Spectrum Golf has been involved in the golf industry since 1998. We have been involved in the indoor golf simulator business since 2008. Our passion for golf simulators stated in the mid 1990s when we would spend hours playing commercial golf simulators in the cold ohio winters. Limited computer technology made golf simulators very expensive and not very accurate. Back then, a commercial golf simulator still cost 40k+. The older commercial golf simulators tracked only the ball and no matter how you hit it, it always seemed to go straight! These indoor golf simulators could not track the club or ball spin, so the accuracy was not very good .
Today, indoor golf simulator technology has come a long way, Now we can track not only the ball, but the club as well. Some of our high end golf simulators have over 100 sensors, high speed cameras, and over 100,000 golf courses to play. Swing factors like ball spin rate, clubhead speed, launch angle and face angle can be measured as quickly as you swing the club.
BALL DATA vs CLUB HEAD DATA. Entry level golf simulators like optishot measure the club head only. Most golfers know what the ball is going to do by looking at face angle and swing path. This is the simplest swing data to interpret. Golf launch monitors like Skytrak golf measure only ball data. By looking at ball spin rate and launch angle, the golfer will need to interpret what his ball is doing in relationship to what the club is doing. With the Skytak launch monitor, its a little more complicated to interpret your swing
Higher end indoor golf simulators like Protee Golf measure not only the club, but ball as well. This makes these indoor golf simulators the best on the market.
New Technology has come along in the form of high speed camera, radar and infa red technology. Golf simulators are moving away from floor sensors and into camera based systems. These new golf simulators allow you to place the ball without the restrictions that come along with systems like trugolf. Optishot golf has just launched their new golf launch monitor, Optishot Ballflight. Optishot Ballflight features trio tracking technology anbd actually records your club at impact! Optishot Vision is optishot golf’s high end overhead camera system that feature 3 camera, 65 courses and built in halogen lights. With optishot vision, you can just drop the ball and hit it. Optishot Vision records club and ball data.
A Virtual Home Golf Simulator is a computerized tracking unit that allows one to play golf on a graphically or photographically simulated indoor driving range or virtual golf course indoors. Most golf simulators were for commercial use or for the very wealthy. 20 years ago, most commercial golf simulators cost upwards of 40-50 thousand dollars. Now, with advancements golf simulator cost a fraction of the price. Golf simulators have been around since the 1990’s. Some golf simulators utilize sensors around the entire simulator to provide accurate feedback. Other virtual indoor golf simulators utilize sensors near the projector to track the ball. With advancements in technology today, home golf simulators utilize sensors in the hitting golf mat to track the precise movement of the club instead of the ball. Some like Protee add extra sensors to track the ball. The golf simulator software is installed in a home computer/ ipad that can then transmit the golf simulator image onto a projector, computer monitor or TV. All of our golf simulators including protee golf and optishot golf feature all the sensors in the golf mat where you strike the ball. Skytrak launch monitor uses a laser dot to place the ball and the unit picks up the ball data.
Some home virtual golf simulators also come with their own ultra 4k golf simulator software like E6 and TGC., allowing the golfer instant feedback from every shot. Club path, club head speed, face impact and face angle are all provided instantly after every shot. The principal advantage of a golf simulator is the ability to conveniently play and practice in a indoor environment. Often that includes the ability to play without playing pressure, green fees, tee times and the drive to and from the course, but the advent of indoor golf simulator businesses which provide simulators for commercial play, bring many of these competitive and social aspects into the simulated game. For those who live in colder climates, a golf simulators offer the ability to play and practice year-round. The space requirements for a home golf simulator can range from just needing an 9-ft ceiling to an entire room. Ideal minimum, space requirement for an indoor golf simulators is 10 wide x 10 deep. 15 ft wide for RH/LH setup.
Golf Simulator Mats
All of our golf simulator systems use a sensor mat, which is essentially a rectangular mat containing 16-101 infrared sensors and microchips that can monitor the speed of the club as it passes the back sensor, the angle of the club and club speed as the ball and club pass the second sensor following impact and the direction of the ball as the club passes the third sensor. Such systems are used by Optishot, and Protee
Audio systems on golf simulators
Trugolf uses a sonic system with strategically placed microphones around the impact screen. Behind the impact screen is a baffler to enhance the sound of the ball. The system measures and compares the intensity of sound that is produced by the ball hitting the screen. The jury is still out on whether these are accurate or not.
Camera Systems on indoor golf simulators
Cameras are becoming the norm in golf simulation. ProTee Golf uses up to 2 high speed cameras to pick up ball flight information. These cameras are over the ball and floor level right of the golfer. They pick up ball spin rate and launch angle. Using the cameras is optional on the protee golf simulators. Optishot Vision and Ball flight use high speed cameras as well
Golf Simulator Cage Dimensions
The typical dimensions of a golf simulator are approximately 10-15 ft wide × 10 ft in length and 10 ft in height.. 10 ft wide is minimum for a full golf simulator, 12 ft is ideal since it allow you to center the ball more and 15 ft is for RH/LH golf simulator setup
Advantages of a Home Golf Simulator
The principal advantage of a indoor golf simulator is the ability to conveniently play and practice whenever you want. If you have a 1/2 an hour to waste before dinner, having an indoor golf simulator makes it easy to practice any time of day or night. Going to the driving range really doesn’t help if you do not know what your club and ball are doing . Having an indoor golf simulators allows you to practice every shot on the course. Trugolf has an excellent indoor practice range on their E6 software. You can choose any distance, lie and club. If you want to hit 20 yd wedge shots or 250 yd drives, you can with Trugolf E6 Software. Optishot has 6 target driving range that you can set up for every club in your bag.
Accuracy of a golf simulator
A key factor attribute of any indoor simulator is accuracy. Obviously the protee’s 101 sensor mat is going to be more accurate than optishot’s 16 sensor mat. But both golf sensors are going to show you what your swing is doing. The optishot might be slightly less accurate, but is your coming outside in and leave the face open, optishot is going to show a fade or slice. The key with any golf simulator is know what the ball is doing.
Realism of the golf simulato
Advancements in graphics, HD imaging and golf simulator software make the golf simulator more realistic than ever. The graphics are ULTRA 4K HD. You can see wind movement of trees and bushes. You can see birds flying overhead. You can change options on your golf simulator including weather, wind, wind direction, time of day, green speed, and fairway conditions. The ball is moving in a dynamic state on all of our golf simulator software. Game options expand the realism to include skins, stableford, nassau, match play and many more.