Re: simulator/indoor golfing
I have been doing a ton of research on a system built around the p3proswing components. Unfortunately, their website IMO sucks. It is almost impossible to figure out how everything fits together. I sent them a very detailed email several weeks ago asking a ton of questions about what I needed to build the system I am envisioning. They have yet to respond back - Guess they are way to busy to asnswer questions from prospective customers.
Anyway, the system I am thinking of will be built around a 10'W x 12'D x 10'H frame that I will build out of aluminum conduit. I'll hand netting on the sides and top and an impact screen in the front (not a p3proswing version - http://www.nettingmasters.com/asccus...=6&navParent=0
). I plan to use children's playroom high-density interlocking foam floor pieces for the base and glue on a large section of commercial synthetic turf (there are a ton of choices on thicknesses and density, approximating everything from green to rough - I plan to use a moderate thickness approximating fairway - http://www.flooringwebsite.com/Carpe.../Main_Page.htm
). I'll cut out a section that will me to fit the p2proswing Claret version of their simulator with their grass topper. Directly in front of the grass topper and extending all the way to the screen I'll add a section of synthetic carpet that simulates a putting green. I'll suspend a projector with at least 2,500 lumens connected to a dedicated laptop and two webcams (front and side) for replay to analyze my swing. Both sides and top will have an overlay of black fabric over the netting to enhance the screen image.
P2proswing also offers an option to include analysis of ball flight, including ball spin using doppler radar. It is called Zelocity, but I can't figure out from their website if Zelocity is a hardware or software option, or both. Like I said, their website absolutely sucks. Anyway, I would like to have detailed analysis of the ball flight characteristics (e.g., spin) as well.
So, this is what I am envisioning. The total estimate for the system I want is around $5,000. I know that is a lot, but I also know that it will pay for itself in about 12-18 months as much as I practice (or, rather, would practice if I had a year-round range in my back yard). I don't want to go cheap as I half-*** version would just there collecting dust.
I have used indoor simulators before and I know some folks don't like them but I find them very valuable and usually very accurate in estimating actual ball flight. They are especially useful for analyzing your own swing and varying different parts of your swing and seeing the effects. They have helped my game a lot.