7 Best Golf Simulators For Home: Our Top Picks For 2022
If you have a golf simulator at your home, you’ve “made it” in the golf world. Because every person who is obsessed with this great game would love to have the option to hit golf balls from home.
Instead of mindlessly hitting balls into a net and guessing what the ball did in the air, a simulator makes it feel like you’re almost there on the golf course or driving range. Whether you have 15-minutes on your lunch break to hit some golf balls or want to play on the weekend without leaving home, a simulator makes it all possible.
Plus, after the health related shutdowns in 2020, a simulator is the only way to ensure you always have access to playing golf. We’re here to help with your golf addiction as we review the best golf simulators to find the one for your home. You will also learn how to pick from this incredible list of products and other simulator questions that many golfers ponder.
7 Best Golf Simulators To Golf at Home
A simulator is an immersive experience that requires different technology and equipment to make your virtual golf dream come true. Some manufacturers provide everything you need in one package, while others only provide you with a portion of the equipment. In this case, you will need to buy whatever is not included like a mat, hitting net, screen, and other accessories.
If you just started the research phase, chances are you’re a little overwhelmed with building a simulator. It’s not quite like buying a golf club where you get fitted, buy a club online, and start hitting it out of the box once it arrives.
Instead, you probably have questions like:
- How much does a simulator cost?
- How can I play different golf courses?
- What do I need to build an at home simulator?
- Should I buy a net or invest in a golf screen instead?
- What is the difference between a simulator and launch monitor?
We’ll do our best to keep it simple so you understand the process and can feel comfortable in your new golf setup. Keep reading to also learn more about selecting the best golf simulators available with our buying guide to make your decision easy.
1. SkyTrak Golf Simulator and Launch Monitor (Best Value)
SkyTrak is one of the most trusted brands in the simulator world. They make a huge selection of simulators to help fit any type of budget and level of golfer. If you’re looking for one that won’t break the bank and need a good “starter package” this is a great option.
In fact, this was so popular it was awarded the Golf Digest award for “Best value simulator” in 2017 and 2018. It’s easy to see why too as it comes with a SkyTrak app + launch monitor, basic practice range software, a USB cable, and quick start guide. It’s pretty simple to use compared to others on this list and you just need to get a mat and net (or screen) to start hitting balls from home.
Despite the lower price tag (about $2,000), it’s as accurate as high-end devices like Trackman. According to the manufacturer, “The SkyTrak is among the most accurate launch monitors available to everyday golfers. Head-to-head studies show SkyTrak is 98% as accurate as the Trackman, at a fraction the cost.”
This launch monitor measures almost every piece of data imaginable including ball speed, launch angle, spin (backspin + sidespin), carry distance, total distance, clubhead speed, descent angle, and more.
Another benefit is that this simulator doesn’t require a ton of space. As long as you have 10 feet of width and length with about nine feet of height, you’re good to go.
Plus, it’s really easy to use with a simple 3-step process. Simply charge the device, download the app on a compatible device, and connect it to the launch monitor to get started.
The main downside is that the SkyTrak software package only comes with a range plan. To play virtual golf on a course, you will need to do the Play and Improve Plan. This will give you access to some of the best golf courses in the world including Bethpage Black, Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, The Olympic Club, and other great tracks.
Additionally, this doesn’t come with a lot of the other accessories needed to complete your virtual golf setup. But they do include this monitor in a full simulator package which you will learn more about next on the list.
2. SkyTrak Golf Simulator Flex Package (Best Portability)
One of the biggest problems with simulators is the amount of space that is needed. In general, you need a room of at least 10 feet width, height, and length to comfortably swing the club. Plus, a little extra room so you can put the launch monitor behind you to properly analyze your swing.
Luckily, the SkyTrak Flex package is ideal for smaller spaces and if you’d like to easily convert your space into your simulator room. In a perfect world we’d all have plenty of size and room dedicated to golf, but that’s not always the case. The Flex package is great because it includes a screen with a remote to set up or take down your simulator instantly.
As the company described, “The HomeCourse is the ideal projector screen for those that are looking for flexibility and portability. At the click of a button, the HomeCourse Pro Screen extends down creating an indoor golf simulator enclosure. Once you’re done, click the button again and watch as the screen retracts and your room returns to its original form.”
This simulator package comes with pretty much everything you need so you can buy everything at once. Here’s what included:
- Pro turf hitting mat
- Protective metal case
- 1080 HD ST golf simulator projector
- Projector Shield floor mount enclosure
- SkyTrak personal launch monitor with game improvement software
- Other accessories include charging cables, reach pole, ceiling mount kit, and more.
Since it’s so portable, you can take this to a friend’s house, move between rooms, garage, and more. Overall, it’s affordable (in terms of simulators), portable, and easy to use.
3. Flightscope Mevo Plus Launch Monitor
Another low-cost, value simulator setup is the Flightscope Mevo plus. The Mevo Plus has been endorsed by top pros like Bryson DeChambeau and Bubba Watson since its initial release in January 2020.
This is a very affordable launch monitor that will power the rest of your virtual golf experience. If you’ve used the original Flightscope Mevo launch monitor in the past and wanted even more data, this is a great upgrade.
One of the biggest perks of this launch monitor is that it’s so portable at 4.6” H and only 6.8” W. You can easily keep it in your golf bag as it’s so small and light. Plus, it connects to your phone or tablet and will give you tons of metrics about your game.
What kind of data you might wonder?
According to Flightscope, the real time data it measures includes about every piece of swing data including; carry distance, clubhead speed, apex, flight time, ball speed, spin rate, shot shape, vertical launch angle, lateral landing, and more. It comes with all the basics of the original Flightscope Mevo with tons of extras.
Aside from the endless amount of data, it also allows you to save and share your practice sessions. Plus, the automatic clipping is a great feature that allows you to overlay your swing data with a video of your swing. This way you can learn about each of your swings and see how different moves create different data points.
The launch monitor is wildly effective and makes for a great simulator too. The Mevo+ comes with five simulated golf courses using E6 technology and 17 practice ranges. If this isn’t enough, you can also add on the Pro Package for even more metrics and upgrade the software as well.
To get the most accurate results, make sure you have at least 16 feet of total depth. The device needs to be eight feet behind you and it needs eight feet of space to see the initial launch. This device can be used both indoors and outdoors too.
Overall, this is a great alternative to SkyTrak and provides tons of information about your game. Paired with its low cost and portability, it’s one of the best simulators available.
If you choose to buy a launch monitor that doesn’t come with a screen or net like the Mevo Plus, we suggest the Net Return Pro Series to hit into. This net looks great and automatically returns each ball back to you.
The best part is that you can set it up in under five minutes thanks to their patented “Quick color connect system.” This net should last you a long time as it can stand high speeds and more than 250,000 total swings. Not to mention, it can withstand some serious power as it can handle speeds up to 225mph so you can work on speed training with confidence!
4. TruGolf Vista 10 Golf Simulator
Another name in the premium simulator space is TruGolf. The TruGolf 10 is the most affordable simulator that they offer but is still north of $15,000, so it’s a big investment in your game.
The Vista 10 model comes with:
- TruGolf level one computer with a 21-inch touchscreen display
- E6 golf simulation software which includes launch angle, ball speed, club path, distance, spin, and other important data about your swing.
- Complete frame/enclosure so you get the most immersive experience (including a 136-inch impact screen). The pro model comes with side nets as well to help catch errant shots.
- Massive golf course library which includes 27 epic courses such as Pine Canyon, Greywolf, Pelican Hill, Stone Canyon, and others. With the expanded E6 subscription, you can also play more iconic courses like Bay Hill, Bandon Dunes, Firestone Country Club, Oakmont, Kiawah Island, and more.
This is a very immersive experience and requires more space than others. You need a space of at least 15 feet wide, 10 feet high, and 20 feet deep. It’s ideal for a large garage or outdoor covered patio area.
5. Uneekor QED SIG10 Golf Simulator
The Uneekor QED simulator is much more of a high end and provides a premium, full screen experience, similar to TruGolf. What makes this simulator so different from the others is that it’s mounted for indoor use only.
According to the company, “QED is where passion meets precision. Advanced mathematics mingle with hyper-precise sensors capturing crystal clear moments in time. High-speed photos of your club and ball spin recite every aspect of your swing. Enhanced graphics reveal a vivid world in the finest detail.”
This launch monitor has two higher speed cameras, provides real time footage of your shot at impact, and unparalleled accuracy. The package comes with the SIG10 enclosure (plus side barrier netting), landing pad turf, choice of hitting mat, projector, cables, and ceiling mount.
Let’s not forget about the simulator software either as there are three software options to choose from to complete your package:
- QED Ignite: The first option is included and has a 3D driving range, swing motion analysis tool, and fitting data. Unfortunately, no golf courses are included for virtual golf in this starter package.
- QED Refine: The second option includes everything from Ignite and allows multiplayer mode for up to six people, multiple driving range options, short game module, and five courses. Plus, an on-course practice mode too so you can work on basically any shot on the course.
- QED Succeed: This is a $2,000 upgrade but comes with the Refine package and 20 more golf courses and allows for six players to use at once.
If you love the SIG10 but want a few more perks in a fully-loaded, larger simulator, the SG12 package is a great choice. You can even add on the Golf Club 2019 to either package as it comes with 100,000 courses! A lot of courses you probably haven’t heard of either as you have the option to design your own courses.
6. Foresight Sports GCQuad SIG10 Golf Simulator
If you’re looking for a premium launch monitor for your simulator, it’s hard to beat the Foresight Sports GCQuad. This launch monitor has become a staple on the PGA Tour but at $14,000 for the monitor alone, it’s not a cheap investment.
The GCQuad is unique in that you don’t have to have the monitor behind you. Instead, it sits next to your ball so it saves tons of space if your room doesn’t have much depth. It’s compact, works indoors, outdoors, and even in bad weather thanks to the protective housing unit.
The simulation software is the FSX 2020 which is incredibly realistic and makes it feel like you’re on the golf course. The standard software comes with five courses, skills challenges, driving range, and club fitting software. I’m a little surprised it only comes with five courses thanks to the price tag but from what I’ve seen, the graphics are incredible.
Additionally, this package also comes with a SIG10 simulator enclosure. This screen is very durable and can withstand high swing speeds thanks to its tight-knit polyester impact screen. It also has side barrier netting in case you accidentally hit one off the hosel.
This package also comes with:
- Ceiling mount for the projector
- Landing pad turf that is designed for the SIG10 golf simulator
- Panasonic VMZ50OU simulator projector with all calves included
7. HD Golf Simulator
We saved the best for last – the HD Golf Simulator is the absolute best in the simulator world. If you want a simulator that can help your game and entertain guests with other sports, this is the one for you.
The only downside is that this simulator doesn’t fit in the budget for 99% of golfers (as it’s more than most cars). But with incredible graphics, 11 sports (including bowling, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, football, etc.), and multiplayer functionality, this simulator has it all.
Finally, don’t forget the incredible courses that come with it including Spanish Bay, Medinah, Torrey Pines, Pinehurst No. 2, Pacific dunes, and countless others.
Do you have additional questions about buying a golf simulator? If so, we have answers below to help you find the right one for your home or office.
How do I compare golf simulators?
This is a great question as there are so many to choose from and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Not to mention, some cost a few thousand dollars while others are $10,000 or more so you want to make sure you’re buying the correct simulator.
Here is our buying guide that includes the biggest factors you should consider when purchasing a golf simulator.
The software is the heart and soul of your simulator.
All the devices on this list will provide nearly an endless amount of data (and probably more than most golfers know how to comprehend). But what separates the software from each other is the type of practice and golf courses that are included. Some simulators also include skills assessments to help you work on all parts of your game.
SkyTrak is a great example of this as they have a game improvement package to help you with your wedges. Their wedge matrix will help you with all types of swings (pitches to full shots) to help you dial in your wedges from any distance.
Other software that is very helpful to your game is “Bag mapping” which is offered with certain software. This will help you calculate the distances for every club in your bag so you understand your carry distances better and manage your shots on the course.
Aside from practice, another main reason that golfers buy simulators is for virtual golf at top end courses. Some software packages come with tons of courses with your initial purchase while others might require upgrading packages or a yearly subscription. But if you get to play courses like Pebble Beach and other bucket list courses, it’s well worth the money.
In the beginning, you can always get a starter package and work your way up. Don’t feel like you need to buy everything all at once if it feels a bit overwhelming.
Dimensions of Room
The space you have available will dictate which simulator will work for you as some require a larger amount of space. Make sure the launch monitor you buy matches your dimensions too. For example, the Mevo Plus requires 16 feet of total depth vs. others that don’t need as much room.
Plus, if you choose to use a golf screen or enclosure vs. a net will also make a big difference. Make sure you measure the width, height, and length of the room before spending thousands of dollars on a launch monitor.
This is something you need to ask yourself before buying any simulator. Make sure to double-check what’s actually included in the box as not everyone has all the equipment you need to start hitting golf balls.
Aside from the launch monitor/simulator, you also need a golf net or screen, hitting mat, projector, software, and other accessories. If you already have some equipment, it can make it cheaper or if buying everything in one box can make it hassle-free.
Another big factor when investing in a simulator is the portability. If you have a room (or garage) dedicated to your virtual golf setup, portability isn’t a big deal. But if you’re like most golfers, you might share the space with others in your house.
If that’s the case, you want to get a setup that is easy to take down and store. The easier it is to assemble and store, the more likely you are to actually use it. If it’s very complex and requires a lot of effort on your part, you might not use it enough.
With portability, you want to think about the screen more than anything else. The mat and launch monitor are easy to move, but the screen is the biggest issue.
A lot of nets are simple to take down but if you want a screen, we suggest the SkyTrak Flex package. Thanks to the remote control, it’s never been easier to store your device.
The last thing that can make or break your new simulator is the price. As I mentioned before, prices vary greatly when it comes to simulators. Low-cost options like the Flightscope Mevo Plus (about $2,000) are significantly cheaper than their competitors like TruGolf.
The good news is that a lot of online sellers do offer financing to help ease the financial burden and pay down your debt over time.
Which golf simulator is the most accurate?
Everyone claims to have the most accurate launch monitor as part of your simulator experience. As you can tell with prices like these, I’m confident in saying all will provide incredibly accurate data. It’s not like a rangefinder that costs $100 vs. one that is $200.
All the launch monitors on this list are premium, high-end machines that are meticulously tested for accuracy. Because as you know, details matter when it comes to learning more about your golf game.
What simulators do pro golfers use?
Pro golfers tend to carry a launch monitor with them at all times.
They rarely hit range balls without these devices as they like to measure all aspects of their swing. Two of the most common brands that are regularly seen on the PGA Tour include Trackman and Foresight Sports.
Both are top-tier launch monitors that aren’t affordable for the everyday player. But as we’ve outlined above, most golfers don’t need this much data either. Don’t feel like you need to use the exact setup as your favorite professional golfer, use one that fits your budget and space.
What kind of golf simulator does Tiger Woods use?
Tiger Woods has one of the most extensive at-home practice setups of any PGA Tour player.
According to a Golf Digest story Tiger said,“Consistent practice on my Full Swing Pro Series simulator was important to my return. Using the company’s patented technology gives me the most accurate ball data, which allowed me to work on shaping my shots and helped me win in Atlanta.”
Don’t forget his Florida home has the most epic backyards ever to hone his short game skills.
What are the different types of simulators?
There are three main types of simulators; photometric, radar, and infrared. Each one has their own pros and cons so here’s a quick overview of each.
- Photometric:These are camera based simulators that take high speed images of your ball and club directly after impact. These are great whether you’re hitting inside or outside. The only downside is that they don’t capture as much data as other simulators (but still plenty for the average golfer).
- Radar: A radar (also known as Doppler) is a simulator that is used to type all kinds of objects including airplanes. These are the best used outdoors but can be used indoors if you have tons of space.
- Infrared: The last type of simulator uses a light signal to capture the data in your golf swing. These don’t even require you to hit a ball to get the data!
When buying your simulator, make sure to double-check the type of simulator technology to ensure it’ll have everything you need.
How much is a high end golf simulator?
Simulators are not a cheap part of the game. The HD golf simulator is the most expensive one we found at nearly $70,000.
What makes simulators so expensive? All the different pieces of equipment aside from the launch monitor. Not only do you need to buy a high-end launch monitor, but you might also need to buy a projector, enclosure, hitting mat, and more.
The high-end simulators are more commonly used in commercial golf stores or entertainment venues. But if you want to build the ultimate man-cave and love entertaining, it could work for you too.
So, are golf simulators worth it?
Yes, they’re one of the best investments that you can make in your golf game.
But only if you actually schedule time in your busy life to use it on a regular basis. Otherwise, it’ll just be another piece of golf equipment that you collect instead of use to lower your handicap.
The biggest benefit is that you can play or practice golf 24/7. Whether it’s hitting some balls before work or playing Pebble Beach after work, simulators make it possible. This is a massive benefit if you live in a place where you can’t play much (or at all) during winter months.
As you can tell from the extensive list above, there are tons of options for any type of golfer. Since everyone has different budgets, size of space, and other factors, it’s important to find one that is right for your setup. Don’t forget, a lot of these simulators do offer financing options so you don’t have to buy it all at once.
Have you ever owned a golf simulator before? If so, what was your experience like?
Let us know in the comments below.