Working of Golf Simulators
Nothing is more enjoyable than a game of golf with cool breeze and a great golf course to spend some quality time with friends or just to improve your game.
But sometimes this perfect game can be ruined by the real world. Most of the people are busy with their work so they hardly get any time to go to a golf course and play full 18 holes. Some people do not even have access to golf courses by the unavailability. Also sometimes the climate can be rainy or hot which is not suitable to play this game.
Not to worry if all the forges are keeping you away from playing Golf, the virtual golf can help you enjoy your favorite sport. This is where Golf Simulators come into picture. IT is a computerized golf game which can be setup in your office/home which imitates the real golf where you can improve your skills and at the same time enjoy it at the comfort of being at home or workplace.
These golf simulators are not like those lame console games for your X-Boxes or Play stations. These golf simulators are high-end machines with new age technology which analyzes your swing and use the replica of real golf courses. Using high speed camera sensors, they detect many factors of your shot.
These simulators are the closest choice available to have the real experience of playing golf. These high-end machines are available from several hundred dollars to 50K dollars depending on the technologies used and the hardware specifications.
We will now look at the working of these high end machines. We will also tell the advantages for real Golf enthusiastic.
The technology: In a real golf game, you step to the Tee and take the swing. If you are good enough, you hit the ball launching it in the air and then maybe landing it on the green.
The process is same with the Golf Simulator except you have a projected screen in front of you which displays realistic images of golf course. Some simulators also offer a swing pad as an add-on which has some fake grass and a Tee so that you feel as you are standing on a real golf course. You step up hit the ball right on the screen as you would do in real golf.
This projector is connected to a computer with sensors to capture every aspect of your shot. These sensors are mostly infrared based. Some new simulators come with high speed cameras to capture the motion of the ball. These motion trackers are placed around the projected screen. Some simulators include 3 high-end cameras for better analysis of the ball.
After the ball hits the screen, all the information collected by the sensors is sent to the computer. Then it is the software on the computer which analyzes the shot. IT evaluates the shot, speed angle, distance, spin and trajectory of the ball. Some systems even monitor your swing movement and give suggestions to improve it.
In addition to displaying how far you shot goes, it also has features such as changing the weather conditions and selecting various real-world golf courses. You can now improve you swing in the rain without getting wet.
Putting being an important part of the Golf game, we shall see how is it simulated with golf simulators.
Putting on Golf Simulators: Having seen the analysis of the swing and shot under the real world virtual conditions let's see how your putting game works.
Golf game is not just about hitting the green, to win the game you need to sink a putt. This important aspect is also analyzed by the sensors attached to the computer.
You might have seen small putting greens in some offices or home, where people practice to improve their putt. However there are more advanced ways to improve the putt.
New sensor kits are offered by some companies which analyze every aspect of your putt. Basically a sensor is attached to your club and is connected to the computer through USB port. The rest is taken care by the software on the computer. Various factors such as club head, distance, direction, stroke path, rotation etc. is analyzed by the software.