When you have a designated indoor golfing space, you can pursue your passion even when conditions outside are adverse. Putting together a golf simulator setup is a doable proposition when you know what is required.
The extent of technology and quality features of your golf simulator determines your thrill from practicing with it. Teeing off at the greens is not always practical, especially when you do not have access to a course or external factors restrict your movement.
Enumerated below are helpful steps to refer to when building your golf simulator setup at home:
Measure the Indoor Space Identified
Firstly, you must identify a suitable section of your home where you can comfortably accommodate a golf simulator. A 10’ by 10’ expanse with a minimum ceiling height of 8.5 feet allows you ample room to practice your natural full swing.
The garage is ideal for equipping with a simulator setup, provided you can make alternate arrangements to park your vehicle.
Source the Necessary Accessories
You need a projector that assures you of visual quality and minimal input lag. The latter refers to the delay between your shot and the movement of the ball on your screen. When the input lag is 60 ms or less, the projector delivers a realistic golfing experience.
Projectors with a more sophisticated display cost between $1,500 and $2,000. You also need a reliable launch monitor to accurately track every shot you take. Stand-alone simulator software programs are the cheapest as no accessories are included.
Although more expensive, software that comes with a monitor, screen, and sensor-equipped tee pad, saves you the hassle of separately sourcing these accessories.
Mount the Projector and Screen
An important safety consideration while installing the screen is to place it away from the wall. Even a foot’s gap eliminates the risk of the ball striking the wall and bouncing back in your direction.
Though heavier, portable screens with an aluminum frame are more durable than the screens for ceiling suspension. Proceed to mount your projector on the ceiling after checking the accompanying manual for the projector’s throw distance.
This aspect and screen size determines the ideal gap between your screen and projector. When you choose to mount your projector on the ceiling, position your tee pad a safe distance away. It prevents your club from hitting the projector when attempting a backswing.
Position the Golf Mat and Net
You should select a practice mat that delivers on performance and durability. A quality mat will allow you to hit the ball accurately, improve your golf swing, and play with comfort. There are golf mats available that replicate the feel of grass via a silicone gel layer.
Place your golf mat directly on concrete so it does not slide. Having a net enclosure serves as a protective shield against injury and damage. An impact net durable, easy to assemble, and dismantle as required best serves your need. The net keeps your flying ball in a confined space and ensures a quick return to play.
Equip yourself with the requisite knowledge by referring to the inputs of an avid golfer who, from experience, shares handy best practices.