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The Improvements In Golf Simulation

Author : Laura Moore

Even during 1970s , golf simulators have provided golf lovers the advantage of practicing their beloved game even during bad weather conditions. Nowadays, we have golf simulation technologies that are better than ever. Thanks to game developers who have done their best at improving the systems.

From the olden days up to now, golf simulators have gone through a lot of changes to what is now a game almost like the real thing. At first, they weren't considered as helpful instruments to help train golf lovers and were considered as novelties. But now, technology has changed the device a lot. Like all other technologies, golf simulation has also improved for the better.

Before, golfers were exposed to raw images of a golf course projected on a screen. After positioning, golfers would hit the ball shown on screen and then wait for the time it will take for the ball to go through 2 spots. Using some calculations, the device would deduce how far the player hit the ball and position them at their next location.

After some years, golf simulation began to improve its appearance with more accurate but still pixelated pictures of a golf course. Around this time, players looked at pictures of green strips which were supposed to be fairways as they avoided hitting the ball into yellow and blue squares of supposed bunkers and water hazards. However, the technology behind the scenes had not advanced much.

Now, players don't experience these primitive golf simulations. They now walk into a 3D experience, packed with software that enables players to change the time of the day of the game and even the weather and the breeze. Modern golf simulators calculate more than just a golf ball's trip between two points. They use a variety of technologies which enable them to calculate the actual trajectory of the ball. These technologies include high speed camera technology, optical sensors and sonic triangulation.

Game developers have collected information from players' swings and ball flight for years such that there is virtually no shot that a golf simulator does not recognize. Latest simulators can calculate velocity, trajectory and direction of a golf ball with precise details that you can see it fly and land exactly where it supposed to land in real life.

Golf simulators also have countless golf courses ranging from courses in the US to Europe so playing golf virtually anywhere is a real possibility! Each golf course has been thoroughly recreated such that it is almost the same as the real thing. A software on golf simulators also adjusts the ball's collision to real life situation which means that hitting a tree and hitting a rock won't give you the same results.

In retrospect, because of the technological breakthroughs of the latest golf simulators, these devices can actually be used to help improve a golfer's technique. During the 80s, simulators did not consider weather and wind. Any player knows that wind has effects on the ball's flight and trajectory.

Golfers can now practice even during the cold season indoors. These Improved golf simulators can now be used as a teaching tool to enhance their skills and enhance their games.

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