If you are looking to improve your game, a golf simulator is one of the best ways to do it. But one thing that puts many people off is the perception that they cost too much.
However, technology is improving all the time and, like many other products, with parts reducing in costs, the overall price is getting lower. So, is it now possible to buy and install a golf simulator for good value? We’re here to debunk the myth that golf simulators must cost an arm and a leg to install.
Does golf always have to be an expensive sport?
Golf isn’t the cheapest hobby in the world but, because we love it so much, many people are willing to part with their hard-earned cash to play it. There are ways to enjoy the sport without breaking the bank, but they can often feel like a watered-down version. If you have a garden and a bucket you can play golf, for instance, but it doesn’t replicate the feeling of taking a full swing and connecting with the ball.
Full swing golf simulators come in a range of prices and product levels, suiting most budgets. For instance, you could create a makeshift golf simulator at home for a relatively low price but it might not cover everything you want.
DIY golf simulators typically use a simple ball tracking system or launch monitor, homemade enclosure and cheaply-gathered materials for a net. Or you could just buy a launch monitor, like the Mevo Portable Personal Launch Monitor, that gives you simple feedback on your shots to help you make improvements.
Naturally, the most sophisticated systems will have much higher costs but you get what you pay for with them. If you want to see where your ball goes after you hit it and practise a wide range of shot types, there is no substitute for a golf simulator.
Golf simulators virtually recreate some of the world’s best courses and let you play them. You can play them as many times as you like until you feel as though you have mastered each hole and are ready to take on the pros.
Are golf simulators good value for money?
Golf simulators are great for home use as they allow users to practice various aspects of their game. They are also great for coaches as the feedback provided helps to give golfers even greater context for improvements. The data can highlight where a swing is going wrong or instantly show the benefits of a tweak.
Regardless of what your budget is, a golf simulator can help improve your game. They are a worthwhile investment as they allow you to use the feedback you receive to make adjustments. If you feel there are improvements to be made on your swing or shots, a simulator will help you find them.
What is a golf simulator capable of?
You could argue that there is no substitute for getting onto the course and playing a round of golf. However, that’s not strictly true thanks to the accuracy and enjoyability of golf simulators.
Golf simulators perfectly recreate some of the best courses around the world, and plenty of private or public ones too. You can hone the various types of golf shots required to get you around the course. All shot types are possible to practice on a golf simulator, you can even get some that test your putting stroke.
Golf simulators give users accurate and detailed feedback about every swing they take. This information can be used to help improve your handicap, increase your swing speed and change the shape of your shots. They can give you increased confidence and improve the mechanics of your shots.
Simulators are ideal practice aids and many believe they are worth the investment. Besides helping to improve your golf game, simulators allow you to play the sport while the weather outside is bad or you only have 20 minutes to spare. Installing a home golf simulator gives you the freedom and flexibility to play golf whenever and however you want.
How much is a golf simulator?
Golf simulator costs are much less than in the past. But if you want to spend a lot, you still can. Simulators range from as little as £500, but offer comparatively little in terms of feedback, up to the top-end £20,000 – £30,000 price tag and beyond.
Launch monitors, which track ball flights, can be even cheaper. The PRGR Portable Golf Monitor can be taken to the course or driving range and estimate things like swing speed, ball speed and total distance.
If you really want a great experience, you can commission a bespoke golf simulator cabin by Golf Swing Systems. Our bespoke builds can be tailor-made to your design and budget. They offer multifunctionality too and can double up as a yoga room or home cinema room.
Knowing what golf simulator to buy
If you are thinking about investing in a golf simulator, it’s important to do your research to make sure you get value for money. It would be pretty disappointing to shell out thousands only to realise that the feature you initially wanted the simulator for wasn’t included.
The best golf simulators allow you to practice every area of your game. For instance, the TrackMan 4 is the golf simulator of choice for many professional players and coaches.
It combines two radars and one camera to improve shot accuracy and data plus it monitors club speed and path while determining carry and launch angle. Our TrackMan 4 golf simulator is available for £17,928.
There are cheaper alternatives that still offer a great golf simulator experience. Our Ernest Sports Tour Plus golf simulator and launch monitor is available for £1,995 but provides plenty of data for golfers, including club speed and spin rate.
Golf simulators at Golf Swing Systems
Here at Golf Swing Systems, we specialise in golf simulator and launch monitor installations. We offer Golf Academy Design, Golf enclosures, nets and screens and bespoke golf cabins. If you would like more information about installing a golf simulator in your home or business, do not hesitate to get in touch.