1) You should choose the SkyTrak SwingBay Golf Simulator if you have a $10,000 budget and at least 9' high x 12' wide x 16' deep of space. We've done the hard work for you and packaged together an all-in-one solution that gets you the best bang for your buck. This package includes the SkyTrak Launch Monitor & Golf Simulator, the SwingBay Screen & Enclosure, a 1080p HD Short Throw Projector, Projector Ceiling Mount, your Choice of Premium Golf Hitting Mat, a Landing Pad Turf Surface, Side Netting, and an HDMI Cable all normally priced at $7,999 but is on sale now for $6,999!
A ceiling height of 10 feet is a “safe” distance that can accommodate most golfers’ height and swing type. Cory mentioned that he was able to build a simulator in a room with a ceiling of 8′ 2″. However, the couple was shorter than average and had very flat swings. It may be possible for you to swing clubs freely in a ceiling lower than 10 feet depending on your height and how flat or vertical your swing is. Don’t forget to consider other golfers who might be using the space if you plan on having friends or family members use it also.
I've had this for a couple weeks now and have played a few rounds on TGC. Pretty fun. As others have noted, this won't register fat and thin swings. My distances also seemed off (short 15 to 20). Adjustments to the club's loft and shaft length (from head to bottom of sensor) helped dial my real distances I guess by changing club speed. It seems like path and club angle at impact are accurate. Can't really tell on side spin and have toed some swings that register as straight shots.
This simulator does not come with as many accessories as some of the previous entries. However, what it may lose in versatility, it gains in technical prowess. The 3D Swing Analyzer is essentially a sensor that you wear on your hand that can connect to any device via Bluetooth. It analyzes the quality of the swing by measuring parameters such as club speed, club plane, backswing length, tempo, etc. But the real magic begins once your swing has been recorded. The Zepp Golf 2 has instant feedback capabilities, providing you with instant swing analysis as soon as your swing is complete. This prompt feedback allows you to improve your technique with each swing, making your practice session much more fruitful than it would have been otherwise.
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:
The Rapsodo, with its simulator, is a great alternative to an actual day on the course, as well. Even during the worst of seasons, you can consistently practice and maintain your daily golf routine simply by hooking it up to your computer and receiving feedback on your swings on your screen. The only roadblock you might face in that process, however, is that the nature of the sensor is such that you do need to be hitting an actual ball with an actual club in order for it to be effective. So, you may have to invest in a golf net and a golf mat if you do not own these already.
On the premium side of the spectrum is aboutGolf’s Curve. Stated in the name, this simulator’s screen is constructed in a 180-degree arch, providing an immersive and panoramic aesthetic that’s boosted by ultra-HD resolution and custom lighting. A three-dimensional, high-speed camera and tracking system extract data from dozens of images per shot, providing accurate ball and club figures on any type of shot regardless of speed, spin or launch angle. A balance and weight-measurement system is placed under the mat to help you understand the distribution of weight, and the Curve’s data collection features an A.I. clubfitting process. As for gameplay, there’s no shortage of first tees, with 76 venues like St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Whistling Straits and TPC Sawgrass.