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Some information for newbies. There has been a union of true simulator systems and launch monitors to allow for golf simulation and game play. Traditionally launch monitors have been used to allow for teaching and club fitting, however they are also used now for golf simulation.
Simulator requires several important things including 1. Sensor system 2. Software 3. Computer 4. Projector 5. Impact screen or net 6. Stance mat. and 7. Some type of an enclosure system or dedicated room.
Sensor systems: Very important! Many different types including:
a. Infrared and optic sensors - These are accurate and cheap but require some setup. Include reflective (P3Proswing, Optishot and Unex) as well as shadow (Protee, Trugolf, GSA, Holiday Golf, Bravogolf, Golfblaster 3D). Shadow requires overhead halogen lights and more setup but are more accurate.
b. Camera based - Allow for accurate ball and club measurement. Not all camera systems use high speed photography to freeze the club or ball in time. Excellent for indoor usage. Systems include Protee, Sportscoach, Visualsports, Golftron, Foregolf, Bogolf, Optigolf and GSA. Systems that measure true spin include Foresight GC2, Accusport Vector, About Golf and HD golf. Others are around the corner being developed.
c. Radar based - Excellent for outdoor use but challenged indoors. Indoors requires longer ball flight and have challanges in chipping and putting. Include Trackman and Flightscope. www.trackman.dk and www.flightscope.com/
d. Sonar - Trugolf uses accoustic triangulation to measure ball flight. www.trugolf.com
2. Software - Most simulators will have a proprietery software interface to run the system. It also will include a course and range software. Included here is Red Chain (Protee, GSA, Foresight etc), E6 (Trugolf, FullSwing, Protee) soon there will be an E6-2, GPS (Sportscoach, Foregolf), Simway (Optishot and Golfacheiver). Some sims have proprietery software such as About Golf and HD golf. New software such as Perfect Parallel is set to be launched any time soon.
3. Computer - Very good graphics card. See computer requirements for Protee, or go here for Zmax's Protee computer build.