What should you pay for a Golf Simulator?
Good question! When it comes to the cost of a golf simulator, there are a number of things you need to factor in. The price being one – obviously! But price isn’t everything.
Just as important, is the level of golf you currently play at. Have you only recently taken up the game? Have you been playing for many years and are maybe making gradual improvements, but still struggling to get your handicap reliably below 18? Or are you a single figure handicapper, with aspirations to go further in the game or even progress to a teaching career?
It's a case of weighing up where you aspire to be in the game and then formulating the best solution to suit your budget.
Whatever your choice of golf simulator, you’ve come to the right place!
Launch monitor technology to elevate your game
In keeping with our philosophy that golf is a sport that should be enjoyed by everyone – of all ages and abilities – we’ve been careful to stock a broad range of simulators to suit every type of golfer. From beginners to seasoned pros, not forgetting the large swathe of players who fit somewhere between the two.
A launch monitor on its own is all well and good. If you are using the monitor outdoors, then that’s fine. But, more often than not, launch monitors are used indoors, in customised golf studios. So, it’s crucial that your golf simulator set-up is appropriate for the available space.
For instance, what is the ceiling height?
This is why it is essential to select a golf simulator enclosure, together with impact screen and hitting mats, that match the space. Golf Bays can help you with the whole package, providing you not only with the most appropriate, state-of-the-art launch monitor, but also with an enclosure that creates a safe and secure environment that you are seeking.
At Golf Bays, we’ve selected some of the world’s best golf simulator launch monitors to help you create the most appropriate customised golf studio.
Golf simulators – what can you get for your money?
There’s a considerable difference in the prices of simulators – due in the main to the sophistication of the technology and software, but also dependent upon whether you decide to include items such as enclosures, screens and hitting mats within the spend.
Some simulators have cameras that monitor your swing, although the camera quality and what they capture can vary. Most simulators have a form of shot analysis and feedback, with some providing 3D options. The amount of equipment and accessories, like mats, balls, screens and nets, will depend on the price of the simulator you are purchasing.
At the end of the day, the final design can always be tailored to your budget.
We’ve put together this list of a broad cross-section of golf simulators, available through Golf Bays, with very different price points. What they each have in common is that they are all designed for indoors use, such as a lounge or garage or, equally, in a commercial setting (a dedicated golf facility or even an office/work environment).
SkyTrak is a mid-range indoor launch monitor that delivers instant and real-time 3D shot analysis and ball-flight data. It measures all the important club and ball data you’ll require - such as ball speed and flight, launch angle, carry distance and club head speed - to help you make improvements in your game.
It’s an extremely realistic and real-time golf practice and play system that connects wirelessly to your iPad Air. You’ll see the ball fly and receive instant feedback on every shot.
Or for even higher quality, why not enhance your SkyTrak experience with a high-definition simulation package. Price: €1837.95
Mevo+ is a launch monitor and simulator that can be used both indoors and outdoors to help golfers improve their game.
The Mevo+ uses patented Fusion Tracking technology that combines 3D Doppler Radar and image processing, to give golfers accurate data and insights on every shot.
The monitor with a FS Skills app, which allows you to create custom challenges to improve different aspects of your game.
Mevo+ includes an iOS simulation software package, which includes ownership of 6 simulated golf courses including Aviara, Stone Canyon, Wade Hampton, Sanctuary, Bay Hill and The Belfry, plus 17 practice ranges and online events.
Flightscope Mevo+ is priced from €1818.95
Small and easy to move from home to the driving range, the Approach R10 is a portable launch monitor that brings the course to you.
One of the most popular and affordable simulators around, Garmin R10 uses a tripod-mounted camera to monitor your launch as you swing. It’s portability means you can take it with you to the driving range or practice your swing at home.
Tracking more than a dozen diverse metrics, this monitor will help you gain consistency with your swing. And the video recording gives you the opportunity to see just how much progress you’re making.
Garmin Approach R10 Portable Launch Monitor – Price €482.95
The EYE XO is mounted overhead, enabling a mostly hands-off experience. It offers detailed ball and club data analysis features, with enhanced video recordings at the point of impact.
The Uneekor QED Tracking system includes its own training software called Ignite. Ignite software is data focused for when you want to dial in on certain numbers during your practice session. This system also integrates with E6 Connect, TGC2019 and Creative Golf software, so you can really tailor this system to your software requirements.
Uneekor QED Tracking Device from €9881.95
Uneekor Eye XO Tracking Device €13469.95
TrackMan 4 is the most popular tracking unit amongst the top players. But, as part of your training, you don’t have to be a scratch golfer to benefit from TrackMan. Combining two radars and one camera, TrackMan technology gives really accurate feedback in two key areas: ball flight data and club data – essential for understanding and improving your golf swing. By identifying any problem areas, it should help you make rapid improvement.
The TrackMan radar unit – the same doppler radar technology used by the military to track missiles – follows the trajectory of your golf ball from launch to landing. This radar can pick up valuable information about your club head, giving a precise picture of the club face at the moment of impact. From this, it’s easy to see how your club face or swing path might need to be adjusted for improved results.
TrackMan 4 Indoor/Outdoor Launch Monitor €21,232.95
Trackman 4 Indoor Launch Monitor, including TrackMan training €17385.95
GCQuad has advanced, lightning-fast technology providing a pro-level launch monitor for golfers looking for precise feedback on their golf swing, impact conditions, ball flight and distances.
Accuracy is comparable to the industry leading Trackman in the first three categories (swing, impact, ball flight). And whilst not quite matching Trackman (which tracks the ball through full flight) on distance, the GCQuad is not far behind!
Launch monitor - €11,000 and
With simulator set-up - €25,000
Suitable for home or commercial use, the ProTee DIY packages are available in three different configurations, to suit use and budget.
Each ProTee golf simulator pack is based on the same sensor mat technology, which has 101 optical sensors and an audio sensor that captures all the club swing data. This includes swing path, club speed, club face angle, sweet spot position, swing tempo, ball speed and ball path.
The sensor mat alone can provide enough data to play a full round of golf or just to practice driving, chipping and putting.
The system includes a high-speed camera, capable of collecting 40 frames per second of ball data, tracking the ball all the way to the screen. A second overhead camera is also available to track a ball’s left and right deviation. Combining all this club and ball data with the excellent Golf Club TGC2019 software guarantees an extremely accurate golf simulator experience.
ProTee TGC Pack for Home €2759.95
ProTee Base Pack 2 Golf Simulator with putting mat sensor €5215.95
Optishot2 tracks key information such as club speed, carry, face angle and contact, path and tempo. It also includes 15 premium world class golf courses that you can play in the comfort of your own home.
Using high-intensity infrared sensors, Optishot2 provides precise and instantaneous feedback on every shot. It’s suitable for up to 4 players in course mode, as a range practice facility or to play interactively, such as in ‘closest to the pin’ tournaments.
Optishot 2 Golf Simulator – €367.95
Optishot Home Golf Simulator Bundle – €1697.95
Well, as you can see, the cost of a golf simulator can vary significantly. Nevertheless, if you are committed to taking your game to the next level and it isn’t possible or practical to be spending every minute of your spare time out on the golf course proper, then investing in a golf simulator, or golf simulator bundle package has to be the closest and next best thing.
If anything, you can learn more about your game with a simulator because you get instant, real-time feedback from your shot making – something that’s impossible to do out on the course.
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