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Golf simulators have come a long way from the Dave & Buster days of golf simulation. New technology has driven the golf simulation to new incredible heights. The new realistic simulators are allowing golfers to practice and play golf indoors when the weather will not cooperate.

Golf simulators come in many forms and sizes. Models range from Wii Golf, which uses the Wii remote to replace the golf club and ball. On Wii Golf, players swing their arm to control a simulated golf club on the screen. The flight of the ball is displayed on either the user’s computer or TV screen.

The most-advanced golf simulators use computer vision-based camera systems that use high-speed cameras to track both the club and the golf ball after the golfer hits a regular golf ball with their own clubs. Other types will use a laser tracking system to track the ball and club.

These systems generally use a projector to display the golf shot on a large screen displaying either a photorealistic or computer generated golf course image in front of the player. Golf simulators are installed in a wide rage of locations including private homes, business offices, golf retail stores and new type of business, indoor golf centers.

Indoor golf centers typically have two to 12 golf simulators installed and offer golfers a way to play golf when the weather makes playing outside impractical. Some simulator companies are including video capability and pressure plate technology for teaching purposes that indoor centers are offering.

Some lower cost golf simulators use sensors contained in a golf hitting mat to monitor the club and ball contact zone and calculate the resulting golf shot. One of the most critical features for people considering installing a golf simulator is ceiling height. To be able to safely swing a golf club indoors requires a ceiling height of at least 10 feet, otherwise there is a real risk that some tall players might hit the roof with their golf club.

At the PGA Merchandise show last week, displays from most of the major golf simulator manufacturers were on hand to introduce their new innovations.

1. aboutGolf Limited

aboutGolf uses its proprietary 3Trak ball tracking technology to track the ball and club. That 3D machine vision technology, known as 3Trak, was released in May 2008 and has since revolutionized the indoor golf experience.

about golf

3Trak begins gathering club data as the club approaches the ball, and begins gathering ball data at the moment of impact. High-speed, 3D cameras gather images of the ball and the club at up to 2300 frames per second.

“The 3D realism of aboutGolf is second to none,” said Theodore Stechschulte, COO of aboutGolf. “We are dedicated to producing golf environments that feel, look and play like the real thing. We render all courses in full three dimensions using the latest in 3D graphics advancement. 3D environments, unlike photo-based systems, do not limit players to the areas of the course for which there are photographs. And aboutGolf 3D graphic environments allow the shot location to be a valid 3D position, resulting in a seamless play experience.”

The images provide direct measurements on extensive data related to the ball and club, providing useful information for instruction and improvement. The measurements are also used in conjunction with true-trajectory physics to accurately replicate the shot — regardless of its speed, direction or shape.

COST: aboutGolf simulators run from $39K to $90K, and 41 courses are available.

Advanced modules available – 1.) aG Flix video swing analysis, 2.) aG balance Pro force plate

2. Full Swing Golf

For more than 25 years, Full Swing Golf has dedicated itself to delivering the most innovative, high-quality, realistic and enjoyable golfing experience available on an indoor system. Some of the world’s most respected golf professionals also use Full Swing in their teaching and training regimens, such as Hank Haney, Ian Poulter, and Mark Wilson.

full swing golf

“Full Swing Golf has developed a new extension to its existing infrared tracking system,” according to Chad Coleman, Vice President of Sales for Full Swing Golf. “Utilizing a single high-speed camera to focus solely on ball spin and club head data, Full Swing Golf has truly mastered the art and science of ball flight. The ION camera captures detailed spin data using regular, unmarked balls including back spin, side spin, and spin axis. Displaying this information on-screen allows you to make better shot decisions. The ION  camera gives you club head speed, club face angle, and club path information with intuitive on-screen illustrations of your club,so you can improve your swing.”

COST: Full Swing simulators run from $45,000 to $65,000 and 80 courses available.

Advance models include – 1.) Swing Catalyst, which includes High Speed cameras and Balance plate technology,  2.) SwinGuru, which will record, replay and analyze your swing in 3D.

3. High Definition Golf

Interactive Sports Technologies™ out of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada is the manufacturer of High Definition Golf™ simulators set a new standard in accuracy and realism for indoor golf. The simulator utilizes advanced computer vision technology to provide the most comprehensive and precise shot analysis in the simulator industry.

High Definition Golf

It has the unique capability to measure all critical ball and club parameters including: ball speed, club speed, launch angle, club face angle, ball spin and spin axis at high accuracy. These factors have made High Definition Golf™ simulators the system of choice for PGA Tour pros such as Stephen Ames and top golf Instructors like Jim McLean.

“In addition to pioneering computer vision technology for ball and club tracking in the golf simulator, Interactive Sports Technologies also developed a new method of 3D modeling for their simulators,” said Todd Richardson, President and CEO of High Definition Golf. “This revolutionary process combines high resolution digital images, satellite data and geophysical data into 3D models of golf courses that not only look real–they are completely accurate everywhere on the course. Every tree, bunker and hazard is faithfully reproduced exactly as you would see it if you were playing the actual course.”

COST: High Definition Golf simulators run from $35,000 to $65,000 and 25 courses available.

Advanced models include – 1.) Video swing analysis, 2.) Weight transfer analysis, 3.) Jim McLean’s 8 step swing module

4. X Golf Simulators

XGOLF out of Los Angeles, California was founded in 2000, and since then more than 3,000 systems have been sold worldwide, providing golf enthusiasts with a unique experience that emphasizes innovation coupled with honesty and integrity.

X Golf Simulators

Industry firsts such as the variable lie stance platform and the automatic ball teeing system have allowed XGOLF to pull away from the pack. These distinguishing features, along with 19 patents, present a very special value proposition to its customers.

“Our goal is close the gap between reality and virtuality and in doing so, we distinguish XGOLF from the other golf simulators,” according to Ryan D’Arcy of X Golf USA. “Our XPLATE (Variable Lie Platform) and XBALL (Intelligent Auto-teeing System) are two unique features that will bring your golf simulation experience to a new dimension. X Golf also has sensors that capture 1 million data points per second. Proprietary software makes 6,000 calculations per second to measure ball and club data.”

The hardware and software innovations such as dynamic weight balance, short-game playability (12″ putts for example), 3D Collision that provides real geometric reactions to when a ball makes contact with an object, are all examples of how XGOLF has listened and adapted to address the needs of the most discerning golfers from around the world.

COST: X Golf simulators run from $35,000 to $65,000 and close to 100 courses available.

Advanced models include – 1) X Plate, variable lie positioning, 2) X Ball, intelligent teeing system, 3) X Balance, weight transfer plate, 4) X Birdie, video analysis

5. GolfBlaster3D

The very latest in golf simulator technology, the GolfBlaster3D Golf System out of Tampa, Florida allows golfers to play on some of the most famous golf courses in the world and use their own standard golfing equipment.

GolfBlaster3D

The GolfBlaster3D software has been created using the very latest graphics engines to allow the display of natural elements such as trees and bushes the highest level of realism. Not only are they portrayed in the highest level of detail but also they demonstrate tremendous realism when reacting with the wind.

“The GolfBlaster3D is so advanced and accurate,” said Jan Burger, Owner of GolfBlaster3D. “The system deploys a unique dual sensor tracking method that gathers information from both the golf ball and the club head. Therefore it is capable of detecting every possible kind of shot played with the ultimate of accuracy. Hooks, slices, fades, draws, lobs, pitches, putts etc are all reproduced with fantastic realism. We cannot imagine any other system having the same amount of accuracy and realism.”

COST: GolfBlaster3D simulators run from $25,000 to $55,000 and 40 courses available.

6. TruGolf

TruGolf out of Centerville, Utah offers affordable golf simulators.

The Technique consists of three different models: Technique Personal, Technique Pro, and Technique Prestige. Each Technique consists of an easy to assemble aluminum frame with netting, their TruTrac Dual Tracking System with Integrated Swing Analyzer and are loaded with technology previously only available with very high-end systems.

Trugolf

Perfect for the golfer desiring a year-round indoor golf experience with less cost, but designed with the teaching pro in mind. Portable, affordable, and feature rich, the Technique is unmatched in quality.

TruGolf also can integrate TrackMan or FlightScope with their premium systems for home and business models.

 “Built for lasting performance in a commercial environment and flexible in design to appeal to any aesthetic; our system is fully customizable, allowing you to create an environment the entire family can embrace,” said Dave Ashby,  executive vice president for TruGolf.

COST: TruGolf  simulators run from $7,995 to $55,000 and 83 courses available.

7. Foresight Sports

The company’s motto is “Not just Simulation. Performance Simulation. ”

Foresight Sports

“The same innovative thinking that went into developing the GC2 Smart Camera System has gone into the simulation solutions that it powers,” said Rick Cuellar from Foresight Sports. “The result is Performance Simulation™ by Foresight Sports.  Built on a strong but lightweight modular aluminum frame and finished with impact-resistant nylon-based materials, our simulation solution delivers durable, long lasting performance that lets you get the most out of your GC2-powered simulation experience. And like the GC2, our Performance Simulation solutions give you everything you need at a fraction of the cost of comparative solutions. Our Performance Simulation solutions deliver unprecedented accuracy and performance-enhancing analysis that matters – including verifiably accurate back and side spin data that gives you a true-to-life depiction of each and every shot. Used by the biggest names in golf. Featured in the corporate and VIP fitting studios of Cobra/Puma, Cleveland Golf, Adams Golf and Fujikura, as well as the R&D labs of TaylorMade and PING, GC2-powered Performance Simulation solutions are used by the most trusted and respected brands in golf. “

Following on the revolutionary GC2 Smart Camera System, Foresight Sports out of San Diego, California introduces HMT – Head Measurement Technology – a ground-breaking innovation that combines with the GC2 to precisely capture club head data with an ease and accuracy never before seen.

With HMT, a complete picture of your swing analysis and club head performance is now at your fingertips. Instantly see critical data such as club head velocity, horizontal club path, smash factor and dynamic loft and lie — even impact location — with the same unmatched accuracy you’re used to in the GC2.

COST: Foresight Simulators run from $35,000 to $75,000 and 80 courses available.

8. Dancin’ Dogg Golf

OptiShot out of Traverse City, Michigan is an affordable, accurate and portable home golf simulator.

OptiShot

“Until now your only option to practice at home has been to hit into a net,” said Brandon Theophilus, President/CEO of Dancin’ Dogg. “If you’re practicing into a net, you’re missing out on observing your ball’s flight. This means you’re not getting the critical feedback needed to improve your swing. You’re left guessing as to what’s actually happening to your golf shots and will end up practicing the wrong thing over and over again. With OptiShot you can practice with accuracy – great for longer clubs, keep it on your target line, practice with precision – helps you get closer to flags, more birdie puts, see the pattern of your shots – dispersion feature and track progress through time – full session data display. Whether you’re on the driving range in Practice Mode or challenging yourself to a championship course in Play Mode, you will get realistic and accurate feedback. The combination of shot analysis and shot tracer technology puts the information right in front of you so you can make the adjustments necessary to routinely hit better shots with every club in your bag.”

Sixteen advanced optical sensors accurately measure your club through the impact zone capturing shot impact conditions and instantaneously transmitting them through the USB cable to the software.

COST: OptiShot models run from $399 to $4,000 and 21 course available.

9. Unex Golf

A new company to the portable simulator market has emerged.

Unex Golf

“Practice your golf swing, right from the comfort of your own home or office!” said Andi Upson from Unex Golf. “No need to run back and forth to the keyboard between shots — use the built-in buttons on the golf pad to control the game with your foot.You’ll get detailed visual feedback after each shot.You can practice with the weight and size of your real golf clubs. UNEX plug and play is easy to operate. Just launch the program and plug your USB cable into the computer and swing pad. UNEX may also be routed to your television or projector through HDMI.”

Accuracy — UNEX Anyshot Golf Video Software gives you precise measurements of your shot and difficulty levels can be adjusted for game purposes verses skill enhancement. Practice on different courses — a variety of course will give you the maximum skill-building benefits. Our virtual software is so advanced that with panoramic projectors (not included), the UNEX software can project on three screens and put you inside the panoramic golf gaming experience. Enjoy the detailed, realistic graphics on your desktop monitor or laptop screen.

It’s easy to adjust your settings using the UNEX Anyshot software for a totally customized golf game.

COST: Unex AnyShot goes for $399 and 14 courses are available.

Story written by Christian Alderucci

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  2. Brian Jenkins

    Apr 13, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I am looking at a few systems for my house in Georgia… I understand that the good systems are quite pricey and I am OK with that, I will sacrifice money for quality for sure in this case. One thing that doesn’t ever seem to be discussed is ongoing support and the cost associated with it. I can’t seem to find anything about support costs on any of the websites… anyone have experience with any simulators? What are your annual costs and what system do you have? Is the support worth it?

    Thanks in advance!

    BJ

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  4. James

    Mar 11, 2015 at 10:09 am

    What is not listed on this list is TrackMan Simulators. If you watch Golf Channel then you know that the ONLY technology used by the pro’s is TrackMan and it’s available for home use in a simulator. Also, when the weather is nice the same unit can be taken outdoors with your iPad. None of these other products can do that.
    Do your research but don’t be fooled. TrackMan is the leader for a reason. Try it and you’ll see.

  5. Paul Hampson

    Feb 26, 2015 at 3:31 am

    I got a few quotes off companies on this list, in the end I decided to go with http://www.aboutgolfeurope.com They seemed to be the most accurate out of all the other machines I have tried and the ball seemed to mimic the lie of a real course perfectly. 🙂

  6. Bruno Tomasso

    Jan 28, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Golfzon is simply the best simulator on the market. Take a look at our website. We have several models with auto ball retrieval systems, hi speed cameras, swing analysis and 170 courses you can play. contact me

    • Brad Weisberg

      Jan 30, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Yep Golfzon simulators are the best, have you ever played a simulator with a floor that moves to mimic your lie on a golf course, amazing!

  7. Elaine Calumpit

    Dec 22, 2014 at 2:10 am

    I have a query about the aboutGolf simulator unit. The price range is from $39K to $90K, does this includes the installation cost and shipping cost? Thank you.

    • Bruno Tomasso

      Jan 28, 2015 at 7:25 am

      yes it does with Golfzon, please take a look at our webiste. We have models of all prices to suit your needs. Thank you

  8. Ty

    Dec 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    If anyone still has any simulators for sale please email me at
    tkalklosch@hotmail.com

    • Lutz

      Feb 5, 2015 at 11:13 am

      I sell my GOLFZON Simulator with right handed swing plate, about 60 courses, touch screen panel and 2 cameras, that shows your swing.

      When I bought the equipment, I have tested all other golf simulators available in 2007: Full Swing, Sports Coach, HD Golf, About Golf, ProTee and some others, I’ve forgotten. Golfzon was definitely the best. Fly over the course in 3D and enjoy the noises when the rain is falling (I’m using loudspeaker from the ceiling). It’s fantastic. My shots are very realistic (fade, draw, length). I’m not a talented golfer, but I lowered my handicap from 13 to 7.

      The simulator works perfectly. No damage, no malfunction, swing plate without any scratches. It is my private ?

      Parts of simulator:

      PC with software and courses
      Swing Plate
      2 cameras
      Projector Panasonic (new 2012) with 4000 Ansi Lumen and Zoom (important!)
      Screen (should be replaced by a new one)

      What you still need:

      Room
      Amplifier
      Loudspeaker

      Pricing: 12.000 EUR

      Location: Germany, Dresden

      • Ariane Pascalie

        Apr 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm

        Hi, is your simulator still available ? please catch me info(at)eden-golf(dot)com

  9. Carlos

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Anyone contemplating buying a golf simulator, stay away from PROTEE. The system is a trash. I bought one and when I tried setting it up with the help of their online support, I was told that lights are not bright enough to trigger the sensors and advice me to get brighter lights. Those lights came with sensors! I am so frustrated with these garbage. I wanted to return the system for a refund but, suppose it is a hopeless case. Don’t buy PROTEE. It’s a piece of garbage.

  10. dennis

    Nov 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I want to know if anyone is trying to bridge the gap between the new golf swing analyzers with some form of a simulator. They already give you the details of what your swing is doing and send it to you phone/tablet, how hard could it be to take the next step and use the information in a simulated game?

  11. Les

    Nov 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I’m wondering if anyone has the sports coach simulator? If so have you had any problems with balls hitting the track camera system? Pictures make it look like it might come into play and could get damaged. Also how happy are you with the system overall.
    Thanks for any help you can give me

    • Ross Bradley

      Jan 18, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      I’ve got a sports coach system. Absolutely fantastic, graphics lack a little compared to others but for swing and shot accuracy it will take some beating.

  12. Dave Jordan

    Nov 2, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I have a general question about golf simulators. Most of the companies say you can track your progress, but I can’t find any information on what parameters they track for the various strokes and how you retrieve the data.

    Is this because they do not actually provide the data storage for each player, they just provide the data for each session and it disappears once you end your session?

    Thanks for any comments!

  13. David

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Not sure about the soliciting angle also on this forum, but I have a DeadSolid system I am willing to sell (won’t fit in my new house). I am in North suburbs of Chicago. Please email me if you are interested at dgrods@yahoo.com
    Thanks!

    • Pat

      Jan 10, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Please send me info on your unit and how much your asking for it I live in Chicago.

  14. Ronnie Martin

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Hey guys there were several inquiries about my aboutGolf simulator unit. It is not the entire unit. It’s the processing unit that mounts to the top of the enclosure. It’s perfect for someone wanting to build one out, and save thousands. It’s their Studio unit that is basically a range with a launch monitor. It’s the same one you see on Breeds show. No golf courses. The course software is pricey, but will run on it. This unit is brand new in the box, still in the plastic. If anyone is interested, shoot me an email.
    ram40ut@gmail.com

  15. Steve

    Oct 6, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I have a full swing golf simulator that I am looking to sell. I bought it for $50k new and upgraded the computer, software (e6) and projector last August($9K). I am asking $20K If anyone is interested, let me know and I will cover the transportation and installation costs.

    • Desmond martello

      Oct 6, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Could you send me some more details about what you have and the demensions needed for your unit.also we’re are u located. Thanks I’m near Chicago .

      • David

        Oct 18, 2014 at 11:21 am

        I have an old DeadSolid system (size 15’x18’x10′). I am moving within Chicago suburbs and can’t fit it in my new house. Let me know if you are interested.

    • DM

      Oct 7, 2014 at 12:40 am

      Interested in the simulator but how can I contact you?

    • Greg

      Oct 7, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      I am interested in buying your set up , if it is still available.

    • bill

      Oct 15, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      hi, i am interested in the symulator, what city are you in.

    • Brent Rosenbaum

      Oct 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Very interested E-mail me with full details

    • Han Tan

      Oct 26, 2014 at 5:38 am

      Pls send more details if still available. Thanks

    • David

      Nov 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Steve,
      Is your simulator still available?

    • chaput,robert

      Nov 15, 2014 at 11:26 am

      whai is the name of the system you want to sell and does it work properly

    • chaput,robert

      Nov 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

      give me also the dimensions that i need for the installation
      thanks Robert

    • Reynaldo Rodriguez

      Nov 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Send me the equipment details. I am building an area in my house for that purpose. I lived in Puerto Rico.

      thanks

    • Darold Parker

      Nov 29, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Interested, but need brand, dimensions, if you still have unit. Email. Darold.parker@mastec.com

    • Jim Schroeder

      Dec 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      1- is it still available?
      2- if you dont mind, why are you selling?
      3- do you know a way I could confirm all works eg can I pay fullswing to come out and verify it?
      4- do you know if full swing would install it, at my expense?
      thanks

    • Tim

      Dec 31, 2014 at 10:47 am

      I am interested if you still have it for sale? Let me know.
      Thanks

    • Nate Waters

      Jan 6, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Is this unit still for sale? Is your asking price negotiable? Can you send pictures of the actual unit? Do you have the original paperwork with dimensions and specifications?

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  17. Joe

    Aug 13, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    This article lists all the main manufacturers that were at the PGA Merchandise show in Orlando, FL. Not all the simulator companies spend the money to attend the show as it rarely results in direct sales. As a person that has been in the industry for 10 years, the technology has come a long ways. Most of the systems are pretty accurate at this point in time. Once accurate, it’s hard to improve. Choosing a simulator typically boils down to budget and what you are using it for – either for your home or an indoor golf center. Budget will obviously play an important part in any decision. However, software is key to the enjoyment of the simulator. For indoor golf centers, the golfers will want to play courses they have heard of and see on TV. They will also want to play games such as skins, match play, alternate shot, scrambles, wolf, etc. TruGolf’s e6 software was the widest selection of name brand courses and games. They are even coming out with online tournament play during the winter of 2014/2015. Ace Indoor Golf specializes in indoor golf simulators but also has residential simulators. We represent more than one simulator company and can fit it into your budget.

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  19. Craig

    Mar 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    It’s great to have the graphics don’t get me wrong, but if want something that will give you closest data to what you would have an outdoor strike, then there is no question to the About golf set up. I tried so many over 1yr period to check everything possible, I didn’t find anything as good as the About golf set up for such accurate data.

    If anyone is going to make an invest in to one of these then it should be the About Golf I took a yr to decide.

    • Ronnie martin

      Jul 19, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Test

    • Ronnie martin

      Jul 19, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      I’ve got a brand new, in the box AboutGolf unit. Its never been turned on other than the QC checks, obviously. I don’t have room to set it up. You’ll need a mat, DLP projector, screen, and laptop. If you want to see one in action, go to a PGA Tour Superstore. AGL is the standard.

      I’m sure there are rules here about soliciting, if do my apologies. Maybe someone can direct me to a forum more suited for my purpose.

  20. James

    Mar 18, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Simulator technology is NOT created equally. A quick look on eBay will tell you which systems you should NOT buy as eBay is where people sell junk.
    Also, image quality is not important IF you are really trying to improve your game. The only thing that matters is club data and ball flight accuracy. Unless you’re a + handicap you should bring your golf pro with you to try the simulator our and hit bad shots as well as good shots to see if the system can actually track your ball.
    Many of the companies listed in this article are selling 25 year old technology with a fancy projector to make it look good, but ball flight data should be your priority. Unless you actually want a video game.

    If you are serious, look at TrackMan. There is a reason why Sean Foley teaches with TrackMan and why 75% of the worlds Touring Pro’s own one personally.

    Don’t believe the hype, do your research and decide for yourself.

    • Bill Elliott

      Oct 14, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      75%? I’m thinking less than 1/2 of touring pros have a golf simulator. No proof either way, but I have the HD system in my home which I purchased upon Jim Mc’s recommendation as that’s the system he uses in his teacing centers. Pricey, but such fun. Accuracy and perfect picture quality. Love it, but then, I’m not much of a golfer anymore. Cheers

      • chaput,robert

        Nov 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

        how much do you sell it,dimensions that i need to install
        robert

  21. DeadSolid Golf

    Mar 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Surprised too that DeadSolid Golf Simulators didn’t make the list for the article either.

  22. Jason

    Dec 11, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Thanks for the information of all the simulators. A short review of bogolf simulator would also be appreciated.

  23. Stephen Hentschel

    Nov 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I am designing a new home for a client requesting a simulator in his home. How much space do I need to allow for full swing simulation? ceiling is 10′

    • Craig

      Nov 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Having purchased this year an About Golf simulator set up, there is nothing else that I have tried that can give me such an accurate reading of all the data. If I wanted to play the most delicate of lob shots, it will pick it up with ease compared to all of these other systems on here.

      I have had all of the systems on a trial basis and there is nothing quite like the About golf set up, I would really recommend this and I wouldn’t really think of anything else. My short game has improved tenfold by having this system as I can have absolute confidence in my game going from indoors to outdoors.

      About Golf has a team in London where I purchased mine from, they designed the whole area from start to finish and are helpful from day one to nearly a year I’ve had it highly recommended.

      • Michael J Hefferon

        Mar 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm

        Not to be too nosy but how much money (ballpark figure) are we talking for a set up like that?

        • Craig

          Mar 23, 2014 at 11:55 am

          Michael,

          It really depends on what your looking for, I think they start at around £25k they will cater for all your needs.

          The guy that I dealt with is James Bowker on 02072488600 he will be able to give you a run down, they were very helpful from start to finish.

          Craig

      • Gerry

        Mar 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm

        Hi Craig
        We just built a new house, I guess you could say around our about golf simulator. We purchased it from a company that closed down. It has been sitting in storage for over a year. Now that it is time to put it all together, we are kind of lost. It is an older model of about 6 or 7 years. There appears to be on sensor behind the screen. Is that all there is, kind of wondering how that one sensor or camera can pick up all the things that we were told this setup could do. Also, it is telling us that the sensor is not communicating with the computer. Would you know how we could get some help with this, as the place we purchased it is no longer in business. Would appreciate any advice you may have. Thank You

        • Craig

          Mar 23, 2014 at 11:53 am

          Gerry,

          The guy that I contacted and spoke to was James Bowker at About Golf uk, his contact number is 02072488600.

          His email address is James.bowker@aboutgolfeurope.com

          He should be able to help, if not please let me know

    • Jason

      Oct 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Stephen,

      With 10′ ceilings you need 13’1″ wide by 20′ in depth. If you want a quote let me know at 866-323-0095 or via email. jasonw@hdgolf.com

  24. Daniele Pagano

    Nov 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Beautiful straight to the point iformation. I didn’t even know all these simulators existed. In my research for info I stumbled in a site which seems to provide some honest information.
    Feel free to visit it:
    http://www.golfsimulatorsforsale.net

    Cheers

  25. Peter Wentzlaff

    Oct 14, 2013 at 11:07 am

    got an unex simulator and find it allright in practice mode

  26. Abraham

    Sep 26, 2013 at 12:34 am

    I would like some detailed info especially the kind and model number as i am in search for one myself, too. Thanks in advance.

    • Russell Cunningham

      May 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      We have the pro 3 swing golf simulator for sale. We purchased and thought about doing it as a business and ended up not doing so. We have everything; greens, simulator, the software, projector, screen, nets, etc…it is only three months old…selling for $3000.00. We also have a box full of golf balls and golf decorations, we also have golf dividers. You may contact me at 304-483-5845 tks – if you’re not interested pass the word on.

      • Russell Cunningham

        May 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm

        I also know how to setup the simulator. measurements etc.

        • Peter

          Jun 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm

          Do you still have it? If yes, please send contact details. Thanks

      • Ronn

        Jun 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm

        Do you still have this simulator available?

      • Darlene Simonson

        Jul 31, 2014 at 1:14 pm

        Is this still available. May be interested. Please send let me know.
        Thanks

      • chaput,robert

        Nov 15, 2014 at 11:38 am

        did you sell it if not have you a picture and which dimensions i need to install

      • Aaron

        Dec 17, 2014 at 7:37 pm

        What P3 units do you have?

  27. Rob

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I set one of these up in my garage last year and played it all last winter (and will again this winter) Total cost was under $1000.00. If you want any details let me know. A couple of points: because space was limited it went into the garage. I have to pull the cars out and set it up which takes about 15 minutes. Break down’s about 15 minutes as well. Also, my garage is about 10′ (I think, I forget now). I’m 5’9″ and can hit any club. My brother’s 6’4″ and has put a couple of gouges in my garage ceiling using his driver.

    • PS

      Sep 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Hi Rob
      I would be keen to know the details of your setup as i have started the research but still been unable to make a decision.
      many thanks in advance
      PS

    • Wayne

      Oct 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      what system you have I have a 11 X 18 ft Garage with 10 ft ceiling . will the system you have work?

    • Will McDonald

      Oct 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Would like to know the type u have and pro’s and con’s
      Thanks

    • chris

      Oct 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      I don’t suppose there is any way to measure that garage ceiling???

      It would be a huge help to me because I am also 6’4″ and have about 9’10” worth of ceiling in my basement.

      I want to install a simulator and I want to be able to swing my driver.

      Rob — Can you help me out???

    • Ian

      Nov 25, 2013 at 6:21 am

      Hi Rob, I would be interested in knowing more about your set up. The price is about in /my range andthe set up andpullndown time is alsonimportant.

      Hope your willingb to share the system you built and how you are fining the accuracy and any corrective feedbqack you get on you swing?

      Cheers,
      Ian…..

    • Kelly Poindexter

      Dec 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Good Afternoon,

      I saw your post & wondered if you would mind sharing with me what system you have & where you purchased the system? I would like to get my husband one for christmas & all systems I have viewed where well above my price range. It sounds like you got a great deal!

    • John

      Dec 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Can you tell me which simulator you purchased.
      Mine will be in my garage as well.

      Will I just need a laptop out there.

    • Pat

      Feb 9, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Hi Rob! this is exactly what we want to do.?set up a simulator in our garage. Can you tell me what simulator you purchased? We would like to stay around the same cost that you did.
      We are inCanada.

      Thanks, Pat

  28. Robert Cunningham

    Aug 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Are these simulators listed in best to worse or some other order?

  29. Aegerter

    Jun 19, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Bonjour G. Rossellat

    N’hésitez pas à contacter Reto Schaufelberger (Golfodrome.ch), il est distributeur de 3 modèles de simulateur de golf à prix abordable. Ces derniers sont également conçues pour être utilisé par des particuliers.

    Cordialement

    P. Aegerter (un utilisateur de ces simulateurs de golf)

  30. Rossellat

    May 6, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Je suis interessé par un simulateur pour la suisse
    Pouvez vous me communiquer les prix exact, ainsi que les conditions de livraison et les delais
    G. Rossellat

  31. Andy Cole

    Apr 17, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Suprised the biggest selling golf simulator in Europe is not listed with the worlds largest golf course library and the most accurate technonology. There are also Sports Simulators allowing greater incomes to be generated at http://www.sportssimulator.com

    • Golftec Australia

      Apr 17, 2013 at 6:53 am

      Agree with Andy’s comment – we’ve purchased 15 units in total from Sports Coach Systems and are huge fans. We tested all the systems above before deciding on SCS. Best of luck.

  32. GolfPro

    Apr 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I have recently had the oppurtunity to play on a Golfzon simulator and found the graphics amazing.

    The simulator is on a swing plate that moves to give you a realistic lie on the course. Very innovative !!

    • craig eldridge

      Jul 23, 2014 at 7:08 am

      hi…you are absolutely right,,,,they are the best
      ive seen and used,,,i have 2 systems for sale..for
      right handed players…if u r interested or anyone
      else…give me a shout..obviously much cheaper..07969
      109963

  33. Par2Pro

    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Great article! There are a few more systems worth looking at as well such as P3ProSwing, ProTee United, and Sports Coach.

    There is basically a system out there for every budget – each offering different levels of accuracy, analytics, features, options, courses, graphics, components, etc.

  34. SofaKing

    Feb 23, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Can you imagin having one of these babies in your basement?
    I would go down there in October and reappear in April!

  35. Austin

    Feb 2, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I wonder if you could ever make money as a business with one (or more) of these?

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  37. Kccheadpro

    Jan 30, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Wow, great article. Our club just purchased an optics hot and we are going to hook it up to an HD projection screen. Introducing it to the members in mid February. I’m anxious to see how we’ll works. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that 1-7 are all pipe dreams for us.
    I will advise everyone to stay away from vectors,THEY ARE HORRIBLE!!!!!

    • Kccheadpro

      Jan 30, 2013 at 12:42 am

      *OPTISHOT

    • Shibo Xu

      May 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      A bit late, but how did your installation go? Does the optishot work well with a HD projector?

  38. cg

    Jan 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I think Kenny G has one in his house in Sherwood where tiger holds his challenge thing.

  39. Troy Vayanos

    Jan 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks for the review Christian,

    These golf simulators look amazing. The ability to keep playing the game despite the outside weather is a great innovation.

    I only wish I had the room and the money to install one of these at my place. I don’t think I’d ever leave home if I got one!

    • Christian Alderucci

      Jan 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      They were amazing and I think the technology will get much better in the next couple of years !!
      I agree I wish I could put one of these in my home too !!!!

    • ju

      Jul 18, 2013 at 6:06 am

      you forgot the best : GOLFZON !

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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