With millions of golfers discovering the joys of indoor golf, golf simulators and indoor golf are gaining more interest than ever before. Having an indoor golf setup is a great way to spend some time, whether that’s playing simulator golf on your own or with your family.
However, for many people spending thousands of dollars on a golf simulator is just not in the budget – either normally or especially now.
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The good news is, you can get a basic portable golf simulator setup at home for under $ 1,000.
The OptiShot 2 is the cheapest mass-produced golf simulator on the market, at $ 299. The OptiShot 2 uses infrared sensors on a special golf mat to detect when a shot is hit and record a variety of data points on the shot which are then visualized through its software. There are a variety of famous replica championship golf courses – although they cannot legally use the names – and range features with various games to work on your game.
You can play on OptiShot using a real golf ball or the foam balls provided.
As with any golf simulator setup, you will need more than the OptiShot 2 unit and the software loaded on it (which connects via USB to a PC or Mac). You will also need some sort of netting and maybe some other accessories like a bigger rug and a spotlight. With a more feature-rich setup, you can spend several thousand dollars, which may mean you’re looking at other units like SkyTrak, which offers more features but costs almost seven times as much for the base unit.
However, if you are on a budget or want to dip your toes in the water of the golf simulator, the OptiShot 2 is a great way to get an indoor golf setup in your home.