The sport of golf had its origins in Scotland some 500 years ago, and ever since then, this non-contact sport has spread across the world and gained a large following. Today, golfing is especially popular in the United States, Japan, and naturally, its own native Scotland. Going golfing is possible thanks to the many and varied golf courses found around the world, including a few exotic ones. A golf course in Peru is the world’s highest, being 14,335 feet above sea level at its lowest point. Golf courses can even be found in deserts, being heavily irrigated to keep their grass intact. Many people are taking up golfing today, and this sport has become highly diverse among all sorts of people, showing its broad appeal. Like any other athlete, golfers need a chance to practice their game, and they can visit local golf courses for this. But sometimes, they may opt to build a golf simulator for home use, and the best golf simulator can do a fine job replicating visiting a real course. Who plays golf today, and when is it time for a golfing simulator in the home?
Who Goes Golfing
This is a popular sport, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down, either. In fact, in the United States, some 2.2 million new golfers took up the game, and they are a varied bunch. It could be said that there’s no “typical” golfer, and while many people associate golf with older men (and not entirely without reason), all sorts of golfers can be found. For example, many Millennials (those born 1982-1995) are eagerly taking up this sport, and they are joining their parents’ generation on golf courses across the United States. Millennial golfers are a rapidly growing demographic among golfers, and in decades to come, they may become the primary group who plays the game. And on top of that, women are playing this sport more than ever before. They are a minority among golfers, but they have established a firm presence in the golf scene all the same. A golfer, no matter who they are, needs time to practice this game, but sometimes, sheer distance to a course or bad weather such as hail might prevent them from practicing outdoors. The solution is to build a golfing simulator right in their own homes.
A Golf Simulator
First, the golfer will decide where to place their simulator indoors, and they need a spacious and available room (a closet is far too small, for example). A room with enough space to swing golf clubs and allow balls to fly around will do just fine, such as an unused dining room (with its furniture removed) or even a clean and well lit basement.
Now the hardware can be set up. The golf simulator is roughly similar to a video game, though of course a controller is replaced with the golf balls and clubs and the program can measure the balls’ movements. So, a golfer can set up either a flat screen TV or a digital projector to show the simulated golf course. Given how balls are flying around, some golfers may prefer a digital projector that puts the image on a wall, as opposed to a TV screen that might be struck and damaged. This is a matter of personal preference.
The golfer will also set up either a PC or a laptop that runs the simulator program, and this computer will be connected to the projector or TV with a cable. The computer can be either in the same room or in a nearby room, granted that the cable can reach.
The golfer can also set up false turf for teeing off, and they should also install safety nets on both sides. These nets prevent flying balls from striking other objects, and the nets can make it easier to retrieve struck balls. Finally, the golfer should buy the simulator program itself, and install it on the PC or laptop. Once all this is done, the simulator is ready for use, and it may replicate many various golf courses on the screen or image. This is a fine opportunity for a golfer to practice their technique or get used to new clubs before they go to a tournament at a real-life course.