Media articles about Laser golf

Laser golf and travel leisure

September 2004 issue of Travel + Leasure

GIZMO A Game That Swings

Computer golf games are all well and good, but clicking and dragging has never been a substitute for driving and putting. Which is why we like LaserGolf, a new Australian golf simulation game available in the U.S. through the company's web site ($199, lasergolfgame.com). It includes a collapsible "light club" that players swing over a sensor mat that discerns clubhead speed and direction. Good swings actually produce good shots (displayed on your computer screen), while bad swings yield virtual slices and hooks. Course renderings are superb, and the belittling Aussie commentary ("No use to anyone, that shot!") is wounding. The company is working to adapt the club and mat for use with other games, like Tiger Woods 2004 Pro Tour, but for now the only courses available are Royal Melbourne and a clever "fantasy course." Still, there's much to be said for playing unlimited rounds at Royal Melbourne—in your underwear.

Laser golf and quantus

November 2004 issue of Qantas Magazine
The Australian Way -
See the light

LaserGolf claims to be the closest thing to a real game of golf that you play indoors, and it now comes equipped with a software driver which allows it to work with popular computer games such as Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2004. LaserGolf features a "light club".

It shines a laser beam that projects a shape like the head of a driver; "shots" are played by swinging at a fake golf ball that sits atop a sensor mat. Software calculates club-head speed, angle and position at impact, plus the direction of the follow-through. The LaserGolf program then shows (on a PC) a golfer taking the shot on a golf course, complete with sound effects, commentary and graphics showing the ball's flight in 3D. Sold through www.lasergolfgame.com or www.mindflux.com.au. Compiled by Ian Cockerill

Laser golf and PC User

September 2003 article in PC User

Techware - LaserGolf

We can truly say in the history of PC User, no product has been as thoroughly tested as this excellent golf sim. Australian-designed LaserGolf takes the ols sport to a new level by incorporating a laser-guided golf club into the program. Armchair players need not apply - you actually have to get up and have a swing in this game.

You line up the laser in the club head against four sensors on the USB base model that sits on the floor. A second group of four sensors then tracks your swing accuracy and speed. This information is then transferred to the game, which then works out the speed and angle of trajectory. Simple. Well, not really - you really need to swing the club hard to get a serious 250 - yard drive happening.

However, it is surprisingly realistic with drives, chip shots and putting - there's no doubt you'll work up a good sweat after 18 holes ( and a good thirst for the 19th).

LaserGolf is as addicting as active gaming gets (we had to kick the editor out of the Labs just to finish this review). Our rating? Buy it. - Darren Yates

Laser golf and the golfer newspaper

The Golfer - Newspaper

Golf on screen

WHO said golf could not be played inside?

LaserGolf is a real-time golf simulator that uses a specially designed golf club and base unit to accurately record the result of every shot on the screen of a computer.

When you swing the golf club, the sensors pick the result of the shot and analyses the stroke. The speed, direction and spin of the golf ball are transformed onto the computer screen using realistic game software that boasts a number of golf courses.

Realistic sounds, animated golfers and 3D graphics that allow hole-by-hole flyovers, make for a realistic experience that's sure to appeal to any golfer. LaserGolf allows for stroke, matchplay or skins competitions with upto eight players.

Developed by a Melbourne company, LaserGolf can be applied to almost any personal computer. Its sells for $199 in Australia and is ideal for golf clubs looking to generate interest inside the clubhouse or individuals who want a 'game' after dark. For further details visit www.lasergolfgame.com

Laser golf and T3mag

T3 Magazine - King of the swingers

Interactive golf game for people with spacious lounges...

PC golf games don't usually get us jumping excitedly around the room, whooping and yelling, but the King Swinger Laser Golf game is actually fun. It involves swinging a telescopic laser golf club that looks like a light sabre over a sensor. So, if you do get bored, you can just practise your LukeSkywalker moves instead (when no one's looking).

 

Laser golf and gizmag

September 2003 issue of GizMag:

LaserGolf gets you in the virtual swing

A 'Light Club' that lets you actually play shots and "hit" the ball replaces a mouse or game-pad as the interface in this 3D golf game. Laser Golf uses the special club in conjunction with a sensor mat attached via USB cable to the PC to simulate a round of golf in every detail - greens, trees, and even sprinklers are rendered in 3D on the screen and exact ball velocity, spin, impact point, water and terrain calculations are made so that "shots" have realistic results.

The Light Club emits a beam of red light that projects a shape like the head of a driver and the "shot" is played by swinging normally at a golf ball placed on the sensor mat. As the light beam passes over detectors in the sensor mat pick up the pulses and software calculates clubhead speed, the angle and position of the club at impact, backspin and sidespin on the golf ball, plus the direction of the follow-through.

The difference is like the steering wheel to a racing car game - the Light Club is as close as you can get to playing with your own golf club. And it incorporates state-of-the-art computer graphics to give you the real feel for being on the fairway.

Players can select from a variety of courses and golfers, or insert their own face into the game using a digital camera. Laser Golf also provides a simulated digital photo of the virtual club hitting the ball showing clubhead speed, follow through, clubface angle and relative impact position.

On-screen player advice is provided along with stereo sound , multiplayer strokeplay, matchplay or skins, 'flybys' from any position on the course and television-style viewing of shots.

Laser golf and trademark

Lasergolf swings into exports

In the mid 15th century the Scottish created the game of golf by using a stick, a ball and a hole. Now in the 21st century, Victorian-based Lasergolf Development Company Pty Ltd has created a computer game using an advanced software physics engine, which entertains and improves users’ golf games.

Lasergolf Director Ron Brill said by using game software, which is currently the most advanced of real-time 3D-accelerated golf terrain software, they have created a realistic 3D picture of the user’s shot as it flies over the course - enabling you see true TV-style coverage of all your golf shots.

“Lasergolf is unique because we developed a Light Club in combination with a Sensor Mat attached to the PC. All other golf computer games on the market use a mouse to simulate a golf swing,” Mr Brill said.

“Our game is a virtual golf club where up to eight players can participate, it’s the closest thing to a real game that you can play indoors.

“If you’re a golfer you become a good player straight away. I don’t try to tell people it’ll turn them into a pro, however it is used in schools to teach kids. Basically it’s good fun,” he said.

Lasergolf has been in business for six years and employs four full-time staff and contractors. The game was released in May 2003 with sales so far being strong in Australia. It is now taking off in Sweden and Canada with other export markets targeted.

“The game is really popular in places where people can’t get out and play, such as Sweden and Canada where it snows for much of the year. It’s also popular in the Australian outback,” Mr Brill said.

“The thing that got us started overseas was E3, the biggest trade show in the US and the world for computer games. All new computer games coming out onto the market are usually exhibited at E3. We went with the Australian Government and every time we got on the stands, lots of people wanted to have a go.

“Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner in Los Angeles, Kylie Hargreaves, is now helping us to further develop the export potential of Lasergolf by approaching publicists and newspapers in the US.”

Mr Brill said they are planning to extend their product offering and have recently produced a software driver so that Lasergolf hardware now works with other PC golf games such as Tiger Woods 2004. They have also been working on adapting the technology to work with other computer games such as baseball and cricket.

Lasergolf is manufactured in Australia and is sold from the web to keep the price down

Laser golf and the age newspaper Up to par

Made in Melbourne, Lasergolf lets players enjoy a virtual round by swinging a club instead of clicking a mouse. The device projects an image of a clubhead on to a base unit that plugs into your PC's USB port. The game software then quickly analyses your swing, projecting the speed, direction and spin of the ball. This can be tricky to get the hang of, but proves almost as fun as the real thing. The package includes three fictional courses, and up to eight can enjoy strokeplay, matchplay or skins tournaments. It is a shame that the device is not compatible with market-leading golf games such as Links and Tiger Woods PGA Tour. Lasergolf's presentation is up to par, with detailed courses, realistic player animation and reasonable commentary. But we suspect even weekend hackers would rather play famous real-life courses with professional golfers such as Tiger rather than Lasergolf's motley crew.

lasergolfgame.com - Jason Hill