The game of golf hasn’t changed that much over the years. It’s always been sophisticated and strategic, and it’s become more so over time. While at its core, the sport remains the same classic game it’s always been, in terms of technology, it’s leaps and bounds ahead of where it used to be. 

The role of simulators in skill development is a hot topic in the golfing world. Golf simulators aren’t exactly new, but they’ve definitely come to be seen as a valuable training tool rather than simply a fun way to spend a few hours with your friends. 

If you’re going to be budgeting for golf lessons anyway, it’s worthwhile considering investing in a golf simulator instead, or at least considering doing “virtual” simulator lessons rather than on-course. Here’s why a golf simulator is an excellent way to train. 

Easy Way to Find Your Weak Spots 

Probably the most valuable aspect of golf simulators in comparison to a golf coach is their sheer collection of data. Golf is an extremely tactical game, and your data matters when it comes to fine-tuning your skills

Simulators analyze every aspect of a golfer’s game and provide feedback that they can use to improve. It’s hard to know if you’re improving if you don’t have data to compare. But aside from that, the initial analysis of your metrics can point out where weaknesses lie and give golfers an indication of where to focus their skill development. 

Most golf simulators will show a variety of data, which may include: 

  • Clubhead speed & angle 
  • Golf ball launch speed & angle 
  • Spin rate (revolutions per minute) 
  • Carry distance/total distance 
  • Vertical & horizontal launch angle 

You might already have an idea of your weak points when it comes to your swing, but having access to this data will give you a much more concrete idea of the parts of your swing you need to work on. 

Targeted Skill Training 

Need to gain some distance on your drive? Work on the accuracy of your putting? Or maybe your short game needs some work. Perhaps getting out of bunkers is tricky for you, or you get nervous when carrying over water. 

Whatever a golfer’s weaknesses, a golf simulator is the perfect environment for targeted skill training. When on the course, players get a well-rounded skill workout. During a lesson with a coach, a golfer will hone in on one skill, but it can be a little limiting due to physical constraints and the terrain at your disposal. 

A golf simulator gives you the edge due to its versatility. Most simulators come with built-in golfing drills as well as full courses to play. Pick a drill, and you’ll be able to work on that particular skill for as long as you need. You may be able to switch up your environment as well so you can get practice in a range of different environments. 

Improves Consistency of Training 

One of the biggest benefits of golf simulators is their accessibility. Firstly, many golf clubs are installing simulators so golfers can train even if the weather’s bad. No more missed golf lessons or excuses when there’s a bit of wind out! 

When you’re making good progress with your skills, it can be frustrating and even upsetting to miss a training session due to weather or time constraints. With simulators, missed lessons can become a thing of the past, significantly improving the consistency of training sessions. And as they say, consistency is key to success! 

Gives Golfers Control Over Your Training Schedule 

If you’re able to get yourself a golf simulator for home use, even better. Having golf training at your fingertips 24/7 is extremely valuable for golfers who are serious about improving their skills. 

This is particularly handy for golfers who have a hectic work schedule or work long hours. Finding a golf tutor or coach who can work around your hours might be tricky, but with a golf simulator, you can work around anything. 

Golfers can train at night, first thing in the morning, or whenever they get a chance. This gives golfers much greater flexibility, allowing them to develop their skills at their own pace, in their own time. 

Train for Any Weather 

We already know that golf simulators can maintain the consistency of your training even when the weather’s working against you. But what many golfers aren’t aware of is that you can do the opposite too—you can set almost any weather settings on a golf simulator so you can practice in any conditions. 

You never know what weather conditions you may come up against on the course. Wind, in particular, can wreak havoc on your game if you’re not prepared for it on the day. 

Experimenting with weather settings on the golf simulator will help golfers gain an understanding of small changes they need to make to counteract the weather and still play a good game. 

This can be an extremely valuable part of golfers’ training that can be done on demand—no waiting for windy days to work on your game! 

Improves Course Management Skills 

Physical skills like an effective golf swing are obviously extremely important if you want to be a good golfer. But a skill that’s less talked about is course management—analyzing the course and making smart decisions about club selection and shots. 

Golfers can’t learn course management on the driving range. For those who may be building their skills during lessons and in the practice areas but aren’t yet confident enough to get onto the full course, the simulator is the ideal place to cultivate course management skills. 

Thanks to the vast range of golf courses to choose from on the simulator, golfers have almost endless opportunities to work on their course analysis, strategy-building, and adaptability skills without actually having to be on the course… Yet. 


The role of simulators in skill development is undeniable. While any golfer can still become fantastically skilled through good coaching and consistent practice on the range and course, simulators can help almost anyone accelerate the process, thanks to their versatility and accessibility. 

Best of all, they’re ideal for developing both the physical skills required to be a good golfer and the mental, critical-thinking skills that set great golfers apart from merely good ones. 

About the Author

Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer and businessman. When he’s not on the course working on his own game or mentoring young golfers, he writes in-depth articles for his website, Golf Influence