I just got my opti shot. It seems to me that the lighting in the room where it is located is critical. I have noticed that my swing speed on the driver varies quite a bit. I have had a high of 109 MPH and a low of 75MPH. I have in the past had my club head speed clocked from 85 to 92 mph. I am wondering if it is the lighting effecting the sensors. Does anyone have any tips or contacts that can help me with this?
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So... I finally broke down and bought an OptiShot tonight. I was thinking about holding out a couple more years and getting a really nice simulator ($10K+)... but I'm a little impatient and decided to use the range for my serious practice, and a simulator to just fill in when the timing doesn't cooperate and to have a little fun. I already had an 8 ft net (Callaway), 10 foot ceilings in the basement, computer.
I don't have a ton to say about it at this point, but here is some initial feedback:
1 - Very easy to set up. The only issue initially was with lighting, but I tried turning different lights on and off and found the conditions that gave the best "face feedback" (open face vs. closed face).
2 - I will definitely get an appropriate mat to go with it (found a company that make a mat specifically for OptiShot for $125 or $150). It's awkward to stand on the carpet and the have the ball sitting 3/4" higher.
3 - I will definitely buy a projector or good sized TV, veiwing it on a laptop monitor sucks.
4 - When I pull (my typical miss), the feedback shows the ball going left. I also tested leaving the face open a little at impact and the feedback showed the appropriate result.
5 - The distance doesn't seem to be too accurate (shows me hitting my 9i 115... I hit it 145 in real life). However, I haven't "set up my bag" yet. I believe you're supposed to calibrate you clubs to what you hit them.
6 - If you wind up in a deep (pot) bunker, it's almost impossible to get out haha. Maybe I just need to learn the intricisies of the game a little better or something, but playing sand shots couldn't be any further from realistic (not that I would expect any simulator to be though).
Overall, I'm pretty happy with it so far and the potentail (granted I've only had it for 5 hours). I can see the potential of this being pretty fun to play with through the winter months, and to swing the club either super early before work or late at night after the kids go to bed. I think it'll be fun for the family to play with too.
I'll post again after I've had it for a few weeks and can provide some more experienced feedback.