Today, we’re going to be reviewing the Optishot 2 golf simulator and I’ll be sharing my honest thoughts after testing out this device. I’ve tested quite a few golf simulators and training, so that being said, how did this one stack up to the rest?
Long story short, it seems pretty durable for the time I’ve had it and would be something that’ll last a while. I really liked it for not only working on your game but also for having fun with your buddies. It was pretty simple and straightforward to set up and it has different customizations that make things a lot more fun. Overall, I love my Optishot and would recommend getting one.
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Optishot 2 Simulator Review
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Optishot 2 First Impressions
The Optishot comes with an infrared swing paid, the Optishot software, 2 foam balls, and a 10 foot USB cord. It’s pretty cool because it tracks your clubhead speed, your face angle, your swing path, and your distance. All useful things to know…
It has around 15 courses already programmed in (at the time of writing this) and some of them include TPC Scottsdale, Torrey Pines, and Crooked Stick. They have a bunch of other courses that cost around $30, but you can actually play each course 3x before you have to purchase. You pay more than that for an actual round so it’s not that bad.
The thing I was thinking about most was that the swing pad wouldn’t last very long. After looking at it and taking a few swings, it actually feels pretty solid which I was definitely pleased to see.
Setting up was pretty easy too. All you had to do was download the software and plug in the sensor. Anyone should be able to do it no problem. They also have the Golf in a Box option that comes with additional stuff.
I’d recommend you set the thing up in a place with 8.5-9 foot ceilings, otherwise, you might need to call a repairman. If that isn’t an option, you can make any course a par 3 and just play with your short irons.
How Did The Simulator Perform
The first round I played was the par 3 version of TPC Scottsdale. I had a golf net from before that I used in the yard so I set everything up in my garage. I didn’t really trust myself so I stuck with the foam balls and everything actually worked pretty well…
Setting up wasn’t a problem and everything seemed to be pretty accurate.
The only tricky part was the putting. You basically had to putt off the pad to an imaginary hole (I used real balls for this). I decided to put a target as the hole and that made things a little easier. You can set it so anything within a certain distance is a gimme.
One of the things I liked best was that you could customize the round and play in 30MPH winds. Stuff like that made the round so much more fun. You could also adjust the green speeds, fairway speeds, and a few other things.
How about practice? This is my favorite part of the system because it’s actually been able to improve my game. You could go to the range or any hole you want and hit balls which were pretty cool. It’ll give you different targets to hit and then it’ll tell you how far away you were. It makes practice a lot more fun and I found myself practicing instead of watching TV.
Here’s a demo video:
Optishot 2 Live
This was another cool feature it had and it allowed you to play other people who have the system. It can get a bit boring after a while practicing by yourself and you won’t always have someone to play against, so this is the perfect thing.
You can play different courses or challenges against people all over the world and you can even get some free courses now and then.
Optishot 2 Specs
|Windows Requirement||Windows 7+|
256MB Graphic Card
3GB Hard Drive
|Mac Requirement||Mac OS 10.8+|
Intel Core Duo 2
3GB Hard Drive
|Courses||15 Included (See Here)|
|Other Courses||Individual Purchase|
|Room Height||8 Feet 6 Inches|
- Seems pretty durable for the time I’ve had it.
- Great for improving your game AND having fun with buddies.
- It was easy to set up and use.
- It has customization which makes things a lot more fun.
- It’s not the best for chipping and putting.
- You need high ceilings for drivers & woods.
- Additional courses are a bit expensive.
- Performance score: 9
- Price score: 9
- Durability score: 9
- Personal score: 9
My Final Thoughts
Overall, I really liked the Optishot and think everyone should have one. It’s not going to be as accurate as real life or a $25k simulator, but for the price, it’s a no-brainer for me.
It seemed to be well made and the performance was better than I originally thought. It made practice a lot more fun, I found myself working on my game more, and it actually improved my game.
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