Sunday, November 20, 2011

Optishot Golf Simulator Home Made Garage Set Up

This post is an overview of my setup of the OS golf simulator.  The pictures and descriptions are based on a two car garage with a 10’ ceiling.  Select older post at end of current listings to view complet details.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

OptiShot Golf Simulator Detail Information

The simulator sends data regarding club head speed, face of club contact, swing path,  and distance of shot.  The selection of data can be displayed in a practice mode format that can be used to average many shots using a selected club and compiles the data.  The statistics are also displayed in the simulated game section.  Visit the site for a complete description.  Price is $399.00

Friday, November 18, 2011

Club Rack Overview

I built the golf club rack based on display racks in stores that show new club sets.  The only difference is I added a top shelf that will accommodate a 13 inch TV, a notebook computer with a 17” screen, and a mouse pad.  Materials consist of a a couple of 2x4’s and a half sheet of ¾ inch plywood and #2 pine.  The bottom shelf supports the clubs, extension cord and the simulator when not in use. 
4 coaster ball type rollers are attached  to the base for easy mobility and storage. 
 A multiple 6 outlet strip is attached to the the left side to connect all various devices.  I added a radiant heater to the right side with a metal  bracket and a plywood shelf.   I can practice or play with a a sweatshirt and jacket without gloves when outside temperature get into the mid 30’s. There is a top mounted extension shelf mounted to the left side to accomadate a computer projector behind the TV.  The adjustable fluorescent lights were made from a inexpensive pedestal lamp.  I removed the base drilled a couple of holes and insured that I had proper lighting. Another inexpensive addition was the temperature gauge attached to the right side.  I don’t play on days below 30*.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hitting Mat Details

Hitting pad was made to match the height of the Optishot input simulator that is attached to a Notebook computer.  It is made from 2 2’x4’ pieces of HDFB purchased at a local lumber yard.  I attached them with biscuit joints so they can be pulled apart by taller players or reachers.  I used carpet padding, and old carpet to match the height of the similulator..

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

9'x7' Hitting Net

Hard to see net but it is there. The net is made from broken 9’x7’ oval practice net and an order of fish net from online site.  For an economical  choice,  and a little bit of ingenuity you could hang this in a typical garage.  The brown board is used as a deflector to prevent top shot from hitting the curb.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Special Tees

Highly recommended replacement Tee kit best used for longest life with brush type tees.  You can use the large practice range type tee for drivers, but replacing it for me is a hassle.  I suggest the tee kit because it has a knob at the end that stay put for repeatitive shots but easily removed for iron play.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Almost Golf Golf Balls

I do not use real golf balls although you can.  I occasionally get wild and top, pull or shank some shots.  This could cause damage to the garage and me.  I highly recommend Almost Golf Golf Balls.  They have a nice touch to them and are safe to use.  You can use them for around the neighborhood  for training kids.  Buy the 24 ball tube for easy pick up and then the 36 pack which should easily get you through 18 holes of play with Opti Shot simulator.