How Golf Simulators Work [Infographic]
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Golf simulators, also called virtual golf, allow you to play a variety of courses from around the world at any time, no matter the weather outside. You hit into a large screen controlled by sophisticated software.
Like a Giant Video Game
- First you choose the course. Vendors offer a variety of famous courses.
- The screen displays the distance to the hole and elevation changes.
- Each player tees off directly into the screen.
- A virtual ball appears showing the flight path.
- Once on the green, the break is indicated with a grid showing slope variations.
How It Works
- The ball is marked with a prominent line on one side.
- Cameras above and to the side of the hitting area capture the mark as the ball spins.
- The computer reads clubhead speed, dynamic loft, club path, ball speed, and side spin.
- It projects the path of ball on screen from this data.
What About Rough and Sand?
- Shots from the rough and sand are played from a section of the hitting area that has longer grass.
- It’s not exactly like real conditions, but does slow the club like actual rough.