There was a lot of exciting news to come out of the International CES 2019 event that took place in Las Vegas in early January. The sports tech innovations that were promised for the show were one of its biggest draws—and they didn’t disappoint, bringing together more companies than any previous event and devoting nearly 5,000 square feet of the exhibit hall to sports technology.
For golf players, the Golfzon exhibit was maybe the most exciting one of all. Simulators made by this South Korean company have been popular with both casual players and professionals for years, and their newest releases promise to be even better than their previous offerings, with upgrades to both the feel and the look of their simulators that will definitely attract the eye of serious players at every level.
Golfzon featured two simulators in their CES 2019 booth: their Vision Premium and Vision Compact, two of the three systems in their most recent release. Paired with the right video projector, these Vision simulators can make you feel like you’re out on the course. Just what’s so special about them?
The adjustable, multi-surface hitting plates
When you choose a new course on the Vision system, the image on the screen isn’t the only thing that changes. The swing plate takes the topography of the course into account, too, adjusting for uphill, downhill, or even tilted shots. It’s a level of realism you might not expect to be able to simulate.
The hitting mats you get with the Vision system expand that realism by giving you a variety of different surfaces to swing from. Even the best players don’t land on the green every shot. With the Vision system, you can practice hitting out of long grass or sand—far more options than you’ll get from most simulators.
The quality of the sensor
All the simulators in the Vision line use Golfzon’s new T1 Sensor and a pair of high-speed cameras to capture your club and ball movement. It’s by far the fastest and most accurate sensor yet seen in the world of golf simulators. You’ll see your ball leave the tee on-screen as soon as you hit it, and it’s also sensitive to technical shots like fades or draws.
The accuracy of the sensor readings is just as important as the speed of the response when it comes to giving you a realistic simulation experience. That’s really where the Golfzon Vision system shines. You’ll get accurate readings every time you take a swing, letting you really dig in and perfect your game.
The expansive course library
Most people are never going to get the chance to play at St. Andrews in real life—but you can play it on Golfzon. The system comes with around 180 different course options to choose from, including many of the most famous courses in the world. Even better, the Vision software is cloud-based and continuously updated. Since more courses are added all the time, you’ll never run out of new places to play.
The recording and sharing extras
Have you ever wanted to see what you look like when you take your swing? Now you can, with the swing replay function. This isn’t just neat—it can be a very useful tool in troubleshooting issues you might not have even realized you had. You can save recorded swings to compare and track your progress, or upload them to your online account to show off a particularly good shot.
These aren’t the only ways Golfzon lets you connect with other golfers. The Golfzon Live Festival service lets you put your skills to the test against other players from around the world. If you’d rather play against friends and family, you can have up to 6 simultaneous players on the Vision system—more than any other golf simulator out there.
Golfzon simulators are the most realistic you’ll find on the modern market. If you need proof, just look at who uses them. They’re not only endorsed by PGA and LGPA players (Alison Lee even put on a demonstration at the Golfzon booth), they’re also the best-selling brand of golf simulator world-wide.
The only downside of a Golfzon simulator is the price. Even their cheapest option, the Vision Compact, will set you back about $25,000—and that’s before you buy the screen and projector. If you’re looking for the most realistic playing experience possible (and you’re willing to pay top dollar for it) you’ll definitely want to look into Golfzon’s newest offerings.