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Are There Any Golf Video Games With Accurate Greens From Real Courses?


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Hi, the title is probably sufficient, but I'm looking for a video game / simulator to speed up development of my green-reading skills at the courses I'm working at; I'm a brand new caddie so I'd like to be as helpful as possible as soon as possible.

From a bit of searching, I can't find anything that fits the bill on the standard gaming systems, but hoping someone has found something. I'd much rather go this route, if possible, instead of green diagrams, as it would be nice to "hit" and get feedback vs. trying to memorize a contour mapping.

Since I assume the answer is "no," has anyone here found a good app that can at least show the effective direction? I downloaded GolfLogix, which seems very cool for this, but I'm wondering how accurate their contours are.

Thanks in advance for any comments!

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Welcome to TheSandTrap.  One golf game I've played is online at the World Golf Tour (www.wgt.com).  They have a number of courses that I've played, and the green breaks seem realistic.  But I can't imagine how you could learn anything about reading putts from the green views available in any computer simulation.  If you really want to learn to read greens, I'd suggest finding and taking an Aimpoint clinic.  

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37 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

Welcome to TheSandTrap.  One golf game I've played is online at the World Golf Tour (www.wgt.com).  They have a number of courses that I've played, and the green breaks seem realistic.  But I can't imagine how you could learn anything about reading putts from the green views available in any computer simulation.  If you really want to learn to read greens, I'd suggest finding and taking an Aimpoint clinic.  

Hi Dave, thank you for the welcome and thank you for your insight! That's disappointing about the simulators. A really experienced caddie I know thought I might be on to something, but it sounds like in practice it won't really pan out. Might be fun for me to try the game regardless, so I appreciate you sharing the info! Really good to know about the Aimpoint clinic as well. From a brief search after reading your post, it looks really awesome! Thanks again 🙂

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2 hours ago, DaveP043 said:

Welcome to TheSandTrap.  One golf game I've played is online at the World Golf Tour (www.wgt.com).  They have a number of courses that I've played, and the green breaks seem realistic.  But I can't imagine how you could learn anything about reading putts from the green views available in any computer simulation.  If you really want to learn to read greens, I'd suggest finding and taking an Aimpoint clinic.  

I second this as a game. But for real green reading, you need to be there.

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Based on the games I've played, 2D just doesn't to the undulations of the green justice. It would definitely have to be VR to be anything close.

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The one I've played recently has been PGA Tour 2K21 of The Golf Club franchise from HB. In addition to the courses that come with the game, there are thousands of user made courses including those made from LIDAR of famous courses around the globe. Available on PC and Console. 

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@newbiecaddie OnCore Golf launch this App last month.
I haven't had time to try it yet, but it looks interesting.

Here is a video demonstration - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGfVVxwPHGc

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GreenBreaker is the first and only smartphone app that uses advanced vision and image analysis technology combined with artificial intelligence to read the green and show you an augmented reality overlay so you’re able to anticipate the break and sink more putts.

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Like all of them, The Golf Club 2 is good, if not a bit old (2017)--if you take the time to get used the physics of the game. It ain't like putting in RL.  Practice makes perfect....or, almost perfect.

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