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Golf Simulator Reviews – Play Year Round

When golf simulators first hit the scene they were incredibly expensive and it seemed as if only retailers or country clubs could afford them. As technology has advance, like we see with many products, the price points have become much more affordable and there are plenty of financing options as well. Every golfer now has the opportunity to play year round.

The problem I’ve seen while shopping is that the options are overwhelming. I used to think that when you bought a “simulator” you got everything you needed to start playing, but that is just not the case. You need to decide on a launch monitor, a software package, make sure everything is compatible. You have to then decide on the mat you want, the screen, the frame, etc. The after receiving everything hope to goodness it all works together when you set it up. And oh yeah, make sure you have the appropriate room dimensions for set up.

Below I have compiled golf simulator reviews for the top brands on the market. These are full simulator packages. Nobody wants to watch their shots on the tiny screen of a tablet do they? These packages include just about everything you need for the full golf simulator experience. There are some things not included that need to be purchased separately and we will include that as well. Don’t want any surprises for my glorious readers!

It would be impossible to include every single detail about these simulators or all of your options. There are some great resources available to do additional research and shopping as well as learn about additional accessories.

***Prices quoted are subject to change at any time. My Golf Geek does not sell or distribute these products.

SkyTrak Platinum

The SkyTrak Platinum Golf Simulator Studio is a fantastic all-in-one home skytrackgolf simulator with easy set-up and is affordable.

Price – $4,999

Recommended Minimum Room Dimensions – 9′ High, 10′ Wide, 12′ Deep

What’s Included:

  • SkyTrak Launch Monitor – This launch monitor uses high-speed photometric technology that stacks up against commercial and professional launch monitors. It is also easily portable and can connect wirelessly to your iPad or PC.
  • Three Software Options – “Basic Practice Range Package”, “Game Improvement Package” and “Tee Off (WGT) Package”. I would advise visiting Rain or Shine Golf to review your options. The “Basic” package is included in the initial price, the other two do have an additional cost associated but add great features.
  • Net Return Simulator Golf Net and Screen – This screen features a floating design. This design eliminates the bonceback you get with other screens and also increases its longevity.
  • Net Return Projector Mount Kit – The kit is self-contained so no need to connect to ceiling or walls and set up takes only 15 minutes.
  • Net Return Pro Turf Mat – This is a 6′ x 10′ mat and comes with a 1-year warranty.

What’s NOT Included:

OptiShot 2 Platinum optishot

The OptiShot is widely regarded as the world’s # 1 golf simulator. This package saves you thousands in comparison to other simulator packages.

Price – $3,642

Recommended Minimum Room Dimensions – 9′ High, 10.5′ Wide, 12.5′ Deep

What’s Included:

  • OptiShot Golf SimulatorThis simulator includes 15 standard courses and a variety of fun games. Sixteen infrared sensors provide full shot accuracy.
  • Net Return Simulator Series Enclosure – Lightweight and rugged enclosure with a floating impact display. Includes commercial grade black netting.
  • Net Return Projector Mount Kit – The kit is self-contained so no need to connect to ceiling or walls and set up takes only 15 minutes.
  • Net Return Pro Turf Mat – This is a 6′ x 10′ mat and comes with a 1-year warranty.

What’s NOT Included:

  • iPad or PC

  • Cabling

  • Short Throw Projector – Recommendation above

Foresight GC2 Platinum

Combine the top selling professional grade launch monitor with the best value golf simulator enclosure on the market and you have the ultimate home golf set up. The Foresight is more expensive but the software package included makes a competitive difference.

foresight

Price – $11,600 (still saving a BUNDLE)

Recommended Minimum Room Dimensions – 9′ High, 10′ Wide, 12.5′ Deep

What’s Included:

  • Foresight GC2 Launch MonitorThis monitor features an on-screen golf ball ID system that needs no calibration. In other words, set-up is a breeze. All ball and swing data is delivered real-time, indoors or out.
  • FSX 2018 Software – This software is custom designed for use with the GC2 monitor, expect zero compatability issues. It includes 5 world-class courses, which you can pick from Foresight’s course library. The software also delivers professional grade analysis.foresight_analysis
  • Net Return Simulator Series Enclosure – Lightweight and rugged enclosure with a floating impact display. Includes commercial grade black netting.
  • Net Return Projector Mount Kit – The kit is self-contained so no need to connect to ceiling or walls and set up takes only 15 minutes.
  • Net Return Pro Turf Mat – This is a 6′ x 10′ mat and comes with a 1-year warranty.

What’s NOT Included:

  • iPad or PC

  • Cabling

  • Short Throw Projector – Recommendation above

Play Year Round And Get Better Doing It

The golf simulator reviews posted here are for fun and to improve your game. Each one will allow you to have fun alone or with friends and analyze your swing while you’re at it.

The big thing I want everyone to remember is that these packages are not easy to put together. All components listed are typically sold separately and you’ll be doing research for hours. The fellas at Rain or Shine Golf have done all the leg work for you by creating this best in class and best value prop packages.

I have used variations of all of these launch monitors, simulators and set-ups. You can’t go wrong with any of these. As always I encourage you to do a little additional research but I think you are all armed with a good foundation.

Please feel free to leave any suggestions, comments or general feedback below. And of course, if you have any simulator package suggestions, tips or trick, go ahead and share with the community.

The Doctor is OUT…

Doc Mulligan

docmulligan@mygolfgeek.com

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