Welcome to Virtual Golf 2. This latest software update to TrackMan’s simulator golf solutions delivers an experience that redefines what is possible to achieve in a simulator environment. Every training session, every hole you play, every fun tournament you have with your friends… it’s all faithful to the true feeling of the game. World-famous courses appear in simply stunning detail. The gameplay is unbelievably smooth, all your club and ball data is shown with unerring, pinpoint accuracy. So if you think you know what simulator golf can do, think again.
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.
Those of you golfers who live in cold climates and can’t always go to the range will significantly appreciate this device. It includes pretty accurate infrared sensors that will measure the club-head speed and point-of-impact by shooting about 10,000 pulses per second at you both before and after impact. Then, the OptiShot software will process the information and give you a fairly accurate illustration of your shot.
People opt for the projector setup because it simulates hitting the ball right down the fairway into the screen. Because of this you’ll obviously need a durable screen to hit into or a protective net in front of it. Good projector screens that are strong enough to withstand repeated drives with a real golf ball can be quite expensive but there are a number of ways to get around this on a budget. Here are a few options:
Sophisticated golf simulator systems such as those found in most modern commercial simulators can cost upwards of $50k. While these systems perform amazingly they’re well over our home build budget. Here we’re recommending using the OptiShot as the “brains” of your home golf simulator because its performance is unrivaled in the $500 and under price range. The “brains” of your system is where you’ll want to spend the majority of your budget because if the simulator itself is not functioning correctly you’re left with nothing more than some balls and a net.
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.
Want a TrackMan simulator for your teaching bay, your private dwelling or another kind of personal project? No problem. Whether you’re starting from scratch or already have a hitting bay, you can get a customized TrackMan Golf Simulator solution to fit into almost any location. Our design team will ensure that all your requirements will be met and every detail will be covered.
Our Flex Space golf simulator package does just this. Featuring a retractable golf simulator screen, and a golf mat that can be rolled up like a rug and put away, this package allows you to convert any room in your home into your own personal golf sanctuary. The best part is once your done, simply retract the screen and store your golf mat, and your space returns back into its original form.
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.
You can now purchase launch monitors from Foresight, Trackman, and Flightscope. Additionally, there are more premium packages from high-end home golf simulator companies like Full Swing Golf, SwingTrack and TRU GOLF. At these levels, you can expect to get much more accuracy concerning ball flight as well as your swing information. Additionally, the simulation software becomes much more robust.
Now you have an idea about the most effective home golf simulators, I hope you can make an informed decision to buy the best golf simulator that fits your playing and spacing needs. What this means is you’ll have to make sure you have sufficient space someplace in your home to carry out a full golf swing. To get a golf simulator all set for usage may take around half an hour just to adjust the sensors and detectors. Therefore, it’s important to choose a permanent location to set up the simulator, because this is not a unit that you can just pack down and store easily.
As with the original OptiShot, this product will not provide you with data on a Trackman level as it does not measure the ball, only the club. However, it does cover all the most important swing data that you can think of, such as club-head speed, shot-shape, swing-path reading, face impact angle, swing tempo, face area contact, and distance. With this information, you will be able to focus entirely on improving your swing.