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Many golfers want to be able to use a golf simulator through their iPad or tablet.
There are many possible reasons for this. Some people are accustomed to using a tablet in their daily life. Others don’t have a laptop or desktop PC that can run golf simulator software.
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 that can operate on an iPad or tablet, 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 your shot on a life-size screen.
Most importantly, the software and apps that are compatible with the simulator need to be able to run on an iOS or Android device.
In this article, we’ll review and compare our picks for the best golf simulators for iPads and tablets over a range of different budgets.
Note: Golfstead has tested and/or conducted in-depth research into all of the products featured in this guide. Our editorial process for these rankings takes into account a mix of many factors which may include performance, reliability, usability, value for money, cost, and the general consensus from other users of the product. The list that follows may be reassessed or updated over time.
Our Top Picks For Golf Simulators For iPads & Tablets
The following are our top selections based on our own testing, research, and experience:
- SkyTrak Plus Training Golf Simulator Package
- FlightScope Mevo Plus SwingBay Simulator Package
- Carl’s Place EYE MINI Golf Simulator Package
- Garmin Approach R10 Home Golf Simulator Package
- Rapsodo MLM2PRO PlayBetter SimStudio Package
- Full Swing KIT Training Golf Simulator Package
- FlightScope X3 SIG10 Golf Simulator Package
- SkyTrak Flex Space Golf Simulator Package
The SkyTrak Plus (ST+) is an excellent launch monitor for iPad and tablet compatibility, and like its predecessor, it’s also one of the best launch monitors overall in terms of its value/cost ratio.
The default in-house software that comes with the SkyTrak+ has some of the only Android compatibility on the market.
This simulator package, put together by The Indoor Golf Shop, incorporates the power of the SkyTrak+ and is very affordable because it uses a net instead of a screen & projector. The simulation can be viewed on your iPad or tablet after every shot.
With this simulator setup, you can count on being able to dial in your swing and take your game to the next level.
What Is Included
The SkyTrak+ Training Package pairs the SkyTrak+ Launch Monitor with a high-quality SIGPRO Golf Net designed by The Indoor Golf Shop.
The ST+ is an upgrade to the original SkyTrak, adding a faster processor, dual Doppler radar capability, club data, upgraded software, and other improvements. Best of all, no club or ball stickers are needed to measure any data points!
The SIGPRO net has an aluminum frame with a snap-button system. Able to withstand ball speeds of 225 mph, it’s easy to assemble, collapsible, and can even attach with a SIG Preferred impact screen for projector use.
Also included are the SIGPRO Turf (6’x10′), side barriers with sandbags, and your choice of a hitting mat (5’x5′, 4’x7′ or 4’x10′).
A nice bonus is that it includes a subscription to the SkyTrak Play & Improve Plan. This is the highest tier plan offered, and it allows you to play 15 world-class WGT (World Golf Tour) golf courses and 15 E6 CONNECT courses in addition to having all other SkyTrak software features.
The SkyTrak+ is compatible with a range of third-party software solutions. In addition to the default software which is usable on both iPads and tablets, E6 CONNECT and WGT Golf can be used on iOS devices.
Space dimensions of 8.5 ft high x 10 ft wide x 15 ft deep are recommended, but you may need even more height depending on the length of your swing. Get shipping details here.
There is another other quality golf simulator that can be run on iPads and tablets, and that’s the Mevo Plus. This versatile launch monitor is less expensive than the ST+ above and is very reliable outdoors due to its radar technology.
The Mevo+ comes with a trimmed version of E6 CONNECT out of the box that is usable on iOS devices. In addition, the Awesome Golf software that can integrate with the Mevo+ is usable on iOS and Android devices.
This fully loaded Mevo+ simulator package gives you everything you need to play and improve your game all year, rain or shine. It’s a very popular package that has a perfect 5/5 average customer rating.
What Is Included
The Mevo+ SwingBay package consists of the Mevo+ 2023 Edition launch monitor and a large SwingBay enclosure. Also included are:
- a full HD short throw projector with high lumens
- a projector ceiling mount or floor mount enclosure (your choice)
- landing pad turf (optional)
- side barrier netting
- a SwingTurf hitting mat (4’x9′ or 5’x5′)
- an iPad Pro or gaming laptop optimized for golf simulation (optional)
- The Golf Club software (optional)
A nice perk of the Mevo+ is its integration with E6 CONNECT and Awesome Golf software, in addition to a free FlightScope app. The simulator comes with a trimmed version of E6 (iOS or PC) that includes ten courses and seventeen practice ranges.
If you plan to use an iPad with the Mevo+, we obviously advise choosing the iPad Pro/E6 CONNECT bundle instead of the gaming laptop/TGC bundle.
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.
Room dimensions of 9 ft high x 12 ft wide x 20 ft deep are recommended.
We love this simulator package because the Mevo+ is robust and affordable and Rain or Shine Golf is very helpful throughout the setup process.
You can think of the Uneekor EYE MINI as a portable EYE XO with an on-board display. This fantastic launch monitor comes bundled with Uneekor’s View software which is now available for iOS, meaning you can use it on your iPad.
This package, put together by Carl’s Place, pairs the EYE MINI with Carl’s unique C-Series DIY Enclosure available in a range of different sizes.
In spite of all you’re getting including a high-end launch monitor, swing cameras and a 4K UHD projector, this package remarkably manages to stay under $10,000 in cost. We recommend taking advantage while you still can.
What Is Included
The Carl’s Place EYE MINI simulator package includes:
- a Uneekor EYE MINI launch monitor
- a Carl’s Place C-Series DIY Enclosure with impact screen (six size options)
- a Carl’s HotShot 4’x9′ hitting mat (double-sided)
- a BenQ TK700STi 4K short throw projector
- a projector ceiling mount
- a Carl’s Swing Camera set with optional accessories
The EYE MINI is a portable launch monitor that contains two high-speed infrared cameras and measures an array of ball and club data. It boasts Club Optix technology which allows you to view slow-motion closeups of the club impacting the ball.
The included HotShot Mat — soft, high-quality and durable — has a pre-cut replaceable hitting strip that can be swapped out once sufficiently worn. Carl’s Place sells these hitting strips separately for your convenience.
In conjunction with the Uneekor View software, you can use the swing cameras to analyze your swing from a multitude of different angles. The included BenQ projector can output at 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, but because it’s non-laser, it’s relatively affordable.
The third-party softwares compatible with the EYE MINI are E6 CONNECT, TGC 2019, and GSPro.
To install the setup, you’ll need enough space to fit the enclosure size you choose, mount the projector, and swing your longest club (driver) unimpeded.
This fantastic golf simulator package gives you portability, a wide range of data points, reliability, accuracy, and plenty of features for game improvement and entertainment. For full details on what’s included, go here.
The Garmin Approach R10 has made big waves in the industry. Many people consider it to have revolutionized golf tech like the SkyTrak did back in 2014.
The Approach R10 is an excellent choice for iPads & tablets for several reasons:
- Like the Mevo+, it comes with a trimmed version of E6 CONNECT for iOS.
- It integrates with Home Tee Hero simulation software through the Garmin Golf app available for iOS and Android.
- It integrates with the Awesome Golf software which is playable on iOS and Android.
This package by Top Shelf Golf combines the R10 with a high-quality hitting net and mat by The Net Return. It’s extremely affordable, coming in at less than $2000.
This setup is great for indoor use, but it’s also ideal for hitting balls out on the deck, on the lawn, or at outdoor events.
What Is Included
The R10 Home Package features the Approach R10 Launch Monitor and a trimmed iOS version of E6 CONNECT with practice ranges, a darts mini-game, and five golf courses. Also included is:
- The Net Return Home Series V2 Golf Net
- The Net Return Pro Turf
The R10 directly measures seven data parameters using radar technology and derives many other parameters including spin and face angle. You can practice and analyze your sessions on a virtual driving range for free with the Garmin Golf app.
The Home Series V2 Net is basically the same as the Pro Series V2 net except it’s slightly smaller. As one of the best hitting nets on the market, it boasts automatic ball return and extreme durability that can handle shots up to 225 mph. Its dimensions are 7’H x 7’W x 3.5’D.
The Pro Turf Mat is ten feet long and provides continuous ball return from the screen back to the hitting area. It doubles as a putting green and rolls up and stores like a carpet.
Available customization options for this package include the following:
- You can replace the Pro Turf Mat with a Fiberbuilt hitting mat.
- You can replace the Home V2 Net with a Pro V2 or Pro V2 LARGE net.
- You can add side barrier netting.
- You can add a “No Fly Zone” extension which adds protection above the net.
Home Tee Hero, E6 CONNECT, The Golf Club 2019 and Awesome Golf can all be played on the R10 at extra cost. You can even use an app called PinSeeker with E6 CONNECT that allows you to win prizes competing in closest-to-the-pin tournaments.
It’s recommended to have a space that is at least 10 ft wide x 8.5 ft high x 16 ft deep to set up this package.
Even without a screen and projector, you can achieve a simulator feel by mirroring or casting your smartphone to your TV and positioning the TV behind the net.
The MLM2PRO by Rapsodo is a radar-based launch monitor that is very similar to the Approach R10 when it comes to affordability.
The MLM2PRO is designed to address the common pain points users had in the previous generation with the MLM. In particular, its companion app is now usable on both iPads and Android tablets, and there are several golf simulation options available for both systems.
This all-inclusive simulator package by reputable golf vendor PlayBetter manages to offer a blackout enclosure and screen, hitting mat, landing turf and projector with the MLM2PRO for under $5000. Even better, you can get as large an enclosure that will fit your space and not have to pay a penny extra.
What Is Included
The MLM2PRO PlayBetter SimStudio Package includes:
- an MLM2PRO launch monitor
- a PlayBetter SimStudio full hitting bay
- an Optoma GT1080HDR short throw projector
- a projector ceiling mount
- an alignment stand (optional)
The SimStudio consists of a noise-dampening impact screen, full enclosure with blackout walls, 5’x5′ hitting mat, and landing pad turf that can double as a putting surface. We’re impressed with the quality of all of the components.
The MLM2PRO combines Doppler radar with two high-speed cameras. The device measures 13 club and ball parameters and can even measure spin directly with the use of included Callaway RPT balls.
This launch monitor offers two unique features called Impact Vision and Shot Vision. The former provides a slow-motion closeup of the club swinging through the ball, while the latter gives a down-the-line video of your shot with a ball tracer.
You can also enjoy golf simulation with the MLM2PRO through:
- Rapsodo Range: via MLM2PRO app for iOS or Android
- Rapsodo Courses: via MLM2PRO app for iOS or Android
- E6 CONNECT: for iOS or PC
- Awesome Golf: for iOS, Android or PC
The Optoma GT1080HDR is a value-packed projector with high lumens and 4K input, and in fact, it has ranked #1 in our guide for the best golf simulator projectors.
Your space for this setup will need to fit whatever size enclosure you choose, and you’ll need to be able to make a swing with your longest club. In addition, you’ll need at least 15-16 feet of depth to accommodate the radar-based MLM2PRO.
For full details about this simulator package, check out this page.
This simulator is special because it features the Full Swing KIT launch monitor which is endorsed and used personally by Tiger Woods.
The KIT was built at Woods’ request and according to his standards. And it happens to integrate with the iOS version of E6 CONNECT, so if you have an iPad, this is the way to go.
This package by The Indoor Golf Shop combines the KIT with a convenient SIGPRO net and turf system. The accuracy of the KIT is comparable to top-end launch monitors but is thousands of dollars cheaper, so you’re getting fantastic value here.
What Is Included
This package consists of the Full Swing KIT launch monitor with charger and protective travel case. Also included are:
- a SIGPRO Golf Net
- SIGPRO Turf (6 ft x 10 ft)
- side barrier netting with sandbags
- your choice of hitting mat (5’x5′, 4’x7′ or 4’x10′)
- the E6 CONNECT Perpetual Package
The portable KIT uses Doppler radar and dedicated processors to measure 16 ball and club parameters, no stickers or leveling required. It has direct-to-screen output and is the only launch monitor with a customizable OLED full-colour screen.
The KIT is currently compatible with the iOS version of E6 CONNECT, offered in three packages. The Perpetual Package included in this sim package provides practice areas and five courses with no subscription fee.
The KIT also pairs with a companion app (iOS) that allows you to view your historical shot data, store video, track trends, and manage your clubs and bag.
Space dimensions of 9 ft high x 12 ft wide x 18 ft deep are recommended.
The Woods-endorsed KIT has an extensive parameter set, and the app is very useful and intuitive for practice sessions. It really is an ideal launch monitor for players who own an iPad.
Are you looking for the absolute best simulator setup that will be able to fit in your space? Look no further than the FlightScope X3 SIG10 Simulator.
You can think of the X3 as a more powerful version of the Mevo+. Like the Mevo+, it’s bundled with a trimmed version of E6 CONNECT for iOS, and it also integrates with the same software including Awesome Golf which is usable on Android and iOS devices.
This package pairs the X3 with The Indoor Golf Shop’s popular SIG10 enclosure which is almost 11 feet wide and which can accommodate the typical ceiling height of 9 feet.
What Is Included
The FlightScope X3 SIG10 Simulator package consists of the professional X3 radar and:
- a SIG10 simulator screen & enclosure
- side barrier netting
- a Panasonic PT-VZ580U WUXGA projector
- a ceiling projector mount
- your choice of hitting mat (5’x5′, 4’x7′ or 4’x10′) or full flooring
- 50 metallic stickers and a backpack
The X3 is capable of measuring over 50 full-swing, chipping and putting data parameters. It uses patented Fusion Tracking technology, which combines 3D radar and image processing for extremely high accuracy.
The X3 has powerful features such as the Environmental Optimizer (for adjusting weather conditions) and complete wedge D-Plane data. Most of the features of the X3 are accessed through the FlightScope VX app, which you can download for free on iPads and tablets.
The X3 is compatible with the same third-party software as the Mevo+, namely GSPro, TGC 2019, E6 CONNECT, Creative Golf 3D, and Awesome Golf.
Room dimensions of at least 9 ft high x 12 ft wide x 18 ft deep are recommended.
We guarantee you won’t be left wanting with this setup. For more details about what comes with the package, optional add-ons, pricing, and setup instructions, visit this page.
Despite the release of the beastly new SkyTrak+, the original SkyTrak is still a very attractive launch monitor because it’s more affordable and the ball data it provides is all you need for an optimal simulator experience.
To that end, this package from The Indoor Golf Shop pairs the iPad and tablet-friendly 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.
If you place a lot of importance on being able to repurpose your space, you should seriously consider this simulator.
What Is Included
The SkyTrak Flex Space Simulator Package comes with:
- a SkyTrak Launch Monitor with protective case
- SkyTrak Play & Improve Software (upgrade from base)
- a HomeCourse ProScreen 180 with ceiling mount kit
- a golf simulator projector
- a SIGPRO Turf Mat
- a projector floor mount enclosure
The new and improved HomeCourse ProScreen 180 features side walls made of ballistic material. The Pro Arms can be optionally extended to create an ultra-wide 16:9 projectable area.
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.
The screen can be mounted to the ceiling or wall (wall mount kit sold separately). If your ceiling is higher than nine feet, we recommend wall mounting.
Room dimensions of 8.5 ft high x 12 ft wide x 12 ft deep are recommended.
Customers love the straightforward installation and how painless 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.
Investing in a quality golf simulator that can run on your iPad or tablet 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:
If you want a golf simulator that will work on your iPad or tablet, chances are you’ll appreciate a portable unit that you can move around to different areas.
This is why it’s a good idea to consider is how easy it will be to pack up and transport your golf simulator setup.
Maybe you travel periodically and want to be able to take your simulator with you. Maybe you just want to pack it away during certain times of the year, like the summer when you can get out to the golf course.
If portability would be particularly useful for you, then look for things like retractable screens, mobile swing pads, and nets.
Ceiling or ground-mounted tracking systems are out of the question unless the entire bay can be moved as one unit. In most cases, you’ll need a portable launch monitor like a SkyTrak+ or Mevo+.
Size is obviously a critically important factor in golf simulators. You need to have a clear understanding of the space available to contain the simulator.
Measure the width, length and height of your space and compare it to the minimum space requirements of every golf simulator you look at.
In general, full golf simulator setups will need about 9 feet of height, 12 feet of width, and 15 feet of depth, but there are more compact options. Whichever space you plan for your simulator should be able to easily accommodate this.
3. Net Vs. Screen
There are generally two options when it comes to golf simulators:
- You can project your shots onto a life-size screen.
- 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.
Not only are net setups considerably cheaper, but nets are also very portable and can easily be moved out of the way to create more space in a pinch.
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 an enclosure and projector setup.
On the other hand, if you’re satisfied with seeing your shot data and ball flight directly on your iPad or tablet, then you should go with a net.
4. Simulator Software
The software options that are available to you on iPads and tablets are much more limited than on a PC since PCs are more powerful. Nonetheless, there are still a few things to think about.
SkyTrak, for example, has software in three membership levels:
- Basic Plan: contains a practice driving range.
- Game-Improvement Plan: contains minigames, numeric display, and many other advanced features.
- Play & Improve Plan: contains all features of other plans plus full integration with WGT (World Golf Tour) and access to 15 courses on E6 CONNECT.
Whichever SkyTrak package you go with, there is full compatibility with iPads and tablets. In addition, SkyTrak offers a simulation plan that is compatible with iOS: E6 CONNECT.
Unfortunately, many simulators are not compatible with the iOS version of E6, which is why there are only a few realistic options available to you.
Two of the only other golf simulator softwares out there that are able to run on iPads and tablets are Home Tee Hero, which is exclusive to the Garmin R10, and Awesome Golf, which only integrates with FlightScope and Garmin devices.
So, as you can see, there are only a few software options you can choose from for your mobile device.
However, practically all launch monitor companion apps run on iOS. For example, the Uneekor View software now has an iOS version, and in it, you can view your simulated ball flight on the range and access various analysis features.
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 and app options are available when looking at simulators, and make your decisions accordingly.
Of course, your budget is very important when shopping for a golf simulator. Not everyone can afford simulator packages that cost $10,000; fortunately, there are options that cost well below this amount.
Simulators that run on iPads and tablets are often less expensive than higher-end solutions that need the power that only a PC can provide. But it’s important to realize that the less you spend, the less you’ll usually get, both in terms of equipment and software.
In this guide, we’ve tried to include quality golf simulators over a wide range of budgets that would work well on iPads and tablets. 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.
Finding quality golf simulators that are compatible with iPads and tablets is certainly possible, although you won’t have as many options as you would with a PC.
The best, most affordable options that run on both iOS and Android are the SkyTrak+, Approach R10, and Mevo+.
A quality, reliable golf simulator can be a huge boon to your golf toolkit. Each of the simulator options reviewed above offer excellent value for the cost; now it falls to you to make a decision.
While it’s likely that no golf simulator setup will satisfy your every desire, some will come pretty close to doing so.
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.
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