Editors' Choice: Gear & GadgetsApril 12, 2017

Best Golf Simulator

Though it might lack the big-screen visuals of some of its expensive counterparts, SkyTrak has the necessities you’re looking for in a simulator. The launch monitor connects wirelessly to an iPad or PC and replicates a player’s ball flight and launch data in 3-D.

There are practice and challenge modes for golfers hoping to hone their skills, with an assessment plan built in to help track progress. Or for those wanting to play 18 holes, options include exquisite venues like Merion, Bandon Dunes, Pinehurst and Bethpage Black. Additionally, the SkyTrak’s uncomplicated configuration allows for easy storage, giving the simulator a mobility few of its kind possess.

In the Luxury/Premium category, GOLFZON Vision’s sensors capture club trace, impact and spin. These measurements produce life-like trajectories, allowing the user to play fade, draw and pitch shots at more than 150 course choices.

A player can tee the ball or play from fairway, rough and sand conditions. Under the mat is a platform that has 360 degrees of diagonal movement, producing flat ground and fairway undulations.

Stunning, detailed projections of famous golf destinations are a requisite for simulators, an aspect the Vision takes to the next echelon thanks to aerial photos of St. Andrews and Pebble Beach among 150-plus famous courses. But customization remains, allowing the player to pick the weather and daylight.

The system offers seven play situations (such as online, stroke play, match play or foursomes) and additional exercises focused on training. Most important, in entertainment and practice modes, the Vision generates data points, which can be logged for tracking and comparison.

Nothing can beat golf in an outdoor environment. But the GOLFZON Vision makes a compelling alternative.

SkyTrak: $1,995
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GOLFZON Vision: $50,000
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