From those with unlimited funds to golfers on a budget, the simulator space has never been deeper, providing you with a number of options to meet your digital golf experience needs.
On the premium side of the spectrum is aboutGolf’s Curve. Stated in the name, this simulator’s screen is constructed in a 180-degree arch, providing an immersive and panoramic aesthetic that’s boosted by ultra-HD resolution and custom lighting. A three-dimensional, high-speed camera and tracking system extract data from dozens of images per shot, providing accurate ball and club figures on any type of shot regardless of speed, spin or launch angle. A balance and weight-measurement system is placed under the mat to help you understand the distribution of weight, and the Curve’s data collection features an A.I. clubfitting process. As for gameplay, there’s no shortage of first tees, with 76 venues like St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Whistling Straits and TPC Sawgrass.
At the midpoint price level is Golfzon’s Vision Standard. Don’t let the name fool you—it’s far from a Spartan offering. The system’s sensors capture your swing, impact and spin, not only displaying your ball flight but recording key data points, which are stored via the cloud on various electronic devices. With 180 elegant courses and dozens of practice arcade games, boredom will not be an issue.
In the value section, SkyTrak has established itself as the industry standard. Rather than a permanent display, SkyTrak is a portable simulator, essentially a launch monitor that can be hooked up (wirelessly) to a smart tablet or personal computer. But don’t let the lack of bells and whistles fool you. SkyTrak is also compatible with The Golf Club Game which offers 150,000 courses—like Bandon Dunes, Erin Hills and Chambers Bay, plus those created by users—and live tournaments for competition with friends or online challengers.
Full Swing Golf’s simulator offers 13 other sports, such as baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey. Similar to its golf configuration, you can use your equipment in these games and compete against your previous score. Perfect for the golf addict who needs to appease their kids or merely wants to diversify their workout routine.
Premium: aboutGolf Curve, starting at $65,000
More information at aboutGolf.com
Luxury: Golfzon Vision Standard, starting at $35,000
More information at Golfzongolf.com
Value: SkyTrak, $1,999, plus $100 per year for software, additional fees for The Golf Club Game package
More information at SkyTrakGolf.com
Multisport: Full Swing Golf, starting at $25,900More information at FullSwingGolf.com