Another factor that you need to consider is space. If you have the space and all the proper equipment such as golf net, golf mat and a golf set, then you are able to take your practice session to an even higher level by using a projector. If you opt for a projector, you will be hitting the ball straight at the target because the image will be projected right in front of you in full size. On top of that, you’ll be able to invest in a unique screen material that is designed to withstand the powerful impact of a real golf ball.
2) You should choose the SkyTrak Practice Package for the lowest cost SkyTrak package. You don’t get a projector or projector screen with this package but that saves you about $1,200! Hit into The Net Return net and display your shot data on an iPad, PC, or better yet, hook it up to a TV. This is a highly portable setup too allowing you to take apart your Net Return net within minutes making this an excellent outdoor golf simulator.
Feedback– A golf simulator can only help you determine how well you are doing if it provides adequate feedback. If the golf simulator tells you how far you are hitting, how close to the mark you are, what your ball speed is and other pertinent information, then you can use that to improve your game and change the way you swing for the better. Without that kind of information, though, you’ll be training somewhat blindly, not sure if you need to make changes to become better.
Competitors typically use lower cost, inferior components, such as: Home PC’s to run their simulators, which tend to suffer from instability and frequent required updates. They also use polypropylene turf, single element-screens with high elasticity-rebound and reduced longevity. Both screens & turf last a half-life when compared to our in-house designed screens & turf. Other areas of compromise extend to their 3rd party cameras which capture your swing, but don’t form a complete alliance with the rest of the system.
Here is a golf simulator that includes a unique feature which involves a tethered regulation golf ball and optical signal processing technology. This will provide you with un-matched realism. The tethered ball is a brilliant addition that was designed to recreate the impact physics of a golf ball. Moreover, by using a convenient tether (spinning the ball) together with an accurately adjusted pivot, the golf ball will be able to replicate the same forces to the club you are using as a real golf ball. That way, you will experience authentic sound, performance, and feel using your own clubs, from driving to putting.
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Up to this point you probably have about $800-$1,000 wrapped up in the OptiShot and your projector along with another $300 if you’ve built a permanent enclosure, but luckily those represent the last of the major purchases for your home golf simulator. The rest of the items used in the simulator can be purchased at your discretion to maximize the feel of a real golf outing.
I've had this for a couple weeks now and have played a few rounds on TGC. Pretty fun. As others have noted, this won't register fat and thin swings. My distances also seemed off (short 15 to 20). Adjustments to the club's loft and shaft length (from head to bottom of sensor) helped dial my real distances I guess by changing club speed. It seems like path and club angle at impact are accurate. Can't really tell on side spin and have toed some swings that register as straight shots.
1) You should choose the SkyTrak SwingBay Golf Simulator if you are a mid handicapper looking to improve your game. While you won't get club head tracking with the SkyTrak, you will get a wide range of game improvement gameplay features such as bag mapping, practice randomizer, and more to help you dial in your distances. The accuracy of the SkyTrak combined with these game improvement features, makes the SkyTrak SwingBay an excellent value game improvement package.
This simulator does not come with as many accessories as some of the previous entries. However, what it may lose in versatility, it gains in technical prowess. The 3D Swing Analyzer is essentially a sensor that you wear on your hand that can connect to any device via Bluetooth. It analyzes the quality of the swing by measuring parameters such as club speed, club plane, backswing length, tempo, etc. But the real magic begins once your swing has been recorded. The Zepp Golf 2 has instant feedback capabilities, providing you with instant swing analysis as soon as your swing is complete. This prompt feedback allows you to improve your technique with each swing, making your practice session much more fruitful than it would have been otherwise.
Depending on if you were able to find some good deals on the screen and projector you may have some budget left over to really turn your space into a golf simulator heaven. For example, if you’ve built a wooden frame for the simulator you might want to cover the boards with a foam covering because shanks hit into the wood and can be unpredictable.
If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where there is a local golf center with simulators and indoor driving ranges/domes consider yourself blessed. Today’s commercial golf simulators really are top of the line and the spacious room allowing you to use your full swing really is priceless. Unfortunately though these simulators can be both crowded and costly as they look to cater to all of the other anxious golfers who are not so patiently awaiting the arrival of spring.
2) You should choose the GC2 SwingBay Golf Simulator if you are a low handicapper and are very serious about improving your game. You will want to go with GC2 over SkyTrak if you want faster shot calculation and improved performance outdoors. Where GC2 really separates itself from SkyTrak indoors is with the Head Measurement Technology (HMT) add-on. GC2's HMT is an additional +$4,900 add-on from the standalone GC2 but this club head data is not a feature included with SkyTrak. Price for the GC2 SwingBay with HMT starts at $18,899.
This is a plug-and-play product that is compatible with Windows, PlayStation, and Mac. All you need to do is to hook it up to your PlayStation, PC, or Mac and start Tiger Woods (or LPDR-TOUR) and you will be up and running in no time at all. Play ultra-realistic golf and get swing analysis data while you play on the world’s greatest golf courses in EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2008.