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Golf & Sports Simulators FAQ

Which simulator brand has the most realistic play?

The most realistic play in our opinion is the Sports Coach, and second would be a tie between aG and FSG.

Best imagery?

Best imagery is by far TruGolf's E6Golf v. 1.6.

Most fun to use?

Most fun to use, is hands down Sports Coach with E6 1.6 on it. Because of the accuracy and realistic play along with all of the different modes. Small to large groups can have tons of fun. Sports Coach is even good with kids around because it picks up their shots, while most other sims will not pick up their shots.

Can be used outdoors?

SkyTrak, Trackman, GC2 - Of course because these are launch monitors, but when using them out doors, a projected image would not show up on the screen.

Easiest to move around?

TruGolf and SkyTrak.

Easiest interface?

Any system running E6Golf 1.6.

What are the different types of simulators? i.e. infrared, high-speed camera etc. - and which is the best?

Infrared/Optical Sensors use optical sensors to be blocked by an object passing over or past them, this is very antiquated technology. Radar is what aG used to use, and is used by most launch monitors, this is average technology. High Speed Cameras are the newest technology and are very good. Using high speed machine vision cameras to see what the ball/club is doing and using those metrics in flight replication. Best is hands down High Speed Cameras.

Minimum room sizes for golf? Soccer?

10 ft W x 9.0 ft H x 10 ft D

Maximum ceiling height?

Max Ht for top camera is 9.84 ft

What is the farthest the projector can be from the screen? 16-17 1/2 ft

How far can the tee box be from the screen? The hitting area should be 9-10 1/2 feet from screen.

Regular maintenance costs?

A good rule of thumb for maintenance costs for COMMERCIAL environments annually (12 months):
Replace hitting surface 2x = $250 per mat
Replace projector if needed annually (about 1500 hours) = $500 est depends on which projector
Halogen lights in the light box - as needed but tends to go in a year = $75

Every 24 months:
Hitting Screen 1 = $900 (it's best to replace as soon as the screen starts to show wear to keep a high-end appearance)

How accurate are they on distance & location?

All high end sims, are pretty accurate with distance and shot shape. Most are about 95% of what really happens.

Is it accurate for every type of swing, even improper swings?

Yes, the SC is very accurate for improper swings, not all high end sims are good for this though. Fat and thin shots can be replicated improperly dependent upon the tracking type (optical sensors tend to give the most inaccurate replication, and radar is second)

Does it know what club you're swinging?

No, they just take the raw data of swing and ball flight data.

Can different types of turf be installed to allow play from the rough etc?

With Sports Coach, and most camera based sims, this answer is a no most of the time. Example, SC uses a darkened sand, rough and fairway panel - very expensive at $500-$750. But as long as the sand, rough, and fairway is non reflective and a darker green it can be used.

What is the warranty?

1 Year back to base warranty.

What happens if a ball goes through the screen, or bounces back & breaks a light or camera?

Normal possibilities of the indoor golf industry. No ability to get it replaced without additional charges. Important to not over tighten a screen, and equally as important to make sure that side baffles and top baffles dissipate energy.

Do you offer service plans?

Yes, our service plan is 1 year (1 site visit, 24/7 tech support, quarterly calibration, install all free up dates and design assistance is included if purchased at time of simulator purchase) - $1550

About Us

Play, Inc., Sports & Recreation, Papillion, NE

Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Play, Inc. is a partnership of Practice Sports, Inc. and a group of experienced tradesmen - offering premium products & services since 2001.

Play, Inc. primarily works throughout the midwest, with services available in other states via our sister company Practice Sports, and other qualified contractors.

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