When improving a golf swing, one must maintain good posture, follow through with their eyes on the ball, and double-check that they didn’t mistake the mannequin leg for a golf club again. Achieve a stellar swing with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get a two-hour golf simulator lesson and a $15 credit for the restaurant and bar at TourBound Golf Academy at Play 18 Chicago (a $265 value).
Located in the heart of The Loop, Play 18 Chicago features the latest PGA Tour simulators and personal driving bays, all within a chic loft that sports a spacious locker room, full bar, and lounge area with pool table and leather seating. The PGA Tour indoor golf simulator taps into a bank of more than 50 world-class courses, displaying brilliant virtual greens as sensors calculate complex mathematics and physics to simulate accurate lift, drag, spin, and sideline hecklers. As senses are bedazzled into golf-course nirvana, a PGA professional instructor observes swing mechanics, analyzes form and posture, and dispenses guidance to curb swing imbalances and reduce dramatic pirouettes. After two hours of static swinging, Play 18 Chicago's luxury facilities accommodate tired muscles with spacious locker rooms and conveyer-belt massage dens, and a $15 voucher awaits use at the lounge and full bar.
TourBound Golf Academy
TourBound Golf Academy fosters score-shaving improvement for golfers of all abilities with the latest PGA Tour simulators and professional instructors. The immense screens of simulators line the walls, vividly bringing to life the verdant landscapes of 50 of the world's most famous courses. To allow for realistic play, the highly detailed simulator experience takes into account factors such as wind currents, ball spin, and excessively sweaty palms to inform the outcome of each swing. Offering a more hands-on kind of swing sprucing, the academy offers sessions with the TourBound robot, which can correct common swing imbalances, such as having too steep a backswing or failing to transfer body weight through the swing. The long arms of the robot physically guide hands through the proper motions, giving players a feel for the proper technique while making sarcastic remarks about human mortality.
For those looking for less structured practice, the academy also offers hitting bays that foster rote swing mechanics. Between time spent peering into the murky depths of their golf swing, guests can relax amid plush leather seats and spacious locker room.