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SkyTrak golf simulator launches at under £1,700

SkyTrak is a new launch monitor and simulator with an RRP of £1,695 inclusive of VAT. The company claims that SkyTrak provides the accurate measurements of a commercial-quality launch monitor, at a fraction of the cost.

Already available in the States, SkyTrak has been described by sports broadcaster ESPN as “a $20,000 product at under $2,000”. The new simulator is a joint venture between SkyGolf (parent company of SkyCaddie), and digital technology company SportTrak. The product is said to combine the photometric accuracy of a commercial-grade golf launch monitor, with the high definition visuals of a high-end golf simulator, combining both at a breakthrough price point, making the technology realistically available to consumers, golf clubs and professionals for the first time.

Using photometric technology and professional-grade accuracy, SkyTrak measures ball speed, launch angle, back spin, side spin and side angle. It also displays carry distance, offline distance and total distance to simulate practice and play as if on the course or practice tee.

SkyTrak emphasises that while entertaining, the simulator is not a toy, but a serious tool that accurately reflects the golfer’s skill level and shot results to provide year-round practice, play and game improvement. Golfers can use their own favourite brand of golf ball, as most users will be hitting into a practice net. This gives data for actual play, which can use to improve game performance when out on the course.

SkyTrak ships with the SkyTrak App, which displays a 3D driving range and basic shot data on an iPad. However, SkyTrak anticipates that most coaches and PGA professionals will choose the SkyTrak Premium App at a £79 per annum subscription. This unlocks all of the SkyTrak’s launch monitor capabilities, with extensive data tables enabling analysis of a player’s golf swing for coaching and custom-fittings. The SkyTrak Premium App also unlocks the fun side of SkyTrak, such as longest drive, nearest the pin and target challenges and more.

SkyTrak has also announced a partnership with World Golf Tour, the online golf game and for an annual subscription, golfers will initially be able to play approach shots at a nine-hole selection of HD-quality WGT courses, including St Andrews, Kiawah Island and Chambers Bay. Soon afterwards SkyTrak users will be able to play up to 20 full WGT courses from tee to green, again for an annual subscription.

A number of other golf software suppliers are also integrating with SkyTrak, including TruGolf which makes the popular E6 Golf simulator software. SkyTrak customers will find a new Menu option which enables them to play a range of HD-quality golf courses from these suppliers for an annual subscription. More at: www.skygolf.com