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Golf Simulator FAQ-Tips

HOT GOLF SIMULATOR TOPICS

THE BREAKDOWN ON GOLF SIMULATOR TURF TOPS





The single most important aspect of a home golf simulator is the TURF TOP. In an average round of golf, you are hitting and pounding the same turf top 70-100 times. Its has to be the best or the golfing simulator experience is sub par! All of the golf simulator sensors are  in a hard plastic or steel housing that is designed to take years of abuse and hitting. You can only imagine what it would be like to hit down hard on a steel surface. Trust me, its not fun. At Spectrum  Golf, we have designed better and more forgiving turf tops for Optishot and P3proswing. These include thicker sensor tops to complete seamless and padded hitting mats.   

From the images above, lets recap each golf simulator turf top and determine which one is the best!

 SYSTEM THICKNESS  ATTACHES  UPGRADE?  RATING 
 OPTISHOT  3/8 INCH  VELCRO  YES TO 1.5 INCH   POOR
PROTEE  1 INCH  BUILT-IN  THE BEST  BEST 
 P3PROSWING  3/8 INCH  GLUE/VELCRO  YES TO 1.5 INCH  POOR
 TRUGOLF  1/2 INCH WITH 1" PADDING  TAPE  NO BETTER 
PERSONAL PRO  1 INCH  BUILT-IN  ALREADY
THE BEST
 BEST

IF YOU DECIDE TO PURCHASE AN OPTISHOT OR P3PROSWING, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU GET THE THICKER TURF TOP. WITH ANY VELCRO OR GLUE, THE TURF TOP WILL EVENTUALLY LOOSEN. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR ULTIMATE OPTISHOT AND P3PROSWING GOLF MATS. NO SEAMS AND THE ULTIMATE IN PADDING. TRUGOLF'S TURF TOP IS PLENTY THICK  AND PROVIDES A NICE CUSHION. WILL LOOSEN OVER TIME, BUT EASY TO RE-APPLY. IF YOU WANT THE ULTIMATE TURF TOP, YOU MUST BUY THE PERSONAL PRO OR PROTEE, ITS BUILT-IN, SO IT WILL NEVER COME LOOSE AND ITS AS PLUSH AS HITTING OUT OF THICK BERMUDA. HANDS DOWN THE BEST TURF TOPS ON THE GOLF SIMULATOR MARKET.

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HOT GOLF SIMULATOR TOPICS

IMPACT SCREENS



We sell 2 different types of impact screens. Both of our golf impact screens can take a real ball! In addition, we do not use grommets which will always end up ripping or tearing. Plus grommets create a "wave " on the edges of the impact screen. We use 3 different methods to attach our golf impact screens.

1) SLEEVED IMPACT SCREEN- We have a 3 inch sleeve around the entire border of the golf screen. 3/4 inch PVC slides into the sleeves. Slits are built into each side of the screen and our adjustable straps  wrap around the sleeve through the slits. What makes this a superior golf screen design is the smooth edge that the PVC creates, there is no stress on the screen since all the tension is on the PVC and last our adjustable straps allow you to tighten and loosen the screen. Grommets with ball bungees just cant do that!

2) SEWN-IN IMPACT SCREEN- This golf screen is designed for smaller golf simulators and golf simulators that are taken down often. We triple hem the sides with 3" webbing and sewn in our adjustable straps. This golf impact screen is not recommend for large sizes. Perfect for a portable system.
  
3) WRAP AROUND KNOTCHED GOLF SCREEN- This screen is designed to be wrapped around a screen frame. The impact screen has the same sleeves, but wraps around the frame. This eliminates any gaps between the frame and the impact screen. Designed for our freestanding golf simulator screen frame.
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GOLF IMPACT SCREEN MATERIAL



1) SUPERTEX- A great residential golf screen material that projects a great HD image, perfect for a home theater and can use real golf balls. 

2) POLYESTER WHITE MESH- a commercial grade impact screen material with a mesh look to it. Designed for commercial golf simulators. 




Our impact golf screens are the best in the industry. They are completely adjustable, double as home theater, US made and carry a 1 year warranty. Let us custom build a golf impact screen to meet your space requirements.
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GOLF SIMULATOR SPACE REQUIREMENTS

The biggest challenge in building a golf simulator is ceiling height. Ideally, you need 10 ft to be able to swing all clubs in your bag. You can get away with 9 ft if you have a flatter swing. Its best to slowly swing a driver and see how close to the ceiling you get. Keep in mind you need to add 2-4 inches for the sensor mat.

All of our golf simulators com e in 10, 12 and 15 ft wide. 10 is the minimum. With 10 ft, you are more positioned on the right side of the golf simulator cage ( 3 ft from right and 7 ft from left ). We recommend 12 ft wide if you have the space. This allow you to be more centered in the golf simulator cage ( 5 ft from right and 7 ft from left ) and give you more room to swing freely.

15 foot is designed for left and right hand setup in your golf simulator. This allow you to center the sensor. 15 ft is required for Trugolf. Protee, Optishot, Personal Pro and P3Proswing can be setup in smaller golf simulator cages.

Spectrum Golf can also custom design a golf simulator to meet your space requirements.

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PROJECTOR AND COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR GOLF SIMULATOR

All  of our ultimate golf simulator packages include a computer that is designed to work properly with the golf simulator software.  On our Trugolf. Personal Pro and Protee, we pre-load the software and set up all the files. When you get it, its just a matter of plugging it it and start golfing!

OPTISHOT uses a HP or Dell computer with a 2.5ghz processor, 4 mg of memory and a Intel graphics card. 

TRUGOLF,PERSONAL PRO,PROTEE and P3PROSWING uses a HP Envy computer with a 3.5 ghz processor, 6-8 mg of memory and a Geforce graphics card.

All of our computers are desktops and designed to perform at the highest level with your golf simulator. Email us for requirements, if you plan on using your own computer.

We use BENQ short throw projectors. These projectors are designed to mount 10-12 ft from the golf screen. They are a 1024 x 768 resolution and are a excellent projector to use as a home theater projector. The key to projectors are the "throw distance". That is the distance from the impact screen in order to project the right size image. Some projectors have to go back as far as 16-20 ft. If you use your own projector, check the throw distance for a 140-180 in diagonal screen.






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OPTISHOT AND P3PROSWING FAQ's 



OPTISHOT FAQ'S

1) How Accurate is the Optishot ?
True simulation uses highly scientific methods to capture impact data. 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.

OptiShot has been expertly tested with performance standards:
  • Club-head speed - +/- 2.0 mph
  • Face angle - +/- 1.5 degrees
  • Swing path - +/- 1.9 degrees
For the price, there is not a better value in Golf simulator software than Optishot.

2) Do I need to use tape on the bottom of my clubs with the Optishot?
No, some woods that do not have a smooth reflective surface will not work as well. For example, the new adjustable drivers do not work as well. Optishot makes a driver designed for their system. Just email us and we can get you a price. If you have an older flat metallic bottom driver ( old steelhead or big bertha) that will work as well. Flat bottom blade putters work better than the 2-ball mallets type putters with Optishot.

3) How do I update the optishot software?
Make sure your computer is connected to the internet. When you open the  Optishot software, it will automatically check for updates and ask you if you want to get them. Free updates for as long as you use the software.

4) How do I get the Optishot premium course?
For the price of a video game ( 50 dollars ), you can play some of the greatest courses in the world. Just go to www.dancindogg.com 
to purchase and download the premium courses. Optishot will usually email you a link after you purchase for the download. Check the optisshot site often for free optishot courses.

5) What type of lighting do I need with the Optishot golf simulator?

Because OptiShot uses infrared sensors to provide key shot data and swing analysis, it should only be used indoors as the light from the sun causes inaccurate results.

Below are some lighting guidelines.
      • OptiShot works best when used in a room with fluorescent lighting.
      • Warehouse lighting such as Sodium Vapor or Metal Halide also work very well.
      • Overhead light is generally better than light from the side of the room.
      • Avoid Incandescent, halogen, and daylight as even small indirect amounts will affect performance.
      • Shadows from objects such as the club shaft and that of the golfer also may affect performance.

 P3PROSWING FAQ'S

Q: Can I hit real golf balls with the P3ProSwing?

A: Yes, you can hit real golf balls with the P3ProSwing. We recommend using a Practice Golf Net or Hanging Impact Screen to catch the ball as the P3ProSwing is designed for indoor use. Because the P3ProSwing reads club data, you can use real golf balls, fake golf balls and even no ball at all.

Q: Do I need special golf clubs?

A: No need for special clubs, you can use the clubs you already own.

Q: Can my game really improve with P3ProSwing?

A: Absolutely. Many golf professionals now use P3ProSwing to teach their clients. It is the fast, easy and scientific way to improve your game.  We have several examples of P3ProSwing success stories.

Q: What do you need to do to set up the P3ProSwing?

A: Here are the five steps to set up your P3ProSwing:

1.Put the CD in your computer and follow the simple directions for installing the program.

2.Plug the USB cord, from the unit, and your SmartDongle into available USB Ports on your computer.

3.Plug in the power cord into an electrical outlet.

4.Choose the program you want to use first, (Driving Range, Course, Practice Course, Putting, or Putting Game) and choose a club in the software.

5.Tape the bottom of your drivers, putters and hybrids, (click here for 30-second club taping instructions) and you're ready to play!

Q: Can I use all the clubs in my bag?

A: Absolutely. The P3ProSwing lets you use woods, irons, wedges and putter from anywhere on the course, range or green. And unlike other systems the P3ProSwing is great for irons. With the P3ProSwing you hit your iron shots right off of the Sensor Unit - you do not have to use a tee.

Q: What type of computer is required?

•Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7

•2.0 Ghz multi-thread processor (dual or quad core) or 3.0 Ghz single-thread processor

•9 GB hard drive space (minimum)

•3 GB RAM required (anything less than this may work, but ball flight and program processing may be choppy/slow)

•512 MB dedicated 3D graphics card minimum (1 GB strongly recommended).   Onboard & Integrated graphics cards are not supported or recommended.

•DirectX9.0c (lastest drivers recommended)

•DirectX compatible sound card

•DVD Drive 

•2 Free USB Ports

•P3ProSwing Software Version 4.2 or greater

Q: Are Apple products supported By P3proswing?

A: Apple's OS X Operating System is not supported. If you install Windows XP, Vista, or 7 on your Apple iMac, MacBook Pro, or Mac Pro, it may run.

Q: Does the system work for left handed golfers on P3proswing?

A: Yes. Just click on Options and check off the box for left-handed golfer. You will need a 15ft wide section for the extra stance mat.

 

 If you have more questions, call us at 336-342-5592 or email us at  optishotgolfsimulator@gmail.com

 

 

 

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