The Best Golf Simulators for the House

By Marc Jenkins

Whether it's a rainy day or you just don't have the means to get to a golf course on a certain day, there is no substitute for that fresh, live, green action like an in-home golf simulator. Some of the simulators are superior to others and are looked upon as being the standard for golf simulators. Here are a few of the top simulators available in the marketplace.

OptiShot 2 Golf Simulator

The OptiShot 2 Golf Simulator is the Rolls Royce of in-home golf simulators on the market. It provides pinpoint accurate swing analysis along with an extremely realistic, three-dimensional visual golf environment.

The OptiShot 2 Golf Simulator contains a continuously updated (at no additional fee) library of world class golf courses including replicas of Torrey Pines Golf Club, Trump National and Big Horn Golf Club in Palm Desert, California.

The swing analyzer contains sixteen advanced infrared optical sensors that accurately measure a users club through the impact zone which captures every bit of a shot's impact conditions.

Along with those state-of-the-art features, the OptiShot 2 Golf Simulator allows users to play with their own clubs and not a club provided with the simulator. This gives golfers more comfort when teeing up in the virtual world. The four-player capability also provides players with the sense of human competition, which further enhances its real-golf feel.

The requirements for this in-home golf simulator is Windows or Mac, a high-end graphics card (for optimal display results), a golf club and an 8 ½ foot or higher ceiling. The Optishot 2 Golf Simulator is available in the marketplace for about $400.

Golf Launchpad Golf Simulator for PC/Mac

The Golf Launchpad Golf Simulator for PC/Mac is an ultra realistic in-home golf simulator which allows users to play more than 800 top courses in their own living rooms with their own clubs. This golf simulator is a USB device that features a tethered golf ball and an optical signal processor.

Just plug it in, pick up a club and swing away. You can choose what type of swing you want to make, what club you want to use and which pro player you want to play with. The distances are pre-calibrated.

The Golf Launchpad's patented TruFeel technology incorporates a regulation Surlyn ball that is attached to a flexible tether with a system coined RealPhysics. This is a processing engine that, along with high-speed optical sensors, produces an incredible feel and all the actual performance of live golf action.

The micro-capture net deploys silently, allowing golfers to hear nothing but the sound of an iron hitting a ball and hopefully the ball hitting the pin or dropping in the cup. The Golf Launchpad is a very simple to use in-home golf simulator that plugs into a USB port. No external power source is required. The distance which it allows users to stray also gives them the option either to play in their living rooms or in their yards.

The Golf Launchpad Golf Simulator for PC/Mac is available in the marketplace starting at about $325.

About The Author

Marc Jenkins has been writing since 2008. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, and he is also co-host of the Double Play Sports Hour, a sports talk radio show on WBCR 1090AM in New York City. He studied English and mass communications at Virginia State University.

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