About Golf Simulators

By Chad Buleen

Golf simulators allow golfers to work on their golf games when they are away from a real course. These simulators don't completely replicate the feel of playing a round, but they can be very effective for honing a swing and working on different types of shots that you might face on a real golf course.

Function

Many of the best golf simulators include a swing analyzer that registers the velocity and direction of your swing to determine where the ball would land after each shot.

Types

Some of the most-realistic golf simulators include a large mat to stand on and a theater-size screen on which you view your progress on the golf course. Less-sophisticated simulators plug into a TV.

Considerations

There are simulators that require you to retrieve the ball after each shot or devices that come with a ball tethered to a string.

Size

The biggest golf simulators feature a playing mat that is at least 10 feet by 10 feet and a large screen that is as large as 5 by 10.

Misconceptions

The assumption that these simulators can help you improve in each area of your game is not accurate. Golf simulators are not effective at simulating play in the sand or in the rough.

About The Author

Chad Buleen is a Society of Professional Journalists-award winning newspaper and magazine writer and editor with more than 10 years' experience. He has been published in "Utah Spirit," "Charleston Gazette," "Idaho Falls Post Register" and numerous other publications. Buleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis in print journalism from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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