Tuesday, September 8, 2015

These man cave ideas include indoor golf

9/08/2015

When our daughter and her husband bought their first home, I had two reasons to be delighted. One, the house is close to ours in the same neighborhood and two, it has a fully-finished basement. When my son-in-law first saw the basement, we had the same thought about it’s future: Man Cave!

Plans for his man cave have been a frequent topic of conversation ever since. Kyle is a great husband and father, but every man needs a place where he can get away and take a break.

For ideas, we checked out the Man Cave project section on the Best Buy website where we found a collection of ideas for turning an underused room into something unique and fun.

I’m a gamer, so I was immediately attracted to the layout for a PC gaming station. Best Buy illustrates how you can connect three monitors to create a wide-screen view for combat and adventure games. Some games support all three screens. With others, you can play on one monitor while keeping a voice chat window open on another.

Kyle, however, is an avid golfer and he focused on the plan for a smart putting green, which he figured would go over well with his wife. He could improve his game while remaining close by for chores and projects.

The smart putting green uses an indoor putting green that is available from several sources in a variety of sizes and prices. What makes it smart is the Blast Motion Sensor which Best Buy sells for about $150.



The sensor attaches to the club handle and communicates with an iPhone or iPad. It analyzes swing speed, loft, lie, tempo and rotation change, then downloads and stores data for later review.

The Blast works with both putters and drivers, so it can help him when he is out on a real course as well as his practice green. And, if he keeps his man cave refrigerator well stocked with liquid refreshment, it might even get me to take up golf. At least the indoor portion.

 
Note: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


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