Golf Simulator Projector Buying Guide

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One of the most important decisions when you're setting up your home golf simulator is whether to buy a projector, and if so, which one?

Many of our Spornia customers start off by using their Garmin Approach R10 (or other golf launch monitor and simulator) connected to their phone, laptop, tablet or TV monitor. This is an easy and affordable option, but the obvious disadvantage is that you need to look across to your device after you've hit your shot, to see the results. 

Having a projector can take your simulator set-up to the next level. Combined with one of our white target sheets, you can project directly onto the impact screen and see your ball flight, the course you're playing, and all the key stats right in front of you. It's the next best thing to actually being on the course.

*Note: There are two ways to decide on which projector to buy: Either do all of your own research (see below!), or just ring or visit a projector store, describe your situation, and ask for their recommendations - many of them publish their own projector buying guides such as this one from JustProjectors.com.au (If you're asking for recommendations, it's worth quickly reading the section on Aspect Ratios below first...).






What are the key considerations when buying a projector? 

1. Budget. How much do you need to spend? Projectors don't come cheap, and you're looking at anywhere from $900 to $6,000 or more. And generally you get what you pay for - the more you pay, the better quality imaging and performance you get.

2. Location & Light. One of the great things about a Spornia-based Golf Simulator is that it's portable and not permanent, so you don't need a dedicated space - you can set-it up in around five minutes, play a round, and then pack it away.

But choosing the right location is important, firstly because you need enough space to swing freely, and secondly because of the presence of ambient light - excessive light and glare can wash out the quality of the projected image, so the darker your room is the more realistic your virtual golf experience will be.

3. Mounting - Floor or Ceiling? Short-Throw or Long-Throw? A ceiling mounted short-throw projector is generally the preferred option (mounted 1m to 1.2m back from the screen), because it gets the projector out of the way and eliminates shadows.

However it isn't aways possible to install a ceiling mount, so the alternative is placing your projector on the floor, or a low table or stand. This is the simplest and cheapest option, but using a standard or long-throw projector will introduce shadowing so most experts recommend using a short-throw projector.

However you will need the projector offset from the centre of the screen, so make sure your model includes offset and keystone adjustment options. You may also want to consider buying a projector enclosure, to protect it from the odd shank :)

4. Projector-To-Screen Distance? You can easily measure the correct distance from your projector to your screen using this very cool Projector Throw Distance Calculator from the team at Projector Central. You can either search by projector type, or input the throw distance and screen size.

5. Aspect Ratio. Aspect ratio describes the shape of the projected image, or the ratio of the width to the height. It's very important to consider the relationship between your projector's aspect ratio, your screen's aspect ratio, and that of your simulator software. In the olden days, most projectors had a 4:3 ratio but nowadays the majority of projectors will project in a widescreen ratio of 16:9 or 16:10.

However, some golf simulator software will only display on a 4:3 ratio (a squarer image), and if you're using a Spornia net and our white target sheet, your screen will be square or a ratio of 1:1. While there are no projectors that have an aspect ratio of 1:1, in most cases you can adjust your projector to project this aspect ratio, either via the projector's settings or via your source (laptop, phone etc) settings.

Alternatively, you can use a projector with a ratio such as 4:3 or 16:9 and then choose to either fill the screen and have part of the image project off the sides, or accept the presence of 'masking bars' (these are the black bars at the top and bottom of your screen).

6. Resolution. Projector resolutions include Standard, High, Full HD, Ultra HD and 4K. The majority of golf simulator projectors are Full HD resolution, which is also known as 1080p (1920 x 1080), and these options are more affordable and provide great image quality. 

More recently golf simulator projectors are Ultra HD or 4K projectors, which provide 4 times the pixels of a 1080p projector, but they are much more expensive and may not provide significantly more bang for your buck.

7. Brightness (Lumens). One of the last considerations is how bright your projector needs to be. This will depend on a number of factors including the amount of ambient light in your room, the distance from your projector to the screen, and the quality of image required. As a general rule you need a projector with at least 3,000 ANSI lumens, otherwise you will need to be playing in the dark!

We hope that helps - as always, email or call if you have any questions.

Mark & Andi





If you'd like to dive even deeper into golf simulator projector research, see below for some useful articles and videos:

Just Projectors (Melbourne, Australia) - Golf Simulator Projectors Buyers Guide:

ProjectorPoint (UK) - Golf Simulator Projectors:

Golfstead (USA) - 8 Best Golf Projector Simulators - 2023 Reviews & Buying Guide:

My Golf Simulator - Best Golf Simulator Projector 2023 - 8 Step Buying Guide & Set-up Examples (*Warning: VERY Detailed!):

VIDEO: Handicap Golf: Golf Simulator Projectors - Everything You Need To Know!

Aussie Customer Reviews

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Poor stitches

Bought this 10 days ago, used it twice.
Tonight was the second time, velcro came off and side stitches too.

Now for the oeuvre you'd want it to last more than 2 evenings.

The sheet material is actually good and with a good quality projector the images are nice and neat.

But for that price i espect something that lays at least 2-3 months and not 40 minutes.

Hi Edoardo, thanks for letting us know you received a faulty Target Sheet. We've sold many Target Sheets without this issue arrising before, so we appreciate you alerting us. It's really important to us to provide nothing but the highest quality products so if something is not up to expectations, we are more than happy to replace it.

We apologise for the incoveience and will send you a replacement straight away.
The Spornia Team

Save the game

Net came on time, is easy to assemble and dismantle. Getting used to hitting into a net in my small backyard which is taking a little time.
I'm sure it will eventually do the job I purchased it for. The grandkids love it.

Thanks for the review Leigh and hope you're getting use to hitting in the smaller space - great for your golf in the long run! And pleased that it's keeping the grandkids happy too - winner!

Enjoy!
The Spornia Team

Spornia SPG 8 Practice Net

Net is too big for the sticks provided to hold it up… constantly leaning on one side

Hi Than, Sorry to hear your net is leaning to one side. Hopefully you have received my previous correspodence. Occasionally the nets can develop a lean. It is usually very easily fixed and if there is actually a fault in the net, we will always replace it. We are always available for a phone call to help you with any issues that arise with our products, so please reach out if you are still having an issue.

Thanks
The Spornia Team

Side nets

Side nets were out of stock so haven’t received them as yet

Sorry for the delay on the Side-nets Michael. They will be in next week and I will express post them straight away.

Thanks for your patience.
The Spornia Team

Great net love it

Spornia SPG-7 Golf Practice Net

Very happy with my SPG-7 practice net. The net is as described very easy to put up and take down and looks very robust. I've been using it for just over a week now and have found no issues with it at all. I fully expect it to last a long time.
Thanks to the team at Spornia Australia.

Hi David, thanks for taking the time to write a review, we really appreicate it. Glad to hear you're happy with your net and getting a lot of use of it.

Cheers!
The Spornia Team

spornia

excellent net and mat I got from them. also very good communication and advice.

Thanks so much for the review Andrew. Really glad to hear your happy with your set up.

Cheers!
The Spornia Team

Excellent product

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3x Black Rubber Tees
LORCAN Trehy

3x Black Rubber Tees

Spornia Net

Brilliant product. Easy to set up and put away. Can use all clubs comfortably without the worry of missing the net. I use outdoors.

Great to hear you're enjoying your net Gareth, and finding it easy to put up and down. Thanks for the review.
Cheers!
The Spornia Team

Spornia SPG-8 Golf Practice Net

Great product and great service , Mark personally delivered this to us before Xmas in NSW.

Thanks for the great review Garrad and Mark enjoyed his road trip playing Santa :) Happy customers makes it all worth while!

Enjoy!
The Spornia Team

Exceeded my expectations!

Firstly what a champion Mark from Sponia was delivering my new net before Xmas, great commitment to customer service. The SPG-7 net and 2D mat are sensational and I can’t wait to use it every day, thanks again

Merry Christmas! Thanks so much for the great feedback. Makes it all worthwhile knowing we've made our customer's happy. Hope you hitting them well.

Cheers!
The Spornia Team

Spornia SPG-8 Bundle #5: Spornia SPG-8 Net + Spornia Academy Commercial Golf Mat

Spornia SPG-7 Golf Practice Net

Fantastic Net with even better service!!!!!

I can’t believe the effort you guys made to make sure everyone had there products before Christmas.

The net itself is awesome so easy to put up and take down I have used it home taken to the oval. The net quality is spot on I look forward to many more sessions with it.

Thanks

Dan

Hi Dan, thanks so much for the great review. Love the set up! We really enjoyed playing Santa and delivering to as many as we could pre Christmas. Glad you're loving it and finding it easy to use.

Happy Golfing!
The Spornia Team

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Spornia SPG-7 Pro Bundle #4: SPG-7 Net + 3D Pro Turf Teaching Mat
Mick Tucker
Hitting mat and practice net

Love the mat and net combo. Awesome being able to put in practice all of my Utube tips😬😉
Highly recommended 👏🤙

Thanks for the review and recommendation Mick, appreciate it. Hope you're hitting them well.
Happy Gollfing!
The Spornia Team

The best

A bit sceptical about a home golf net! But this is by far the best practice aid I have ever bought 👌🏻

So pleased to hear you're happy with your net Kevin and thanks for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate it.
Cheers!
The Spornia Team

Great product, Great company, great people who go above and beyond

Thanks so much Troy, really appreciate the great feedback. Hope you're hitting them well.
Cheers!
The Spornia Team

Love it

Love the net

Great to hear it, thanks Andrew!

Enjoy!
The Spornia Team

Golf Simulator Target Sheet - White (2 Sizes)

ferrari

An expensive set up that at least delivers.
Im a high handicapper and need the practice and with this set up in my garage, i have every confidence in hitting my inconsistant shots into a solid net.

Great to hear your getting plenty of use of your SPG-8 Charles, really appreciate you taking the time to review it.

Cheers!
The Spornia Team

Great net. Originally had smaller SPG-5 but upgraded for insurance as I’m prone to spraying a few!!
Easy to pop up and pack away. If you’re looking for a net I would highly recommend this one..

Spornia SPG-8 Golf Practice Net

I previously had the more compact SPG-5 net but ultimately decided that was too small. My game needs something slightly bigger for insurance!
SPG-8 more or less the same as SPG-5 but obviously bigger. Easy enough to pop up and just as easy packing away. Can handle all clubs including driver and if you’re in the market for a golf net I would highly recommend this one.
As far as delivery went my net was with me within 4 days. Excellent communication and an all round positive experience.

Hi Justin,

Great to hear your happy with the upgrade to SPG-8 and finding it easy to put up and down. Hope you're hitting them well! Thanks for the review.

Enjoy!
The Spornia Team

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Spornia SPG-8 Bundle #8: Spornia SPG-8 Net & 3D Pro Turf Teaching Mat
bruce o'leary
golf net and mat

Can’t fault it, great products, service and delivery, and easy to set up.

Thanks so much for the great review Bruce and pleased to hear happy with the Net and Mat set up.

Happy golfing!
The Spornia Team

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Spornia Golf Simulator Bundle #3: SPG-7 Net + 3D Pro Turf Teaching Mat + Garmin Approach® R10
Jason Grinnell
Best Practice Ever

Having a net mat and launch monitor has literally changed my life, seriously, I can practice as much as I want, safely in my backyard, great apps to help improve my game, I couldn’t recommend this set up more highly is extremely well built, the net quality is exceptional and the mat is better than my driving range has, I’m a very happy customer

Thanks so much Jason! We love happy customers, it makes us very happy too :)
Great to hear you're loving the set up.

Happy Golfing!
The Spornia Team