- Go to the ‘practice range’ at the start and measure the distances you hit your clubs. There are screen instructions on how to do this and how to ‘show’ your clubs to the infra-red sensors. It also allows you to track your distance and accuracy over time. You can interchange your clubs for the different shots (3 iron, 7 iron etc.), but I didn’t do this and there were no ill effects that I could tell. It is just a game after all. Somehow, having your bag beside you in the living room and pulling out different clubs to play shots seems a bit daft. Then again, you can take the game as seriously as you like and it gives you a full round.
- Take your time. Begin at a slow pace and get to understand what’s what.
- Do not try putting at the start – it’s fraught with danger. Programme the game to do it for you and, as you become more comfortable with its operations, you can try putting after a bit (you can change this setting during a game). I didn’t realise you can programme ‘gimmes’ and was taking 6 or more putts to get in the hole during my first round. Believe me, that’s damn frustrating.
|My first round of golf. There are probably 60 putts in there.|
- Be sure to nominate what kind of ball you are hitting. There are three options: no ball, a foam ball or a real ball. I chose a foam ball and then stopped putting it back on the tee after a while – bad idea as that seems to affect the infra-red sensor readings. ‘Bob’ was driving 280+ yards with the foam ball, but only 190 yards when I was swinging at fresh air.
- This is not meant to be flippant, but make sure you have enough space to swing a club. 8.5 feet is recommended and, as I recall, most of the new houses that have been built in the last two decades tend to have ceilings below 3 feet.
|My second round. Three birdies in the first five holes... |
helped by allowing OptiShot to putt for me
|The graphics and information/data panel|