People opt for the projector setup because it simulates hitting the ball right down the fairway into the screen. Because of this you’ll obviously need a durable screen to hit into or a protective net in front of it.  Good projector screens that are strong enough to withstand repeated drives with a real golf ball can be quite expensive but there are a number of ways to get around this on a budget.  Here are a few options:
I am beginner golfer, only playing 3 months. i got this to save on going to the driving range constantly. I have only used it twice. I can say it is not only is it fun to be able to go out an hit anytime I want, i have probably saved over $60 in driving fees. 2 more times and the net will have paid for itself. The net and mat combo is great for beginners like me. I can hit until I drop.They are both well made, and heavier constructed that I thought. It is well worth the cost to get something that is life time warrantied. Don't' save money on the cheaper ones. Get this. You won't regret it
The first comment I will make is if you go into purchasing this product assuming you will get the same accuracy as a $10,000 simulator, you shouldn't purchase this. Expensive professional simulators use ball tracking to provide the most accurate 'simulation' to an actual hit outdoors. They also require large equipment, and in most cases a dedicated room to be used solely for the golf simulator. This simulator uses swing (club) tracking to provide calculations and assumptions on where the ball should go.
If you are just looking to have fun and play some golf, just about any simulator will do the job. But if you want to improve your game and get good stats, feedback, and improve your game, then do your research and buy a simulator that fits your needs. If you are just starting out and trying to learn the fundamentals each “device” has its place and time in your journey through your golf game as it evolves also. So as with anything as Tom said earlier, you get what you pay for, and be realistic in your expectations for each device. The pros use simulators that cost over $100,000 to help their game, but they also use something as simple as towel under their arm during simple drills to help them with a swing thought. So throwing money at your swing won’t make you better, you have to practice and learn this game to get better. Once you understand your swing, grip and stance, then you can start on the other 1,000 tweaks to make your game better. So before you make a big investment in a simulator, make sure you are getting what you want: Recreation or Improvement.
Although the infrared sensors are the Optishot’s main features, it might not be enough for the experienced golfer. The reason is that this device will not measure the golf ball like many other systems out there. You’ll likely make a great shot every single time you hit the ball because OptiShot does not take into account gear effect and therefore doesn’t track the ball.

I love this thing! I can play 18 holes anytime I want, rain or shine. Couple of points; Putting not so great but once you get the hang of it, not so bad either. I would recommend using the long/short tee on every shot. While it's pretty sturdy in the base, metal, the housing is plastic and the first one I had shattered on a miss hit by one of my friends who did not use a tee. Lesson learned. Excellent feed back on swing speed, plane and face position at impact. really has helped me correct some minor issues. I bought a Rukket 10x7ft Haack Golf Net (great product!) and use it indoor. You can swing without a golfball, of course, but I like the feel of the ball on the club face. What can I say, I've played 18 ... full review
SkyTrak makes mostly high end golfing simulators, and this one continues that tradition. It’s great for playing golf in the garage, and it lets you feel like you are in the actual game, thanks to the smart design and wealth of features to pick from. All of the components are removable and retractable, making it ideal for spaces where you live or park your car, as you can get the simulator out of the way easily when you need the extra space.
Not Considering Your Needs– Do you really need a simulator with all the bells and whistles? Do you need one that offers dozens of simulated courses when you will really only play a couple courses in real life? It depends on how far you want to go with your training and if you use the simulator as a substitute for the real thing. Some people use simulators to experience what other courses are like that they will never visit, and you need to factor in your preferences when you purchase a simulator to ensure you are getting something that fits you well.

Sophisticated golf simulator systems such as those found in most modern commercial simulators can cost upwards of $50k.  While these systems perform amazingly they’re well over our home build budget.  Here we’re recommending using the OptiShot as the “brains” of your home golf simulator because its performance is unrivaled in the $500 and under price range.  The “brains” of your system is where you’ll want to spend the majority of your budget because if the simulator itself is not functioning correctly you’re left with nothing more than some balls and a net.

Competitors typically use lower cost, inferior components, such as: Home PC’s to run their simulators, which tend to suffer from instability and frequent required updates. They also use polypropylene turf, single element-screens with high elasticity-rebound and reduced longevity. Both screens & turf last a half-life when compared to our in-house designed screens & turf. Other areas of compromise extend to their 3rd party cameras which capture your swing, but don’t form a complete alliance with the rest of the system.

Comprehensive Measurement: We measure ALL the critical club & ball parameters to analyze exactly what’s happening each time a golfer swings. There are, at minimum 4 cameras capturing your swing. They analyze club head speed, launch angle, swing path, club contact (heel/toe), club face (open/closed), efficiency, smash factor and a specific camera dedicated to measuring spin and spin-axis.
HD Golf is the best simulator you can buy. Incredible realism, accuracy and ease-of-use create an indoor golf experience with no comparison. Play Pebble Beach, St. Andrews or dozens of other REAL Championship Courses. Whether you want a golf simulator for your home, business or recreation center, our top golf experience guarantees all-ages fun and excitement.
PLAY, TRAIN, LEARN and have FUN playing golf indoors. With 3D life-like graphics, instant feedback, driving range setting and various play modes our simulators are perfect for skilled golfers to hone their golf skills or for novice golfers to start learning how to play. We offer the full gaming experience from first drive to last putt on over 180 world-famous courses. Play golf on your schedule seven days a week, day or night, no matter what the weather is like outside. At Swing Zone Golf, we make golfing CONVENIENT, AFFORDABLE and FUN for everyone.
The OptiShot features a practice mode with visual feedback plus you can play best ball or match play among other game types, and you can even customize the weather.  The system itself requires a laptop or desktop computer to work (this will add to your total simulator budget if you don’t already own one) that can be hooked up to the TV or streamed to a projector.
My 9 year old daughter has been playing Golf since she was 3 years old and spends most of her time in the Golf course or the range. Last year I splurged and had a Putting, chipping green and also a Bunker installed in our back yard. That allowed us to spend more time at home and also decreased our practice time in half. I said to her the only thing missing is a Virtual Golf course.

You can now purchase launch monitors from Foresight, Trackman, and Flightscope. Additionally, there are more premium packages from high-end home golf simulator companies like Full Swing Golf, SwingTrack and TRU GOLF. At these levels, you can expect to get much more accuracy concerning ball flight as well as your swing information. Additionally, the simulation software becomes much more robust.
As with the original OptiShot, this product will not provide you with data on a Trackman level as it does not measure the ball, only the club. However, it does cover all the most important swing data that you can think of, such as club-head speed, shot-shape, swing-path reading, face impact angle, swing tempo, face area contact, and distance. With this information, you will be able to focus entirely on improving your swing.
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