I have the trainer for about 2 weeks now. I have been using it in my backyard a couple times a day. I am 60 years old in great shape but I've lost a lot of flexabilty; the Gold Flex really helps with this and has increased my range of motion on the back swing. I also live near a driving range and go there about 3 times a week. The first few times I went there after using Gold Flex I was a bit frustrated; I had some improvement, a little more distance and better follow through, but nothing major. Then yesterday at the range I took my driver, setup, relaxed and specifically tried to emulate that backswing I used with the Gold Flex. I connected, and holy smokes, the ball went sailing about 270 yards, and I was only hitting 230 yards when I conneced before. I teed ... full review
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.
The hardest part about setting up your golf simulator will finding a the right space. A common area of space that many home simulators use is 10 feet wide by 15 feet long by 10 feet high. The minimum code for basement ceiling height is 7 feet and the OptiShot simulator recommends at least 8.5 feet—we recommend even more height than that if you plan on swinging your driver in the simulator. With that said, generally speaking the best spot for setting up your home golf simulator will be in the garage.
I built my home simulator late last summer. I went with the SkyTrak w/Game Improvement Pkg for $1750 on sale, Rukket Haack Golf Net for $129, a used commercial grade 5×5 hitting mat (Grade A) for $200 off eBay. I used my old laptop and used it for displaying the shot data. I set mine up in my garage. I leave the net up full-time and move the mat in/out of position, if needed. This is a very workable and relatively affordable solution for $2079 in total.
3) You should choose the SkyTrak Retractable Golf Simulator if you want your room to have multiple functions. This package has a retractable screen, allowing you to return your room back to normal when not in use making it an excellent garage golf simulator. The included HomeCourse Retractable screen can mount to your wall or ceiling and when paired with a portable golf mat like the Real Feel Country Club Elite, you will still be able to pull your car into your garage when not in use. The SkyTrak Retractable normally starts at $6,099 but is on sale now for $5,499 ($600 Off).
If you are using a projector, then you will need an impact screen. The price can vary anywhere between $250 to well over $1000, depending on the quality and design. Here is an excellent option if you are on a budget. Depending on the room you are using, you also should consider putting netting around the perimeter of the impact screen for any errant shots.
This is the most crucial piece of the puzzle for your home golf simulator. The actual sensor system you choose will have an enormous impact on your experience. After speaking with Cory, I came to understand that there are endless variables. It all depends on the kind of golfer you are, your budget, the size of your room, how important accuracy is to you, and a host of other factors.
This is the latest improved OptiShot model, called Optishot2. With this new product, the performance has been significantly improved. This model will accurately track the golf ball throughout the golf swing with its improved sensor technology, which includes effective 48Mhz infrared sensors. The sensors were designed to track the position of the club’s head before impact, at impact, and after impact.