Best Golf Simulator Projectors
Best Golf Simulator Projectors 2021
Golf simulators use projectors to take you to courses around the world allowing you to practice and play 24/7 in the comfort of your home, regardless of what the weather is doing outside. Technology is maturing everyday, and having the best projector for your budget is going to affect your day to day simulator environment more than anything else.
When it comes to projectors, there are a lot of options available. At Shop Indoor Golf we use the best projectors that output great images providing realistic experiences. Our goal is to educate our customer on their options. This guide aims to provide a detailed overview of the best golf simulator projectors of 2021.
For more general information about projectors, i.e. brightness, throw distance, & what they allow you to do, be sure to check out the buyers guide.
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Best Overall Projector
The Panasonic VMZ50U is our selection for the Best Overall Short Throw Projector for Golf Simulators. Sporting a 1920 x 1200 WUXGA native resolution for viewing HD video and detailed simulation.
It is 5000 lumens bright, and has a native 16:10 WUXGA aspect ratio. With 2.3M pixels per frame, the VMZ50U allows for true to life, immersive, detailed pictures ideal for golf simulation, movies, or gaming.
Additionally, as a laser based projector it comes with certain advantages over its lamp based counterparts. Laser based units are quieter, fire up quicker, are lower maintenance and as a result have a lower total cost of ownership. The VMZ50U has a life expectancy of over 20,000 hours.
Priced at $2499.99, you'll be hard pressed to find a more well rounded, high performance projector designed with golf simulation in mind.
Best 4k Golf Simulator Projector
The BenQ LK936ST is the newest 4K DLP short throw projector from BenQ. This projector was created for golf simulation. Featuring an exclusive golf mode that perfectly reproduces lush greens and vivid blues.
It is 5100 lumens bright, has a native 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, and a contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1 which allows for truer, deeper blacks & rich colors.
With 8.3M pixels per frame it has four times the resolution of full HD 1080p and ensures that you are going to see and notice even the smallest of details otherwise not visible to the naked eye.
The LK936ST is also a short throw projector with a 0.8-0.89:1 throw ratio allowing one to cast a 12'W image from roughly 10' away.
Installation is made easy when you take advantage of the built in vertical & horizontal lens shift and keystone - providing for the ultimate install location flexibility.
Priced at $4499, the LK936ST is a premium option, but worth the price of admission for those who want the 4K experience and/or will use the projector for multiple use cases such as movies, games, and golf simulation.
Best HD Projector For Golf Simulators
The NEC NP-PE455UL is our selection as the Best HD Projector for Golf Simulators.
It is 4500 lumens bright, and has a native 16:10 WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution allowing for sharper and cleaner images compared to standard 1080p HD.
This laser LCD projector also has 4K availability and allows one to display 4K 30hz content utilizing NEC's proprietary high performance video processing/scaling chip.
With a standard throw ratio of 1.2-2.0:1, the unit will have to be positioned further away from the screen than its short throw counterparts. That said, installation is made easy with the NP-PE455UL's lens shift and digital keystone capabilities.
With a sticker price of $2059, it's a solid economical alternative to the higher end BenQ projectors offered here at Shop Indoor Golf.
Best Budget Golf Simulator Projector
The EH200ST is the leading option under $1000. This Optoma hd short throw projector is sneaky bright even with its 3000 lumens of brightness, making it a perfect projector for golf simulators.
Using a 1920 x 1080p resolution, the image coming from this short-throw projector is crystal clear with true-to-life colors and a 20,000:1 contrast ratio. At $979, this projector is perfect for anyone looking to spend less than $1000. This projector works great with any setup, it can be placed inside our shield for a floor-mounted setup, or used in a ceiling-mounted position.
If you’re placing the EH200ST within a floor enclosure, it’s important to note that the I/O ports are on the side of the projector, which means cable routing will not be concealed.
Best Floor Mounted Golf Simulator Projector
The BenQ MX825STH is the ultimate projector for golf, with its low profile and bright picture at 3500 lumens this projector has everything you want. It has a beautiful image and a native 4:3 aspect ratio, making it a perfect choice.
The MX825STH gives you visibility at any time of the day, also it's lightweight and easy to move out of the way when no longer in use. With top of the line DLP technology and a 12000:1 contrast ratio, this projector works great on any screen.
If you are considering a floor-mounted option, a projector shield might be a perfect fit for your needs. When you buy a shield, you get an ABS housing to protect your projector from low shots and ricochet balls. Plus, it comes with turf to cover the top, it blends in perfectly to give you a natural feel. Find out more about our golf projector floor mount here.
Best Ceiling Mounted Golf Simulator Projector
Those looking to keep their projector out of sight and out of mind will love the Panasonic PT-VZ580U. Utilizing a standard throw image (1.09 - 1.77:1), it is perfect for any ceiling mounted system with sufficient room depth.
With vertical & horizontal lens shift the image can be shifted for the perfect viewing angle regardless of your screen position. This lamp based projector is equipped with an ECO management function and has over 7000 hours of lamp life.
The PT-VZ580u is 5000 lumens bright, and has native WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200) that renders a beautiful, high contrast image that is sharper and cleaner than standard HD 1080p (1920 x 1080). At $1999, its compact size and quiet operation make it a great choice for any ceiling-mounted projector setup.
Note: Depending on your screen size, this projector will typically need to be mounted between 10 and 20 away from the screen. Calculating room depth is an important step in picking long throw projectors like these. Calculate your room depth here.
Best Projectors 2021 - Complete List
Panasonic VMZ50U - Best Overall Projector For Golf Simulators
BenQ LK936ST - Best 4K Projector For Golf Simulators
NEC NP-PE455UL - Best HD Projector For Golf Simulators
Optoma EH200ST - Best Golf Simulator Projector Under $1000
BenQ MX825STH - Best Floor Mounted Golf Simulator Projector
Panasonic PT-VZ580U - Best Ceiling Mounted Golf Simulator Projector
Projector Buying Guide
At Shop Indoor Golf, we have spent time collecting the top projectors for golf simulators. But even among all of the projectors, we offer there are still different features and types of setups to consider. The Buying Guide below will help with making the right decision to fit your needs.
What are your needs?
The most important aspect of any setup is the constraints of the room. Calculate your room depth to make sure the projector you select will suit the room you have to work with. Sometimes buying the most expensive product won't solve all your problems, you need the right projector for the right room. When working with home golf simulators, the goal should be to find the most compatible product for you and your setup.
The more space you have the further back you can put your projector. Most people with indoor golf setups have limited room behind them, so short-throw projectors are the solution. But those with a large area or a lot of room behind them have the ability to select one of our ceiling-mounted or offset projectors.
Also, it's important to consider the software you will be running, different software runs on different devices that use different aspect ratios. For example, if you get a SkyTrak Launch Monitor it uses an iPad to show you how your swing affects your shot, so a projector with an optional 4:3 aspect ratio will make the most sense.
Projector Features to Consider
Throw Ratio - A projector throw ratio determines what image size you can project from a certain distance. Look in the product description to find a throw ratio that fits your needs
Throw Distance - Throw distance is the distance from the tip of the projector's lens to the screen. The distance determines where the projector will sit in your setup relative to the projection screen. A shorter throw distance means you can move your landing pad even closer to the screen while hitting.
Figure out what throw distance works for you here: Throw Distance Calculator
Short Throw vs. Long Throw - There are two types of projectors that can be used inside of golf simulators, short throw, and long throw. Short throw projectors are designed to be placed closer to the screen therefore cutting out the need to find space for mounting it farther back. Long-throw projectors require space and distance to keep the image from looking too small. If you have limited space, a short-throw option could enable you to have the picture quality you are looking for without the need for space behind you to mount. But, If you have space and are looking to keep your projector out of sight and out of mind, get a long throw projector.
Brightness - A projector's brightness is measured in lumens. The more lumens the brighter the projector image. Most projectors include their lumens in their product description, check there for the most accurate information. Seeing the image clearly around the clock is an important feature. For rooms with little to no ambient light, you'll need a minimum of 1500 lumens. For rooms with windows or ambient light, a minimum of 3000 lumens is ideal.
Contrast Ratio - Contrast Ratio measures the difference between the brightest color and the darkest color on the image. The higher the contrast ratio the better the image quality. Look for projectors with high contrast to bring you the closest to the course.
Resolution - All of the projectors at Shop Indoor Golf are 1080p, but there are also 4K options available. If you plan on using your projector for movies as well as golf, consider a 4K option for a better movie-watching experience.
Aspect Ratio - Different software has different aspect ratios, be sure to find out what aspect ratio you are going to be using and double-checking to confirm that everything is compatible.
Sound - Are you setting up your projector in your garage or another area where no speakers are available? Consider an option with a built-in speaker for a more immersive experience. A speaker's loudness is measured in watts, the higher the wattage, the louder the speaker.
Noise Level - Many projectors use bulbs to light the picture on the screen, these bulbs get very hot during use and have to be cooled using fans. Typically the brighter the projector the bigger the bulb, and the bigger the bulb the more fans it will take to keep it cool. Fan noise can be an intrusive issue when trying to enjoy a round of golf. If you are concerned about fan noise laser powered projectors are a much quieter option.
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Wrapping It Up
Finding the right projector for your setup is an important decision for any setup. Measuring your room and deciding where you want to place your projector is the first step. That will help you decide between a floor mounted, ceiling mounted, or offset setup. Decide whether you need a short throw or a long throw option judging by where you want to place it. After you figure out where you want your projector, the next step is to look at features and specs to make sure you're getting the best projector for a golf simulator.
There are many options available, if you don't know what to get, feel free to call us at 972-848-7491 for more information on the best projector for golf.
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