OptiShot2 Golf Review: Never Go Outside Again!
We’re nearing the end of the month of December, and most of the country is firmly in the grip of the unrelenting winter. Whenever you spot a group playing a round on the course near your house during your commute, you’re envious. You wish you could be out there, and it’s even sunny! But it’s still freezing cold, and you’re convinced that they’re just mental patients on a field trip. Short of dropping the $30k necessary for a full-blown home simulator, you’re stuck in your garage hitting off stacks of cardboard and hanging every bedsheet you own from the garage ceiling as a makeshift net.
For those of us that don’t have the bottomless pockets or product sponsorships that a tour player does, there is an option: the Optishot2 Golf Simulator.
Instead of layering and worrying about hand warmers between shots, get out of bed — don’t even put pants on if you don’t want to — go to your living room, start you computer, and go play Torrey Pines.
How Does the OptiShot2 Golf Simulator Work?
OptiShot2 works by using infrared technology. There are two rows of sensors — one row in front of the ball and one behind — that work at a rate of 10,000 pulses a second. The row behind the ball measures the clubhead, it’s face angle, path, and speed. Everything else is estimated through calculations. It’s not physically measured. The OptiShot Golf Simulator is by no means a launch monitor, and OptiShot makes it clear that there is no intention to be a launch monitor. It is a recreational simulator. It can tell you a little bit about your face angle and club path, but if you’re looking for launch angles, ball speeds, spin rates, smash factor . . . then don’t buy the OptiShot with the assumption that you’re going to be getting meaningful data analytics. Buy a FlightScope for that.
The OptiShot Golf Simulator is a perfect practice tool to keep off that winter rust.
Setting Up the OptiShot2 Golf Simulator
The whole shebang consists of the hitting pad, two foam balls, a usb cable, and a code to enter online for downloading the map packs. After that, it’s really just trying to be patient. The longest part of the setup is waiting for the downloads to complete, and then, after setting up your player profile, it’s straight to playing.
Final Verdict on the OptiShot2 Golf Simulator
As long as you don’t make your purchasing decision based on the desire to have launch monitor statistics — you would only have yourself to blame if you did that — you will be happy that you bought an OptiShot2.
The OptiShot2 Golf Simulator retails for $350, which is about 1/100th the cost of a full home simulator, but if you feel like splurging, drop the extra $349.99 for the full-size hitting mat. It makes the experience feel that much more real, and it adds a layer of confidence when hitting at the sensor pad.
In our opinion, the courses were fun, but we could spend all our time on the OptiShot2 practice range and still be more than satisfied with its performance and value.