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Best Golf Simulator Projectors 2024

If you are using a golf simulator to hone in your game, and are looking to create an immersive experience, you are going to need a great projector. 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 2024.

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For more information about launch monitors, i.e. different types of launch monitors and examples of how a launch monitor can be used to improve your game, be sure to check out the Buyers Guide at the bottom of the page.

Best Overall Golf Simulator Projector

Panasonic VMZ51U Golf Simulator Projector

The Panasonic VMZ51U Golf Simulator Projector is our selection for the Best Overall Golf Simulator Projector. We've selected the VMZ51U as our top choice based on the overall performance & image correction ability.

Here are the specifications of the VMZ51U Golf Simulator Projector
  • 5,200 Lumens Bright
  • 16:10 Native Aspect Ratio
  • 1.09-1.77 : 1 Throw Ratio
  • 1.6x Zoom
  • 3,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • WUXGA (1920x1080) Resolution
  • 20,000 Hour Laser Light Source
  • Horizontal, Vertical, and Corner Keystone Correction 

Best 4k Golf Simulator

BenQ LK936ST Short Throw Projector

The world of projection technology has taken a leap forward with the advent of the BenQ LK936ST, a cutting-edge 4K DLP short throw projector designed to deliver unparalleled visual experiences.

Here is why the BENQ LK936ST is our pick for the best 4K projector:
  • Exclusive Golf Mode Setting
  • 5,100 Lumens Bright
  • 16:9 Native Aspect Ratio 
  • 0.8-0.89:1 Throw Ratio
  • 1.1x Zoom
  • 3,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 4k UHD 3840 x 2160 Resolution (8.3 Million Pixels)
  • 20,000+ Hour Laser Light Source 
  • Vertical, Horizontal, 3D Keystone Corner Correction

Best HD Projector For Golf

NEC NP-PE455UL HD Projector

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

Optoma EH200ST 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

Panasonic PT-VZ580U 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Types of projector setups

Floor mounted

Floor mounted with the projector in front of your hitting mat. The best projector for this setup is a short-throw projector, perfect for short distances to the wall. If floor mounting, check the throw ratio and throw distance to ensure you get the ideal image that works within your setup.
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Ceiling mounted

Mounted on the ceiling, this projector setup is out of sight and out of mind but requires a farther throw distance so make sure you have the room. A ceiling-mounted projector puts nothing between you and the golf course making it a perfect option for those seeking immersion with a crystal clear image.
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Offset setup

With Four Corner Correction, you can move an image drastically along any plane possible. A hybrid of the prior options, the offset option puts the projector behind you and to the left or right. This option leaves it easily available to make changes or hideaway when not in use.
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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. To view all of our golf simulator projector options you can visit the link below

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Have More Questions? Feel Free to Reach Out!

This guide is intended to provide an overview of golf simulator projectors. We realize however that it may not answer every question that you may have. If at any point you find yourself with additional questions, or are just looking for product advice, give us a call at 972-848-7491. You can also reach us via email at Our team of friendly golfers are knowledgeable and ready to help with any and all of your projector questions.

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