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Golf Simulator Buyers Guide | 2021

Golf Simulator Buyers Guide | 2021

Building your own Golf Simulator can be exhausting. Whether you are in the early stages and planning your build or coming down the home stretch, this guide will help you bring all of the pieces together. From  to deciding on the best launch monitor, GolfAnytime makes building your own golf simulator easy. Follow our Golf Simulator Buyers Guide and get your project right the first time!

Table of Contents:

  1. Questions you need to answer
  2. Pick Your Space
  3. Hitting Net or Golf Impact Screen
  4. Which Hitting Mat?
  5. How to pick the right Launch Monitor

Questions to answer

It is difficult to understand how many questions need to be answered when you begin building your very own golf simulator. Every project will be different, but here are some of the big questions that many golfers forget to ask at the beginning. These questions will save you a lot of time and money.

  1. What is my budget

This one seems obvious but without actually taking the time to determine this it can end up costing you a lot of extra money if you don’t write out a clear budget. GolfAnytime has golf simulator packages that can fit any size and budget, whether you are building your own or buying a package, we can fit any size budget. We even have a golf simulator package for under $1000!! The Optishot 2 Golf simulator package includes everything you need to get started on your indoor golf journey.

Of course there are also many of you who are looking for a more full size Golf simulator that includes everything you could possibly need. TruGolf Simulator packages are the best option for you. The Vista Series are all included packages that have every single component you could possibly need. Starting at $10,495 they are a great value for someone who is serious about their indoor golf.

A lot of golfers are also starting to look at DIY options. This is a great option and can actually save you a lot of money. One of the greatest parts to going this route is you don’t have to spend $5,000 or $10,000 up front. You can take your time and build your package as you go. Starting with a golf net package and slowly adding components over time helps to build a quality indoor golf simulator for a lower price.

If you are looking to go this route we recommend starting with a quality golf net and mat package that you can add a simulator screen to later. The Net Return Pro is a great place to start because you can add all the necessary components over time.  We also have similar options like the Cimarron 10′ x 10′ x 10′ golf net which an impact screen can be added to later.

No matter what your budget is GolfAnytime has an option for you!

2. Is this a temporary or permanent location?

Some golfers will have the luxury of building a golf simulator in a dedicated space. For the rest of us we have to consider that ability to easily move this damn thing. One of the most popular spaces for a golf simulator is a garage or pull barn of some sort. There tends to be more free space and higher ceilings.

3. What Equipment do you need?

This is a pretty simple questions that most golfers forget to ask themselves. Do I need every single piece of equipment right now? Or can I just start with the basics? Here is a list of the possible equipment you will need to complete your Golf Simulator Project.

  1. Golf Mat
  2. Golf Net or Golf Impact Screen
  3. Computer or tablet
  4. Landing pad (Depending on the type of flooring you have)
  5. Launch Monitor with simulation capability
  6. Golf Simulator Software
  7. Projector (not required)
  8. Projector Mount or Projector floor mount
  9. TV (if not using a projector)

Pick your Space

Ceiling Height 

Our Golf Simulator Buyers Guide will help you get this right the first time!

This part is crucial to getting an indoor golf simulator correct the first time. Of course the size required will vary for different golfers. Also, keep in mind that even if you have enough space on paper, you need to feel comfortable swinging a driver.

Typically 9′ ceilings are enough room but there are some variables here. Taller golfers will most likely need a 10′ ceiling to comfortably swing every club in their bag. Also you need to think about the thickness of your golf mat. This may not seem like much but the average golf mat adds about 3/4″ off the ground with TruGolf golf mats adding more like 4″. This can make or break your golf simulator setup. So make sure you test out the height with something similar in height to the golf mat you plan to purchase.

Room Width

The room width is often over looked and people assume there will be more than enough room. Here are some things you need to consider. First, will there be any lefty golfers visiting my space? Is there enough room for a righty and a lefty?

Also, there are a lot of components with certain golf simulators, such as, TVs and projector mounts, computers, technology stands, etc. You will also need room for golf clubs which can take up quite a bit of space with a foursome. We recommend a space at least 12′ wide to account for all of these extras.

Room Depth

Room Depth can vary widely so this one will be up to the package and or components you choose. TruGolf simulator packages require at least 20′ of depth, while a DIY golf simulator can be done with as little as 10′ depth. We recommend more like 12′ to give you a buffer for all of the unexpected components and room for golfers and bags.

Hitting Net or Impact Screen

While many of our packages do come with a projector and golf impact screen, it is not required. Many golfers are setting up starter golf simulators with just a hitting net and a tv to display images. This is a cheaper way to get started as you can cut a lot of the components that can cost thousands of dollars.

Depending on which route you go there are easy ways to add a impact screen to your golf net at a later time. This way you can slowly build and it doesn’t hurt the budget.

If you do decide you want the projector you will need to decide where and how to mount it. Or you can do a floor mount and get a protective case for it. This route is much easier and cost effective to set up.

Which Hitting Mat?

Choosing a hitting mat is one of the more important parts of building a DIY golf simulator. There are a few things you need to think about.

  1. Is the mat I chose big enough for the ball to land on?
  2. Does the golf mat allow a spot for a tee or can it accept a tee?
  3. High or low Density?
1. Is the mat I chose big enough for the ball to land on?

The ball is going to land somewhere, is that area protected? Golf balls landing on wood floor over time can be pretty annoying as well as cause damage. Make sure your landing area is protected

2. Does the golf mat allow a spot for a tee or can it accept a tee?

This is pretty simple, how are you going to tee up the driver? Most mats have a spot for a rubber tee to be added. We actually recommend a high density mat as a regular tee can be used. High density mats also allow the club to strike through the ball as opposed to bouncing off of a low density turf.

3. High or Low Density?

We recommend a High density golf mat or one that has an are where you can place a tee easily. The tee line golf mat is our favorite high density golf mat and can accept a tee. Also is much easier on the hands and wrists. There are also some mats that include a strip for each such as the Ultimate Golf Mat. This golf mat has a low density area, a rough area, and a tee area.

How to pick the right launch monitor

There are many factors that go into choosing the right launch monitor. Do you want it to track ball data and club data? For example Optishot 2 only tracks club data (not as accurate), some of the more expensive models track both ball and club data.

This is possibly the most important question on a DIY indoor golf package. If you are planning on buying one of our packages like Optishot 2 or TruGolf this component is included. If you are building your own you will want to read this.

There are now more options available at a lower cost than ever before. Here are a few

ES 20/20

The ES 20/20 Tracks 22 data points and has full simulation

ES Tour Plus

The ES Tour Plus tracks 20 data points for less than $5,000!

There are other options out there available, make sure to do your research before choosing the right launch monitor for you.

Thank you for reading our Golf Simulator Buyers Guide






Important Steps To Know In Order To Better Your Chipping Skills

Important Steps To Know In Order To Better Your Chipping Skills

One of the most common mistake the amateur golfers make is that they assume chipping, which is one of the most important aspects of the game, is easy to master. They make this assumption on the fact that chip shot does not call for many steps to the swing mechanics. Firstly, it is important to keep in mind that for chip shot, you do not need exceptional physical ability. Secondly, the more time you spend practicing, especially on a golf course simulator, the more experience you will get and eventually become better at the chip shot.

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Your Simple Guide To Building a Backyard Golf Green

Your Simple Guide To Building a Backyard Golf Green

Not all golfers have the luxury to get a golf club membership and practice the game on the course. However, many golf enthusiasts may have a backyard, which is enough to practice golf and get better at it. While a large backyard is certainly an advantage, you can use a yard or garden of any size to enjoy and practice the sport. And if you are skeptical about it, you should know that most players practice golf swings in the backyard, from putting to driver swing to more. Read more

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Top Tips to Help You Choosing the Right Golf Strategy on the Course

Shooting lower scores in golf requires using the right golf strategy at the right time. By doing so, you can save yourself dozens of strokes during a season. However, choosing the right strategy can be challenging, especially for beginners. Generally, it demands making tough decisions in stressful situations on the golf course. Though you can get better at it if you practice on a Rapsodo launch monitor, you still need to face critical situations on the course and decide what would best for you. Read more
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The Ultimate Buying Guide for Indoor Putting Mats

Why to invest in an indoor putting green? There may be more than one answer to that question but the only one you need to focus on is “it will improve your game drastically.” You have a putting mat for indoors; you practice your putting more often- it’s no rocket science! You don’t need to pack the clubs, put them into the car, and drive to a golf course. Sharpen your skills straight from the comfort of your home. After a few weeks, you will surely develop a consistent stroke that will help you take numbers off the final score. Read more

Golf Season doesn’t end, it just comes home

Golf Season doesn’t end, it just comes home

How to improve your golf game in the off-season

Improving your golf game in the off season is easier than you might think. Yes, its going to take time and yes you need to use your brain, results aren’t free. Next spring you will either be thankful you invested time and money or wishing that you did. Here are three steps to improving your golf game this off-season

1. Have a plan in place

Having a plan in place starts with knowing your weaknesses, and knowing your weaknesses starts with knowing your numbers. What’s holding you back? Is it your putting, driving, chipping, bunker game, mental game, etc. If you really aren’t sure start keeping better track on the course of ups and downs and putts per hole and even fairways and green hits.

Also, where is your game now and where do you want it to be next year? I am currently a low handicap low to high 70s golfer who drastically under performs given my ball striking abilities. I know that putting is my greatest room for improvement, especially the 15 foot and under range. So for me, breaking 70 is going to require me to invest time and money in this area of my game. I have countless opportunities in 18 holes to make birdies from this range and usually end up with 2-4 birdies a round, mostly under 5 feet. Not to mention my 3 putts due to missing 4 footers.

This is a huge opportunity for me and will be a MAJOR focus this off-season! I will not spend another off season just waiting for golf season, and you shouldn’t either. Get an off season plan in place! It’s extremely simple and can take less than 10 minutes a day to have drastic results.

2. Execute the plan

Now that you have a plan in place of what you need to work on, how are you going to work on it? Do you have practice equipment at home? Do you live by a driving range with heated tees. Do you have the necessary golf training videos and drills in place to improve? Practicing the same thing over and over and getting frustrated isn’t going to help you improve.

The hardest part in executing the plan is setting aside time. You are going to have to change some things up and possibly even skip some episodes of Dancing with the Stars, I know it’s great but results feel so much more satisfying. There’s almost nothing I love more than competing in golf and improving an area that was a weakness. This all starts with executing the plan you chose for yourself, and of course, sticking to it.

3. Track your results

There is nothing more satisfying than eating the fruits of your labor. Track your progress and be grateful for the results you’re making, and of course make adjustments as necessary.



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Why You Need An Indoor Putting Green To Improve Your Golf Skills

It looks easy, doesn’t it? Hitting the golf ball with your club and watching it roll over to the nearest hole? Well, if you’ve ever played around a game of golf, you would know that putting is the hardest part of the game, but what makes it even more frustrating is the fact that it is also the most important. If you want to improve your golfing skills, it is imperative that you work on your putting skills before anything else, and one of the best ways to do so regularly is to invest in an indoor putting green to practice on. Read more

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The Ultimate Golfing Guide For Beginners

Whether you are stepping foot into the course to become a champ or simply to enjoy a friendly match with your work buddies, you will need to get some basics right when you start out!

We know that golf might seem extremely complex to a bystander who doesn’t know anything about the great game. There is a lingo which doesn’t seem to make sense, and then, of course, there is the story of clubs. Which one should you pick? What should a basic training session involve? Should you get a home golf simulator such as the ES16 Simulator & Launch Monitor to perfect your game while no one’s watching? If your head is reeling because of these questions, don’t worry; we’re here to guide you as you train and set out to choose your golfing weapons.
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3 Golf Swing Tips to Help You Hit the Ball Farther

Hitting the golf ball farther off the tee doesn’t require stronger muscles and following complicated swing instructions. However, it does require practice several hours a day, whether on the course or at home using the best indoor golf simulator. But your practice should accompany a few swing tips to get more out of your stroke. 

Here are a few golf swing tips and tricks for you:

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