Are Different Models of Golf Simulators Really That Different?

Posted on 10 March 2013   Articles, Golf Equipment, Golf Instruction

Are Different Models of Golf Simulators Really That Different?

Golf simulators are some of the best devices made for the game in the past several years. As technology has advanced, so have the golf simulators. Most if not all models are now high-definition, making a player feel as if he can walk right through the screen and down the fairway or onto the putting green. As the popularity of golf has soared the past decade, the number of companies that make golf simulators has increased as well. The question on many people’s minds is are there major differences between the different models, or are they all basically the same?

In the opinion of most golfing experts, most simulators offer the same overall experience to a golfer. Loaded with sensors to pick up the infrared light on the golf club, most offer no real difference in the accuracy of the shots. While some experts feel that some simulators have a more realistic feel of the course, others say there is no significant difference. The only area where there does seem to be a real difference of opinion is the graphics of certain simulators. Some golfers feel they get a better three-dimensional view of the course with some simulators than others, but again it depends on the individual player.

Most simulators offer a variety of courses to choose from, so the selection varies little between models. Most also provide driving ranges and practice putting greens. Simulators come with artificial turf or thick rubber surfaces. Most golfers prefer artificial turf, again because of its realism. Those with rubber surfaces sometimes require lubrication for best performance.

Most golfers agree irons work better on simulators than drivers and fairway woods. This is attributed to the reflective clubhead and narrow clubface. Fairway woods and drivers may work better on some simulators than others, depending upon the shape of the club and the reflectiveness of the bottom edge. Some simulators come with reflective tape to put on clubs if this continues to be a problem.

Whatever simulator is used, a golfer is sure to have a thrilling experience that will bring him back again and again.

By Brian Benko

About Brian:

Brian Benko is the owner of (since 1997), a golf enthusiasts website and blog that’s dedicated to the golf players motivated to improve their game. When Brian’s not on the golf course, or using his golf simulator, he’s working within the internet/tech industry in New York.


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