OptiShot has got the media's attention. Read what the press has been saying about Dancin'Dogg Golf and the OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator.
Don't want to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for a standard golf simulator? Try this sim, which tracks a golf swing's entire path with its two rows of sensors on the artificial turf swing pad. Ten thousand light pulses per second are sent through the system to measure various facets of a swing, such as club-head speed and club-face angle at impact.
The swing pad can be connected to a computer, TV or a projection screen to visually track ball flight off a swing and to evaluate swing mechanics. Eleven courses from around the world can be "played" to take you beyond the comfy environs of your living room.
Dancin' Dogg Golf ranked No. 358 on Inc. Magazine's list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.
Planting the Flag - Teeing Off in Iceland
There are only 17 18-hole golf courses for Iceland's 35,000 golfers. Combine that scarcity with Iceland's cold winter, and you have good new for Dancin' Dogg Golf (No. 358), which makes the OptiShot indoor golf simulator. Last winter, Dancin' Dogg's Icelandic distributor sold $60,000 worth of OptiShot products. South Korea, where Dancin' Dogg plans to sell next, may yield even better sales. South Korea has just 400 courses for its seven million golfers.
The Golf Channel.com 2011
The graphics on the OptiShot by Dancin' Dogg Golf are amazing.
Sports Illustrated Golf Plus
The OptiShot by Dancin' Dogg Golf allows you to turn your garage into a monster par-5 with a two-tiered green.
Dancin' Dogg Golf's OptiShot uses sensors to measure the speed and angles of your clubface instead of the ball, then calculates the ball trajectory from there.
Users of the OptiShot by Dancin' Dogg Golf are able to hit a ball into a net and see their shots land on virtual courses that appear on their computer screen. Eight courses and a practice range, depicted with quality graphics, are included.
You use your own clubs, and, depending on how many nets you put up (and how good you are with drywall), you can use real balls, foam balls, or no ball at all. At $399, the OptiShot is only 10% of the price of some larger simulators.
Computer golf games really haven't improved the process of 'hitting the ball.' Until now. The OptiShot by Dancin' Dogg Golf comes with a swing pad that connects to your PC and takes golf on your computer to a whole new level.
Dancin' Dogg Golf's OptiShot is your chance to play a world-class golf course everyday - without ever leaving your home.
The graphics of Dancin' Dogg Golf's OptiShot are terrific. The price is right. I want one.
SCORE Golf Research & Development aware: The winner is OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator
Dancin' Dogg's affordable in-home golf simulator distanced itself from an impressive list of nominees in the R&D category in 2010. Also a strong product of the year nominee, Optishot gets high marks for its easy plug and play setup, its indoor-outdoor versatility, and for amazingly accurate feedback. Best of all: this thing is just stupid fun.
While stuff like Kinect and PS Move are aimed at casual gamers, Dancin’ Dog Golf’s OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator is aimed solely at core golfers looking to capitalize on their golf game while at home, the office or the log cabin during a snowy winter’s day.
The cool part about this device is that it’s a lot like the other motion-driven devices available for home consoles, save you don’t bust bubbles or play a casual game of tennis with the OptiShot, you play realistic, real-to-life golf with it and the best part is that you can use your very own shoes, clothes and clubs.
Traverse City Business News
Dancin' Dogg Golf: 951.2-percent growth in three years. Named No. 358 of Inc. magazine's annual list of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the nation. The kicker? This Dogg is dancin' right her in TC.
The product that has revolutionized golf gaming: Dancin' Dogg's OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator. The system - available for sale in a package not much bigger than a bread box, gives golfers the ability to play stunningly accurate on-screen representations of world-renowned courses without ever leaving home.
Man Up - gear up to give some great guy stuff as gifts this Father's Day. OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator allows users to play with their own clubs, up to 4 players per round can compete with one another by hitting real balls, foam balls or no balls.
The OptiShot unit is impressively self-contained, with the mat and tee not altogether much larger than a PlayStation. It requires only one connection, via plug-and-play USB to a Windows-running computer, which you then load with the packaged software. Through its 16 optical infrared sensors, the OptiShot can track swing path, face angle, clubhead speed and other factors while the computer presents a visual model of your shots, which bear a more distinct resemblance to your real golf than what you see on Tiger Woods PGA Tour.
West Valley Health & Living
The ultimate revolution in virtual golf, Dancin' Dogg lets Dad play extremely accurate replicas of world-renowed courses without ever leving home. The simple plug-and-play set-up allows for hours of practice on the realistic driving range, or a full round on numerous award-winning layouts.
Putt in Palm Desert. Tee off at Monterey. Get frustrated in Scotland. And do it all while wearing a Snuggie because you don't have to leave the comfort of your own home with this new home golf simulator.
Perfect for the Northwest winter, play replicas of famous courses in this immersive experience. Simply hook it up to the television, choose your course and start swinging. Be sure to move the vase first.
Hamilton's Men's Magazine
Par for the course - OptiShot Home Infrared Golf Simulator - the season's golf favorites.
PBG Lifestyle Magazine
Just in time for Father's Day (and any day) comes the OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator by Dancin' Dogg Golf. It's a must have.
Boasting jaw-dropping, life-like graphics, OptShot's patented technology usues infrared sensors on a durable swing pad to accurately record club head speed, face angle and swing path.
Avid Golfer - Colorado
For $400, about 1/100 the price of a full-on PGA Tour golf simulator, anyone with a Windows PC can now plug in, practice and play on replicas of Bethpage Black, Torrey Pines and other renowned courses. The OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator uses 16 infrared sensors on a durable swing pad to record club head speed, face angle and swing path as you bring the club through the impact zone and make contact with the foam practice balls. The sensors capture shot impact conditions and instantly transmit them, giving the user immediate shot analysis as well as ball flight information on every type of shot in every type of condition.
Golf Fitness Magazine
The ultimate revolution in virtual golf, Dancin' Dogg - makers of the OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator - enables casual and diehard hackers to play extremely accurate replicas of world-renowed courses without ever leaving home. The simple plug-and-play set-up allows for hours of practice on the realistic driving range, or a full roung on numerous award-winning layouts.
GOLF Magazine - Front 9
The OptiShot's Infrared sensors detect your clubhead speed, face angle and swing path, and the software then creates an image of the resulting shot on your computer screen.
Golf Business Magazine
I can't begin to tell you how fantastic OPtiShot by Dancin' Dogg Golf is - accurate, affordable and just plain fun. It's a must have for golfers of all ages and ability levels.
Dancin' Dogg Golf's OptiShot is about as close to a genuine, in-home simulation as your're going to find for less than many thousands of dollars.
The Hackers Paradise
You can get the feel of playing an actual round of golf with the OptiShot by Dancin' Dogg Golf in your home during those winter months where you cannot get out to the course.
Golf Partners Club
You've practiced at driving ranges, golf domes and pro shops with golf simulators, but what about at home? With Dancin' Dogg Golf's OptiShot, that's possible.
With Dancin' Dogg Golf's OptiShot, I can play great virtual courses in a realistic fashion with my own clubs and real swing results in my home. I'm definitely impressed.
Avid Golfer - Arizona
The OptiShot by Dancin' Dogg Golf is affordable and easy-to-use. Ideal for golfers of all ages and abilities.
Have you ever said, 'I wish I were playing Pebble Beach right now?' OptiShot by Dancin' Dogg Golf can make that wish come true - right in your own garage.
Golf Lifestyle Magazine
Dancin' Dogg Golf's OptiShot showcases a jaw-dropping layout that truly replicates the unique landscape of North Scottsdale's saguaro forests.
Golf Tips Magazine
Want to play the world’s best courses, but don’t want to pay or travel? Consider Dancin’ Dogg Golf’s OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator.
Fairways and Greens
OptiShot by Dancin' Dogg Golf is remarkably affordable and easy-to-use.
If you can identify with these seasonal woes, the folks at Dancin’ Dogg Golf have a finely-tuned solution for you in the form of their OptiShot Golf Simulator,” and “part training tool and part video game, the most unique attribute about OptiShot is that it plain works.
The Golf Channel.com 2010
As much as we'd all like to have a golf simulator in our homes, few of us have the space or the money to spend on these virtual driving ranges. Until Dancin’ Dogg Golf came along, that is.
Not only is this something that you can try to beat mom and dad at, but it also is something that can really help you learn about your swing. The more you practice the better you get, and I think it’s safe to say if you could hit balls all day inside, you would.
OptiShot is really small, especially when you consider the technology packed into the device. All you need is a computer and the USB cord and your really do get ‘plug ‘n play’ golf!
Rocky Mountain Golf
OptiShot software’s crisp screen graphics enable users to play replicas of the most notable courses.
Up North Live Tonight
Our very own Traverse City-based, Dancin' Dogg Golf has one of the year's hottest products on its hands for golfers and gamers with the OptiShot Infrared Simulator.
Michigan 9 & 10 News
After years of intense research and development, a Traverse City company is starting to hit it big. The company is Dancin' Dogg Golf, and they've been named to Inc. Magazine's list of the 500 fastest growing companies in the country. John McGowan and Photojournalist Jeff Blevins paid them a visit Wednesday, and found out how they're investment in Northern Michigan is paying off.
- Savona, NY
I couldn't be more impressed with this product. A 4th grader could figure it out but it's much more than a video game. I am taken back by how accurate this thing is; especially putting. I went the whole mile with this and built a golf room, video impact and all. I'm just a regular guy in the Northeast who loves golf. I've played at the local bar who had a system they said cost $50,000. They paid $49,601 too much! Great product, can't wait to get Georgia Peach. Look forward to watching this product mature even more.
- Littleton, CO
What a great product at an unbelievable price! I tested other simulators that sell for several thousand more than OptiShot and this product is a winner! The OptiShot simulator gives you accurate shot feedback to hone your skills and lower your handicap. The ability to play real courses with your friends and family is a hoot!
- Salt Lake City, Utah
3DD Golf provides an unbeatable golf experience within the confines of your own home or office. The feedback on each shot letting you know your swing speed, swing path and face angle as you make contact with the ball has allowed me to maintain and even improve my swing through the winter months. It is amazing how much you can learn about the individual elements of your own swing that effect your shot. Paired with a little instruction, I've increased my swing speed (adding distance), and improved consistency (path and face angle) to knock strokes off my game. The value is incredible as well. As a 7 handicap looking to get to scratch, I'm excited to get to the range.
- Woodstown, NJ
I recently purchased the Optishot & have been using it at home.
I have a 5 1/2 & 3 year old so getting to the course is tough. After using your system for several days, I had a chance to go to the range. What a difference. My irons were so pure. I was hitting the ball longer & with a better ball flight. On my misses I knew exactly why. Made the correction & was hitting great shots again. I probably picked up 5 yards just because of how pure I was hitting the ball. Thanks for a great system & I'm hoping to continue to improve. I look forward to the new courses. 3DD is a fantastic system.
- Saskatchewan, Canada
We have a very long "weather delay" called winter here. My handicap index usually jumps a couple or three points for the first four to six weeks of a new golf season before it starts to come back down. That didn't happen this spring. Of course I wasn't able to immediately play as well as when we finished the season last fall but I also didn't need weeks to get my game back this year, like I have in years past. OptiShot doesn’t just help you stay on top of your game but 3DD golf is bunches of fun too!!! You get accurate swing analysis and get to play on some beautiful, and tough, golf courses. With your own clubs!!! Sure beats shoving a mouse across your desktop. It makes practice interesting, especially when you get a couple of golf friends over to play.
- Chicago, IL
I'm writing to offer my testimonial to the Optishot system. I have done a lot of research over the last ten years looking for an affordable indoor golf simulator. As you know, most simulators cost between $1,500 and $50,000. I recently purchased your inexpensive system and found it to be absolutely incredible. I am a 13 handicap golfer. I'm from Chicago, so our golf season is limited and this system gives me the opportunity to golf year-round. I installed the system in my garage (9' clearance) and the low cost of your system allowed me to add accessories to create a terrific experience via a projector and a hittable canvas screen. My total cost for my entire project was under $1,000. The software updates are automatic, and I was pleased to see a new golf course as part of my first update. I've invited low-handicap golfing buddies to experience it and they are extremely impressed. My 10-year-old daughter loves it too. It is helpful as a golfing trainer, entertaining as a game, and terrific as a form of exercise to keep me loose over the entire year. Again, I am very impressed with the device. I look forward to updates and wish you continued success.
- Charlotte, NC
I really love your product it has the best bang for the buck and it really does improve your overall game. Thanks so much.
- Long Beach, CA
My experience with purchasing the optishot has been one of the best financial investments to date on developing my golf game. I have been playing this game for over 25 years and am currently a 12 handicap. Given the current capabilities of the optishot which includes providing the immediate feedback via swing analysis date, I hope to become a single digit by the end of the year or earlier. With the recent upgrade (Free by the way) of the Driving Range feature, I am able to focus more on each club and shaping shots more conveniently without having to interface with the program as frequently. All I need to do is hit the shot, view the swing analysis data and view the shot shape. Then do it all over again! Great practice feature.
Although I am more than satisfied with the product, I am even more impressed with the customer service. Prior to me purchasing the Optishot, I was able to get excellent feedback from the customer service representative at Dancin Dogg which contributed to my decision to purchase the product. I have recently had to return the product due to extreme durability testing imposed on close family and friends that are in the initial learning stages of playing the game. I have received excellent service from Dancin Dogg such that I was kept notified of the progress and they even replaced my mat which had taken an extreme beating, which was beyond my expectation.
I would like to thank the customer service folks at Dancin Dogg over the last 5 months that I have interfaced with and specific thanks and kudos to Morgan Makowski who I have interfaced with 90% of the time. I have and continue to recommend this product to my fellow golf enthusiasts. Regards and thanks,
- Northeast Illinois
I am genuinely satisfied with the Optishot Golf Simulator. The product allows me to determine my club head speed, face angle, tempo and swing path, etc. with significant accuracy. I ended last season trying to lower my handicap and ran out of time due to Winter. Now, I can practice many types of shots in my home on the Optishot during times of record-breaking snowstorms. I am Opti-mistic that by getting consistent feedback on my swing metrics, I will be a better golfer come this Spring. Some of my golf buddies are already calling me the "sleeper" for next season. On that note, my buddies and I are going to play the Monterey Classic Premium Course on the Optishot this weekend with deep snow drifts outside. More than cool. :-) I tried another affordable simulator before the release of the Optishot, and I returned it because the quality simply was not for real golf swings (I am at 115mph with a 3-wood). The Optishot is staying in my place for good.
- Paoli, PA
I love this thing!!! Having played dozens of 'rounds' on a top of the line indoor simulator I tempered my expectations for your product, but did not need to. You have a very satisfied customer. Any chance that you can create a par three course ala "Three Tops"? Thank you.
- New Orleans, Louisiana
I can’t tell you how pleased I am with my purchase! After only a few practice sessions, I’ve been able to groove a reliable and consistent swing. Played real golf yesterday and hit it stiff all day! Thanks for a quality training aid!
- Central Florida
I would first like to applaud the creation of an affordable, full function golf simulator for the general public. High end simulators of this quality utilizing 'Doppler radar' can easily exceed 20K, so kudos!!!
I am a graduate of the Golf Academy of America, formerly known as SDGA, So I am familiar with golf simulators for club fitting and performance characteristics, as well as enjoying a round of golf during a thunderstorm.
- Armonk, New York
I just returned from a week-long golf trip. It's a trip we do every year in April. My scoring was 8-to-10 strokes lower this year, and there's no doubt that my improvement was due to the Optishot!!! What a great product! We played 6 courses--mostly courses we had not played last year. My average was 8 strokes lower across the week, and on same-course scoring, I was 10 strokes better. Additionally, my day-to-day consistency was much higher than on any previous trip. Great stuff! Thanks.
- Ontario, Canada
I got a chance to use your Dancing Dog golf simulator here a the Family golf center in Oakville Ontario Canada and it has changed my golfing life. The feedback about angle at impact and where I hit the ball on the club face explained why I hit it short and crooked all the time. With a grip adjustment and something as simple as standing closer to the ball I have taken a few strokes of my handicap right away and hit the ball straighter and farther. Thanks for developing a good product that can really help my game.
- Batavia, Ohio
Just of note of appreciation for the software updates that I was able to download today. Much better look and the shot statistics are a good addition. I like the unit and have it set up with a laptop projector and hitting mat...fun to use and I have begun to improve some bad habits that had crept into my game. With the software updates, I would recommend this unit to other golfers. Thanks for the continued improvement of your product.