Aluminum rod turns Quest 2 controller into a “mini golf club”
Hardly any sport is as intuitive and precise in VR as golf. An aluminum attachment for Quest 2 promises even more authenticity.
Virtual reality is like a surprise bag. Even when I started using the HTC Vive in 2016, I was most fascinated by the inconspicuous Cloudlands: VR Minigolf. To my amazement, the club in the virtual world acted like an extension of the stick-shaped Vive controller, enabling amazingly precise strokes.
Mighty Coconut‘s sociable Walkabout Minigolf (review) has also become a perennial favorite among MIXED editors. There is hardly a cozier way to get together with friends in VR to enjoy lovingly implemented licensed courses that are also convincing in terms of play. VR games about “real” golf also benefit from the potential of the medium, such as Golf+ from ProPutt.
VR golf clubs for Meta Quest (2)
No wonder, then, that accessory providers want to get even more out of the concept and sell various golf club attachments for the Meta Quest 2’s VR controllers. One particularly interesting one is the “Yezro Y11 Golf Club Handle for Oculus Quest 2”. Here, the shaft is made of aluminum. This could provide a more authentic gaming experience than the competition made of plastic or carbon fiber.
Gamers clamp the lower controller tip in the foam insert with a twist-on mechanism. To prevent the safety cord from dangling wildly, there is a retaining hole for its clip. A rubber band is included for the grip button. If you stretch it permanently over the button, you can activate an aiming aid in games like Golf+ without holding the button manually.
At around 16 inches (ca. 41 cm), the attachment is not as long as real irons and does not offer a telescopic extension like some competing models. At over a third of a pound, however, it should at least convey a fairly authentic weight when hitting the ball.
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Golf stick instead of gun stock
VRScout magazine tried out the accessory and praised the rumble effect in particular, which is passed on well. The setup also proved to be easy in supported titles like Walkabout Minigolf and Golf+. Both mentioned titles offer corresponding settings for calibration.
The “Y11 Golf Club Handle” for Quest 2 is available from Yezro’s official US store on Amazon for $44.99. That is, before taxes and shipping.