7 Best Golf Simulators For Indoor Use – 2020 Reviews & Buying Guide

When people think about golf simulators, they usually imagine an indoor setup. Indeed, this is the most common setting for a simulator.

Many people want to understand their swing and improve their game, but they either don’t want to play outdoors or can’t play outdoors due to weather or a cold winter season.

Others want a quality golf simulator for their indoor business establishment or for an indoor golf event.

Whatever your reasons are, not everyone can afford to invest in a simulator that costs tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, as golf simulator technology has advanced, more affordable solutions have appeared in the market, so there are options that can accommodate a wide range of budgets.

In the case of a golf simulator for indoor use, there are a few things you’ll need to give yourself a great experience: a launch monitor that records your shot data, a hitting net or screen, and optionally, a projector that displays a life-size image.

In this article, we’ll review and compare our picks for the best indoor golf simulators over a wide range of different budgets.

We have tested all of these golf simulator setups. Some offer less features than others, but they all give an excellent experience for the cost.


Our Top Picks For Golf Simulators For Indoor Use

The following are our top selections based on our own testing, research, and experience:

  1. SkyTrak SIG12 Golf Simulator
  2. Foresight Sports GC2 SIG10 Golf Simulator
  3. Uneekor QED SIG12 Golf Simulator
  4. SkyTrak Bronze Golf Simulator Package
  5. SkyTrak SwingNet Golf Simulator Package
  6. SkyTrak Retractable Golf Simulator Package
  7. OptiShot Golf-In-A-Box 2 Simulator Package

1. SkyTrak SIG12 Golf Simulator

SkyTrak SIG12 Golf Simulator Layout

This simulator package, put together by Shop Indoor Golf, uses the SkyTrak Launch Monitor, which we consider to the best indoor launch monitor that is affordable to the average golfer.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a simulator studio of this kind of quality, with a screen and enclosure this large, at this price point.

The SIG12 simulator offers one of the best balances between quality, affordability and performance that we’ve seen. It’s ideal for those who have enough space to accommodate a 12-foot screen width.

Unlike other comparable SkyTrak setups, the SIG12 includes landing pad turf, and at the time of writing, it even comes with a free bonus 12-month subscription to Golf Magazine.

With this beastly simulator setup, you can count on being able to dial in your swing indoors and take your game to the next level.

What Is Included

The SIG12 package consists of the SkyTrak Launch Monitor and a premium SIG12 simulator screen and enclosure (designed by Shop Indoor Golf) that is handcrafted in the USA.

Also included are:

  • your choice of a hitting mat (5’x5′, 4’x7′ or 4’x9′)
  • an Optoma EH412ST projector
  • landing pad turf
  • a projector floor mount enclosure
  • side barrier netting

You also get a subscription to the SkyTrak Play & Improve Plan. This is the highest level plan offered, and it allows you to play 12 world-class WGT (World Golf Tour) golf courses in addition to having all other SkyTrak software features.

The choices for hitting mat are the Fairway Series 5’x5′ (provides realistic feel), Fiberbuilt 4’x7′ (easy on the joints, allows level unit placement), and Fiberbuilt 4’x9′ (center hitting strip ideal for left/right hand switching).

Room dimensions of 10 ft high x 14 ft wide x 18 ft deep are recommended. Get your longest club out (usually driver) and make a backswing to ensure you have enough clearance.

This simulator package takes the #1 spot on our list not only because it uses the SkyTrak, which is perfect for indoor use, but also because of the well-made studio and large enclosure.

For more details about what comes with the package and the setup steps you need to take, visit this page.


2. Foresight Sports GC2 SIG10 Golf Simulator

Foresight Sports GC2 SIG10 Golf Simulator Package

SkyTrak simulators like the SIG12 above are great for those who have a limited budget, but what if you’re willing to go a step up?

In that case, check out the GC2 SIG10 package. It features the GC2 by Foresight Sports, a professional-grade launch monitor that uses a stereoscopic camera system and an internal accelerometer. The GC2 is widely considered to be one of the best launch monitors for indoor use.

Althought the GC2 is quite a bit more expensive than the SkyTrak, the slightly reduced size of the SIG10 screen and enclosure (relative to the SIG12) helps bring the cost of the package down a bit.

With this simulator setup, you’re guaranteed extremely reliable ball data thanks to high-speed cameras (up to 10,000 fps) and state-of-the-art image processing.

What Is Included

The GC2 SIG10 simulator package is very similar to the SIG12 package above, with an Optoma EH412ST projector, side barrier netting, landing pad turf, and projector floor mount enclosure.

The main differences are, of course, the GC2 Launch Monitor and slightly more compact SIG10 screen. The package also includes a Fiberbuilt 4’x9′ hitting mat.

The simulator software is FSX 2020, which is Foresight Sports’ in-house solution custom-designed for the GC2. The software allows you to play the world’s best golf courses, play dozens of skills challenges, and more.

Indoor space requirements of at least 9 ft high x 12 ft wide x 16 ft deep are recommended, and you should have enough space to be able to make a full swing with your longest club.

Users will tell you that the GC2 has a clear edge over the SkyTrak, particularly because there’s no shot delay. An upgrade to the GC2 called HMT measures detailed club data and gives you a fully comprehensive analysis of your swing.


3. Uneekor QED SIG12 Golf Simulator

Uneekor QED SIG12 Golf Simulator Package

There is another option for indoor use: the Uneekor QED golf simulator camera system.

What’s great about this is that it’s fixed to the ceiling, so it doesn’t require the positioning of a unit in front of the golf ball. This also means that no adjustments are needed for hand switching.

This simulator package uses Shop Indoor Golf’s very large SIG12 simulator screen and enclosure.

The QED system uses two high-speed cameras and highly advanced sensors to deliver some of the most accurate club and ball data on the market. It delivers full performance on shots from 10 cm to 435 yards.

What Is Included

The QED SIG12 simulator package includes the Uneekor QED simulator system along with:

  • a SIG12 enclosure
  • your choice of hitting mat (5’x5′, 4’x7′ or 4’x9′)
  • an Optoma EH412ST projector
  • side barrier netting
  • landing pad turf
  • a projector floor mount enclosure
  • 24 marked Bridgestone golf balls

Of course, QED comes with quality simulator software out of the box. Called QED Ignite, this software allows you to view real-time video playback of your shots, play world-class golf courses, practice on the range, and much more.

Software upgrades are available that add additional golf courses, multiplayer, and other useful features. To run the Uneekor QED system, you’ll need at least 8GB of RAM, Windows 10 (64bit), an Intel i5 8400, 3rd-Gen Ryzen, or AMD 3600.

Space requirements of at least 10 ft high x 14 ft wide x 20 ft deep are recommended.

Many people consider the accuracy of the QED to be on-par with the GC2, while costing a fair amount less.


4. SkyTrak Bronze Golf Simulator Package

SkyTrak Bronze Golf Simulator Layout

The simulators we’ve reviewed so far may be beyond the budget of some people. If you’re looking for a cheaper indoor option, check out the SkyTrak Bronze Package.

This simulator package uses the affordable SkyTrak Launch Monitor, which performs extremely well indoors, and pairs it with an affordable net, screen and side barriers by The Net Return.

This setup is more compact and less intimidating than the SIG enclosure systems discussed above, while costing substantially less than all of them.

Like other SkyTrak simulators offered by Shop Indoor Golf, the Bronze package includes a free 12-month subscription to Golf Magazine.

What Is Included

The SkyTrak Bronze package consists of the SkyTrak Launch Monitor and either the Net Return Home Series V2 or Net Return Pro Series V2 net (your choice, cost will be affected slightly). Also included are:

  • a SkyTrak Play & Improve Plan subscription
  • a SkyTrak official protective case
  • side barriers
  • The Net Return Home Series or Pro Series screen
  • an Optoma EH412ST projector
  • The Net Return Pro Turf mat (6’x10′)
  • a projector floor shield

Note that the WGT full-course play on the SkyTrak is only compatible with iOS devices. All other SkyTrak software features can be enjoyed on a PC or Android device.

Minimum room dimensions of 8.5 ft high x 10 ft wide x 14 ft deep are recommended. This should be good enough for most indoor spaces.

Customers of the SkyTrak Bronze simulator package love how easy The Net Return net and screen system is to set up. For more details about setup steps and what comes with the package, go here.


5. SkyTrak SwingNet Golf Simulator Package

SkyTrak SwingNet Golf Simulator Setup

If you like the SkyTrak system and want to save even more money, this is about as good as you can get. This package was put together by Rain or Shine Golf, our other top recommended source for golf simulator products.

The SwingNet simulator foregoes a screen and projector in exchange for a net, while still allowing you to view the simulation on your laptop or mobile device.

It pairs the SkyTrak unit (Game Improvement Package) with Rain or Shine Golf’s in-house SwingNet hitting net, which is low-profile, compact, and has strong impact resistance.

The great thing about this net is that it’s versatile and highly portable, so you can easily move your simulator setup around to the living room, basement, garage, or any other indoor space as you please.

In our tests of this net, we found it to have impressive performance and durability given its affordable price.

What Is Included

The SkyTrak SwingBay Simulator package consists of:

  • the SkyTrak Launch Monitor with a protective metal case
  • a SwingNet golf hitting net
  • a SwingTurf golf hitting mat

The included Game Improvement software package offers skills challenges and performance assessment features, and it’s also compatible with dedicated simulator software like E6 CONNECT and The Golf Club.

The SwingNet is easy to assemble and is built from high-quality frame and netting materials. The frame is collapsible, and you can even hang a hitting target for accuracy practice (two are included).

The included SwingTurf hitting mat (5’x4′) was designed by Rain or Shine Golf to provide an optimal balance between realistic fairway feel and forgiveness. An upgrade to a larger 9’x4′ SwingTurf mat is available.

The minimum space requirements for this setup are 8 ft high x 8 ft wide x 3 ft deep. For more information about the SwingNet, SwingTurf, software options and more, go to this page.


6. SkyTrak Retractable Golf Simulator Package

SkyTrak HomeCourse Retractable Golf Simulator Setup

Yes, we’re once again featuring a SkyTrak package in our indoor golf simulator list — the value it offers is just tremendous. This one pairs the SkyTrak with a state-of-the-art HomeCourse retractable screen enclosure.

The attraction of this particular simulator is the ability of the screen to retract with the click of a button, allowing you to easily repurpose an indoor room (such as a basement or garage) or return it to its original form as needed.

In addition to this big convenience factor, the SkyTrak Retractable Package comes with everything you need to improve your game and have a blast with friends and family, whatever the weather conditions are outside.

If you place a lot of importance on being able to repurpose your space, you should seriously consider this simulator package.

What Is Included

The SkyTrak Retractable Simulator Package includes:

  • SkyTrak Launch Monitor with protective case
  • SkyTrak Game Improvement Software (upgrade from base)
  • HomeCourse Retractable Screen
  • HomeCourse Ceiling & Wall Mount Kits
  • Optoma EH200ST 1080p Short Throw Projector
  • SwingTurf hitting mat (5’x4′ or 9’x4′)
  • ceiling projector mount

The screen can be mounted to the wall or ceiling with the included kits. If possible, we recommend a wall mount if the ceiling is higher than nine feet.

The retractable screen is wireless. The motor runs on a chargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts for months at a time, and the motor can be controlled with an included wireless remote.

Minimum room dimensions of 8.5 ft high x 10.5 ft wide x 10 ft deep are required.

Customers love the fast shipping and how painless setting up and taking down the simulator is. It is commonly used in garages, but also in many other indoor spaces.

For more details about what comes with the simulator, how exactly to set it up, and more, visit this page.


7. OptiShot Golf-In-A-Box 2 Simulator Package

OptiShot Golf-In-A-Box 2 Simulator Setup

Even the cost of a SkyTrak may be too much for some people. We totally get it. Fortunately, there are still options for a good indoor golf simulator experience.

The OptiShot Golf-In-A-Box 2 is a great entertainment package that is less than $1500. It uses the OptiShot 2 simulator system, which is less accurate than the systems already mentioned in this guide.

Its main attraction, though, is the software: it’s a truckload of fun, with many different game modes, multiplayer, and potential for online and tournament play.

What Is Included

What really helps keep the price of the Golf-In-A-Box 2 simulator down is the lack of a screen and projector. The package pairs the OptiShot 2 simulator with:

  • The Net Return Pro Series Net
  • an OptiShot 4’x5′ hitting mat
  • adjustable rubber tees and foam practice balls

Side barriers and a screen are available as add-ons at extra cost.

You can play with all of your own clubs and real golf balls. The net is 7.5 feet tall and weighs 28 pounds, making it highly portable.

The hitting mat uses high-density foam and turf, and allows for flush mounting of the OptiShot 2 unit.

A minimum space of 8.5 ft height x 9 ft width x 10 ft length is recommended. Setup is straightforward, and you can contact support anytime if you need help.

As we already mentioned, the OptiShot system is excellent entertainment. It’s not so ideal for seriously improving your game, but you can bring your buddies over or play with the family and get a ton of value out of it.


Buying Guide

Investing in a quality indoor golf simulator is a big step.

Because of this, it’s important to consider all the factors that will affect the experience and match it with what your goals and requirements are.

Here are the most important factors you need to consider when figuring out which simulator will be best for you:

1. Size

White Measuring Tape

Size is a very important factor in golf simulators, especially indoors where space is more limited.

As a rough rule, the more expensive the simulator, the larger the footprint it will take up. A full screen, enclosure and turf will likely require the most space, while a practice net will require less space.

In any case, you need enough space for the simulator setup and to swing your longest club (driver) unimpeded.

You need to measure the width, length and height of your indoor space and compare it to the minimum space requirements of every golf simulator you look at.

The average space requirements for full golf simulator setups tend to be roughly 10 feet in all directions. Whether you want to use your simulator at home or in a commercial building, your space should be able to easily accommodate this.

2. Tracking

OptiShot Swing Pad

Consider the tracking system that measures your ball and club data. Is it photometric (SkyTrak), stereoscopic, infrared, radar-based, or something else?

Of course, some tracking systems are better than others, which is where much of the price difference comes from. Some tracking systems have better accuracy, better reliability, and less lag between the ball hitting the screen and the ball flight displaying.

For example, while the inexpensive Optishot 2 is regarded as being a lot of fun, many complain that the infrared tracking system doesn’t do a good job of detecting clubs and is too picky about lighting.

The SkyTrak is excellent in comparison, but many people don’t like its shot delay, which can be upwards of five seconds. The GC2 and QED systems don’t have such a lag.

Generally (but not always), the more expensive the simulator, the better the tracking system. Look into the performance of each and decide how you weigh the importance of entertainment vs. game improvement.

3. Net Vs. Screen

Netting Closeup

There are generally two options when it comes to golf simulators:

  1. You can project your shots onto a life-size screen.
  2. You can hit into a net, but still be able to view your shot data and see the ball flight on your connected computer or tablet.

Unlike outdoors, setting up a screen and projector indoors is straightforward. They are more expensive than net setups, but they can make a huge difference in terms of the simulator experience; a big part of this is that you don’t have to rush over to your computer after every shot to see the active ball flight.

Nets, on the other hand, are not only cheaper, but also very portable and can much more easily be moved out of the way to create more space in a room.

If the full golf simulator experience is important to you and you want to feel like you’re playing a real-life simulation, then you’ll probably want to invest in a screen and projector setup.

If you’re satisfied with seeing your shot data on your PC or mobile device, then you should go with a net.

4. Software

The Golf Club Simulator Logo

You should also consider what kinds of things you want to do, games you want to play, and activities you want to take part in on your golf simulator.

Different simulator systems will support different software. For example, SkyTrak has software in three membership levels:

  • Basic Plan: practice driving range.
  • Game-Improvement Plan: minigames, numeric display, and many other advanced features.
  • Play & Improve Plan: all features of other plans plus full integration with WGT (World Golf Tour).

OptiShot 2, which is considered a “tight-budget” solution, has exclusive software that allows you to practice and play multiple different game types including stroke play, better ball, alternate shot, and match play.

Foresight Sports FSX Software Logo

The GC2 is compatible with FSX software, which allows you to play world-class courses, compete in skills challenges with other players, and benefit from in-depth practice sessions on the range. Other software products can be used with the GC2 through the ProTee Interface.

The QED’s Ignite software features an in-depth swing analysis tool and driving range, with an optional upgrade to The Golf Club (4K resolution, courses, live tours, tournaments, course building tool) or E6 CONNECT (courses, minigames, training aids, tournaments, etc.) available.

Other software possibilities include ProTee Golf 2.0, Creative Golf 3D, Fitness Golf, Perfect Parallel Golf, and Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf.

What software features do you see yourself using most often? Do you just want to practice on the range, play world-class courses, or both? Consider what software options are available when looking at simulators, and make your decisions accordingly.

5. Budget

Money bag

This may be the last entry in the buying guide, but it’s one of the most important.

Not everyone can afford golf simulator packages that cost $10,000+, and fortunately, there are options that cost well below this amount.

With that said, it’s important to realize that the less you spend, the less you’ll usually get, both in terms of hardware and software.

In this guide, we’ve tried to include quality golf simulators over a wide range of budgets that golfers might have. But the great thing is that you don’t have to drop the full cost of a simulator at once.

Our recommended golf simulator source here provides easy financing options that allow you to pay for your golf simulator over the course of a year or longer. Don’t forget about this option.


Conclusion

An indoor location is the most logical place for a golf simulator because it’s a safe environment that is not affected by adverse weather like rain, snow or lightning.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, then, that there are plenty of great options out there. Finding a simulator package that can meet your needs is certainly possible with some research.

Each of the simulator options reviewed above offer excellent value for the cost. We’ve given you the information you need to make a decision; now it’s up to you to go the rest of the way.

Remember that a good golf simulator can serve you well for years and even decades.

We highly recommend reading consumer and professional reviews of golf simulators to acquire useful insights as to how they actually perform. This will help you a lot in the decision-making process.


Thanks for reading this guide. What golf simulator are you considering? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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