Best Indoor Golf Simulators 2017
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Best Indoor Golf Simulators 2017

Home golf simulators are some of the most interesting equipment that a golfer can buy. Not only can golf simulators help a golfer improve their golf game, but they can do so from the comfort of one’s own living room.

So what is a golf simulator exactly? Well, for those that are not aware of what they are, a golf simulator is a setup that allows you to electronically... well... simulate golf, using a wide array of technology to help give you realistic feedback on your golf game from off the course.

While there are many types of golf simulators available on the market, the majority of those you can buy are designed to be setup inside the house. It is for that reason that our list today will focus on those golf simulators that can be used indoors

Our Best Home Golf Simulator Pick: Optishot 2

best indoor golf simulators

With the Optishot 2 indoor simulator, Optishot Golf proves that it is a company that believes one need not spend a fortune to dream big: By converting your basement into a golf practice facility. Yes, imagine having your own virtual golf range at an affordable price in your own man cave. It is the #1 Golf Simulator now for Mac and PC. Providing a realistic range practice experience without going down to an actual range, the Optishot 2 is perfect for getting your golf fix during off seasons and bad weathers.

NameEditor's CommentProduct 
OptiShot 2 Golf SimulatorBest Overallbest indoor golf simulatorsView More
P3 ProSwing Golf Simulator2nd Best OverallP3 ProSwing Golf SimulatorView More
Personal Pro TCG Ultimate Golf Simulator SystemPremium Choice (Currently Unavailable)Personal Pro TCG Ultimate Golf Simulator System(Currently Unavailable)
Dancin Dogg Optishot Golf SimulatorGreat AlternativeDancin Dogg Optishot Golf SimulatorView More
ES9000 Par T Golf Indoor Golf SimulatorPremium ChoiceES9000 Par T Golf Indoor Golf SimulatorView More


Buying Factors for Best Indoor Golf Simulators

Space

Before we can even talk about what to look for when buying an indoor golf simulator, we have to first look at if you even have a space for the setup. Seeing as you will be swinging actual clubs with these simulators, you are going to want a good amount of space between yourself and the walls and ceiling, unless you want to do some home renovation.

Lighting

Another factor when considering where to set up your simulator is the lighting of the room you are in. This is due to the fact that some models have sensors that cannot detect your club in bright or low lights, something that will vary by model.

Computer

Seeing as most of these simulators run on computers, you are going to want a computer with a decent graphics card as well as a good, HD display. If you don't have these things, you may need to be prepared to drop down some extra cash before you can use a golf simulator.

Netting

Finally, depending on if you like to use real golf balls or not with your simulator, you may want a catch net or something similar, so as to prevent making holes in your wall when hitting the balls.

So, what about the home golf simulators themselves? Well, seeing as each simulator can have its own benefits, this is why we are here today, so let us get to the list.


Best Indoor Golf Simulators 2017

OptiShot 2 Golf Simulator

The first golf simulator we are looking at today is one of the best on the market today. The OptiShot 2 is a golf simulator that can take your golf game around the world, quite literally, right from the living room.

To elaborate on what I mean in my previous statement, the OptiShot gives golfers a chance to practice on virtual versions of some of the best real world golf courses.

best indoor golf simulators

This may not be essential to a golf simulator, but is certainly a cool addition that creates a realistic environment.

Developed by top golf analytics engineers and designers, the Optishot 2 is meant to help golfers feel like they are playing real golf in the comfort of their own home.

For the simulator itself, the OptiShot has an infrared turf pad, and the OptiShot Golf 3D software. This, along with foam balls and adjustable tees, helps create a simulator that provides accuracy and authenticity to your golf practice.

Using True Simulation technology and infrared sensors, the simulator captures data of every swing and every shot you take, and gives you instant and accurate feedback so that you can make the necessary adjustments to routinely hit better shots.​

Unfortunately, the OptiShot can tend to be inconsistent, with the accuracy varying based on how sensors read different clubs. This can be an issue, as the feedback given for different shot types is essential to improving ones game.

This issue seems like it can be fixed with some tweaking, though, and once it is, the accuracy of the OptiShot is impeccable. For a golf simulator that both looks and plays good, and on both Mac and PC, you can't go wrong with the OptiShot.

Things We Liked

  • Realistic golf experience
  • Instant and accurate feedback for immediate adjustment
  • Lots of courses pre-loaded
  • Very durable

Things We Didn't Like

  • Calibration needs time to get used to

P3 ProSwing Golf Simulator

The P3 ProSwing Golf Simulator is a simulator that has a wide range of options for golf training. From basic practice to more advanced situations, the ProSwing has a little of everything.

To start, the golf mat for the ProSwing has several sensors in it that provide feedback to the golfer. This helps provide analysis of the golfers swing before, during, and after ball impact, helping golfers improve their game where they may need it most.

P3 ProSwing Golf Simulator

The ProSwing also provides golfers with a wide range of options, with virtual driving ranges, greens, and championship courses for golfers to practice on. There are also several golf challenges that come with the software, providing fun and diverse situations to challenge golfers’ skills.

The price is really daunting on this one, however. At nearly $1000 dollars for the unit, the ProSwing may be too much of an investment for some people, especially those that may need to buy additional materials for their simulator's setup.

The amount of content this simulator has makes it a competitor, however, with many different courses and challenges to satisfy any golfer. This is certainly a great choice for those looking for both game improvement and a bit of fun.

Things We Liked

  • Wide range of training options
  • Golf challenges for fun and diverse situations

Things We Didn't Like

  • Relatively expensive

Personal Pro TCG Ultimate Golf Simulator System

One of the most high-end simulators on the market, the Personal Pro is a simulator that is packed with features. And including most of the material you need to get started, the Personal Pro is almost ready for use out of the box.

This simulator literally comes with everything you will need to get started, including the sensor mat, projector, screen, connectors, and even an HP computer.

Personal Pro TCG Ultimate Golf Simulator System

While you may need a substantial amount of room for all of these things, you at least will not have to buy any additional materials (outside of your own clubs) to use the Personal Pro.

As to the hardware and software itself, the mat and sensors are extremely accurate, allowing for pin-point shot precision. This is in addition to the software that includes an outstanding 70,000+ courses to practice on, and even online play for those that want to test their skills against other golfers.

For those that thought our last offering was pricey, however, are in for a shock on this one. The Personal Pro comes with the high price tag of around $8000, which is quite a price to pay for this setup, even for those that have extra money lying around.

This may not be too much for some, however, as this simulator literally includes everything you need to play, even the computer. Even with the cost, this is one of the best home golf simulator packages that you can buy.

Things We Liked

  • Comes with everything you'll ever need
  • Extremely accurate mat and sensors
  • Over 70,000 courses to choose

Things We Didn't Like

  • High price tag

Dancin Dogg Optishot Golf Simulator

At this point you must be asking, "Wait, didn't you already review this one?", and you would be only half right.

While we did take a look at the newer Optishot 2, the original Optishot is a golf simulator that can even compete with its successor.

To start, the older model of the Optishot does not seem to suffer from the same sort of sensor issues as its younger brother.

Dancin Dogg Optishot Golf Simulator

The Optishot's sensor mat is able to accurately read any club with little to no issue, which is something the other model of Optishot sometimes had issues with.

Another thing the original Optishot has that the other one doesn't is a much easier setup. Right out of the box, this simulator is able to be used very quickly after a simple install of the software into your computer, making you able to start practicing quicker on one of the simulator's virtual versions of real courses.

Oddly enough, this simulator is a little pricier then the newer Optishot, coming up to around $360. Another issue this model suffers from is durability, as, despite better accuracy, the sensors with this simulator are a bit on the fragile side.

Other then what was mentioned above, the first and second model of Optishot are virtually identical. No matter which model you go with at the end of the day, you will not regret it.

Things We Liked

  • Better consistency than Optishot 2
  • Much easier set up
  • Same awesome features

Things We Didn't Like

  • Not as durable as the newer version

ES9000 Par T Golf Indoor Golf Simulator

Our last simulator today is not a golf simulator for the faint of heart... or those with a light wallet. Costing about the same as some vehicles at $22,000, the ES9000 Par T is not for everyone by any means.

If you can pay the price of admission, however, you get a lot of stuff including a large screen and projector, huge turf with infrared sensors, and 3D Software that features many, photo-realistic courses to play on. All this and much more make the Par T one of, if not the most, realistic golf simulators a player can use.

ES9000 Par T Golf Indoor Golf Simulator

If the monstrous size of this simulator is a bit much for your personal space, then you have nothing to worry about as the manufacturer is able to give the customer a custom sized setup to suit their needs. Other features of the Par T are also replaceable, allowing for easy upgrading or exchanging of various components of the simulator.

Again, however, the price is a big issue. While there is a lot of accuracy and realism that is provided by the Par T, a down payment on a house may be a bit much to pay for it.

Should you be willing to spend that much for a golf simulator, you will not be disappointed in the least. With so many realistic aspects and customization options available, the ES9000 Par T is probably the best home golf simulator available, if you don't mind walking to work for a while.

Things We Liked

  • The MAC Daddy of all simulators
  • Comes with everything
  • Customizable to suit your needs

Things We Didn't Like

  • Hefty price tag

Quick Summary of The Best Indoor Golf Simulators

OptiShot 2 Golf Simulator

Best Overall

  • Realistic golf experience
  • Instant and accurate feedback for immediate adjustment
  • Lots of courses pre-loaded
  • Very durable
P3 ProSwing Golf Simulator

2nd Best Overall

  • Wide range of training options
  • Golf challenges for fun and diverse situations
Personal Pro TCG Ultimate Golf Simulator System

Premium Choice

  • Comes with everything you'll ever need
  • Extremely accurate mat and sensors
  • Over 70,000 courses to choose
Dancin Dogg Optishot Golf Simulator

Great alternative

  • Better consistency than Optishot 2
  • Much easier set up
  • Same awesome features
ES9000 Par T Golf Indoor Golf Simulator

Premium Choice

  • The MAC Daddy of all simulators
  • Comes with everything
  • Customizable to suit your needs

Golf is a great sport with many aspects to it, and the time and effort it may take for one to improve their game may be a lot. With these best home golf simulators, we hope to have provided you with a way to help quickly improve your game while also giving you some fun as well. We will see you next time!

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