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  • Great feature and I'd recommend doing that (or pick within 3') to keep the game moving because as it turns out putting is quite tricky with this game
  • The immediate feedback after each shot is the best part of this system

    • by SusieQ

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      A friend of mine invited me and two friends to play the Dancin Dogg OptiShot golf simulator in their basement – great because it is the dead of winter with subzero weather outdoors! Even better is that you can use your own clubs (if there is enough ceiling clearance) and real golf balls.

      The computer lets you set up which course you’d like to play, we picked Palm Desert Mountain with nice open fairways, lots of sand traps though. Then you set up the players (right or left handed, pin position, skill level…). We agreed to do a one shot “gimme” if your shot stayed within 6′ of the hole. Great feature and I’d recommend doing that (or pick within 3′) to keep the game moving because as it turns out putting is quite tricky with this game.


      “tee” your ball on the sensor mat that has been hooked up to a PC that’s over to the side (a big screen is helpful here). It will tell you which player is up and give you the various measurements to the hole, wind speed, etc. You need to tell it which club you are using and decide if you want to adjust the target line on the computer. Then hit a real ball into a large mesh cage - if you connect with the target in the back it adds to the solid “thwack” to help you know it was a great hit. The computer adds sound effects of hitting the ball, the ball landing and general ambient noises. On the screen it shows the flight path, almost as if you are there and provides a summary ...

      • analysis of your swing – speed, face, path, distance, tempo and contact.

        The immediate feedback after each shot is the best part of this system. It will help you figure out if you are always making the same mistake – for instance you tend to hit with the face open or closed, or your contact is usually on the toe or heel.

        One of our players had a hard time getting the sensors to read her swing, which was a bit annoying, but that didn’t tend to happen to the other three of us, so we couldn’t figure out what the cause. Plus, if you hit the mat way behind the ball before hitting the ball it really took a lot of distance off – which of course does happen in real life, but was unexpected in the game. We

        also found that we’d forget to change the club sometimes when we were up close, and it would be on SW (sand wedge) when we were actually using an 8 or 9 iron and the hit would go really short. It would be nice if the sensor pad had a button or two on it to change the club selection from there, rather than someone having to man the computer to keep changing the club or target line.

        But that seems like a small complaint – it’s winter and I’m playing golf! This would be a great game to play in the basement or garage and not have to go to enclosed domes to hit balls off of mats, or miss out on golf until the spring thaw. After a few years of use it would be worth the $399 price.

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