Golf Simulator Buyers Guide | 2021
Building your own Golf Simulator can be exhausting. Whether you are in the early stages and planning your build or coming down the home stretch, this guide will help you bring all of the pieces together. From to deciding on the best launch monitor, GolfAnytime makes building your own golf simulator easy. Follow our Golf Simulator Buyers Guide and get your project right the first time!
Table of Contents:
- Questions you need to answer
- Pick Your Space
- Hitting Net or Golf Impact Screen
- Which Hitting Mat?
- How to pick the right Launch Monitor
Questions to answer
It is difficult to understand how many questions need to be answered when you begin building your very own golf simulator. Every project will be different, but here are some of the big questions that many golfers forget to ask at the beginning. These questions will save you a lot of time and money.
- What is my budget
This one seems obvious but without actually taking the time to determine this it can end up costing you a lot of extra money if you don’t write out a clear budget. GolfAnytime has golf simulator packages that can fit any size and budget, whether you are building your own or buying a package, we can fit any size budget. We even have a golf simulator package for under $1000!! The Optishot 2 Golf simulator package includes everything you need to get started on your indoor golf journey.
Of course there are also many of you who are looking for a more full size Golf simulator that includes everything you could possibly need. TruGolf Simulator packages are the best option for you. The Vista Series are all included packages that have every single component you could possibly need. Starting at $10,495 they are a great value for someone who is serious about their indoor golf.
A lot of golfers are also starting to look at DIY options. This is a great option and can actually save you a lot of money. One of the greatest parts to going this route is you don’t have to spend $5,000 or $10,000 up front. You can take your time and build your package as you go. Starting with a golf net package and slowly adding components over time helps to build a quality indoor golf simulator for a lower price.
If you are looking to go this route we recommend starting with a quality golf net and mat package that you can add a simulator screen to later. The Net Return Pro is a great place to start because you can add all the necessary components over time. We also have similar options like the Cimarron 10′ x 10′ x 10′ golf net which an impact screen can be added to later.
No matter what your budget is GolfAnytime has an option for you!
2. Is this a temporary or permanent location?
Some golfers will have the luxury of building a golf simulator in a dedicated space. For the rest of us we have to consider that ability to easily move this damn thing. One of the most popular spaces for a golf simulator is a garage or pull barn of some sort. There tends to be more free space and higher ceilings.
3. What Equipment do you need?
This is a pretty simple questions that most golfers forget to ask themselves. Do I need every single piece of equipment right now? Or can I just start with the basics? Here is a list of the possible equipment you will need to complete your Golf Simulator Project.
- Golf Mat
- Golf Net or Golf Impact Screen
- Computer or tablet
- Landing pad (Depending on the type of flooring you have)
- Launch Monitor with simulation capability
- Golf Simulator Software
- Projector (not required)
- Projector Mount or Projector floor mount
- TV (if not using a projector)
Pick your Space
Our Golf Simulator Buyers Guide will help you get this right the first time!
This part is crucial to getting an indoor golf simulator correct the first time. Of course the size required will vary for different golfers. Also, keep in mind that even if you have enough space on paper, you need to feel comfortable swinging a driver.
Typically 9′ ceilings are enough room but there are some variables here. Taller golfers will most likely need a 10′ ceiling to comfortably swing every club in their bag. Also you need to think about the thickness of your golf mat. This may not seem like much but the average golf mat adds about 3/4″ off the ground with TruGolf golf mats adding more like 4″. This can make or break your golf simulator setup. So make sure you test out the height with something similar in height to the golf mat you plan to purchase.
The room width is often over looked and people assume there will be more than enough room. Here are some things you need to consider. First, will there be any lefty golfers visiting my space? Is there enough room for a righty and a lefty?
Also, there are a lot of components with certain golf simulators, such as, TVs and projector mounts, computers, technology stands, etc. You will also need room for golf clubs which can take up quite a bit of space with a foursome. We recommend a space at least 12′ wide to account for all of these extras.
Room Depth can vary widely so this one will be up to the package and or components you choose. TruGolf simulator packages require at least 20′ of depth, while a DIY golf simulator can be done with as little as 10′ depth. We recommend more like 12′ to give you a buffer for all of the unexpected components and room for golfers and bags.
Hitting Net or Impact Screen
While many of our packages do come with a projector and golf impact screen, it is not required. Many golfers are setting up starter golf simulators with just a hitting net and a tv to display images. This is a cheaper way to get started as you can cut a lot of the components that can cost thousands of dollars.
Depending on which route you go there are easy ways to add a impact screen to your golf net at a later time. This way you can slowly build and it doesn’t hurt the budget.
If you do decide you want the projector you will need to decide where and how to mount it. Or you can do a floor mount and get a protective case for it. This route is much easier and cost effective to set up.
Which Hitting Mat?
Choosing a hitting mat is one of the more important parts of building a DIY golf simulator. There are a few things you need to think about.
- Is the mat I chose big enough for the ball to land on?
- Does the golf mat allow a spot for a tee or can it accept a tee?
- High or low Density?
1. Is the mat I chose big enough for the ball to land on?
The ball is going to land somewhere, is that area protected? Golf balls landing on wood floor over time can be pretty annoying as well as cause damage. Make sure your landing area is protected
2. Does the golf mat allow a spot for a tee or can it accept a tee?
This is pretty simple, how are you going to tee up the driver? Most mats have a spot for a rubber tee to be added. We actually recommend a high density mat as a regular tee can be used. High density mats also allow the club to strike through the ball as opposed to bouncing off of a low density turf.
3. High or Low Density?
We recommend a High density golf mat or one that has an are where you can place a tee easily. The tee line golf mat is our favorite high density golf mat and can accept a tee. Also is much easier on the hands and wrists. There are also some mats that include a strip for each such as the Ultimate Golf Mat. This golf mat has a low density area, a rough area, and a tee area.
How to pick the right launch monitor
There are many factors that go into choosing the right launch monitor. Do you want it to track ball data and club data? For example Optishot 2 only tracks club data (not as accurate), some of the more expensive models track both ball and club data.
This is possibly the most important question on a DIY indoor golf package. If you are planning on buying one of our packages like Optishot 2 or TruGolf this component is included. If you are building your own you will want to read this.
There are now more options available at a lower cost than ever before. Here are a few
The ES 20/20 Tracks 22 data points and has full simulation
The ES Tour Plus tracks 20 data points for less than $5,000!
There are other options out there available, make sure to do your research before choosing the right launch monitor for you.
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