Factors in Choosing a Golf Simulator – Software

Maybe the most important factor in choosing the right golf simulator for you is the software.

Software:

o Game Play:
There are several different options to consider here. How many courses are available? How many courses come with the base unit? How many of the courses are renditions of real courses? Are the courses computer based images (3D) or is it a picture based images (2D)? What I would suggest looking for here is: The number of courses which suits your needs, there is no reason to pay for 50 courses if you are only going to play 10. It takes a long time to get board playing a course on a good golf simulator. The major problem with a picture based system, is you can only play your shot from where there has been a picture taken. So if you hit the ball into the rough or out of bounds and there has not been a photo taken of that area, you will be atomically taken back to your previous shot with a one stroke penalty. Now for a PGA player this might not be a big deal but for the rest of us, who do hit the ball into the rough, it makes for a very slow and very frustrating round of golf.

o The Latest and Greatest Software:
There are a few companies who have released new software this year (2009). The new software adds cool new features to the game play. New features include variable weather options, time of day options. Now you can play your round of golf in the afternoon with a stiff breeze which is constantly changing as you play your round, watch the sky darken as your round nears nightfall. As you play your favorite round on the cost, see the waves move in and out on the surf, hear the waves crash along the coastline. With the new software you will also notice the true to life fairway and greens. When you hit a drive the ball should roll with the slope of the course. Beware, there are some simulators on the market, when you hit a ball it will only go straight and will not follow the slope of the course. If you are looking for the most realistic round of simulated golf this is a must feature and one to not over look.

o Number of Golfers:
One feature which is important for all applications is the number of golfer who can play at one time. All simulators will allow one golfer to shoot their shot one at a time. But there are some simulators out there which limits to the total players to just two or four golfers per round. I have found in commercial applications it is best to have up to eight players per round. This makes tournaments and leagues much easier to manage and drive revenues for your business.

o Swing Analysis
Swing analysis software is the most important tool for people who want to use their simulator as a training instrument. A good swing analyzer will enable you to do club fitting as well as dissect a customer’s swing to determine problem areas. But again some simulators have this software built in and others offer it as an add-on which is not compatible the simulator software and can cost upwards of $15,000. What really makes a swing analyzer a useful tool is the information and feedback it provides. Features to look for are club speed, launch angle, ball speed, club and ball path and spin. Many of the variables which will determine what type of swing analyzer will come with your simulator will depend on the simulator’s sensor technology. This and more will be discussed in the article dedicated to the topic of “Sensor Technology”.

The software you choose will have a major outcome on the overall performance and playability of your simulator. There are also two more articles on the topic of “Three Main Factors in Choosing a Golf Simulator” Please feel free to contact me through the website, if you have any questions on golf simulator software.

Pass Catch Shoot – The Basketball Training Aid Review

As with any sport, basketball requires meticulous practice in order to master the maneuvers inherent in playing well and winning the game. Yet, with the team nature of basketball, it can be quite difficult for aspiring athletes to practice on their own, since offensive and defensive opponents play such an integral part in basketball technique.

Recognizing the potential for a basketball training aid that allows individual players to hone offensive skills, Mr. Robert Johnson has conceived of a sick new product invention he has aptly designated the Pass Catch Shoot or PCS. Simply stated, the PCS is an upright, adjustable device that serves to simulate a defensive player when practicing. Simulating the shape of a person when assembled, this product would basically consist of series aluminum tubing, with each component featuring assemblies to facilitate adjustment.

The pieces offered in the PCS system would include three parts that serve as a tripod base, with two “legs” and a center tube for additional support. Another removable tube would represent the “torso,” culminating in an integral attached, circular piece of wood to designate the “head.” Two adjustable “arms” would extend from the torso, and would be employed to create common blocking techniques. A fully assembled unit would measure approximately 6′ 6″ in height. The PCS will be shipped in kit form for easy assembly and disassembly when needed.

There are several significant benefits and advantages associated with this unique product invention. Foremost, the PCS would provide basketball players with a simple yet effective training tool that helps to hone their offensive moves. A specially designed simulator that serves as a stand in for a defensive player when one is practicing alone, this devise is highly visible, easily attained target to face off against. In this manner basketball enthusiasts would not need other players when working to improve their game, as the Pass Catch Shoot is ready for practice anytime.

The PCS will prove ideal for any basketball player regardless of age level, whether an five-year-old playing on his first youth league team or a novice adult who wants to join a community team. In addition, coaches and athletic directors will certainly appreciate the benefits of the PCS, like a blocking dummy for basketball, this product will better allow them to impart important offensive and defensive points in an easy, tangible manner. Manufactured of durable, high quality materials and components, the PCS can withstand years of continued use.

The Pass Catch Shoot is an innovative product invention that would readily enhance the game of basketball for all who participate. Teaching focus for accurate and successful offense, this handy tool could lead many players to a plethora of championships. Affordably priced, the PCS is well received by basketball enthusiasts young and old, male and female.

The only warning, before investing in any basketball training aids or equipment ask yourself these questions.

1. Are you serious about the game of basketball?

2. Are you committed to improving your overall game? and

3. Are you willing to put in the time and effort needed to improve your game and reach your goals?

What A Top Flight Simulator Game Should Have – The Buying Guide

Flight stimulator game is software that enables you to experience space flight with added elements of gameplay! The market is flooded with various kinds of flight stimulator games. But you need to be choosy when it comes to selecting a flight stimulator game for you! What features should you look out for in a fight stimulator game? This question is asked to make you aware that you cannot go and pick anything that comes to your way!

The features that you choose will definitely add more challenge to aircraft games that you would be playing. The features will bring you more closely to real flying and fighting the enemies. You will have the feel of sitting in a cockpit and facing the charging enemies! So let’s discuss what features you should look out for in a flight simulator game!

Remember that every good flight simulator must have the ability to roll, pitch, and yaw to give you the real feel of operating a stimulator. If a stimulator is being promoted and doesn’t posses these features it is not going to give you the real feel of flight!

The next feature that you should look at a flight simulator game is the addons! Your wish to have real experience of flying increases with the following addons. The features or addons of the simulator will increase the realistic touch for the game and at the same time it will let you get experience of what a real fighter pilot does when he faces such challenging enemies with so sophisticated weapons!

The added features in the simulator is also required to navigate the plane or the aircraft in the best possible ways saving the plane from enemy attack and trespassing danger zones.

What additional features are we talking about? They are off course related to graphics, scenery, controllers, additional keys, shooting points, shields, and others. Another fact to keep in mind is that in quest of saving few dollars don’t end up with something that is cheap. They may offer you some additional features and good graphics but the lifeline of such flight simulator games is very short. Try for something like the Microsoft Flight Simulator Games. Such games have every feature that one wishes in an air combat game.

The next feature should be variation of flights that one can choose for the combat. For instance the Microsoft Flight Simulator 4 is capable of providing you much training and also offers variation of aircraft like Supermarine, Lockheeds, Pipers, Cessnas and even sophisticated helicopters to use where there is no possibility to go with fighter jets. The more variation of flights you have the greater is the chance that you will get to learn how to fly the different aircraft that are really flown that way!

And above all the most important feature of a flight simulator game is its storyline – that covers the missions, campaigns and possible rounds. Without an interesting storyline and a challenging mission you won’t be enthusiastic to play a game.

The other necessary features of a flight simulator games are – sound system, control and hardware, navigating rudder pedals, gears and switches.