3 Reasons to Embrace Golf Simulators
Golf simulators have existed, in one form or another, for the better part of 20 years. They started out as expensive novelties, but in the last few years millions of dollars have been invested in turning them into powerful tools that can extend the golf and golf instruction experience well beyond what was previously possible. At Golf Academy of America's five campuses, they are an absolutely critical component of the curriculum, and one of many reasons why Golf Academy of America students are so passionate about their school.
Here are three reasons you should be excited about the proliferation of golf simulators and why they are an essential part of the Golf Academy of America education:
If you have access to a golf simulator, then you have twice the advantage over golfers who do not. After all, golf courses are only practically usable in daylight. But if you have a hankering to hone your swing at 4 a.m. and there's a simulator nearby, you're in business (and you might be seriously obsessed with golf). Similarly, if it's too cold or wet outside to play a real round, a virtual round or practice session on a simulator is a pretty darn good alternative. In parts of the United States that experience snowy winters, many golf and country clubs have installed simulators in their clubhouses as an off-season amenity for their members.
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Not only do simulators show you a hypothetical path for your golf ball onto a virtual driving range or hole, they are usually equipped with the sorts of high-speed cameras that make launch monitors such powerful tools for golfers. Do you struggle because you create too much sidespin on most shots? You can track your progress and watch your spin rates come down. Trying to find the best driver/shaft combination for your swing? You can track distances, launch angles and spin rates and compare between models incredibly easily — no more pure-feel judgments.
Golfers don't need grass to compete for a few dollars, a beer or bragging rights. Most golf simulators come pre-loaded with some of the world's most famous golf courses, from Pebble Beach in California to the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland and everywhere in between. Naturally, scoring abilities are part of the mix, allowing you to face off against your friends for a virtual round. Not enough time to play a full round, or even nine holes? Most simulators are perfect for closest-to-the-center contests on the driving range section of their software. Before and after classes, Golf Academy of America students can often be found holding friendly mini-competitions on their campus' simulators.
So get excited golf lovers — the explosion of golf simulators in the industry means better players, increased competition and more ways to enhance your game. Whether used at home alone for practice, or with friends for some friendly competition, golf simulators are sure to help you perfect your skills.