How to Pick the Right Golf Simulator Projector
You don’t know how many questions come along with building a golf simulator, until you decide to build a golf simulator. That’s why GolfAnytime is here for you! We will help guide you along any part of your Golf Simulator Project. Whether it is the final stages of a DIY project or if you are looking for an all included package, GolfAnytime is here to help.
Choosing the right Simulator Projector for your specific project can be tricky. It’s important to weigh your options so you stay on budget, while also getting the picture quality right for your setup. Our guide will help answer all of the questions you may have while choosing a Golf Simulator Projector.
Key Features for Golf Simulator Projector
- Lumens (3,000 or higher)
- Throw Ratio
- Aspect Ratio & Resolution
- HDMI Connectivity
Deciding on the correct Lumens for your specific Simulator set up is paramount. Typically the darker the area is going to be the less Lumens you will need. Even for a dark set up I would not go any lower than 3,000 lumens and if it won’t kill your budget I would start at 3,500 Lumens. If you have a brighter room for your set up you will want to go as high in Lumens as your budget can spare. Think about trying to see your phone screen on a sunny day, even with the brightness cranked up sometimes it can be hard.
The Throw is the distance between the projector and the screen. We recommend a short throw or an ultra short throw to help avoid shadows on the screen. If your projector is too far from the screen shadows will become an issue.
Throw ratio equals throw distance/ screen width. Getting the perfect projection is all about throw ratio, we recommend using a calculator to make sure the image quality is perfect for you specific set up. Here is a link for our favorite throw ratio calculator. https://www.projectorcentral.com/projection-calculator-pro.cfm
Aspect Ratio & Resolution
In short, Aspect Ratio is the shape of the projection. Is your more square like a 10’x10′? Or is it rectangular with wide image like a 16’x10′? This will make all the difference when choosing the correct projector.
Aspect Ratio Options
4:3 Aspect Ratio
- Square Image
- Lower Resolution
- Lower Cost
16:9 Aspect Ratio
- Rectangular Image
- Higher Resolution
- Higher Cost
16:10 Aspect Ratio
- Rectangular Image
- Highest Resolution
- Highest Cost
When it comes to projecting a proper image, HDMI capability is a must. While a lot of projectors can work for a golf simulator set up, the ones that will work the best have HDMI connectivity. Most launch monitors have this HDMI port to connect to a projector, and this is the best way to get a clear image, so make sure this is an option before you choose the right projector for your specific set up.
Thank you for reading our guide
We hope this guide will help you choose the right simulator projector for your simulator build. If you have any questions feel free to reach out (888) 518 – 5340 and our team can help guide you to choosing the right projector for you simulator build.