Spornia Golf Simulator 7-Step Buying Guide & Set-Up Ideas

 

 

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Garmin Approach R10: Portable Launch Monitor Set-up Tips 

Until now you needed a permanent, dedicated space in your home for a simulator set-up - not to mention a deep wallet!

With your portable and affordable Spornia Golf Simulator, you can set-up in under five minutes, play 18 holes at Pebble Beach and then pack it away in even less time.

This level of convenience means you don’t need a dedicated space for set-up - although of course you can leave it set-up permanently if that's your preference.


The total cost for your Spornia Simulator set-up will be around $2k to $5k (with the higher end mainly depending on how much you spend on a projector), compared to anywhere from $5k to $100k for alternatives.



Checklist - What You Need:

1. Net & Space Requirements

2. Driving Range Mat

3. Launch Monitor & Simulator

4. Display Device - Projector?

5. Target Sheet (optional: only if you're using a projector)

6. Simulator Software

7. Safety Netting (optional)

 

1. The Net - Spornia SPG-7 or SPG-8

Your choice of net will depend on your budget and the amount of space you have. 

SPG-8 is bigger, stronger and heavier but quite a bit more expensive. The original SPG-7 Spornia net is also a great option. 

Space Requirements:

Ceiling height

  • Ideal ceiling height (to allow for Driver swing) is 3.0m (10 feet), but depending on the height of the player/s and clubs used, you may be able to get away with 2.7m (9 feet) ceilings. 
  • Lower ceilings such as 2.4m (8 feet) will mean you probably won’t be able to use a driver and will be restricted to iron play - again, depending on the player's height.

Room width

  • Minimums: 2m to 2.4m
  • SPG-7 dimensions = 2m wide x 2m deep x 2.1m high
  • SPG-8 dimensions = 2.4m wide x 2.4m deep x 2.5m high

Room length

  • Minimums: around 5-6m (16-18 feet)
  • With both Spornia nets, the target sheet and backing net are angled from front to back, with the main impact area in the middle of the net. The base of the back of the net can be hard up against the back wall, without the ball impacting.
  • For the SPG-7, if you add the 1.5m x 1.5m driving range mat and 1m for driver swing behind the mat, that's 2m + 1.5m + 1.0m = 4.5m in length.
  • For the SPG-8, you just need to add another 0.4m to the above measurements = 4.9m in length.
  •  If you add the Garmin Approach R-10 to your set-up, it should be 1.8m - 2.4m (6-8 feet) back from the ball. Assuming the ball is in the middle of your mat, for the Spornia SPG-7 you need 2m + 0.75m + 2.4m = 5.15, and for the Spornia SPG-8 add another 0.4m - 5.55m.

2. The Mat

 



Once you're fully set-up with your golf simulator you're going to be using it a lot, so you'll need a practice mat that can take a beating and will last for years. We recommend a full-sized, high quality driving range quality mat such as the Spornia Commercial Academy Mat.

 

 3. Launch Monitor & Simulator

 

Spornia recommends and sells the Garmin Approach R10 

The Garmin has been rated the #1 personal launch monitor (with golf simulation capabilities) under $1k for a couple of years running, but competitors have been actively developing other products, so it's always worth doing your research.

Check out our article on Garmin Approach R10: Portable Launch Monitor Set-up Tips for more details.

Another great option is the Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor (MLM) 2 Pro.

If you're not sold on the Garmin Approach R10, here are a few articles which review and rank the best portable launch monitors (*Note: not all products reviewed have golf simulation capabilities):

Golfstead: 8 Best Golf Launch Monitors Under $1000 – 2023 Reviews & Buying Guide

Breaking 80: Best Golf Launch Monitors of 2023: 8 Amazing Options





 4. Display Device

Once you've got your launch monitor connected, you'll need a device to display your results. Options include:

  • your mobile phone
  • an iPad or tablet
  • your laptop or computer
  • a TV monitor screen

Using one of these is a great way to get started, but the disadvantage of these options is that you'll need to look across to them after you've hit your shot to see results. 

If you want the ultimate golf simulator experience, you'll need projector and a Spornia White Target Sheet. For projector recommendations and resources, check out our Golf Simulator Projector Buying Guide

 

 5. Target sheet

If you’re using a projector, you can project directly onto a Spornia White Target Sheet hanging from your net for a much more realistic experience - hitting shots directly onto the course or range, seeing the ball flight, and seeing your shots land (hopefully on the fairways and greens!) - then checking and correlating all of your shot data metrics.

*Note: While our White Target Sheets are square with a 1:1 aspect ratio, the majority of projectors have an aspect ratio of 4:3 or 16:9. You will need to adjust your projector and/or source settings to capture the full simulator images on your white target sheet. 

Refer to the 'aspect ratio' section of our Golf Simulator Projector Buying Guide for more details.

And here are our White Target Sheets.

 

 6. Simulator Software

To turn your launch monitor into a simulator, you will need to subscribe to or purchase a simulator software program.

There are a number of different options, including:

Of these, our #1 recommendation based on feedback from our customers and users is Awesome Golf. It’s a video game type of simulator, with fun graphics and some very cool games, and a particularly awesome Coaching Mode - if your focus is game improvement and getting the most our of the Garmin Approach R10 this is a great, and relatively affordable option.

But note that Awesome Golf doesn't include any renditions of real-life courses - instead it offers 4 different fictional or virtual courses to play. So if you want more realistic imagery we would recommend other options such as GSPro v2, or if you want to play top 100 courses such as Pebble Beach, Royal Melbourne or Spyglass Hill, check out GSPro v2 or E6 Connect.

But for overall accuracy, pricing and enjoyment it's hard to beat Awesome Golf.

Awesome Golf’s pricing is unusual. After the 14 day free trial (which we recommend to try before you buy), you have the option of paying Monthly (one up-front payment of $399.99, then $14.99 per month) or Lifetime (one-off payment of AU$549.99) - which means that after 10 months of Monthly, you'd be much better off paying Lifetime.

Here's why David Maxfield recommends Awesome Golf:

 

If you'd like to explore simulator software options further, see below for some more detailed articles with rankings and recommendations:

Yardstick Golf: Get the Best Golf Simulator Software

Hitting The Golf Ball: The 9 Best Golf Simulator Software

And the below YouTube video review from Joe Lagowski Golf provides a great summary of the pros and cons of the different simulator software options for the Garmin Approach R10, including GSPro, E6 Connect, Awesome Golf and the Garmin Golf App:

 

 

7. Safety netting (optional)

Using safety netting in conjunction with your practice net can provide some additional peace of mind. 

Golf practice nets are designed to catch and retain golf balls, but there's always a chance of shanks or balls flying off in unintended directions, especially with less experience players. By adding a pair of Spornia side extension nets you create an extra layer of protection.

If you want to add a complete layer of protection - which may be worth considering in some cases, such as where you have a brick or concrete wall behind your simulator set-up, or breakables which need protection - we would recommend purchasing and hanging a large piece of sports netting across the back wall. This doesn't need to be heavy duty netting as it should only capture the occasional stray shot. Suppliers such as Haverford in Sydney offer a wide range of sports netting which can be purchased either by the metre or in ready-made sizes and styles.

Putting it all together

Ok, if you've survived information overload and understand what you need to set-up your Spornia home golf simulator, you'll need some inspiration. 





 

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Spornia Golf Simulator Customer Photos:




Frequently Asked Questions:

What do I need to set up the simulator? Click here

How much space do I need? Click here

Can I run the simulator through my laptop? Click here

What type of projector do I need? Click here

What can I do on the Garmin R10? Click here





Aussie Customer Reviews

Based on 386 reviews
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Academy practice mat kit

Excellent piece of kit for your training/ practice set up

Spornia SPG-8 Golf Practice Net

Net is high quality, looking forward to many years of use

The next best thing to golf nets at your golf course

Service/delivery/communication was better than Scottie Sheffler’s caddie and major sponsor.

I had some trepidation regarding the nets ability to control driver and full wedge shots. But no, it does as it claims and you can really go after every shot/club in your bag.
The 2D mat is as good as the Santa Ana Couch in late spring at Augusta……minus the coloured sand filled divots!

Haha! Love it! Thanks so much for that review Joseph and so pleased to hear your happy with your set up.

Happy golfing!
The Spornia Team

Spornia SPG-7 Practice Net

I haven't used the net as yet, I have however set it up ready for tomorrow. It took me a lot of research to find what I hoped would be a good net that I thought would last and fit into the small area I have to practice, hesitant at first due to the cost, I finally took the plunge, I couldn't be happier, the quality of this net compared to others I have seen far exceeds my expectations, you can definitely see where every dollar has been used. The frame is strong but remains pliable enough to pack away into the travel bag, the netting is going to stand up to anything I can drive into it, and, it folds down easily and quickly to rest against the wall as the shed I will be using it in is only maybe 3 feet wider than the net when setup. All in all I am more than happy with my purchase of the Spornia SPG-7

Hi Russell,

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate it. Great to hear you're happy with the quality of your SPG-7 and finding it easy to put up and down. Hope you're hitting them well!

Cheers!
The Spornia Team

Very happy

Excellent quality and works very well. Happy I spent a bit more for this premium net, shipping was quick. You won’t be disappointed

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, we love very happy customers :)

Happy golfing!
The Spornia Team

Home Set Up

Great net, easy to set up

Great photos Lee, thanks for sending them and writing a review. Great to hear your enjoying the set up.

Cheers!
The Spornia Team

Convenient and sturdy

The Spornia net is simple to set up and fold down after use. Its shape means it collects and returns the balls you hit to one spot, rather than you having to chase them around the back yard. It's also very sturdy and will withstand lots of shots being hit will all your clubs.

Thanks for the great review Peter, we appreciate it! Happy to hear you're enjoying your net.

Happy golfing!
The Spornia Team

Spornia SPG 8 and 2D Driving Mat

Bought the larger SPG 8 Net. Very easy to put up and take down. Side nets are great. Bought the white out screen and will set up as a portable simulator. The Mat is great and highly recommend it

Thanks Brian and great to hear you're happy with your set up.

Enjoy!
The Spornia Team

quality product in sizes to match needs.

Wow

Firstly I would like to thank Spornia for their prompt attention to delivery I had expected to wait at least a week but it was delivered within two days
I have used the net and found it so easy on set up and dismantling the unit is a breeze the noise off impact of the ball is really quite compared to other nets I have used
I wish I had seen this prior to purchasing those other nets
Great unit as I don’t have a lot of room and have to pack up when I’m finished and stores easily in my garage
Best I’ve seen and used well done Spornia team

Thanks so much for the great review Neil. Love hearing you're enjoying the quality and ease of putting it up and down. Hope you're hitting them well.

Cheers!
The Spornia Team

So far so good

So far it has taken a beating and seems ok

Spornia bundle

Thanks to the team at door is for looking after me with my purchase of the net and mag package. Absolutely fantastic product. I’ve had it for 2 weeks and my swing has improved dramatically. 100% confidence using net indoors and out. Easy to set up and take down. Highly recommended

That's fantastic Peter - great result! Very pleased to hear you're enjoying it.

Cheers!
The Spornia Team

Not delivered

Item still not delivered after 2 weeks from order. Can’t get any feed back so far where the item is

3d mat

Great mat

Target sheet

Great reliable product, great service and resonably priced

Fantastic practise net!

This is a fantastic practise net, I usually regularly to play sims and driving ranges with my Garmin Approach R10. The net itself is very sturdy, I can do full drives into it. Very quick and easy to setup and pack down, it wouldn't take me more than a minute.

Thanks Alex, so pleased to hear your enjoying your net and finding it easy to put up and down.

Hit them well!
The Spornia Team

SPG-7

Hubby loves it

So pleased to hear your hubbie loves it Sylvia - happy days :)

Cheers!
Andi

Golf ball, still finds a lot of gaps to escape at the edges.
Could have been more better designed for the corners rather than just couple flimsy Velcros - Sure room for improvement Spornia 😉

Cheers

Awesome product

Absolutely love my new golf net.

Great to hear it Aaron. Thanks for writing a review, really appreciate it.

Cheers!
The Spornia Team

Happy buyer.

Awesome product. So far totally happy.

We love a happy buyer :) Thanks for taking the time to write a review Ray. Hope you're hitting them well.

Enjoy!
The Spornia Team

Golf net

Really good product

Great service

Thanks so much Chris and great to hear you're happy with your Net.

Happy Golfing!
The Spornia Team

Far better than expectations

Upgraded to the SPG-8 from a cheaper net and didn't expect the difference to be this significant.

Build quality 10/10
Ease of construction (and takedown) 10/10
Bounceback 10/10
Shank nets - lifesaver! 10/10

The mat is also fantastic, no more wrist pain but also realistic and doesn't hide your bad shots

Excellent! So happy to hear this Andrew and thank you so much for the awesome review.

Happy golfing!
The Spornia Team

Spornia SPG8

Why buy anything else. Very sceptical when I was buying the net. Upon receiving my order, boy was I wrong. Heavy, well built, tough net and borders. Even the hitting fabric ooze with quality. Very well worth the police I paid for it. I've bought heaps of other nets before and the quality does not come close. Trust me, stop wasting your money on cheaper nets. You're saving in the long run.

Thanks so much Macdonald and really pleased to hear you're happy with your Net. Hit them well!

Enjoy!
The Spornia Team

Love the Spornia net. Improved a lot since I’ve had mine. Can hit a few balls and practice my swing every day of the week.

Love your work Spornia

Thanks Nathan, so pleased to hear you're putting the net to good use and seeing the improvements - love it!

Happy golfing!
The Spornia Team