It's a funny old game, innit? No, not football, golf. But funny or not, golf is rapidly becoming the past time of choice for sports lovers everywhere. Why? Well for starters it's no longer exclusive to snobby old fogeys and naff celebs wearing bad slacks and terrible toupées. These days golf can be enjoyed by anyone. In fact, it's really rather cool.
The only problem is, not many of us can afford to spend all day practising our technique around 18 holes. So thank goodness for the ingenious new Golf Launchpad USB Game Controller. In conjunction with your laptop or computer this incredibly realistic golf simulator allows you to play the world's top courses without leaving home.
Simply plug this nifty USB-friendly accessory into your computer and you can play your favourite golfing video games with your own clubs. Just think, instead of paying mountains of moolah to trudge around a soggy course, you can plug this little baby in and enter a glamorous world of greenery, scenery, bunkers and bogeys.
Golf Launchpad's tethered ball has been designed to reproduce the impact-physics of a free ball to perfection. Not an easy task, as club head/ball collision is a complex phenomenon involving forces of up to a ton.
Utilizing a flexible tether (which permits the ball to spin) and a precisely calibrated pivot, Golf Launchpad's ball is designed to impart the same forces to the club as a free ball. This means that you feel and hear the thwack of your irons and the ping of your woods just as you would on the fairway. What you won't hear is the sound of your shattered ego jangling round your ankles as you fluff yet another easy drive.
And that's exactly why the Golf Launchpad is so effective - it allows you to perfect your swing on top courses without being guffawed at by the bad knitwear brigade. Of course the Golf Launchpad wouldn't be much use without the accompanying software so it comes complete with EA Sports spiffing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 - a stunningly realistic game featuring top competitors and some of the most famous fairways in the world - and a Swing Analyser, that allows you to study and modify your technique. Take the Golf Launchpad down to the local driving range for some outdoors swing analysis. Simply remove the tethered ball, replace it with a standard golf ball and drive off the mat.
Indeed, along with its realistic grass mat and tee, the whole Golf Launchpad package is so spectacularly realistic you could easily become the next Tiger, Nick or Seve without ever leaving home. What are you waiting Fore!?
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