Home Golf Simulator Reviews: ProTee
Posted by bret richards on April 19, 2016 0 Comments
Considered by many to be the industry’s benchmark in terms of overall performance – the ProTee golf simulator offers an exceptional combination of accuracy and impressive software graphics at an initial price point of around $5,000. Founded in 2001, ProTee United specializes in developing, manufacturing and distributing indoor golf simulators for commercial, professional and private, in-home use.
It’s important to point out from the outset of this review that ProTee has a dual-track tracking system. It tracks both the club and the ball for its simulation. This compares very favourable to other systems that employ only club-tracking or ball-tracking technologies.
Does ProTee have one of the most accurate golf simulation technologies available at it’s price point? How impressive is its game software – the Golf Club? We’ve got some answers for you - read on and find out what the Golf Simulator Guys think about the ProTee golf simulator.
What you get
When you purchase the ProTee Base Pack, you receive a high-speed sensor system, vertical camera, impact screen, halogen overhead-light system, USB to serial convertor, universal power supply and game software. In fact, you get two pieces of game software - the ProTee Golf 2.0 and The Golf Club Simulator Edition. For added accuracy and increased functionality, you can purchase separately a second high-speed camera as well as a putting system.
A Decade in Development
In development for over 10 years, the ProTee features high-speed optical sensors built into the mat to track club head and ball speed data. The mat features synthetic grass – a feature that we will expand upon later in this review.
The ProTee’s sensor-mat system utilizes 101 sensors - up to six times more than the competition. This all but guarantees one of the most accurate and complete swing analyses available. The ProTee measures 17 different elements of every swing. Now that’s pretty impressive, and a great beginning to improving your golf swing.
The sensor mat detects club-head speed, swing path, club face angle, sweet-spot position, swing tempo, ball speed and ball path. In addition, based upon these measurements, it calculates ball launch angle and spin rates.
The high speed camera tracks the ball’s trajectory, and when combined with the information from the sensor pad, delivers very realistic ball-flight trajectory. As mentioned above, the baseline ProTee golf simulator comes standard with one high-speed camera, but you have the option of adding a second camera that’s mounted vertically to the sensor mat.
Seriously, That’s A lot of Courses
The ProTee includes two software packages – the ProTee Golf 2.0 and The Golf Club Simulator Addition.
The Golf Club features stunning high definition graphics in up to 4K Ultra HD, beautiful scenery, bright textures and natural lighting. At last count, the software came with more than 92,000 pre-designed golf courses to play. It also features a Greg Norman golf course designer where you can actually design and build your own golf courses. Other features include free online play, tournaments, tours and online sharing.
Earlier this year, version 2.9 of The Golf Club Simulator was made available for download. It includes an additional 6,000 courses, incredibly realistic mowing patterns and new apparel, like shirts, pants, hats and shoes, to differentiate the look of the on-screen golfers.
With ProTee, you also get the ProTee Golf 2.0 golf simulation software with 100+ courses available out of the box, the ability to play online and offline with up to 8 players, full swing analysis displayed after every shot, advanced practice modes, longest drive and nearest to the pin competitions.
In addition to the two software options that are included, users of ProTee can also play on TruGolf’s impressive E6 game software for an additional cost. It’s incredibly hard to describe the truly impressive E6 graphics. Suffice it to say, it’s probably one of the closest things you’ll experience next to playing a real round of golf.
Downsides, But With A Silver Lining.
There is a lot to like about ProTee. A lot of people will purchase the system because of its great tracking technology and multiple software options. However, there are a few downsides.
The ProTee studio does not have the level of quality most golfers would expect from golf simulation technology at this price point. In addition, some of the accessories leave a lot to be desired. For example, it’s turf top is a brand called ‘fiberbuilt.’ It’s durable, but a bit of an eye sore. It is not a lot of fun to hit off of, and doesn’t match any of the existing turfs on the market today.
But there is a ‘silver lining’. The Golf Simulator Guys are working on a new turf-top prototype custom designed to integrate seamlessly with the ProTee. And our quality studios are a perfect fit for the advanced technology of the ProTee.
Final Thoughts from The 19th Hole
Some systems are good at tracking either the ball or the club – ProTee does both very well. And as a result, users can have confidence in knowing not only what their ball did, but why as well. With it’s dual-track tracking system, ProTee delivers exceptional ball-flight accuracy and swing analysis that’s sure to help lower your score.
It’s also important to highlight that ProTee provides uses with three software options. This is a feature currently unavailable with any other in-home golf simulator.
To say that we are impressed with the ProTee golf simulator would be an understatement. In fact, we like they technology and game software so much, the Golf Simulator Guys will be carrying the product starting Spring 2016.