There is no need to hit off a tee for every shot, just hit straight of the mat. I would recommend getting a turf top though, al lot of us use the jagmanjoe ones. Only $40 ish and will save both the unit and your wrists
especially if your a take a divot kind of player.
You have 2 optionshttp://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SOFT-SHELL-TU ... DGuMqcR4jQ
I use the premier, as found it a but firmer, but others prefer the monster as belowhttp://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SOFT-SHELL-TU ... SwGvhUDPTZ
Both are great items and Id say a must have item for using optishot
Be aware they will raise the height of the optishot unit as they are prob 1.5" thicker than the original turf, so if your using a stance platform/mat youll have to raise the height of the stance mat in order to make it level with your now thicker sensor pad
Most people use those foam tiles/jigsaw pieces.
Lighting is also very very important. make sure you only use CFL bulbs, no incandescent light. Also a lot of people found more success having a cfl lamp shining diretly over the sensor pad, to reduce shadows etc.
I use something like thishttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Lloytron-L1506B ... +desk+lamp
and then just have it angled so it shines preyty much over the sensor pad.. bit of trial and error. Alternatively if youve got a ceiling light directly over the unit just fit a cfl bulb in it and your good to go.
Im not sure if your using a projector or net etc, but I find that having no lights on, with just the projector and the lamp on pad gives a more immersive experience but again al personal preference
In terms of dialling in, its a definite good idea ( a necessity really on your woods) that you tape your clubs.
The idea is to put a strip of highly reflective tape on the bottom of the club, along the face edge, and in the case of woods, some non reflective covering the rest
I use thishttp://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CI6EE7E/r ... VH9ASMMX8T
I currently only have the reflective tape on ( havent got round to re doing the non reflective stuff) and get very few misreads. Its advisable to apply to all woods, irons and putter if you want to get the most accuracy out of your system as you can
Once your all taped up and got your turf top then is the time to dial in your clubset.
Obviously there are restrictions on certain clubs that have to apply if you play on Tour.
These can be found hereviewtopic.php?f=4&t=3
basically depending on what ball type and if using a thick turf driver must be set as per those guidelines. It should roughly give you real life distances. We tested A LOT of drives and that was the best compromise we could come up with, an so this is a fixed setting.
Irons however can be set to whatever to make them true to your real life distances. be aware the thicker turf top will probably result in you not hitting the ball as far as you did with the standard turf top. This is due to the increased gap between your club head and the sensors as you swing and depends on how steep your swing is, your lighting etc etc
Because of this everyone will prob have different settings so just get on the driving range in the software and hit each club, adjusting the distance % up and down until you get it so it averages your real life distance..
With the thick top I found irons hand to be set anywhere between 105% and 120% to get them the distances i hit in real life.
Once youve done that youll have a relatively accurate, pretty true to life setup and for the money, in my opinion a fantastic golf setup.
There is lots of info about setup and stuff on our old forums, we moved here end of last year to be part of the scoring site setup, but if your looking for all the info about how we came to work out the settings etc etc is all on the old forums at http://golfsimulatorforum.com/forum/optishot
We dont use them any more but the info on there is still useful, but be aware all optishot tour, and most of the players all find their way here now.
Im sure thats given you plenty to go on, if you need any more info or help then just post and Im sure someone on here will also chime in with their input. getting it all setup can be a bit of a pain, but its definitely worth it to get the most out of the system.
(Youll notice im in the UK so those links are all for here, apart from joes tops as I had to import mine, im sure youll find the US/your location equivalents)