At this price point, you are most likely looking at an OptiShot simulator. It’s currently around $300, and this is the entry level. You can have plenty of fun with a product like this, but be aware that the accuracy is limited. Optishot only measures the speed, path, and face angle of your club. From there it calculates where your ball is going but is not directly measuring the actual golf ball after impact. So you might not make great contact, but OptiShot would simulate a shot that was struck almost perfectly. It is essential to understand that the info provided could be misleading on individual shots, which could frustrate players.
I am doing a DYI system and would like to have a left and right handed tee position. I only have 12 feet between my walls. The system I have allows to move the hitting position off center by 2 feet. When I set that up, it doesn’t seem like there is enough space between the two hitting areas to stand. What is the preferred spacing and what position do you recommend?
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.
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.
2) You should choose the SkyTrak Compact Golf Simulator if you don't have a 12’ wide or 16' deep space that the SwingBay requires. We’d recommend the SkyTrak Compact Golf Simulator Package with rooms that are between 10’ to 12' wide and 12’ to 16' deep. The Compact has a smaller hitting bay and a smaller projectable area than the SwingBay, but has a lower price normally starting at $6,599. The SkyTrak Compact is a great value for smaller simulator rooms.
The OptiShot features a practice mode with visual feedback plus you can play best ball or match play among other game types, and you can even customize the weather.  The system itself requires a laptop or desktop computer to work (this will add to your total simulator budget if you don’t already own one) that can be hooked up to the TV or streamed to a projector.
Overall, this simulator works great, won’t break your bank, and would be a great gift for any golfer. Compared to other simulators, this one has an appealing price tag, so it should be within budget for anyone who loves the great game of golf. Of course, this unit will not replace a whole driving range or a real golf experience, but it does what it says on the package and will be a nice addition to your golf accessories.
In summary, if you are a beginner and looking for a budget-friendly golf simulator that will allow you to take some swings indoors, or for those who just want to have fun and load up Tiger Woods to play with friends, then this simulator will be perfect for you. Of course, there will be instances in which shots don’t register or your get inaccurate distances, but that’s what the included remote is for. Just reset and swing again! This unit is extremely portable, and you can hook it up anywhere on a USB device.
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