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3 Misconceptions About Golf Simulators

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It is not uncommon for some old-school golfers to be wary of simulator technology and see it as a distraction from the game itself. This outlook isn’t rooted in bigotry either as the overwhelming dependence that many of us have on screens and devices often only adds to the generational divide of modern society. With this said, there is an abundance of misinterpreted information on the internet when it comes to golf simulators and the role that they play in the golfing industry today. Read on as we set the record straight…
Myth: Golf simulators aren’t realistic enough
Contrary to popular belief, simulator technology is state-of-the-art and has been designed with real golf in mind in order to deliver a powerful performance and an immersive gameplay. Players use their own clubs for familiarity as this ensures that there aren’t any discrepancies in the outcome of each stroke and are also provided with dozens of different courses to choose from. In addition to this, the software offers unbeatable performance, high resolution graphics and a 4k Ultra HD display that will leave both seasoned professionals and complete novices completely engrossed in the sport.
Myth: Golf simulators are too expensive
It is no secret that such innovative technology comes with what may seem like a hefty price tag, however there are a lot of variables to take into consideration. Firstly, a simulator can provide many years, even decades, worth of unbeatable and reliable gameplay which almost certainly makes them an investment for the future. Furthermore, the features that allow the simulator to capture data offer an immersive gameplay that any golfer could only dream of, making them an effective practice tool that a lot of professional players implement into their training regime.
Myth: The data from a golf simulator is unreliable
There is a lot of information that golfers can learn about their gameplay from using a simulator, however many have a preconceived notion that the technology doesn’t provide statistics that can be relied upon on the course itself. In actual fact, golf simulators have sensor mats with around 101 optical sensors that are able to capture data like club speed, ball path and swing path which each stroke. In addition to this, a high-speed camera will collect ball data up to 40 frames per second and actually tracks the ball from the clubs to the screen for an accurate reading every time. This makes them highly intelligent and a lot more reliable than intuition when it comes to practice and training.
The golf simulator market is an up-and-coming industry that allows golfers of all ages and abilities to experience the course without having to be there in person. Whether you are an amateur golfer who simply enjoys the game or a professional trying to work on your swing, there are many reasons to invest in a simulator. Plus, they are easy to install and take up much less room than you may expect. For all your insider knowledge, get in contact with a member of the ProTee team today!


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Golf: A Game of Skill or Luck?

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Both professional and amateur golfers have a lot to think about on the course because there are a variety of conditional factors that can influence the way that a shot plays out, such as swinging mechanics, the weather and even the player’s mindset as they approach the ball on the teeing grounds or putting green. Finding a definitive answer to the age-old debate of whether or not golf is a game of skill or luck requires an in-depth analysis of what it truly means to be a golfer as well as the different ways that the game can be interpreted according to a player’s experience level
The Odds of a Hole-in-One
From time to time, a complete novice will manage to scoop a hole-in-one to the amazement of experienced golfers, and situations like these can almost always be put down to luck. After all, the odds are 12,000 to 1. Most beginners will struggle to understand basics like how to hold their clubs properly to hit the ball in the right direction which means that a hole-in-one at this stage of their golfing journey is a fortunate yet extremely rare fluke. There is very little, if any, skill involved in outcome of this play which stands to reason what kind of role skill plays amongst amateur and professional players. Are the odds so unfavourable that some of the best golfers in the world are just as unlikely to make such a shot? These fundamental questions are difficult to answer as they suggest that luck is a necessary component regardless of the player’s experience.
Luck is the Product of Hard Work
Sometimes even professionals find themselves privy to a spot of good fortune every now and then, however it is ignorant to suggest that this overshadows all of the hard work that they put in when the cameras aren’t around. In fact, every amateur and professional golfer will have a keen understanding of swinging mechanics such as addressing the ball, weight shift, keeping the arms and wrists in sync with the lower body and following through, and be able to apply this to each of their clubs in order to take their shot with precision and skill. It takes a lot of practice to develop this fluency within golf and means that skill is almost certainly the backbone of the game.
There are so many conditionals on a golf course that every golfer will feel defeated from time to time. After all, even the most precise shots can do the opposite of what was intended and either result in a more favourable outcome or leave the player worse off. A golf simulator gives you a chance to work on your skills in an environment that is free from distractions by removing some of these conditionals. Test your luck and get in contact with a member of the ProTee team today!


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Nifty Data You Can Get from a Golf Simulator

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There really is nothing better than the feeling of the wind in your hair as you make your way from hole to hole on a golf course. After all, golf is and always will be an outdoors game. With this said, practice truly is the most effective way to hone your technique and develop the skills necessary to dominate your competition on the golf course, even during a friendly game. At first glance, it may seem preposterous to swap the real thing for something that is computer generated, however golf simulators offer far more than the chance to hit a few balls indoors. Take a look at some of the data that they can provide to help you raise the bar and improve your performance…

Swing Path

The direction that the clubhead of a golf club is moving in as it makes an impact with the ball is known as the swing path. This determines the direction that the ball will go in after each swing and is something that many golfers learn to control overtime with practice and experience. A simulator provides real-time data so you can improve your swing with foresight and efficiency.

Club Speed

The speed at which a golfer moves the clubhead just before it comes into contact with the golf ball is commonly referred to as club speed. It is often measured when using the driver as this is the club that primarily focuses on distance. Since club speed will determine how far a golfer is able to hit the ball, it is an important piece of information displayed in many golf simulators because it allows you to compare and contrast each swing and find the best approach. 

Ball Speed

The ball speed is a measurement of how fast your ball leaves the clubhead after impact, and it plays an important role in how distance is generated. It can be influenced by a variety of other factors like club speed, the type of club that you choose to use and the quality of your swing. Being able to see your ball speed in a simulator provides an edge to golf that is impossible to get on the course itself.

Sweetspot Position

Golf is a game of precision and skill which means that finding the sweetspot position is usually done so through trial and error. This is the part of the club face where the largest transfer of energy will take place between the ball and club upon impact. It can typically be found in the centre or just below it, however a simulator can display the location in real-time so you can become familiar with how to swing and develop the best technique going forwards.

Ball Path/Flight

A lot of beginners do not realise how dangerous a golf ball can be which is why golfers often shout ‘fore’ on the course in order to warn others to get out of the ball’s path. Put simply, the ball path is the journey that the ball takes after impact with the club head. It works with the ball flight, which is the way that the ball moves through the air, and being able to control these aspects is often much easier with the data provided by a simulator experience. The need to practice is fast-become a necessity rather than a choice amongst many amateur golfers looking to harness their full potential. A golf simulator experience allows you to focus on specific techniques and flatten out any kinks in your play without the adverse effects of bad weather getting in the way, and the statistics that our technology gathers will display the game in a way that many golfers have never seen before. To tap into the statistics of your swing, get in contact with a member of the ProTee team today


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Choosing the right golf clubs: Part 2

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Finding the right golf clubs is a slightly longer process than most new golfers realise – and some experienced players for that matter. There are many elements that make up the ideal golf club for each individual; we’ve already discussed the first three important aspects to consider: taking your time, the importance of grip and the shaft.

Now we’re going to look at more aspects that you need to take into consideration when searching for that dream set of clubs.

The Loft

Many beginners won’t know much about the loft on their golf club but it’s a vital aspect for every player. The loft, or loft angle, is the angle formed by the line running down the centre of the shaft and into the face of the club head.

This angle is measured in degrees with different clubs having varying degrees in order to achieve different shots. Clubs with a low loft will achieve more distance on a shot whilst a higher loft achieves a more up and down motion where the ball will rise and descend on a steeper angle.

Clubhead

The ideal head weight for each golfer varies depending on their swing speed. Golfers with faster swing speeds benefit from a heavier head on their club as it allows for additional control. Slower swing speeds require a lighter head in order to retain control and increase club head velocity.

Most brands offer a range of standard, midsize and oversized heads which also relate to how experienced the user is. As the head gets larger, the more leeway you have in your swing; oversized heads can still achieve good results even on a poor hit but due to the added weight they can be difficult to get consistent controlled swings with.


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Choosing the right golf clubs: Part 1

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There is one thing that unites both experienced golfers and those new to the game and that is selecting the right clubs. After all, no one can play their best game, or even learn the game, without the right tools at their disposal.

The right clubs for a beginner and an experienced player may look similar but they are in fact quite different. You’ll need a full set in your bag, from the driver right down to your putter, but how do you find those clubs that are an extension of your own arm rather than a clunky piece of metal hanging off the end of it?

Take your time

Don’t worry if you don’t find your dream clubs on the first attempt; with so many different brands of golf clubs on the market it isn’t unusual for even seasoned players to feel overwhelmed with the sheer level of choice.

Buying golf clubs is an investment that shouldn’t be rushed so if you don’t find the right clubs on your first attempt don’t be disheartened. Take your time and wait for the right clubs.

The importance of grip

The right grip should fit your hand with your middle finger and ring finger of your left hand touching whilst letting your pad and thumb barely touch. The thickness of the grip will have a big impact on your swing and the thinner it gets the more golfers will have large hand actions leading into the swing, however, if your finger doesn’t touch your thumb it is a sign that the grip is too thick for you which can lead to restricted hand control in the swing.

The shaft

When deciding on the right shaft for your golf clubs you need to take into account your height, build and strength. Generally, taller players need longer shafts, which is a given but you also need to take into account the flexibility and its suitability to your swing.

If the shaft is too stiff, any ball you hit will lose a little distance and suffer from a lower ball flight. As a general rule, shafts that are too stiff will cause a right-hander to slice the ball to the right, too soft and the ball will hook to the left.


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How virtual golf can improve your game

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Aside from lessons, tutoring and reading all the golf technique books you can get your hands on the only true way to improve your game is through practice.

Here in the UK the short summer months see golfers of all levels flock to the local green to practice, but through winter most hang up their clubs until next year. Nobody really wants to golf when the weather is cold and the only thing that’s driving consistently is the rain. So, what can you do to practice your form without venturing out into the wintery weather?

A great way of ironing out the kinks in your technique is to use a virtual golf simulator. Gone are the days of shoddy virtual machines where the only thing you could practice is your fiercest drive; thanks to modern technology, golfing simulators can now help you practice anything from getting yourself out of a sand trap, to putting on some of the world’s toughest greens.

Modern golfing simulators do away with the generic course model, now letting you play a full round on some of the world’s top courses. This gives you the perfect opportunity to hone your stance, swing and technique as you play through each hole.

Our modern golfing simulators are able to accurately measure and monitor every important aspect of your golf game so you can see in real-time exactly how to improve. These simulators can even be installed at home (as long as you’ve got enough room to swing a club without taking out some light bulbs that is).

Virtual golfing simulators are used all over the world by some of golf’s top professionals in order to stay sharp and improve their game. So, make sure you keep up with the pack by practicing your golfing technique using state of the art technology at home.


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