get familiar with the calibration test below.
Connecting the plate
Connect the two USB cables to the computer and go to Swing Catalyst Settings -> Hardware.
The plate should automatically detect:
The plate is now auto detected but not calibrated, in order to calibrate the plate it needs to be installed properly and the plate level.
Make sure nothing is touching the plate and click Calibrate.
This will zero the force plate. If calibration fails please see our troubleshooting section.
There are two types of calibration: 1. The zero level for the force plate. 2. The calibration file for the pressure / balance plate. This test is specifically for the force plate part of the Motion Plate.
It is important to ensure a good calibration for accurate data. We recommend calibrating and testing the calibration before every session of a series of recordings.
- Click "Calibrate" button in settings menu - Hardware - Sensor Plate
- Click "Configure" button next to it, then click "Play" button to preview live force and pressure data
- Use the club shaft or your heel to apply pressure to a small area on the plate, then verify the pressure data (colored heat map) aligns with the force data (total CoP circle)
- Start a session, then capture a recording with no person on the plate. Open the recording and verify the force readings are within 10 Newtons to zero.
Example of pressure dot aligning with the Center of Pressure dot:
Pressure and Force data is not aligned, or calibration fails
- Once more, click "Calibrate" button then repeat the calibration test
- If it is still off, readjust the leveling foot of the force plate while pressing down on the opposite corner, first shorten it then extend it to the point where it touches the floor and you feel a little bit of resistance
- Confirm all four feet are in solid contact with the floor by pressing down on the corners
- Ensure there is no turf or similar pressing against the plate
- Repeat the calibration test
Good data vs bad data
This is an example of good data, there is very little noise present in the data or any indication that something is obstructing the movement of the plate.
Example of bad zero set here:
Noise from power supplies or bad grounding can also result in noise similar to seen above, for more details please see: https://support.swingcatalyst.com/hc/en-us/articles/360008368519-Force-Plate-technical-troubleshooting-guide