FSX 2018 User Manual

  • Activation

    • FSX Activation

      activation code screenshot

      On the initial launch of FSX 2018, you will be prompted to enter the username and password for the MyPerformance account you would like to assign to FSX 2018.

      Please Note: This should be the same account that any additional course purchases are made with. If you do not have a MyPerformance account, please visit performance.foresightsports.com/register.

      You will also be required to enter the 16-digit activation code provided to you at purchase. Be sure not to include additional characters or spaces. The activation code is not case sensitive.

      Please Note: Internet connection is required when using FSX 2018.
    • Golf Course Activation

      Golf courses can be activated through any of the three game modes (Play, Improve, Compete). All golf courses that have not been activated will show a small lock icon in the upper left and Not Activated text under the course name. The course will activate once it is selected by the user.

      If a golf course is shown as Not Purchased, the FSX Live account associated with FSX 2018 has no available licenses for the course. Additional licenses can be purchased by contacting your Foresight Sports sales representative.

      A single course license cannot be used to activate a course on multiple computers. If you would like to transfer a license to a different computer running FSX 2018, you must first deactivate the license on the original computer where it was used.

      This can be done by selecting the Deactivate icon located at the top of the Select Course screen while the course is selected.

      To activate all purchased courses at once, select Activate All in the Golf Course Activation screen.

      Please Note: FSX 2018 can only use course licenses associated with the My Performance account entered during FSX 2018 activation.
  • Getting Started

    • Launching the Foresight Sports Experience Software

      FSX Logo

      Launch FSX 2018 from the icon on your desktop or the directory where the program is installed.

    • Navigating the Main Menu

      FSX home screen


      Begin a new round of golf or resume a previously saved round of golf.


      Challenge other players (locally or online) in Closest-to-the-Pin, Long Drive, or Skills Challenge competitions.


      Collect and analyze data for fitting or instruction, or practice your game on the driving range or golf course.

      Player Menu (top left)

      View all players in the current session.

      Dashboard (top right)

      Add, edit, or remove a player, change game settings, connect devices and exit game

      Netplay (top right) 

      Play and compete online against other real-world players.

  • Play

    • Starting a new round

      To start a new round, select the Play icon from the main menu. Choose between starting a new game, selecting the last game played, browsing your saved games or a random game. To proceed with default settings at any time during round setup, select the Start button in the bottom left hand corner of the screen.

      Select a Course

      Select a course screen

      Select the course and holes that you wish to play. Selected holes are highlighted in grey.

      Select Course Conditions

      Conditions Screen

      Option 1: Real-Time Weather

      Selecting this option will apply the live weather conditions for the course selected. If real-time weather is applied, no other weather settings may be set. Note: This feature is only available with course versions 1.8 and higher and requires an internet connection.

      Option 2: Custom Weather Selection

      Select the desired weather settings and course conditions for the round.

      Note: Once completed, these settings cannot be edited in-game.

      Select Rules

      Select Rules Screen

      Pin Placement: Adjusts the difficulty of the pin on the green.

      Putting Mode: Players can toggle between putting modes in the Play feature in the pre-game menu. Click the “?” symbol during pre-game setup to see the score table for Fast and Auto Putt.

      Gimmes: Select a gimme distance for the round. Once a ball is inside the gimme distance, the player is given one stroke and the ball is considered holed.

      Auto Putt: Pre-select the amount of putts a player takes once the ball is on the green.

      Fast Putting: Player will be allowed one putt when on the green. If the putt is not holed, a tenth of a stroke is added for every foot remaining from the hole.

      Manual Putting: Manually enter the amount of putts taken once a player’s ball is on the green.

      Mulligans: Select the number of mulligans allowed per hole.

      Stroke Limit: When enabled, a hole will end when a player's stroke count reaches double par.

      Practice: When enabled, a player can enter practice mode at any time during the round. A player is able to practice the current shot without penalty to their score.

      score table screenshot


      Stroke Play: Standard golf scoring. The player’s score is determined by the cumulative strokes taken throughout the round.

      Match Play: Two players only. Scoring is based on the number of holes won during the round as opposed to number of strokes accumulated.

      Scramble: Teams of at least two players are required. Once all players on a team hit, the team selects the best shot to use. This continues until the ball is holed.

      Lie Penalty: When enabled, the player’s shot has the chance to be negatively affected by its lie.

      Stableford: Point-based scoring system based on a player’s score on every hole. Lower scores equal more points.

      Modified Stableford: Modified Stableford features higher penalties for poor shots and greater rewards for good shots.


      Select Players

      Players Screen

      All players in the current session will be automatically added to the round. Players may be added or removed as desired. Tee box, handedness, and handicap may be set for each player. To associate an FSX Live account (formerly called My Performance) with an offline player (a player without or not currently linked to an FSX Live account), select the FSX Live icon.

      Select Teams (if applicable)

      Select Teams

      If a game mode is selected that requires teams, they can be set on this screen. Clicking on the current team names will allow them to be edited.

      Resuming a Saved Game

      To resume a saved game, select the Resume Saved Game button located at the bottom of the Select Course screen.

    • Play-Game Interface

      Broken Tree Label

      1. Player Menu

      Switch to a different player at any time during the round (as long as they have not completed the hole) by selecting them through the player menu. Wind Speed, elevation and distance to the pin are also displayed next to the player menu.

      2. Shortcuts Bar

      Select and deselect shortcuts. Clicking the club icon will allow the player to select a new club.

      3. Course/Hole Info

      Displayed are the hole number, hole par, hole index and shot number.

      4. Mini Map

      The Mini Map can be expanded by clicking the double arrows and minimized by clicking the 'X' icon. Hovering the mouse over the Mini Map will display both the distance to the ball and to the pin from that location. A player’s aim can be adjusted by clicking anywhere on the Mini Map.

      5. Dashboard

      Add/change player information, edit the shortcuts bar, adjust in-game settings, and connect devices.

      Note: Players can remove the in game HUD by clicking the tab below the Foresight Sports logo.




      Skip Hole: Moves the current player or all players to the next hole. Players will be given a score of 9
      for the hole that was skipped.

      Practice: Enters practice mode. Player can practice the current shot without penalty to their score.
      Note: only applicable if practice mode was enabled during round set-up.

      Scorecard: View the scorecard for the round.

      Mulligan: Retake the previous shot without penalty (only applicable if mulligans were enabled during round set-up).

      Analysis: View the data analysis screens for the current player.

      Club: Change the club for the current player.

      Grid: Toggle the green grid on and off.

      Drop Balls: Add slope indicators to the green grid (only applicable if green grid is on). The opacity of the
      green grid and slope indicators can be toggled by holding the CTRL key and selecting this option.

      View Camera: Change the in-flight camera view.

      Hole Review: Review shots on holes already played. Select the Hole Review feature from the View menu in-game. Users can select a hole and review all their shots played on the chosen hole.

      Bird’s Eye: Gives an aerial view of the entire hole.

      Flag: Moves the camera to the location of the flag.

      Replays: View any previously hit shot for the selected player.

      Flyby: Gives a flyby of the current hole.

      Ball: Toggle ball type, choose between standard, premium, range and consumer.

      Green Contour: When selected, will show the green contours of the current hole using a green grid.

      Test Green Speed: Change the green speed by using our interactive stimp meter..


      Drop Feature

      Shot Penalty

      In the event that the user hits a shot into a 'penalty area' (hazard) or out of bounds, users will be asked to select whether to rehit from their original shot position, take a mulligan or take a drop. 

      Should the user choose to take a drop, they will be prompted to use the drop feature. To place their ball, users should use the up and down directional buttons to to navigate to their new drop position. Select 'drop' to finalize this position.

      Ball Drop Feature


  • Compete

    • Compete Modes

      Compete Modes

      Our competitive game modes are available in the compete menu. These are: Inside Six Feet, Closest To Pin, Long Drive, Skills Challenge and Tournament. 

      Note: For more information on Inside Six Feet click here to be redirected to the Inside Six Feet User Guide.

      Players can select between the featured Foresight Sponsored contests (players must be logged into their FSX Live to compete) or creating their own custom contest.

      Skills Challenge Menu


      Custom Competition 

      Click the custom challenge or competition tab in your chosen game mode to create a custom competition. The image below shows players how to create a custom skills challenge.

      Custom Skills Challenge Setup

      After clicking New, enter a new name for the Custom Skills Challenge. Next, select the number of stations and number of shots per station. Players may customize target distance and diameter, score per ring, and add obstacles for each station. After each station has been customized, click the Save button in the bottom right corner to save custom settings. Once settings have been saved, click Start to begin.

      Creating a Local Contest 

      Players without FSX Live (formerly MyPerformance) accounts can participate in local contests. First, please ensure local contests are enabled within FSX 2018 by toggling the local contest button. This is located in the settings under language and units. This will reveal the local contests icon in the compete menu. Players should select this button to begin creating local contests. During local contests, both online and offline player scores are displayed in a local leaderboard; however, no contest data is uploaded to the cloud.

      Creating a Local Contest

      Local contests may be held on golf courses or the driving range. Contests may be created and customized by selecting the Create Contest button at the bottom of the page. Contest status is indicated by the color to the left of the contest name. Expired contests are shown in gray, active contests in orange, and upcoming contests in blue.


    • Netplay

      .Foresight Sports Golf

      FSX 2018 contains a NetPlay feature which allows users to play online against each other. To select this feature, click the NetPlay icon in the main menu (top right). First-time users will then be prompted to create a username for FSX Live. Existing users can log in with their credentials.

      Once logged in, users can choose a game mode before joining or hosting an online game.

      Joining an Online Competition

      Online Closest to the Pin and Long Drive competitions are accessible from the expandable Compete menu. Each course offers Closest-to-the-Pin competitions for all Par 3s and Long Drive competitions for all Par 4s and Par 5s, with unique leaderboards for each hole and tee combination.

      Players entered into a competition are given 3 shots. Leaderboard rankings are determined from the best shot.

      Note: Player must be logged into an FSX Live account to appear on the leaderboard.

  • Improve

    • Setup

      Starting An Improve Session 

      To start an Improve session, select the Improve icon on the main menu. The driving range is available by selecting the Foresight Range option. Players may also choose between a new session, their last played game, and a random play. 

      Driving, chipping, and putting modes are available in Improve as an alternative to the Foresight Range. To select them, select a course and hole and begin the game. Select the Dashboard tab in the top right hand corner of your screen. Enable the Hole icon in the shortcuts menu and click on the Hole icon to edit the mode. Here you may select Driving, Chipping, or Putting.

      Improve Course Select


      Changing Your Distance

      Players may drop the golf ball anywhere on the golf course or driving range by hovering the mouse over the Mini Map and right-clicking. Alternatively, if playing on the driving range, players may change their distance settings by selecting the Distance drop-down menu located in the Heads-Up Display.

      Changing Your Distance


      Selecting a Club 

      The player’s club choice may be changed at any time by clicking the Club icon located in the Heads-Up Display and bringing up the Select Club dialog. This dialog will show default clubs for each club type, as well as any additional clubs previously created by the player.

      Creating and Editing a Club 

      Selecting A Club


      To add, edit, or delete a club, select the Club option from the Heads-Up Display. To add a club, select the Add icon on the Add Club screen. You will be prompted to enter a club name, select club type, and change the ID color. Note: The club will only be added once you click the Save button.To edit or delete an existing club, select the club from the list and click the corresponding option at the bottom of the dialog.




    • Data Analysis

      Data Analysis Screens

      The data analysis screens can be accessed at any time by selecting the Analysis option from the expandable player menu located in the menu bar. They can also be accessed by pressing the key on your keyboard. There are four analysis screens: video, ball, club, and shot table. You can switch between screens by selecting one of the four icons in the top left. You can also have the screens automatically trigger after every shot by enabling the Shot Data Timers from the On-Screen Data page in General Settings.


      Analysis: Video 

      Golf Simulation Screenshot


      The video screen displays recorded video of the last shot (if a swing camera is connected), as well as the shot data. Video playback options are available on the right of the screen. Note: If no camera is connected, there will be no video displayed.


      Analysis: Flight Data

      Improve Flight Data


      The flight analysis screen displays all ball data for the last shot, the averages for the current club, and the shot trajectories (top and side) for the current club. This page can be saved to PDF or printed by selecting the PDF or printer icons at the top right of the screen.


      Analysis: Club Data 

      Improve Club Data


      The club analysis screen displays all club data for the last shot. You can toggle between last shot and average shot by selecting the Last or Avg buttons at the top left of the screen. Face measurement can be displayed either to target or to path by selecting the corresponding option in the middle of the screen. This page can be saved to PDF or printed by selecting the PDF or printer icons at the top right of the screen.


      Analysis: Shot Table 

      The shot table displays all shots that have been taken during the current session. All shots are grouped by club. You can toggle between ball and club data at any time by selecting the corresponding option at the top left of the screen. You can view the video, ball, or club analysis screens from a previous shot by left-clicking on the corresponding line of data.

      Shot Table


      Deleting And Disabling Outliers

      Outliers can be either disabled or deleted from the data set. To disable a shot, select the Disable option on the right side of the screen. Disabled shots will remain in the data set but will not factor into the averages. To delete a shot, select the Delete option on the right side of the screen. The shot will be completely removed from the data set. To delete all shots from the current session, select the Delete All option at the top right of the screen.


      Analysis: Club Compare

      Club Comparison


      You can compare multiple clubs in a session by selecting the Compare option at the top right of any of the analysis screens. Choose the clubs you wish to compare in the Select Clubs option at the top left of screen. You can compare up to 6 clubs at a time. You can toggle between ball and club data by selecting the corresponding option at the top of the screen. This page can be saved to PDF or printed by selecting the PDF or printer icons at the top right of the screen.


      Analysis: Export Data



      Data sets can be emailed, printed, or saved locally to the computer in CSV or PDF format through the Export option accessible from the top right of any of the analysis screens. You can customize the data being exported by selecting the Create Customer Report option, or use one of the existing reports. All custom reports created will be saved for future use.


      Analysis: Swing Analysis Drawing Tool 

      Golf Simulator Screenshot


      FSX 2018 features Swing Analysis Drawing Tools. To open this mode, click the Swing Analysis icon and select the tab furthest to the left.
      In Swing Analysis Drawing mode, select playback speed. During playback, video can be rewound, paused, or fast-forwarded using the playback bar in the bottom-right corner.
      Draw tool: Draw directly over swing video.
      Line tool: Add line over swing video.
      Square tool: Add square/rectangle over swing video.
      Circle tool: Add circle/oval over swing video.
      Highlighter tool: Highlight over select parts of swing video; will appear translucent over video.
      Color select: Change the color of analysis marks in video.
      Note: All drawings/lines/squares/circles/highlights are static and will not carry over into subsequent frames of swing analysis video.


  • Settings

    • Graphic Settings

      Graphics Settings Screenshot


      The graphic settings can be accessed at any time through the menu icon at the top right hand corner of the screen. You can change the screen setting, graphic performance setting, video card adapter, display output, and screen resolution. You must hit Apply before leaving the screen in order for any changes to take effect.

      Performance Settings

      There are 3 different performance settings designed to optimize FSX 2018:
      Full Graphics: Graphics are delivered at their full potential. Recommended only for high-performance computers.
      Balanced: Graphics and performance are balanced to optimize the FSX 2018 experience.
      Full Performance: Graphics are significantly reduced in order to boost performance. Recommended for lower-performance computers.
      For a full list of the computer specifications required to run FSX 2018, please contact support@foresightsports.com.





    • General Settings

      General Settings

      Language and Units: Allows player to change language and select desired units of measure.

      Audio: The volume of course sounds and commentary can be adjusted. Commentary can be enabled/disabled.


      On-Screen Data:

      On Screen Data



      Screen: Choose to view Mini Map or a video preview of swing camera.

      Indicator Layout: Choose to have the Mini Map or the video preview on the left or right side of the screen.

      Tracers: Enable or disable ball tracers during shot. Select Last Only to see the tracer of the last shot hit.

      Zoom to Overhead View after Shot: Enable or disable camera pan to overhead view once shot is completed. Shows carry distance, total distance, and distance offline to target.

      Wait for Spin: FSX 2018 will wait until spin is calculated and received from the device before showing the shot. If wait for spin is disabled, FSX 2018 will show the shot immediately and adjust shot shape once spin is received.

      Note: Disabling Wait for Spin will result in limited flight camera options. We recommend using the software with Wait for Spin selected.

      Enable On-Screen Keyboard: When enabled, a keyboard will appear in FSX 2018 if a text field is selected.

      Enable On-Screen Ball Find: Ball find displayed on the device screen will also display on-screen in the software. Note: This option is important when using devices that do not have a screen.



      On-Screen Data:

      On Screen Data


      Enable Video Preview: Only applicable if using a camera with FSX 2018. Shows a small preview window of the live camera feed in-game.
      Write Shots CSV: When enabled, FSX 2018 will write all shot data to the “shots.CSV” file located in the System folder under the Foresight Sports Experience directory on your computer.
      Enable Aiming Pole: When enabled, a large pole is visible in-game to assist with aim.
      Enable Touchscreen Aiming: When enabled, allows user to adjust aim via touchscreen.
      Note: Show Flag feature now has two modes: To Golfer and To Pin.


      Bluetooth Settings

      To connect the device to FSX 2018 via Bluetooth, the device must first be paired with the computer. From the Windows desktop, access Devices and Printers via the Control Panel. In the top left corner, select “Add a Device.” Select the device from the list provided to pair. Once pairing is successful, return to FSX 2018.

      From the FSX 2018 main menu, select the Settings icon in the top right. Choose the Devices tab and connect your device in available the devices list.


      Camera Settings

      The camera settings can be accessed at any time through the menu bar or by pressing the key command Ctrl+Shft+A while in game. The camera used by FSX 2018 can be selected by clicking the drop-down at the top of the screen. Once a camera has been selected, live feed from the camera as well as editable camera settings will appear on-screen. All settings can be adjusted by clicking the +/- buttons, or by clicking directly in the field and typing a value.


      Dual Monitor Support


      To enable Dual Monitor Support, please ensure multiple displays are enabled on your Windows desktop. Right click on your desktop and select Display Settings. Navigate to the Multiple Displays section in the displays tab and select Extend Display.

      In-game, click the Player Dashboard (top right), choose Settings and click on Dual Display. Check the Dual Display box and select your second display. Check the boxes for which features you want displayed on either or both monitors, then click Apply.


  • Glossary

    • Introduction to Ball Flight Data


      The launch condition is described by a combination of the following measured ball-launch parameters:


      Ball Velocity

      Total Spin

      Vertical Launch Angle



      Spin Tilt Axis

      The spin-tilt axis is the axis the golf ball rotates around to define shot curvature and lift. When the spin-tilt axis is oriented to the left (looking down range), the ball’s trajectory will move from right to left, and vice versa.


      Ball Velocity

      Ball velocity (also called ball speed) is measured at the point of separation and can be displayed in either miles per hour, kilometers per hour, or meters per second.


      Vertical Launch Angle 

      Vertical launch angle is the angle, measured in degrees, between the ground plane and the ball launch vector.



      (Also known as side angle or deviation angle) The initial horizontal angle relative to the target line; the azimuth, combined with side spin, will determine the fi nal ball position down range relative to the target-line.


      Back and Side Spin

      Backspin is the rotation (per minute) of the ball given a completely neutral spin tilt axis, derived from total spin. Side spin is the rotation (per minute) of the ball around its vertical axis, derived from spin tilt axis.


      Total Spin

      Total spin is the rotations (per minute) of the golf ball around the spin axis.



      The total distance of flight produced by initial launch condition.


      Total Distance

      The combined ball flight with bounce and roll.


      Peak Height

      The apex of the trajectory measured from the ground plane.


      Descent Angle

      The angle of the trajectory measured from the apex to the ground.



      The end position distance to right or left, measured from the target-line.

    • Introduction to Club Head Data


      Head measurement

      Measurement of the delivery of the club head, described by path, face plane, velocity, and impact location of the golf ball.


      Club Head Speed

      Club head speed is the instantaneous speed of the club face center along the club head path at moment of impact displayed in mph, m/s, or km/h.



      The ratio between club head and golf ball velocities to determine the quality of the ball strike. Described as ball speed divided by head speed = ratio, efficiency or smash factor.


      Angle of Attack**

      Angle of attack is a value measured in degrees that tells us how much up (or down) the club head is traveling in the vertical plane in relation to the ground plane.


      Club Path 

      Club path is the measured angle (in degrees) to the left or right of the target line that the club head face center is traveling at the moment of impact.


      Delivered Face Angle

      Delivered face angle describes the club face’s deviation (in degrees) from square to the target line at impact. A closed face is angled toward the golfer; an open face, angled away.

      Impact Loft**

      Impact loft is the inclination of the face plane, measured in degrees, relative to the ground plane at the moment of impact.


      Delivered Lie Angle

      Delivered lie angle is the club shaft’s inclination in relation to the ground plane. Traditionally, lie angle has been measured using a lie board to leave a mark on the sole of the club post-impact.


      Impact Point

      Impact point is the point on the club cace that first touches the ball. Impact point will be reported via two separate measurements displayed in millimeters (mm) and presented relative to the vertical and horizontal centers.


      Closure Rate

      Closure rate is an instantaneous measurement taken just before the ball is impacted by the club, displayed in either degrees per second (dps) or revolutions per minute (rpm).