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System Updates & Development News
GSA Golf daily updates and news
Hi! I'm Martin Paul Gardiner
Electronics and software development engineer and founder of GSA Golf
Regularly check out my tech news page for all our latest developments and free updates
GSA Golf tech news is updated almost daily!
so make sure to check in for all the latest updates and news regularly
If you have any questions
please feel free to contact me personally anytime from M to F - 12noon to 3pm US ET via e-mail at
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If you are contacting us on the weekends or on national holidays,
then we'll make best effort to get back to you within 24 hours of the next working day.
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Email responses are usually only made between 12 noon and 3 pm
New SSi camera CP Updates
Please note that if you using the older Flir or Point Grey cameras, then these new CP updates are not guaranteed to work
as these updates are generally specific to the functionality of the new SSi cameras.
These updates are compatible with the new SSi cameras
V 22.214.171.124 May 25 2023
If the above pink button update installs don’t work on your PC,
download and extract the above green button zipped file
and manually replace the GSAControlPanel.exe in the C:\Program Files (x86)\GSAControlPanel with this file.
Browser blocking the download?
From what we gather, Google's new policy is to block all exe file downloads from websites that are not on their trusted "White List".
So until then, all users wishing to download the latest CP updates may have to go through the above shown process.
Note: do the above procedure after the download has completed and you get the "blocked" message from Google Chrome
Even then, your Virus Protection software will probably be complaining about it too.
Click the "Trust Now" in this case.
Download VC redistributables hereHere
Download latest Camera DLL hereHere
Don't forget to run the download after it's downloaded!
A number of customers don't realize that a CP update is a dual process
i.e first download and then run the download
Note that anti-virus programs will probably try to block the GSA Golf CP update download but - be assured - there's no malicious software in the download update
so just ignore any warnings from your anti-virus programs and choose the "More options" and "Run anyway" option.
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GSA Golf VisTrak Cameras
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The new VisTrak Light Track systems. Click above image to read more...
Remote support sessions are available 7 days a week (including weekends i.e. Sat or Sun) at 2pm ET
Remote access support requires that you have "TeamViewer" installed on your PC
Go to www.teamviewer.com to get your free team viewer installed
Main free development updates for this summer 2023
1. Measured Ball spin detection with overhead cameras
2. Preventing inadvertent launches when user bends down over ball when teeing up or when waggling club over ball
May 28 2:05 pm
New super cool looking light bar indicator
All systems now include a blue light bar indicator.
Light bar pulses if system is looking for a ball on the mat.
Light bar stays ON when ball is detected and system is ready for swing.
Other colors available too (Green, Red, Blue etc)
May 25 4:25 pm
New backup and restore settings options
Even though settings are stored after every session, you can use these new backup and restore options in case of issues.
Once you are happy with your settings, click the Backup Settings option. Should - for some reason - you lose your settings or they are get corrupted, just click on the restore button.
In order to prevent inadvertent clicking on these options, you have to hold the shift key down to use them.
New lasor controls
Optional extra Laser ball placement guide
Indicates to user that the ball has been detected in the launch zone area on the mat and ready for swing
Laser automatically switches off when ball is located.
May 22 1:45 pm
Fix : Occasional incorrect ball speed frame count resulting in low ball speeds
May 19 4:52 pm
New 1: Faster shot calculations to reduce the ball strike to launch lag time.
Previous versions where running 2 pass data calculation routines which resulted in all calculations being run twice.
This version uses a single pass data calculation routine.
New 2: shot video playback overlay position out of bounds check
Fix 1: bug in ball strike frame detection
Fix 2: shot data sent to game not always the same as displayed data
May 18 5:30 pm
GSA Golf business news
The below images are of my new VisTrak LED track light systems.
Extremely competitively priced from just $899 to $1,699 (no one else even comes close) ,
these systems - with all their super hi-speed camera features - far surpass any of the competition in this price class and
will undoubtedly be a major player in the golf simulator tracking market very soon.
Available on Amazon soon too.
May 17 1:50 pm
Improved club path, speed and face detection.
May 12 2:00 pm
New LED track lighting test results
I'm pleased to say that the tests using the new zoom-able 4 10w LED track lights showed excellent results.
All new systems will thus be supplied with this new LED light track from now on instead of Halogen light tracks.
4 hi-power LED zoom-able track light system with 800 Lumens per light
Choose between color or monochrome cameras
May 11 11:30 am
Fix: issue causing ball strike frame not to be detected correctly that resulted in incorrect launch data.
New: Number of smaller improvements
May 9 2:35 pm
May 7 1:15 pm
IR LED vs Halogen lights
Ball images using 3 24 IR LED lights
Ball images using 2 24 IR LED lights
Ball images using 1 24 IR LED light
Ball images using 2 50w 12 degree spot halogen lights
As can be seen, just 2 50 watt halogen lights easily out perform the 24 IR LED lights - even without having to increase the contrast settings
May 6 1:30 pm
This major CP update reduces the ball strike to ball launch lag time.
Currently, the system is capturing 32 frames per shot, whereby only a fraction of these frames are actually being used.
Most shots only capture a max of 4 to 8 frames before club impact to the ball and another 4 to 8 frames after that.
The current longer lag time is due to the system looking for a ball that has long past the FOV of the camera. i.e. the system is looking for a ball that is not there.
Reducing the total frame count from 32 frames per shot (i.e. 16 frames before impact and another 16 frames after ball impact )
to 16 or 12 frames per shot ( i.e. 8 or 6 frames before impact and 8 or 6 frames after impact) should significantly reduce the ball strike to launch lag time.
Select the number of ball / club frames the system should capture for a shot in the Setup window.
May 5 2:30 pm
The new color camera software updates are now completed
Improved ball strike frame detection
May 3 3:45 pm
The new color camera software updates are nearing completion and should be ready sometime this weekend.
Application for the trade mark "VisTrak" has been successfully submitted to the US patent Office 3 weeks ago.
While the application has been officially approved by the USPTO, (and to the best of our knowledge no one else has applied for this trade mark name before us),
final trade mark approval won't be given for another 6 months or so.
One of the main reasons to apply for a trade mark license is because Amazon require this before named products can be advertised on their platform.
Amazon doesn't require that the trade mark to have actually been approved, they just want to see that it has been officially applied for and not rejected,
which usually means the name is still available and trade mark approval is likely.
May 1 4:50 pm
Color camera systems
All the work done recently on the monochrome camera systems has now to be applied to all the color camera systems.
This work should be completed within the next few days
Cased system prices have been increased to allow for better dealer markups
Halogen track system prices have been lowered for those customers purchasing direct from us
April 30 2:30 pm
SCX camera alignment via frame image rotation
The camera alignment image rotation software is now complete and the first Beta release of this feature is now ready.
Many other improvements also in this update including:
Improved ball detection and faster shot calculation speed.
Note that this update required a large number of modifications and additions, and deveopment took the best part of 10 days.
In case of issues, re-install the previous CP version V 126.96.36.199 from April 23 2023
April 24 2:00 pm
SCX camera alignment via frame image rotation
SCX Camera alignment can now soon be obtained with the new frame image rotation feature.
Current CP versions only rotate the co-ordinates so the user doesn't see the actual rotation.
This feature is 99% complete and should be available tomorrow.
April 23 2:00 pm
Horizontal correction angle now shown with yellow line from ball launch position
SCX Horizontal tilt correction software completed
Setup instructions to correct camera tilt alignment
1. Place ball on the usual place on the hitting mat.
2. from the Control Panel's main window, click the "Start / Stop VisTrak" button so that the ball is detected on its launch position.
You should see that ball is located in both the Right and Left cams after a couple of seconds
3. Go to the "Cameras" panel and select camera 1 (the left camera) and click the "Soft Trigger" button to see the ball.
4 . Using a straight edge (or line laser) that is pointing straight ahead towards the center of the screen and lined up against the ball on the hitting position,
move the ball around 12 inches forward in a straight line.
5 .Click the "Soft Trigger" button again to grab a new frame of the ball in its new position.
Ideally you should see that the ball is still exactly on the center line and the "Alignment Correction Angle is 0".
6. If not, then click the "Set L Angle to ..." button in order to correct the mis-alignment.
7 . Do the same for camera 2 ( the right camera )
April 21 2:00 pm
A couple of small cosmetic errors corrected
SCX Vertical Launch Angle calculation
In order to measure accurate ball vertical launch angles (LA), it's imperative that the cameras are mounted square to the ground.
Any horizontal tilt will result in erroneous LA measurements.
In order to check for horizontal tilt, place any straight edge or pole on the hitting mat from the ball launch position, pointing (as near as possible) perfectly straight forward and
grab a new frame with the "Soft Trigger" button in the camera panel.
The above image shows that the straight edge pole is in line.
In this image, the pole appears tilted.
In order to correct the problem, you will find that there is no direct easy method to horizontally adjust the tilt as the low cost plastic mounts only feature vertical tilt and rotation.
One simple temporary solution for the moment is to place a small shim or piece of thick tape under one side of the mount base to correct the tilt.
Do this check and adjustment for both left and right cameras.
The more elegant solution is to correct the tilt mathematically with image rotation in the Control Panel's image processing software.
This "tilt correction" software should be available this coming week.
April 20 1:45 pm
Fix: Ball Strike frame not always being detected correctly
April 19 1:40 pm
www.golf-simulators.com now back online
Due to an administration error with the website hosting company, this web-site URL was down for the last 3 days.
Of course, everyone thought that GSA Golf was out of business during that time.
As you can see, the problem is now resolved though.
All other GSA Golf related URLs and web sites (i.e. www.gsagolf.com and www.vistrak.com) are also up and running as usual
as are the Google Adwords advertising campaign and the all important Google search ranking.
New hi-precision SCX calibration tables
The "disparity - to - height" tables are made by increasing the ball height in single 0.3 cm steps for a given camera mount height and camera separation distance
and entering the disparity value in the calibration table.
First table in this update is for an 8 ft mounting height and a camera separation distance of 20"
Second table in this update is for an 9 ft mounting height and a camera separation distance of 28"
To activate: go to the camera panel, select calibration mode and - depending on your camera mounting height and seperation width -
click either the new "Using 8ft x 20 inch" or "Using 9ft x 28 inch" table.
April 17 12:35 pm
Basic SCX Stereo camera calibration
Fix: Disparity shown in calibration panel not always correct.
Fix: ball path not calculated in calibration panel.
New recommendation: Min distance the stereo cameras should be apart is now 20 inches as any less is not producing sufficient disparity values to calculate LA accurately.
April 15 2:30 pm
GSA Golf Business news
Amazon GSA Golf product listing
Finally, the long and winding road to get our products listed on Amazon is nearing an end.
The required trade mark registrations with the US Patent Office have been completed, so it should only be a few days now before our products are being listed on Amazon.
Website Online credit card payments
While the website online credit card authorization process issue is still not resolved, we do a have temporary work-around that allows to customers to purchase products with credit cards as before.
Only difference is that we have to manually authorize the payments at this end with our merchant account provider.
A new feature allows customers to select Invoice payment methods that give a 6% price discount
March 28 3:30 pm
Fix: top of white clubs occasionally being detected as a ball.
Improved IBS club detection
New: Ability to switch off ROI for EV vcams
EVi Vcam vertical launch angle detection without side illumination
The floor mounted Vcam camera was around 7ft away using a 6mm lens
Numerous other smaller updates and modifications
February 24 2:00 pm
New: Shot Video file numbering method updated
The last shot video file number and bank number is stored so that your shot videos will always start from the last video number stored.
A new "Reset Video Count" button in the Video panel will allow you start storing videos from video 1.
Otherwise videos will automatically loop back to 1 after the last video stored exceeds 512.
February 22 3:15 pm
New monitor stands now available
January 8 11:05 am
Putting issue resolved
When using GSpro, the GSpro open API must remain open.
The GSA CP communicates with GS Pro via this openAPI (Application Interface).
January 7 2:45 pm
Putting issue has turned up in latest versions of the CP. Fix is due tomorrow
Customer has reported that ball strikes are not being detected with GS Pro. We'll be looking into this tomorrow too.
Centered stereo calibration is also set for tomorrow's CP update.
September 13 6:10 pm
Looks like our modular and multiple configuration hi-speed camera tracking systems are a world's first.
Not to mention our super low prices.
September 11 12:18 pm
New Ball Spin YouTube video
The new VisTrak ball spin video is now completed and online
September 8 5:15 pm
Updates for VisTrak EVi and KX2i systems
August 23 6:30 pm
GSA Golf Launch monitors with Dual camera angle 32 frame shot videos
To the best of my knowledge, the VisTrak EVi and KX2i launch monitor systems are the only LM systems on the market today
that feature dual 32 frame shot videos from both the top and side view cameras after every shot.
Prices start at $1,299
August 18 1:00 pm
Updates for SCX and Eagle systems
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CX and Vistrak system components can be used to build the complete GSA Golf golf simulator camera tracking system
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Recent customer comments
Hi Martin, I just wanted to drop you a note to say how amazing the new VisTrak camera is.
I am still playing around with the settings and learning but the video capture and being able to see the frame by frame impact is awesome!
I also really like the way you show the ball ready/playback buttons as an overlay on the TGC.
The best part of my day is going to the tech page and seeing your latest updates - keep up the good work!
Richard L. Illinois 12/17/2020
Hi Martin- I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your efforts.
I could have bought any of the expensive and well-known golf simulators, but I’m glad I ultimately took the chance and bought your products.
It wasn’t an easy decision, as it takes a leap of faith to take the road less traveled, but it has made all the difference.
I love that your products are not perfect (no one's are) but that you strive for perfection while pushing innovation.
You’re clearly never satisfied. As soon as you develop a new software feature, or build a new camera system, you're immediately back at it working on the next iteration.
You’re a true inventor and engineer. Almost every day I download the latest beta and see how it enhances the simulation.
It's like Christmas morning everyday.
Sometimes there’s a marked improvement. Sometimes the new feature “breaks” something else.
But over days and weeks, I feel how the collective innovations are improving the overall experience.
Your products aren’t for everyone but they are a clear alternative to the high-margin corporate products that have an arm's length association with their user base.
Buying a GSA product is buying into you and becoming part of your user community.
You listen, you care, and you explore. I know many of us appreciate it but perhaps not enough of us say thanks.
Martin, thank you for an enjoyable and rewarding journey with your products in 2020.
You’ve made a COVID 19 year more endurable.
Eric P. Burien, WA 12/25/2020
Matt P. 1/15/2021
Hello Martin, I have had 2 weeks of excellent play and stability in Eagle Mode! This has been very enjoyable! Matt T.
Matt T. 1/14/2021
Hi Martin, I see your daily updates on the Tech News page and I just want to say thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
Your passion for golf and engineering clearly shows and thank you!
Mike B. 05/03/2021
I appreciate the excellent customer service and fair pricing! And the very informative website!
Have a great day!
Note that all GSA Golf software is written in the C++ programming language, which isn't particularly easy.
As they say, while it's easy to shoot yourself in the foot with the standard C language,
you can blow your whole leg off in C++. : )
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