A Review of the Optishot Golf Simulator by Dancin’ Dogg Golf
Want to buy the Optishot Golf Simulator but aren’t quite sure what you’d be getting? I’m sure you’ve done your homework and read all the optishot reviews scattered around forums and blogs. But, do yourself a favor and read this optishot review to find out what it does and if it actually works. I’ll give you the facts, but i’ll also give you my honest opinion.
The Dancin Dogg Optishot Simulator is one of the most affordable home golf systems on the market. Is it right for you and your game? Hopefully after you read this you’ll find that it is just like i did.
My Overall Product Rating
If you are anything like me…
…when you see a new product that claims to help you play better golf you immediately chuckle and assure yourself that it’s probably bogus and you don’t need it. Trust me, the optishot golf simulator is not one of those products.
What’s in the box?
What You Will Get When Your Optishot Arrives
- Infrared Optical Swing Pad
- OptiShot 3DD Golf Software
- USB cable (10 ft.)
- Foam practice balls
- Adjustable rubber tees
- 180-Day Warranty
- Free software updates
A Quick Pro-Con Overview
The benefits of the Optishot
Overall this product is a home run. Here are a few key points that make the Optishot Golf Simulator a great value.
- Extremely Easy to Setup (less than 10 mins)
- Affordable Price (compared to other simulators)
- You can use it without hitting a ball
- Use real or foam balls
- Very portable compact design
- Great for getting kids into the game
A few things to consider
As with any product there are going to be minor things that bother you or could be better. Here’s a few i found:
- Slightly inconsistent distance reporting
- Clubhead speeds varied a bit
- If the room is too bright it affects accuracy
- Hitting mat seems to wear a little quickly
Overall the Optishot is an extremely good value for the purchase price; and by far the most affordable golf simulator. A sub $400 price tag is pennies in the grand scheme of indoor golf simulators when considering that some more advanced models will set you back a minimum of $10,000.
One of the best things about it is you can really use it right out of the box. Most settings you would adjust are set to “auto” so you don’t have to spend a lot of time tweaking settings to be able to use it.
Optishot Manufacturer Specifications
- A room with enough space to swing comfortably
- Minimum 8 1/2 ft. ceilings
- Windows Based Computer (Windows 7, XP or Vista)
- DVD Drive or Internet connection for software installation
- Graphics Card: 256MB Adapter RAM with OpenGL 2.0 support and the latest Video Drivers
- Obviously, a set of golf clubs
Note: your computer will need to have USB 2.0, 2GB of RAM and at least 3GB of storage available
The Optishot golf simulator is a really good at home way to measure and improve your golf swing. You can measure things such as your cub head speed, face angle at impact, swing path, distance traveled, face contact, and you will always get visual feedback of each shot
- Par 3 tee’s – great for confined spaces
- Play up to four at a time
- Supports left or right handed players
- Standard or metric measurements
- Realistic driving range with multiple target greens
- Durable and built to last — 180 day warranty
- Software upgrades and new features
The OptiShot Course Library contains multiple courses and a Driving Range and are all included with the OptiShot Software.
- The Golf Club Scottsdale
- Long Island Black
- Palm Desert – Canyons
- Palm Desert – Mountains
- Torrey Black
- Torrey White
- Black Mountain
- Barsebäck Golf Club
- The Canadian Club
- Österåkers Golf Club
- West Maui Plantation
Premium courses available for purchase/download
- Fylde Links
- Golden Gate Club
- Melbourne Golf Club
- Jones Lake
- Cogs Corner
- Atlanta Highlands
- Royal St. Marks
- Capitol Club
- Ponte Vedra
- Whispering Dunes Golf Course
- Old Scot Golf Course
- Monterey Classic Golf Course
Optishot and the PGA Merchandise Show
My Optishot Review
My Experience – The Bottom Line
Best Value for Indoor Golf
If you have ever teased yourself by researching golf simulators online then you already know that the $399 Dancinn Dogg Golf is asking for their Optishot is peanuts. I mean just look at the closest competitor on Amazon.com and it’s no less than $300 more expensive. For golfing at home, this is the most affordable golf simulator.
The on screen graphics are surprisingly good, but compared to the more expensive full swing golf simulators you’ll find in golf shops it isn’t quite as seamless. You’ll see a few inconsistencies here and there, but overall the experience is a lot of fun.
I have yet to find myself getting tired of playing the replica courses included with the software. While you can get additional “premium” courses, i don’t think you’ll need to for some time unless you just have a favorite course.
More Productive Practice
I don’t know about you, but i am a huge fan of practicing – i am at the range hitting balls at least 3 times a week. Having the Optishot in my garage has made a huge difference in my on range practice by allowing me to work the bugs out of my swing and know why i hit a bad shot before I get to the course to hit a real ball.
It’s Just a Lot of Fun
More than anything else, this golf simulator is just plain fun. My kids love playing on it (even though they’re young) and I just really have a good time playing the courses as well as the driving range. The feedback you get really makes it easy to make adjustments and get the most out your time on the Optishot. Getting better at golf is always fun.
The BIG QUESTION: Does the Optishot work as advertised?
In my opinion it does everything Dancinn Dogg claims it does. Are there a few imperfections? Sure. Nothing that was a show stopper for me by any steretch. Playing on the Optishot is much better than playing golf on another gaming console or PC game – you just get such good feedback on your golf swing it really is the closest you can get to playing actual golf indoors short of spending 10′s of thousands of dollars.