Building a golf simulator can be a daunting task. With thousand of pounds invested, getting it right the first time is of paramount importance. To relieve some of these stresses, we are walking you through the key steps to kitting out your simulator. Once you know the dimensions and design of the space, these 3 key steps are consistent across almost every simulator. Whatever your end goal, if you make sure these are correct, the result will be stunning.
1. THE LAUNCH MONITOR
When you are setting up a golf simulator, the beating heart of the project is your choice of launch monitor. The options are quite varied these days. Trackman, SkyTrak, Mevo+ and the Garmin R10 for example, are all able to provide a huge variety of data to improve your swing.
If you are looking for the cream of the crop then Trackman 4 is the go to launch monitor for world’s best players. Trackman 4 is technologically advanced, super accurate and simple to use. By giving you every data parameter you could need, the Trackman 4 unit helps you to improve faster. Combining its incredible optical tracking abilities with it doppler radar, Trackman offers a complete solution. The Trackman 4 is able to display and track any shot from a short putt to 400 yard drives, all with 3D trajectory in real time.
2. A HITTING SURFACE
When you practice the turf you hit off can greatly influence the feedback you get during the session. If the mat is too firm, fat shots can be disguised by the bounce of the club. Too spongey and the mat can rob you of some distance, creating a disparity between your shots on the course and the shots in your simulator.
The TrueStrike golf mat is designed to last and react like turf when hit, allowing golfers a realistic practice experience. TrueStrike’s “ruckable” top surface and a gel-filled divot simulating subsurface, accurately recreates the effects of playing off a natural fairway by allowing the club head to play through the playing surface as it would on turf. Another top tier example of perfect hitting surface is the Tee Turf hitting mat. The Tee Turf mat is slightly less forgiving than other rival mats which is why its ideal for practice. Come in fat on this turf and it acts just like the fairway unlike some lower quality options.
3. A QUALITY SCREEN & PROJECTOR
What good is all the data in the world if you can’t see it clearly? By choosing an HD screen and projector you can unlock a huge number of possibilities. Not only will the practice data be clearly visible, the simulator can be used for multiple purposes. Whether it is 4K movies, gaming or watching television, the HD screen and projector option means once your practice is complete, you can still use your simulator for the rest of the day. When paired with a simulator enclosure or cushioned installation for safety, you truly have a setup that not only allows for clear, concise practice, but also an entertainment facility for the whole family.
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