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I live in kansas so playing golf in the winter is next to impossible. I'm thinking of sinking some money into a home simulator. My question is, has anyone bought one and has your experience been good with it? And, had it improved your game?

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From EVERYTHING I've read, you're going to have to spend $2K plus for a decent one.

 

Personally, I think I'm going to get an Optishot (even though it's not that great) because of $$ and I just want to have some fun over the winters with my son.

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SkyTrak is your best option for realistic golf. You can hook it up to projector and play The Golf Club, e6 + a few more. Or just hit in a net and play WGT on iPad.

 

Optishot is a toy, but at least you're playing golf :) 

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From EVERYTHING I've read, you're going to have to spend $2K plus for a decent one.

 

Personally, I think I'm going to get an Optishot (even though it's not that great) because of $$ and I just want to have some fun over the winters with my son.

That's the one i was looking at for simplicity and seems to be made for in home setup

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SkyTrak is your best option for realistic golf. You can hook it up to projector and play The Golf Club, e6 + a few more. Or just hit in a net and play WGT on iPad.

 

Optishot is a toy, but at least you're playing golf :)

Optishot definitely looks like more entertainment but as long as it tracks accurrately I'm good with that, i really want a way to keep practicing in the winter without driving an hour to an indoor range

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Optishot doesn't track accurately compared to the real world. It tracks consistently - but consistently wrong :) It's got nothing to do with real golf. You can play Optishot without a golf ball. That says a lot :)

 

Using Optishot for practice is a matter of "it's better to swing something than nothing". Just promise me that you're not going to make adjustments based on Optishot numbers :D

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And here I was hoping to drive south to Kansas, to play some winter golf later this year... ;)

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And here I was hoping to drive south to Kansas, to play some winter golf later this year... ;)

Kansas isn't far enough south!!  If you go further, I might join you.

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Kansas isn't far enough south!! If you go further, I might join you.

Gotta get into texas for winter golf
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I've got a SkyTrak that I use in my hitting bay in my garage.  It's set up with my iPad and I hit into a Net Return.  During the winter months and in the evenings it's great because I can use the range app or some of the challenges for areas like short game, mid-irons, etc.  So far it's pretty darn accurate and saved me a bundle compared to something like a GC2.

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I have been researching the sky trak for awhile now. After reading many user reviews im pretty aprehensive about it. From what I gather, the system is somewhat buggy, and customer support is practically non existent. One of my biggest concerns is the stories of having to send the unit off for thousand dollar repairs.

 

Nonetheless I am still interested in the thing. The desire to golf is pretty strong! Anyone here have insight?

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I have been researching the sky trak for awhile now. After reading many user reviews im pretty aprehensive about it. From what I gather, the system is somewhat buggy, and customer support is practically non existent. 

 

From my personal experience, that Skygolf's MO...no customer support and if you complain or call them out on it, they delete you (figuratively).

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I have been researching the sky trak for awhile now. After reading many user reviews im pretty aprehensive about it. From what I gather, the system is somewhat buggy, and customer support is practically non existent. One of my biggest concerns is the stories of having to send the unit off for thousand dollar repairs.

 

Nonetheless I am still interested in the thing. The desire to golf is pretty strong! Anyone here have insight?

I've also heard bad things about their customer support, but most of the product issues seemed to have been from early adopters.  Just about everything I've read lately say the unit itself works great and while individual customer support is sub par, the product is continually updated and all the updates have been for the better.

 

It sounds like if you are using it indoors or off a mat it's pretty much the best "bang for your buck" simulator/monitor out there right now.  As usually spending more will get you more, but for a home/garage/winter type of setup this thing seems pretty ideal right now.  

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I'd have to imagine at least initially Support might be useful and important with product like this, I've never heard good things about Sky's support. I had only one experience with their support several years ago with my Skycaddie and I recall it wasn't good then either.

 

I don't recall buying a product where I said Support sucked but the product is good. Good products and good support usually go hand in hand.

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I'd have to imagine at least initially Support might be useful and important with product like this, I've never heard good things about Sky's support. I had only one experience with their support several years ago with my Skycaddie and I recall it wasn't good then either.

 

I don't recall buying a product where I said Support sucked but the product is good. Good products and good support usually go hand in hand.

There's good product support (fixing issues, releasing updates to make it better, listening to feedback) and then there's good customer support.  I don't own one and have never called them, so just basing this off things I've read.  They seem to be doing a decent job on product support and a crappy job at customer support.

 

That doesn't make the Skytrack a bad product.

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On a more serious note than my previous post, I've got an indoor setup using a GC2 and a RealFeel hitting mat.  I was able to get the GC2, software, projector used (which made it affordable).  IMHO, that's probably about as good a setup as most of us can hope for.

 

That said, it's still hitting indoors off a mat, so there are limitations as it's still "simulated" golf.  I don't find it all that helpful for working on my short game and I always have to adjust in the spring when I'm able to hit off real turf.  I feel like hitting off any mat forces me to start "picking" the ball (YMMV).  The Realfeel mat is the best I've found for using indoors.

 

The best thing about my setup is that I can work on my swing and stay in "golf shape" over the winter & and the GC2 software provides data I can use for club fitting.

 

Figure out your budget and stay within it, just make sure you get the best hitting mat you can afford.  There are a lot more options available now, than when I picked up my GC2 almost 5 years ago.

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You do hear horror stories. You never hear from the people who love their products. That's how internet works :D It's like the Phantom 4 Pro drone I've got. I love it. Fantastic product. Several guys on youtube hate it. It flies away. Video quality is terrible etc etc. Everyones a critic and expert these days. 

 

Truth is - people make mistakes. People do things like use bright lights that shine directly into the high speed camera on SkyTrak. But my favourite is "I don't get the distance and spin I've got when I play outside". You're indoors. Most golfers don't swing/play the same indoors. 

 

There's a lot of user error out there. That's my point.

 

SkyTrak's rep can be contacted on this sim forum - http://golfsimulatorforum.com/forum/skytrakHe does a great job. Their UK office has been excellent in taking care of me and others I've helped buy SkyTrak.

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Very interested to see how the new GCQuad affects the GC2 resale market.  Here's to hoping they institute a used + warranty program.

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How does the SkyTrack work with the TrueGolf? Seems like a great alternative to dropping $20k on a simulator. But with the add ons and subscription it might add up over time where you'd be better off with the capital investment of a full sim.

 

What's the true yearly cost to play courses on SkyTrack? And how do you putt?

 

 

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Actually really happy you brought this up. Been looking at a 5 year plan to get one in the house or build a garage/bay specifically for one. So thanks!

 

Any other reasonably priced sims?

 

 

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