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Indoor Golf helps athletes keep skills sharp for spring

Jan 16, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The facility on North Federal Boulevard has three simulators for golfers who want to improve their game.

Area golfers have been perfecting their swings using the new simulators at Double Eagle Indoor Golf, 118 N. Federal Blvd.

Matt Bush and Don Ashby of Lander opened the business in November, and since then they have caught the attention of Riverton's golf enthusiasts.

"It's picking up every day," Ashby said. "Most people come in and try it, and then they're usually hooked."

Customers can play 18 holes of golf using the high-definition machines, which can simulate 21 different courses throughout the United States and Canada. Double Eagle has three simulators, each of which measures 14 feet wide by 10 feet tall.

"You bring your golf clubs, you come in, and you actually play golf," Ashby said. "You don't have to walk, and you don't lose your golf balls."

Up to four golfers can play at a time using one simulator.

People also can choose to use the simulated driving range, or they can undergo swing analysis on the machines.

"That will show you what you're doing wrong," Ashby said. "It lets you look at how your swing is so you know the problems you need to fix."

The screen captures video of each person's swing then replays the footage in slow motion next to video of a professional golfer.

"(The professional) swings the same time you do, so it can show you if you raise your elbows up or are swinging not like you're supposed to," Ashby said.

He has been playing golf for about 30 years, and he said he has already noticed an improvement in his game since he started using the simulator.

The tools also are useful for newcomers to the sport.

"It'd be great for people that just want to learn how to play," Ashby said. "You don't have any pressure here. You're not out there with a bunch of people behind you waiting for you."

He encouraged people to take advantage of the opportunity to practice during the off-season. Local golfers usually have to take a break in the winter time, but now Ashby said there is no excuse for being rusty when the season starts.

"Keep your swing in good format," he said.

In the summer, he said people should stop in at Double Eagle if they notice a problem with their swing while playing on an actual course.

"If you want to see what's going on, come here and do an analysis," Ashby said. "Look at what you're doing and what's going on."

He would like to host area golf teams at the store when the season starts, and Ashby said Double Eagle may sell more merchandise in the future. Ashby and Bush also plan to organize several competitive league events later in January.

The cost is $30 for an hour at the simulator, and gift cards are available. Double Eagle is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day; to make a reservation call 463-2022.

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