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I built my home simulator late last summer. I went with the SkyTrak w/Game Improvement Pkg for $1750 on sale, Rukket Haack Golf Net for $129, a used commercial grade 5×5 hitting mat (Grade A) for $200 off eBay. I used my old laptop and used it for displaying the shot data. I set mine up in my garage. I leave the net up full-time and move the mat in/out of position, if needed. This is a very workable and relatively affordable solution for $2079 in total.
3) You should choose the SkyTrak Retractable Golf Simulator if you want your room to have multiple functions. This package has a retractable screen, allowing you to return your room back to normal when not in use making it an excellent garage golf simulator. The included HomeCourse Retractable screen can mount to your wall or ceiling and when paired with a portable golf mat like the Real Feel Country Club Elite, you will still be able to pull your car into your garage when not in use. The SkyTrak Retractable normally starts at $6,099 but is on sale now for $5,499 ($600 Off).
The R-Motion uses a sensor that mounts onto your golf club. So, as with the Zepp Golf 2, the Rapsodo also allows you to record your performance while playing golf in real time. However, the interesting part is that it comes with its own golf simulator, which includes 15 different courses as presets, and can easily run on your PC without any additional requirements. The sensor studies values such as ball speed, club speed, smash factor, launch angle, distance, and the swing path to provide instant and accurate feedback, while the simulator depicts quite a realistic movement of the ball which includes bounces and rolls.
3) You should choose the OptiShot 2 Practice Package if you just want to get started with golf simulation. While OptiShot 2 is not as accurate as SkyTrak and doesn’t provide as much realism, some people just want to swing a club and get some feedback on their shots. This package includes the OptiShot 2, The Net Return Home Series Net, and Pro Turf Golf Mat and is a cheap golf simulator priced at $1,199.
“As a professional golfer and tech enthusiast, I demand the best & most advanced equipment available. I love the HD Simulator because of its incredible realism & pinpoint accuracy. I was amazed at the technology and playing experience. My coach and I really like using the integrated video swing & weight transfer analysis to fine-tune my swing in real-time. When it comes to simulators, there is simply no comparison to HD Golf.”
This is the same golf simulator that a lot of pro shops use. It comes packed with all the features, like weather effects, portable design, detailed readouts and more. It’s one of the most expensive simulators you will find, so consider if it fits into your budget before you get too interested in it. If you plan to simulate the game for the long haul, though, then this is probably the way to go.
Now you have an idea about the most effective home golf simulators, I hope you can make an informed decision to buy the best golf simulator that fits your playing and spacing needs. What this means is you’ll have to make sure you have sufficient space someplace in your home to carry out a full golf swing. To get a golf simulator all set for usage may take around half an hour just to adjust the sensors and detectors. Therefore, it’s important to choose a permanent location to set up the simulator, because this is not a unit that you can just pack down and store easily.
Simulator golf is a growth industry – and a business opportunity. More and more businesses are ensuring their customers get a great golfing experience by investing in the TrackMan simulator golf solution. For everything from a single bay installation to large multi-bay simulator projects, you can be sure to get what you need from our complete, fully customizable one-stop-shop solution.
Up to this point you probably have about $800-$1,000 wrapped up in the OptiShot and your projector along with another $300 if you’ve built a permanent enclosure, but luckily those represent the last of the major purchases for your home golf simulator. The rest of the items used in the simulator can be purchased at your discretion to maximize the feel of a real golf outing.
At this price point, you are most likely looking at an OptiShot simulator. It’s currently around $300, and this is the entry level. You can have plenty of fun with a product like this, but be aware that the accuracy is limited. Optishot only measures the speed, path, and face angle of your club. From there it calculates where your ball is going but is not directly measuring the actual golf ball after impact. So you might not make great contact, but OptiShot would simulate a shot that was struck almost perfectly. It is essential to understand that the info provided could be misleading on individual shots, which could frustrate players.
We strongly suggest staying away from the very inexpensive (under $100) or “mini” projectors that seem to be popping up everywhere. The reason for this being that most cheap projectors lack the brightness (measured in lumens) needed to display a good picture in anything brighter than complete darkness. Remember, the brighter you want your simulator bay the stronger you need your projector to be. After all, no one wants to swing in the dark!
Depending on if you were able to find some good deals on the screen and projector you may have some budget left over to really turn your space into a golf simulator heaven. For example, if you’ve built a wooden frame for the simulator you might want to cover the boards with a foam covering because shanks hit into the wood and can be unpredictable.
This is probably the cheapest way to set up a golf simulator in your home. However, this version of OptiShot is not a launch monitor, and therefore it will not track the ball. The infrared sensors in the OptiShot are there to track your swing before you hit the ball and after you hit the ball. So, if you are looking for a professional and sophisticated golf simulator analysis like you get with the FlighScope or TrackMan, you should look for something else.