Optishot2 Unisex Golf Simulator, Multi-Colour
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- The World's #1 Golf Simulator now for Mac or PC
- Use your own clubs to hit real or foam golf balls
- Play and practice on world-famous courses
- Windows System Requirements: Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10, Graphics Card: 256MB available Adapter RAM with OpenGL 2.0 support and the latest Video Drivers, 3GB HDD Storage, 4GB RAM, USB 2.0 port
- Mac System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.8, Intel Core 2 Duo, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 2600 or Intel Iris Pro or better, OpenGL 2.0 Support, 3GB HDD Storage, 4GB RAM, USB 2.0 Port
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Optishot2 golf Simulator is the world's number one. The award-winning golf unites the latest technology with ease of use. It's compact enough to fit in a briefcase, yet sophisticated enough to produce results. Designed to work with every club in your bag, it requires no big set-up or big expense. In fact, with an golf all you need is space enough to swing your clubs and a desire to improve. With that, you'll lower your scores. Guaranteed. It's accurate. Period. Optishot golf designers and engineers are leaders in the world of golf analytics. Play 18 holes in under an hour use your own clubs to hit real or foam golf balls hit every shot from tee to green play on world-famous courses sets up quickly and easily in small spaces instant visual feedback and results
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The other Virtual Golf products costs from 1500 to 50,000. so when I saw all the good reviews from fellow golfers I decided to try it. I also read the negative reviews of Golfers with Clubs that have a dark sole, irregular shape that causes misreads but I knew how to deal with that.
1. Ease of setup. All you need to do is take it out of the box, plug the USB to your laptop and run the Optishot Application. That's it.
2. Calibration of individual clubs. You can use the default settings but I would not trust it. It will ask you to take some slow swings in a square, open and closed position. You only do this once for each golf set. You can have several golf sets. Then you will have to edit each Club and adjust the length and loft primarily.
3. Accuracy. My daughter was swinging and hitting to the Virtual driving range within 20 minutes. We setup a Swing speed Radar beside the Mat to compare the accuracy. After hitting about 500 balls, we can see that most of the time it is within 2 mph +/- or the same as the Swing Speed Radar. That means it is accurate enough for me.
4. Playing Golf Courses. She spends most of her time trying increase her distance and accuracy on the Optishot Driving range. Then when she is ready, she switched to the game. In playing the course mode, you can leave the default settings or you can configure it to be more realistic. You can adjust so many factors like the speed of the green, fairway and rough. You can configure wind speed and rough. There are so many more you can change. This is what I like. The courses are very realistic indeed. I sometimes use a projector on to an impact screen, or on the TV. But you still need the laptop obviously.
5. Saving money. Since we got this we only go to the course once a week instead of everyday.
1. The only struggle you may have with this is if your club cannot be detected. My daughter had that issue with her Woods. During the calibration phase, people think they need to take full swings. You should not! You just need to chip and move the club slowly so that the sensors can tell if the face is open, square or closed.
Since the sole of her woods are black, I got the aluminum insulation tape and cut a strip about 4 inches long and half an inch thick and taped it to the edge of the sole of the club below the club face. I made sure that it lined up perfectly with the face. It worked immediately. I have done this with some Irons I have that are not all silver underneath. Works great. We tried woods that are silver and flat soled, and they all work without tape. So we decided to have an indoor set and an outdoor set which are her regular clubs.
There are more expensive Virtual golf products out there. They track the ball so you can get more information and more accurate results. They can tell if you hit fat or thin so it will adjust the flight of the ball. But I don't need that. I can see the ball flying and can hear if we hit fat or thin. When we have any shot like that we delete that swing.
When we use Foam balls, we have to adjust the yardage settings. We reduce the yardage by 10 percent. The club swings faster when it hits a foam ball than with real balls from what we can see. We went to a pro shop with a Trackman and compared her swing speed, and the average swing speed is very close. Also, you have to configure it for hitting a real golf ball, foam ball or no ball so that it can accurately measure your hit.
My daughter is a World champion golfer and she loves her Optishot 2. She has more time for herself and has more of a life now outside the Golf course.
It is a super convenient, and great training tool. If you are having issues with detecting your clubs, let me know and I will try to help you get the most out of your Optishot.
The biggest disappointment I have in this product is it cannot be used outdoors I was ready to use this regularly with my clubs in my backyard hitting real balls into a net. It needs florescent lighting, not even incandescent light will work with this product. Fortunately my three-car garage has only florescent lighting and the ceiling is high enough for me to take a full swing with my driver.
I was able to read through documentation on the website and realize I had to calibrate every single club not just for swing path but for the length of the shaft the loft of the club and then add or subtract for club Speed and distance.
I used my Zepp device to to accurately manage the speed of the club to each and every club. After I did this each club was far more accurate in distance and the speed of the club head. I found calibrating the irons to be extremely easy but my hybrids, woods and driver were very difficult.
Analyzing the difference between the driver and the irons I realize it could be a lighting issue. All of my hybrids, words, and driver are black heads and black on the sole. On my driver I took white tape and taped the bottom, this allowed me to calibrated as quickly as the irons.My three wood and hybrids I used that blue tape that you get at any hardware store in the paint department. Again it made it a lot easier to calibrate the square open and closed angles of the club head which are required for accurate readings.This process took me over two hours to complete my entire set.
I have not played a round of golf on it yet, that is not why I purchased it, I purchased it for the purpose of practice but I will have to come back to this review and update it after I get to do that. I simply have been able to get my clubs, this product and my Zepp device calibrated and it appears it will be beneficial for me.
It's difficult to recommend this product to another person because:
1. The lighting requirement is so strict
2. Must be indoors which would limited to a lot of people
3. I feel you must buy a mad so that your feed or at the same level as the ball, otherwise your feet are going to be below the ball and it will not simulate the driving range.
1. Have a reasonably accurate determination of how far you hit each Club.
2. Determine the average swing speed that you hit your driver. You can go to golf shop where they have accurate monitors to determine your swing speed. If they measure ball speed note that swing speed is 68% of ball speed (the ball speed is 1.5 times the club speed due to the mass of a larger object transferring momentum to a smaller object - the ball). You can also calculate this using your distance. The club speed (mph) = the total di7stance you hit the ball in yards divided by 2.3 this is a good value for average amateur golfers. My average drive is 180 yards so my swing speed is 78 mph (I'm 68 years old & started golfing at age 61). Be realistic.
3. Enter (for each club) an Optishot Speed Multiplier starting with 100. Try several swings and change the multiplier until the swing speed is fairly accurate.
4. Enter (again for each club) the Optishot Distance Multiplier (start with 100). Take several swings and change the multiplier until you distance is fairly accurate.
5. You will soon realize that there is a big difference between hitting a shot all out versus quite comfortably and reproducibly.
6. As you play rounds, and you feel that the distance is different than your real game, adjust these multipliers.
Just a few thoughts From A Satisfied user.
Driving/50+ yard Accuracy
<50 yards accuracy