I rented this game because I like to play golf but do not have the time to spend on the course or at the range.
While completely virtual, this game is startlingly realistic: If you have a weak part of your game, like driving and putting for me, you will experience similar problems in TW09. Similarly, anything you are good at translates instantly, like my irons and my short game.
Pros: Game mechanics demand a reasonably real swing. Shear volume of play time will help you improve swing tempo, and there are good tutorials to speed the process.
Cons: Early on, breaking par is HARD for a rookie player with zero "skills", even on easy. The game allows you to clock up your skills at the start, but the trade off is reduced benefits earned from PGA tour play in Career Mode.
Overall: First and foremost, like real golf, this version requires real effort to master. If you like the fact that you can play a full round in under an hour and have enough patience to practice and develop your skills, this can be a very fun and satisfying game to play. If want the instant gratification of crushing TW and all the other pro's right from the start of your career, you may be a bit dissappointed.
I play golf and consistently driving the ball long & straight is the hardest part of the game. Chipping and putting are not easy either, but it's not that difficult to get the hang of it. With this video game, driving the ball is way to easy. I could hit the ball long and straight every single time. And putting was extremely hard. Even short 2 foot putts were impossible to make. I would take a very short stroke with the wiimote and nothing would happen. Then I would take a little longer stroke and the ball would run 8 foot past the hole. And the reactions from the players were redundant. It really got old after a while. I'm glad I rented this game and did not buy it.