Simulator Components

A golf simulator is a system designed to replicate the experience of playing golf in an indoor setting. Comprising several key components, these simulators provide golf enthusiasts with the opportunity to practice their swings, play virtual rounds on famous courses, and receive valuable performance data.

Here's an overview of the essential components of a golf simulator:

Launch Monitor: 

The launch monitor is the most critical component of a simulator setup that uses advanced sensor technology to track various aspects of the golf ball's flight, including launch angle, ball speed, spin rate, and trajectory. This data is instrumental in assessing the player's performance and providing feedback for improvement. Launch monitor is a physical hardware-device, that measures golf ball’s trajectory, which then gets projected to a screen by a simulation software. 

Launch monitors come in a wide range of products starting from very affordable devices all the way to the ones real golf professionals use in their practice routines. The number of features and data the device is able to output varies, so choosing the right device for you is important.  

Skytrak+ Launch Monitor
Foresight GC3 Launch Monitor
Foresight GCQuad Launch Monitor

We’ve explored launch monitors in greater detail on Launch Monitors –page:

Simulator Enclosure: 

Many golf simulators are housed within a dedicated space enclosed by screens or walls. This enclosure not only helps contain the golf balls but also enhances the immersive experience by preventing distractions and creating a private environment.

The backdrop, onto which a golf ball is launched, also serves as a screen to which a projection system directly projects the graphics of simulated software. Some enclosure products also offer optional dampening mats, which are installed behind the screen of the enclosure to reduce impact sound and rebound of a launched golf ball. 

Often an enclosure box is a rather static setup. For a more portable setup a netting might be more suitable option. While the enclosure box is typically assembled from steel or aluminium pipes into a cage-like configuration, a netting along its supporting structure can be neatly packed away when not used. 

Projection System: 

A high-quality projector displays the virtual golf course on a screen of the hitting enclosure. The projection system is crucial for creating a realistic and immersive environment, allowing golfers to feel like they are playing on an actual course. The projector can be attached to the ceiling, placed on the floor, or attached to the horizontal front bar of the hitting enclosure. Some modern projectors are also capable of projecting at an off angle from the sidelines. 

Requirement for a projection system assumes, that the simulator setup in question has an enclosure with a screen, where the image from a simulation software is then projected to. Some setups alternatively do not have a screen, but a netting instead. In these cases, the image can be projected to a television or a tablet device. 

Hitting Mat: 

The hitting mat is a surface designed to mimic the feel of real grass. A typical indoor golf simulator features a movable 1.5m x 1.5m hitting mat. Bespoke simulator spaces may even have flooring comprised of hitting mat covering the whole space, and include a putting area coated with different kind of surface intended for putting.

Some very advanced mats also have adjustable slopes to simulate different course conditions. 

Golf Course Software: 

Specialized software provides a wide range of virtual golf courses for users to choose from. These courses are often meticulously recreated in 3D, offering stunning graphics and realistic terrain. The software also incorporates weather conditions, time of day, and other variables to enhance the simulation experience.

Typically launch monitors come with a built-in driving range that can be used for practice, and no external software is required 

A detailed description about simulation software can be found here: