Last month the GolfBalled.com crew headed down to Carlsbad, CA for a little golf. With so many great golf destinations available in the area, we decided to play Pebble Beach. Wait, Pebble Beach?? Yes, you heard me right, Spyglass at Pebble Beach.
It was a tossup actually. The choices were endless. How about Bay Hill or Firestone? Pinehurst #2, St. Andrews Old Course or even Oakmont? These famous courses and many more are available to play or to practice on in the amazing simulators built by Full Swing Golf.
I know what some of you might be thinking. There is no way a simulator can replicate the real thing, and you are right, it can’t. But, here is the deal. You might not be outside, but you swing real clubs, you use a real ball. The courses are mapped out to a tee (no pun intended) and the ball flight is shown in real time on the screen. You can drive the ball off the tee, you can hit out of bunkers, hit off the fairway or rough, chip the ball on the green and even putt. After playing 18 holes on a Full Swing Golf Simulator, the question whether or not golf was real or not will get thrown out the door. It’s real alright. For me, and I am going to guess most of us trapped in an office all day, the best thing is that you can play the top courses in the world in under 1 hour! I dare you to try to do that at your local municipal let alone at Pebble.
The fact that you have the ability to track and analyze your swing, ball speed, club head speed, distance, spin, club path and so much more makes the experience in the Full Swing Golf Simulator even that much more real. To have the ability to view the reason why your shot was off makes it easier to understand and correct your swing.
I walked into Full Swing Golf not knowing what type of golfing experience I was going to have. Having hit on other “simulators” in the past, my expectations were not very high. But, like they say, once you hit that first perfect shot, you are hooked. For me, being able to watch my ball flight in real time thanks to their e6 live motion software enhanced my experience and made me feel like I was really on the course. The data collected from their ion2 tracking software about my swing was spot on and I felt I learned a lot about my swing that day.
Here is a little about Full Swing Golf and their Technology:
For more than 25 years, Full Swing Golf has dedicated itself to delivering the most innovative, high-quality, realistic and enjoyable golfing experience available on an indoor system. Featuring state of the art courses, ball tracking, and performance products, Full Swing Golf simulators drive results for your game. The Full Swing Golf simulators come in 2 different trims. The Sportsman is the smaller of the 2 and is only available in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The Champion series has 3 different options and comes in a 16:9 aspect ratio for 30% more viewing on screen.
Full Swing Golf uses a patented tracking system which consists of proprietary hardware which utilizes Light Speed Infrared Technology and Ion2 Vision Technology. The Ion2 Vision technology utilizes a single high-speed camera to focus solely on ball spin and club head data while the infrared technology focuses on the speed and trajectory of your shot.