No matter the budget, you can tee it up with the best options the simulator realm has to offer. On the luxury end of the spectrum resides GOLFZON's Vision. Rather than a standard mat, a user can replicate various course conditions like fairway, rough or sand positions on a moving swing plate. This plate gives the user the ability to contour and undulate, producing the type of terrain that's encountered on the course. The system's sensors capture your swing, impact and spin, not only displaying your ball flight but recording, and storing, key data points, which are stored via the cloud on various electronic devices. Better yet, the Vision's visual artistry is unmatched, illustrating your trajectory against the backdrop of more than 160 elegant venues like St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Kiawah Island and Turnberry.
For those weighing a more economical purchase, the SkyTrak might not have all of the premium experiences, yet it still delivers the essentials—such as launch data and ball flight—one seeks in a simulator experience. A user can play 18 holes on courses like Oakmont and Bethpage Black or participate in various practice modes with the purchase of an additional simulation package. Connecting wirelessly to any iPad, PC or TV, the launch monitor is also portable, allowing you to work on your game while you're on the go.
And in case you need a break from golf, FullSwing has you covered. FullSwing's 2018 line of simulators offer a package that allows the user to experience 13 other sports—such as baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey—on the same configuration. Similar to its golf set-up, you can use your own equipment in these games, interacting with friends and family, a timer or the computer. Perfect for the golf addict that occasionally needs to appease their kids, or who wants to diversify their athletic activities.
SkyTrak, $1,999 plus $100/$200 per year for the premium simulation packages
GOLFZON Vision, $35,000 to $60,000