Many fitness wearables offer multi-sport options or training modes, but most of these workouts don’t produce much — if any — feedback outside of fitness data.
Basketball is one of the best examples of this. It’s great to know my heart rate intensity and distance covered after playing a few pickup games, but where are the stats specific to the actual sport?
Some mainstream wearables like the Garmin Vivoactive HR include advanced golf and swimming metrics, but that functionality hasn’t translated to basketball just yet. That leaves just a few niche devices to carry the hoops market.
If you want to track and improve different parts of your game, these basketball wearables are your best bet.
Basketball Shot Tracker
The ShotTracker system delivers real-time feedback on more than just shooting, but the information you receive depends on whether you buy the individual or team package.
If you’re training solo, the ShotTracker system has three components: a wrist sensor, net sensor, and a mobile app. The wrist sensor — which slides comfortably into most wristbands and arm sleeves — tracks your shot attempts. The net sensor counts your makes and misses, while the mobile app organizes this data into different graphs and charts so you can view your progress.
Additional feedback, such as time spent on the court and hot and cold shooting areas, is also available in the app, along with training videos and other tips from professionals.
ShotTracker’s team system — which is geared towards coaches — requires a more elaborate setup. Court sensors, shoe sensors, and a specialized basketball work in unison to keep stats and track player and ball movement. The app collects all of this information and makes it viewable on compatible smart devices.
A variety of analytics, such as box scores, possession stats, player efficiency ratings, and more, are available through ShotTracker’s team system. Coaches and managers can also view live-action play through their devices as the game happens in front of them on the court.
The ShotTracker individual package is available for $149.99 on the company’s website.
Basketball Shooting Form
SOLIDshot uses advanced analytics to break down one of the most fundamental aspects of basketball — shooting.
A smart sleeve houses the entire SOLIDshot system, which consists of four independent computers that analyze your shooting motion in real-time. After each shot you take, the system generates audio and visual feedback instantly.
LED lights on the sleeve provide this feedback , but the SOLIDshot mobile app offers more in-depth information. Users can view their shot angle, set their target range, and view their improvement over time.
The waterproof sleeve weighs only three ounces and lasts up to three and a half hours on a full charge. All of the sensors are removable as well, so the sleeve is washable.
SOLIDshot has passed the pre-order stage and should be available soon.
Athleticism plays a major role in basketball, and improving your vertical jump can impact your skill level on both ends of the floor. VERT offers two different products that address jumping and overall athleticism: the G-VERT system and the VERT wearable jump monitor.
Both of these devices track your vertical jump, how many times you jump, and other jumping variables, but the G-VERT system takes things a step further.
It measures advanced metrics such as stress and intensity levels put on the body, how explosive you are during a workout, how much energy you exert, and the symmetry of your body during exercise. This data gives users a better idea of how certain activities affect their body.
Both of VERT’s wearable systems either clip to or are worn around the waist and are similar in size to a garage door opener. VERT’s app — which is available on iOS — supports both products.
The G-VERT system sells for $149.99, while the VERT wearable jump monitor costs $124.99 on the company’s website.