Best Golf Simulator Projectors
Best Golf Simulator Projectors 2020
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 HD 1080p projectors that output great images providing realistic experiences. Here at Shop Indoor Golf 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 2020.
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 Optoma EH412ST is our selection for the Best Overall Short Throw Projector for Golf Simulators. It is featured in all of our packages, as well as our top-selling projector to date. It's the perfect projector for our Floor Mount Shield.
Built for those with limited space, this short-throw projector features a 0.5:1 throw ratio allowing for great 1080p or 4K full-screen images at a short distance. A built-in 10-watt speaker system will fill a room with great audio. We can't say enough good things about this product, for the price it's perfect to round out any setup.
With a 15,000-hour lamp life, this projector will require minimal maintenance. Also, it's among the brightest short throw projectors at 4,000 Lumens. Plus, this projector also has Optoma’s Whisper Quiet Technology for distraction-free use. A great value at $1,029 this projector is our go-to for most of our Golf Simulators.
Those taking a look at the EH412ST should consider one of our Simulator Packages, these packages have everything you need to get started with Indoor Golf. Our Best Selling SIG10 Package Includes our Custom 10 Foot Enclosure, the EH412ST with our Projector Shield, a SkyTrak Launch Monitor, Landing Pad, and Golf Mat. A great value at $7,499.99 the SIG10 SkyTrak Package is our number one seller for a reason.
Best Golf Simulator Projector for under $1000
The EH200ST is the leading option under $1000. This 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 Optoma EH460ST is the ultimate projector for golf, with its low profile and bright picture at 4200 lumens this projector has everything you want. The EH460ST has a beautiful image and an optional 4:3 aspect ratio, making it a perfect choice.
The EH460ST 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 4 corner correction, this projector works great on any screen. A large 152-inch 1920 x 1080p high contrast image will fill any screen beautifully with great image quality.
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 shield here.
Best Ceiling Mounted Golf Simulator Projector
Those looking to keep their projector out of sight and out of mind will love the Optoma ZH406. Utilizing a long throw image, it is perfect for any ceiling mounted system with sufficient room depth.
With Vertical Lens shift the image can be shifted up and down for the perfect viewing angle regardless of your screen position. This projector has a maintenance-free laser light source eliminating the need for lamp changes or filter cleanings, perfect for projectors that are hard to reach.
Its 4,500 lumens output projects a beautiful 1080p or 4K high contrast image. At $1399, 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 15 and 25 away from the screen. Calculating room depth is an important step in picking long throw projectors like these. Calculate your room depth here.
Mounting your projector to the ceiling is easy with the Optoma Projector Ceiling Mount. The OCM815 Universal Projector Pole Mount is perfect for high areas. Its unique design gives you everything you need for quick adjustment, plus the flexibility to fit almost any projector. Anyone interested in a ceiling mount should consider the OCM815.
Best Golf Simulator Projector with 4-Corner Correction
Our Selection for Best Offset Projector for Golf Simulator is the Maxell MC-EX5001 LCD.
This projector delivers beautiful image quality with a 5,200 Lumens output, making it the highest brightness level of any projectors on this list. This projector has a flexible aspect ratio, a 1024 x 768 resolution with a clear image, and a great throw ratio. With HDR, this projector is also great for game day and movie nights.
Priced at $1419 including fantastic offset 4 corner correction with lens shift, this projector truly has all the features to be a main-stay in your simulator setup.
Projecting outwards from an offset position, the Maxell is a great option for those looking to keep their projector accessible and out of mind.
Best Projectors 2020 - Complete List
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, its 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 our 800 number for more information on the best projector for golf.
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Interested in a Golf Simulator but don't want to do all the work configuring and checking compatibility? With our SIG10, SIG8, and SIG12 Packages, we have done all the work for you! Including an Enclosure, Projector, Shield, Landing Pad, Launch Monitor, and Golf Mat, these packages are the easiest way to get started with Indoor Golf. Learn More About Our Golf Simulator Packages here.
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Have Questions? Ask Our Experts
This guide is intended to help you become familiar with projectors and their role in golf simulators. We realize however that it may not provide every answer that you're looking for. If you have any questions along the way, or need some help in choosing which golf simulator projector setup is right for you just give us a call at 866-723-0311. You can also reach us via email at Support@ShopIndoorGolf.com. Our team of experts are knowledgeable and ready to help with any and all of your questions.