As the great basketball star Allen Iverson once said “We’re talking about practice! We’re talking about practice… We ain’t talking about the game! Yes we are talking about practicing and If you are like me the Optishot is all about practice. I didn’t buy the Optishot simulator, the Optishot turf, projector and screen to play games. These items are for golf practice in my home so why not create the best practice facility I can? To do so you need to start with upgrading the Optishot turf. The Optishot mat may seem like a minor item but if you really want to improve your golf game then it is an investment well spent.
Why Upgrade The Optishot Turf?
One of the things I have stopped doing at the driving range is hit off the mats. The mats at the driving range are razor thin, worn down and hard. The Optishot turf is no different. When I begin hitting my 5,000 balls with the Optishot simulator, the first thing I noticed was the mat. I hated the feel of the hard and thin surface. My club would bounce off the turf. The Optishot turf is less than an inch thick. One of the most important aspects of golf practice is being able to feel like you are on the course, hitting off real grass. The Optishot turf does not feel like hitting off real grass, it feels like hitting off a mat at the range.
#2 Fat and Thin
When practicing my golf swing I like to be able to tell when i take a big divot, no divot or a just right shot. It is crucial to know it the shot is fat or thin. If you are using parts of the Stack and Tilt swing like me then this is a must when using their Fault Tree. I need to be able to tell a thin shot from a fat shot. That is why the thicker turf is a great investment. With this turf you will be able to feel a fat or thin shot and can make the proper adjustments to your swing.
#3 Tee It Up
The turf that come with the simulator also comes with a tee. This tee is just like a tee you would find at the range. Do you use this tee on the course? No way! In order to get the best out of practice it needs to simulate a real round. The thicker turf does this as you can place real tees into the turf (it is that thick). If you want to improve your game off the tee then you must upgrade your turf.
A broken simulator is not good for your golf game. For the first year, I used the turf that came with the simulator. Bad idea. My Optishot cracked…not once but twice. The turf gave little protection to the simulator. It does not cover the back or the sensor very well. Trust me if you break your simulator you will not be practicing (Optishot was great in replacing the simulator but it took months to get it done). Protect your investment with a thicker turf top.
This Optishot thicker turf top is a huge improvement and needed upgrade.
Here is why:
1 1/2 inches thick
Covers all the sensors
Protects the back of the simulator
Real tees can go into the turf top
Easily installed (velcro)