Golf and Sport Simulators 101

Frequently Asked questions

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What size room do you need for a golf simulator?

Room size is the number one question we get asked about golf simulators, and our answer is dependent on a few factors. If the intent is to just install a functional golf simulator, then a room size of 10 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide and 20 ft. deep would suit your needs. In instances where you want to create a holistic experience for friends and family, then 25 ft. long is ideal. If your room doesn’t quite meet the minimum requirements listed above, don’t panic – Give us a call at 1-800-557-5859 or email at info@inhomegolf.com, and we’ll happily take the time to better understand your unique needs before walking you through the options that are right for you, your space and your vision.

How high of a ceiling do I need for a golf simulator?

Generally speaking, 9 ft. ceilings are the minimum requirement for a golf simulator, with 10 ft. being considered a more “comfortable’ height. As is the case with any significant home or business investment, consulting with an golf simulator installation professional prior to purchasing your golf simulator is highly recommended. Give us a call at 1-800-557-5859 or email at info@inhomegolf.com, and we’ll happily take the time to better understand your unique needs before walking you through the options that are right for you, your space and your vision.

Where do I mount the projector for my golf simulator?

When it comes to mounting, there is, regrettably no rule of thumb or silver bullet answer for where to mount it. Every projector has a unique throw distance (the distance from the tip of the projector’s lens to the screen) which is affected by your impact screen’s size and aspect ratio. Given how critical this is to setup accurately, we recommend consulting with an golf simulator installation professional before purchasing. Give us a call at 1-800-557-5859 or email at info@inhomegolf.com, and we’ll happily take the time to better understand your unique needs before walking you through the options that are right for you, your space and your vision.

How far away from the screen should the strikemat be for a golf simulator?

In an ideal world, we like to put the ball 12 feet from the screen. That said, we can work in tigher spaces, and can still design a great simulator, for example with a 10 ft. distance from ball to screen. Give us a call at 1-800-557-5859 or email at info@inhomegolf.com, and we’ll happily take the time to better understand your unique needs before walking you through the options that are right for you, your space and your vision.

Can you use any projector for a golf simulator?

No, unfortunately you can not use any projector to for a golf simulator. Office quality projectors or large venue projectors, for example, typically don’t have the appropriate throw distance (the distance from the tip of the projector’s lens to the screen). Additionally, the brighter your room is the more important the measured lumens (brightness) of your proejector matters as well, so be sure to consult an expert in golf simulators before purchasing so that you’re not disapointed in the quality of the results. Give us a call at 1-800-557-5859 or email at info@inhomegolf.com, and we’ll happily take the time to better understand your unique needs before walking you through the options that are right for you, your space and your vision.

Where should you place projector for golf simulator?

When it comes to mounting, there is, regrettably, no rule of thumb, or silver bullet answer. Every projector has a unique throw distance (the distance from the tip of the projector’s lens to the screen) which is affected by your impact screen’s size and aspect ratio. Given how critical this is to setup accurately, we recommend consulting with a golf simulator installation professional before purchasing. Give us a call at 1-800-557-5859, and we’ll happily take the time to better understand your unique needs before walking you through the options that are right for you, your space and your vision.

How does putting work in a golf simulator?

Simulator tracking systems are designed to track golf balls traveling at speeds in excess of 150MPH, so it should come as little surprise that most on the market can handle the slow trickle of an accurate putt with ease. Concerns in this regard are typically created by the earlier versions of golf simulators to hit the open market years ago, but today’s high speed camera and radar systems provide amazing, real-time accuracy.

Can you wear golf shoes in a simulator?

The short answer is yes – you can wear golf shoes in a simulator, but running shoes, or even sandals, are also fine. Regardless of what footwear you decide on (we advise against heels), the key to maintaining a sharp looking, high performance simulator is cleanliness. Well used golf shoes often come with bits of soil, sand and grass that can migrate to the strike pad. This increases the odds of those loose materials being sent at your impact screen at high speed, resulting in an unwanted mark.

How accurate are golf simulators for distance?

Each tracking system and launch monitor has its own method for measuring and calculating critical parameters like club speed, ball speed, face angle, loft, spin etc. All of these measuremnets go into the algorithms for carry and total distance, but not all systems are created equal! That’s why InHome Golf independently tests and verifies the manufacturers and components we represent. But don’t take our word for it – come to one of our 2 showrooms and see for yourself!

How do golf simulators work?

Simulator tracking systems measure and calculate critical parameters like club speed, ball speed, face angle, loft, spin and the like in real-time. All of these data points get pulled into the algorithms, which calculates carry and total distance. This data is then processed and fed into golf course software. Finally, the data is outputtd from your PC through a projector so you can see it all happen on the screen. For most modern day systems, this entire process is completed in a fraction of a second, so the virtual ball is moving in time with your actual ball as it hits the screen, creating a seamless and immersive experience.

Do golf simulators improve your game?

When used correctly (and consistently) golf simulators certainly can and should improve your game. Access to the real-time swing data, as well as the accuracy of the data now available through modern-day golf simulators, can arm you with the knowledge you need to see on-course improvements the next time you hit the links. Without an understanding of what you’re practicing, you can make your challenges more permanent; so make sure you prepare a game plan.

How can I build a golf simulator enclosure?

Given the detailed nature of the simulators and the endless factors to consider in your space, we recommend consulting with a professional when it comes to building a golf-simulator enclosure. Give us a call at 1-800-557-5859 and we’ll be happy to take the time to understand your unique needs. We can then walk you through the best options to give you the best indoor golf experience.

Where can I buy a golf simulator?

Purchasing a golf simulator can be an overwhelming process. We’re here to ensure you get the answers you need, the golf simulator tech you want and the design details you’ll love. Give us a call at 1-800-557-5859, and we’ll happily take the time to better understand your unique needs before walking you through the options that are right for you, your space and your vision.

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