Simulator Requirements

Golf simulators have become increasingly popular among golf professionals, teachers, serious amateurs and even beginners looking to improve their game. Simulators provide an immersive and convenient way to enjoy the game without the need to step onto a physical golf course – particularly agreeable during off-seasons. To create a realistic and enjoyable golf simulation experience, certain recommendations and requirements must be met. On this page, we'll explore the key components and considerations for setting up an indoor golf simulator.

In a nutshell you will need the following components: 

  1. A suitable space
  2. Either a combination of
    - Impact screen,  projector & computer, or
    - Hitting net & tablet/television
  3. A launch monitor
  4. Hitting mat

Let's explore these simulator components in more detail:

1. Space and Room Configuration:

An optimal space for indoor golf-simulator first and most importantly has enough room for you to swing comfortably without fear of hitting the ceiling, walls or your furniture. You don’t need a purpose-built studio for your setup; a garage, basement or even living room are all viable spaces for a golf-simulator. A compact setup can be squeezed into a tight space, but here’s what we would recommend:

Ceiling Height: A suitable space should have a minimum ceiling height of at least 3 meters / 10 feet to accommodate a full swing without any restrictions.

Room Size: The ideal room size for a golf simulator varies, but our recommendation is a minimum of 3 meters by 3 meters (10 feet by 10 feet). This provides ample space for the golfer to swing and move around comfortably.

room measurements

2. Impact screens & nettings

An additional consideration regarding your space and configuration is the selection of impact surface:
Impact screen vs. netting.

Impact screens are enclosures with a backdrop, to which a projector displays the flight of the ball among a large number of statistics about your golf shot. They come in different sizes, and are more immersive experience, although being a more static setup compared to a net. Enclosure with impact screen sets a demand for some additional components:

In order to project an image to the impact screen, a projector and a computer are also needed. On the computer a software designed for golf-simulation creates an immersive experience: Choose a simulator with a wide range of virtual golf courses, including famous championship courses and a variety of difficulty levels. The simulator's software often requires a powerful computer with advanced graphics capabilies to run smoothly.

Foresight GCQuad Simulator
GC3 Performance Simulator
Home Series V2

A hitting net is simply a net that catches your ball. The flight of the ball among all statistics are then displayed on a tablet-device or a television. This a more compact and portable setup, since it can be easily packed away when not used. This is a particularly suitable option for example to living room use, while also being the most affordable configuration since no enclosure, projector or computer is needed.

3. Launch Monitor

Launch monitor is the device that measures and analyses your golf-shot, so that the visuals and metrics can be displayed either directly on the impact screen or on a tablet or television. The launch monitor is a mandatory component for any golf-simulator, but a large selection of devices available provides a wide range of pricing and features.

While affordable devices are available, launch monitor is likely going to be the most expensive component of a golf-simulator setup. However, you get what you pay for: Accuracy and repertoire of features usually go hand in hand with the price.

The most affordable devices on the market for example only measure club-head speed, while advanced devices are required to produce accurate ball readings & shot analytics and immersive simulator experience.

Keep in mind: You don’t have to go all in when starting out.
You can always upgrade your setup, including your launch monitor.

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

4. Hitting mat

Hitting mat is a durable surface designed to replicate the feel of a real fairway, while also protecting your floor. Hitting mats come in different shapes and sizes – some more compact, some including even additional putting surfaces.

It might feel like an obvious thing to say that you need a hitting mat, but since we are exploring the required components of a simulator setup, we’ve listed them here. After all, we’d prefer if you don’t practice your swing on your garage’s concrete floor.

QuadTech mat
QuadTech mat

Now that we’ve touched on the required components of a simulator setup, let's explore these components in more detail on the Simulator Components page: