The Best Golf Simulators

The 5 Best Golf Simulators of 2021

Golf simulators come in many different shapes and sizes. Thanks to technology golf simulators have improved dramatically over the last decade and this is a trend that will likely continue for the foreseeable future. 

With golfers around the world being confined to their homes over the last 12 months as a result of Covid – 19 golf simulators have enjoyed massive interest from avid golfers that are looking to improve their at-home practice setups. Golf simulators are high ticket items and various factors need to be considered before adding one to your basement or garage.

The 5 Best Golf Simulators:

Below we are going to take a look at these factors and we are also going to review 5 of the best golf simulators currently available on the market. 

1. SkyTrak Golf Simulator

SkyTrak Golf Simulator
TypeLaunch monitor & simulator
PortableYes
FunctionalityPlay, practice & challenge
Annual SubscriptionYes
Additional Hardware RequirementScreen, matt, wifi & PC/laptop/tablet

The SkyTrak golf simulator and launch monitor is one of the best golf simulators currently available on the market. The SkyTrak offers exceptional value for money and this portable launch monitor promises hours of fun for both the novice and serious golfer. 

The launch monitor functionality of the SkyTrak measures and captures a host of data points that players can utilize to gain valuable insights into their golf games. Swing Catalyst analysis software is compatible for integration with the SkyTrak simulator. The Swing Catalyst video analysis suite furthermore allows for players to analyze their swings, stream live content and record branded video lessons. 

With the SkyTrak simulator, you will have access to fun challenges and SkyTrak’s new practice range setup. In addition to the various practice options, the SkyTrak also allows for players to play on the world’s best golf courses from the comfort of their at-home setups. 

The SkyTrak offers clear graphics and these graphics can be upgraded by purchasing various simulation packages. The SkyTrak is packed with functionality and it offers exceptional value for money, if you are in the market for a high-quality functional simulator then look no further than the SkyTrak.

2. Foresight Sports Sim-In-A-Box

Foresight Sports Sim-In-A-Box
TypeLaunch monitor & simulator
PortableYes
FunctionalityPlay & Challenge
Annual SubscriptionNo
Additional Hardware RequirementDepends on the option purchased

Foresight Sports is renowned for their launch monitor designs but foresight Sports also offer various simulator options. The Foresight Sports Sim-In-A-Box offering features various options that range in price and functionality. 

All Sim-In-A-Box offerings are powered by a Foresight Sports launch monitor, and the packages include various additions including hardware (gaming laptop/desktop & nets/screens) and software options with access to different top golf courses, and fun sports themed golf games. 

The Foresight Sports Sim-In-A-Box has exceptional graphics and the launch monitor is one of the most accurate launch monitors currently available on the market. All Sim-In-A-Box offerings require substantial investments and various financing options are available. If a high-quality, realistic, accurate simulator is on your wish list then look no further than a Sim-In-A-Box from Foresight Sports. 

3. FlightScope Mevo+

FlightScope Mevo+
TypeLaunch monitor & simulator
PortableYes
FunctionalityPlay, practice & online games 
Annual SubscriptionNo
Additional Hardware RequirementScreen, matt, wifi & PC/laptop/tablet

FlightScope is a well-known name in the golf launch monitor landscape. FlightScope challenged the industry with the release of their Mevo mini launch monitor in 2017/18 and in 2020 FlightScope elevated the Mevo to new heights with the release of the Mevo+. 

The Mevo+ is a compact launch monitor that is powered via a mobile app. This functional launch monitor captures a host of key data points that players can use to improve their performance out on the course. What differentiates the Mevo+ from the original Mevo is the addition of a simulation package. The simulation package gives golfers access to a full-on simulator experience including access to 5 golf courses, various skills challenges, and mini-games. 

The Mevo+ offers the best of both worlds and the affordable price tag of this compact portable device makes it a very desirable simulator option for golfers of all skill levels. 

4. Uneekor EYE XO SwingBay Golf Simulator Package

Uneekor EYE XO SwingBay Golf Simulator Package
TypeLaunch monitor & simulator
PortableNo
FunctionalityPlay & practice
Annual SubscriptionNo
Additional Hardware RequirementWifi & PC/Laptop with Windows 10 operating system

The Uneekor EYE XO is one of the best golf simulators that money can buy. The EYE XO captures all of the data that a launch monitor would, allowing golfers to work on their swing when using the practice function on this simulator. 

The EYE XO leads the way in terms of how realistic this simulator is. The graphics when playing a round of golf will make it seem like you are outside on the golf course. In addition to picture-perfect graphics, the EYE XO displays instant reading and shot feedback once the golf ball hits the screen and it allows for left and right-handed players to switch seamlessly without having to adjust any settings. 

The EYE XO system integrates with The Golf Club 2019 software which gives users access to thousands of golf courses around the world. Finding the space to install this fixed golf simulator might be a challenge but once installed the EYE XO will quickly become the place to be. 

5. Trackman Golf Simulator

Trackman Golf Simulator
TypeLaunch monitor & simulator
PortableYes
FunctionalityPlay, practice & challenges
Annual SubscriptionNo, but subscription options for software add-ons are available
Additional Hardware RequirementWifi & laptop/PC/tablet

Trackman launch monitors continue to lead the launch monitor revolution on professional tours around the globe. Golf coaches also rely heavily on Trackman launch monitors to get in-depth insights into the swings of their students. 

Trackman’s simulator solution is one of the best golf simulators that money can buy. Trackman’s Virtual Golf 2 software delivers one of/if not the most realistic golf simulator solutions currently available on the market. In addition to crisp graphics, the gameplay functionality of the Trackman simulator is equally as impressive and user friendly. 

Trackman’s golf simulator is powered by the Trackman 4 launch monitor. The Trackman 4 is available in an indoor and indoor/outdoor solution. The indoor/outdoor solution is slightly pricier than the indoor solution but it does allow for use outdoors on the driving range. 

The Trackman simulator also offers various practice and challenge options. With one of these simulator setups, boredom will be a thing of the past thanks to all the exciting options offered by Trackman. 

To see the Trackman golf simulation solution in action watch this video. 

Golf Simulators vs. Launch Monitors

Golf simulators and golf launch monitors have many similarities but there are some differences between them as well. All golf simulators are effectively launch monitors but not all launch monitors are golf simulators. Golf simulators track the flight of your shot and that data is then used to depict the flight of your shot on a screen. 

Golf launch monitors capture and relays the same information back to you that a golf simulator uses to calculate the flight of a shot but not all launch monitors can project the flight of a shot on a screen using that data. 

At this point, you might ask why should I get a launch monitor if I can just get a simulator instead? The answer to that lies in the portability of golf simulators. The majority of golf simulators are big and bulky and they can only be used in the locations where they are installed. Launch monitors are portable and players can travel with them to gather valuable data on the driving range that can then be used to improve the technical aspect of their golf swings. 

Factors to consider when buying a golf simulator

Some golf simulators cost double the price of a new car and therefore it is safe to say that buying a simulator isn’t an overnight decision. Luckily not all simulators are that expensive but there are some very important factors to consider before purchasing one. 

Size

Golf simulators come in many different shapes and sizes when we look at the physical hardware of the simulator. Regardless of the physical hardware the size of the location needs to be big enough to accommodate the hardware, allow enough room for a right and left-handed player to swing their drivers and adequate space is needed between the mat where you will be hitting from and the net or screen. Make sure to check the depth that is required by a simulator to track the ball before it makes contact with the screen/net before purchasing a simulator. 

Portability

The importance of portability will depend on your personal needs. If you are looking for a high-quality fixed golf simulator in your basement or garage then portability isn’t as important. If you want the option of taking your simulator with you to the driving range, then portability is a critical factor to consider during the purchase process. 

Ball Tracking

Golf simulators utilize a tracking system to measure various data points which in return is used to show the flight of the shot on screen. Tracking systems differ in terms of accuracy, reliability, and lag. Better tracking systems tend to be more accurate with less lag but these tracking systems also tend to be on the expensive end of the price spectrum. 

Software

Golf simulators are powered by different software systems. Depending on the capabilities of the software and the membership level that you are subscribed to, your golf simulator will have options ranging from a driving range option to access to various golf courses around the globe and interactive games. 

Make sure to look at different software options and compatibility before purchasing your new golf simulator. 

Price

At the end of the day, it all comes down to price. Luckily golf simulators are available at various price points but in the same breath, it is very important to remember that you get what you pay for. Various simulators offer financing options that allow for simulators to be paid off in installments. Most golfers will probably prefer to pay for their simulators in full but keep this option in mind if it is something that you are interested in. 

FAQs

How accurate are golf simulators?

The accuracy of your golf simulator will depend on a variety of different factors. Simulators with more advanced ball-tracking technology and software will be most accurate. Nearly all simulators will be at least 80% accurate with top of the range simulators being close to 100% accurate. 

Are you able to putt on a golf simulator? 

Yes, the majority of golf simulators are designed to allow for putting. The tracking systems in a simulator can gauge the start line and speed at which you hit a putt with and by matching this data to the distance and break of a putt a result can be calculated with near-perfect accuracy. Bottom of the range golf simulators tends to lack capabilities when it comes to putting, make sure to keep this in mind when buying a simulator. 

Are golf simulators realistic?

The graphics used in top of the range golf simulators is astounding and can easily be compared to reality. In addition to software, the quality of your net/screen will also contribute to how realistic your golf simulator looks. 

Final Thoughts

By now it is very clear that golf simulators vary greatly in terms of use, capabilities, and pricing. At the end of the day, the best golf simulator for you is the one that ticks the boxes both in terms of use and price. 

For players that want the best of both worlds in terms of functionality, portability and price look no further than the FlightScope Mevo+. For players that want the best of the best in terms of a permanent at-home setup then you can’t go wrong with the Trackman 4 indoor. 

This article was last updated on February 23, 2021 .

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