Golf is one of those sports that are quick to pick up yet demands a lifetime to master. For those without copious amounts of time on the weekend to hone their skills, the golf simulator from Golftec is a beacon of hope. As you'd expect, the simulator subjects all external factors of the game to a digital simulation except the golfer and their trusty clubs. Located five minutes out from the CBD, you'll also be surprised to find a few of the world's most prestigious courses there too.
The simulator is much more than a mere driving range or mini golf course and can be adapted for pure entertainment or friendly competition. However the device is best served as an introductory or training tool, as it supplements the coaching you receive from the friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Overall the simulator is a single bay with a series of cameras that view the player from multiple angles and a large projection that visually displays the ball flight path with recorded data of the final outcome. Thus the simulator allows most aspects of the game such as weather to be programmed and controlled. The analytical details are just as you'd expect with Ball Tracking of Distance, Distance to Pin, Carry, Roll, Side and Back Spin, Horizontal/Vertical Launch Angle, Speed and Accuracy.
Benefits of the golf lessons are the additional 'Improvement Sessions' that follows, which allows you to hit as many balls as possible using the aforementioned statistics to detail and track your progression with generous use of the complementary putting green.
For veterans or even for newer players wishing to try their hand at golf, the lessons are quite immersive under your coach's watchful eyes. Beyond the basics of grip, stance and shoulder/hip rotation, the simulated experience combines Video Recording at multiple angles with Instant Computer Replay, an On Screen Analysis of each shot and Ball Flight Tracking to ascertain the necessary data on each of your swings. With the instant and accurate measurements of the outcome, players can immediately see results with the aid of their coach who use the necessary data and recordings to actively improve your technique. All recorded data can also be saved and loaded upon your next visit to the venue to track progression, while all other data such as your swing video's and PDF screenshots are e-mailed with additional notes of improvement.
With what precious time we have on weekends and the sport being notoriously labouring, the simulation can have you complete 18 holes within approximately 45 minutes. Being a virtual simulation, there are also a few internationally renowned courses at your disposal. The prestigious Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland and Pebble Beach Golf Links in California are both readily accessible without the hefty $495 USD green fee.
The digital representation cannot replace the serene beauty and the health benefits of an actual 18 hole course. but it does break down barriers that would otherwise prevent most people from engaging in the sport more often.
At Golftec, there is no dress code and you can play day or night in a cosy indoor venue where it's always 22 degrees and fine. There is no need for any specialised equipment so you can bring your own clubs. However, if your outdated equipment brings you constant shame, you can hire Golftec's taylor made clubs and balls free of charge.
For the avid enthusiasts, memberships are also available offering 1 – 6 months membership with unlimited access to the venue. If Golf isn't your game, there are multiple packages you can purchase as gift vouchers from Golftec's Online Store.