ORLANDO, Fla. – The Optishot infrared golf simulator is an indoor, in-home system that lets players practice on the driving range or on a major championship course replica.
Believe it or not, the simulator comes in the size of a shoe box.
In 2005, the co-founders of the software wanted to develop something that was affordable and could be built into homes.
All the player has to do is hit over the sensor, and Optishot picks up the speed of the club-head through the impact zone.
“Two main reasons for the Optishot, one for game improvement and two, to just have fun,” said CEO and president Brandon Theophilus.
On the system, there is a practice range and 12 courses that have flyover views.
If a player wants to go and hit balls at the range all day long you can, but if you get sick of that, you can pick out a course and go hit 130-yard shots from anywhere on that course.
“You can drop in on any hole, anywhere and hit shots,” said Theophilus. “You can go to Warwick Hill, host of the PGA Tour’s Buick Open, and go hit 130-yard shots from whatever hole you want to. It’s pretty cool.”
Up to four people can play at once. With the new release of the Optishot in December, you can play multiple formats, such as stroke play, match play, alternate shot, a skins game, a scramble and Stableford format.
Players can create themselves on the system, lefties and righties, and it will save the type of club each player uses. Players can also save the rounds they have played and down to what specs they have on their clubs.
The Optishot costs $399.95, without the purchase of any accessories. The Silver Package ($899) consists of the Optishot, a premium hitting net and an octagonal grade hitting mat. The Platinum Package ($3,999) includes the Optishot, an Impact Screen, a HD Projector and an OptiStix Driver. Not included are a Windows computer and golf clubs.
“There’s nothing else in the world for this price,” Theophilus added.