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Data-Driven Drive: How Do Golf Simulators Work?

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Published on December 23rd, 2021

In our ever changing world, it’s no surprise that a sport dating back to the 15th century Scotland can now be played virtually. Rain or shine, a golf simulator allows each user to feel like they’re able to play an entire course without taking more than a few steps.

This high-tech stimulator is vastly different from any video game console that requires you to hold a controller. It’s like showing up to an indoor driving range, only the driving range is completely virtual.

Golf Simulators Work

Like most tech products today, a golf simulator greatly varies in price and quality, depending on what the user wants out of it. Some at-home systems can cost several hundred dollars, while those inside a course clubhouse can cost as much as $50,000 each.

While there is a wide range in price between systems, the basics of how a golf simulator works are quite simple and similar. First, the user will stand on a platform that is known as the swing pad. This device will measure everything from your stance to how your weight shifts when you swing your club. At the exact same moment that you swing your club, a combination of light sensors, radar and other motion sensitive devices will track the direction and power of your swing.

Lastly, there is a tracking system projected onto the golf simulator’s impact screen that determines the speed, distance, angle and more, when you hit the ball.

How Accurate Are Golf Simulators?

The quality and accuracy of each simulator can be determined by how detailed the graphics are, as well as how sensitive the swing pad and sensors of the system can be. Because these are data-drive systems, they’re made to measure your swing as accurately as possible. With any piece of technology, however, there is always room for human error.

A golf simulator is not a complete replacement for the actual game, but it is a great way to continue playing when the weather keeps anyone from venturing onto the course.

Year Round Golf Courses In Bridgeview, Illinois

Despite the cold temperatures outside, it’s still possible to play golf in Bridgeview, Illinois in the off season.
Thanks to our Virtual Links golf simulator, you’ll be able to play golf at Carriage Greens no matter the weather.

Whether you’re looking to play through our golf simulator or looking for a course to venture out onto this winter, Carriage Greens Country Club and Golf Course is open 365 days per year. If you want to schedule a tee time on our course, then visit our website or give us a call.

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