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Hello MGS Community, I'm a long time consumer of MyGolfSpy, but this is my first Topic I've created. The gist of this thread is how to build the best Home Simulator for $4,000. That seems like a lot, but in my honest opinion, this is the lowest cost you can get while getting a full sim experience with true ball data instead of random ball data assumed from club data systems like the Optishot's infrared system. I'm not here to brag about anything as you can see from pictures below that I built this system over a number of years and countless hours of research. In the below spreadsheet, I work through an analysis of each of these components and review them based on personal experience and the reviews of trusted golf equipment reviewers: 1. Launch Monitors 2. Hitting Mats 3. Nets and Impact Screens 4. Simulator Softwares 5. Projector In the spreadsheet, I provide data on my research, actual use, recommendations, costs, and links to the products. I will say you can spend a lot more than $4,000 using my spreadsheet, but you can also spend less. There are always more expensive and cheaper options out there that will work, but I have done my best to give an in depth review of those products including the pros and cons on when to go expensive vs. when is the cheaper option just as good if not better. Popular brands in the analysis are Skytrak, Flightscope Mevo, GC2, Optishot, Net Return, Carl's Place screens, Viewsonic projector, Fiberbuilt, Truestrike, The Golf Club 2019, and TruGolf by E6. Here is the viewable spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hbjBM2Iuk7QC4s6XDVrrWlrEZ7lDRvdwN0qTulBDK7k/edit?usp=sharing Below are some pictures of my final and some of my earlier setups:
For a place like Seattle where it rains a lot, this might be nice. Too far away for me though. Ultimate Indoor Golf (UIG) is placing golf simulator facilities in LA Fitness clubs around the country. The new facility in Bellevue, Wash. is their second collaboration. At UIG, you can play or practice in a comfortable, climate-controlled, indoor setting. Play iconic courses such as Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines or Kapalua; day or night, rain or shine. Play 18 holes in an hour or less, at a fraction of the cost of a round outdoors. Three high definition golf simulators provide an exciting golf and entertainment option. It's ideal for golfers honing their skills or just getting in some golf when pressed for time. "For someone like me who doesn't have four to five hours to play regularly, this is perfect," says Bob Hochstadter of Mission Viejo, Calif. "I can play 18 holes against a buddy in an hour and a half. Just a super way to practice if you can't go out to play 18." It's also the perfect place for parents to introduce kids to golf. LA Fitness membership is not required. At UIG, improve your game, regardless of age or ability using TrackMan, the Gold Standard of golf simulators. TrackMan is used by more than 350 tour pros including Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McElroy. Whether you play 18 holes or practice on the range, TrackMan tracks all your statistics including launch angle, ball speed, club head speed and much more. UIG then saves them in your virtual locker. "I think of the HD Golf facility as my Golf R&D Lab," says Ken Gryske of Irvine, Calif. "It's where I try new things with my swing and hone my game. It has taken my game to a new level." Operations manager Doug Kauffman, PGA, has worked as Director of Golf at The Members Club at Aldarra and Head Pro at Bear Creek Country Club. He discloses, "Seattle has a large population of passionate golfers. This is perfect for them. No frost delays, no pace of play issues." SPECIAL OFFER: Ultimate Indoor Golf is offering a first round (one-hour session) to WSGA members at half price ($19). UIG is so sure you'll love it, if not completely satisfied, your round is FREE. Visit www.ultimateindoorgolf.com or call 425.455.3335 for details or to register. STOP IN FOR THE GRAND OPENING EVENT: Free demos. Drawings and contests for exciting prizes. Food & drink provided. Saturday & Sunday April 1-2, 2017 (8am-8pm)