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5 Things Every Indoor Golf Course Needs To Have

The following five attributes are ones that any indoor golf course should include. Does yours?


Indoor golf is something that even pro golfers utilize when they want to work on their game, but can’t keep up due to the weather or other such conditions.  With the right type of golf simulator, you can almost perfectly capture what it’s like to play the game, and what it feels like to be golfing, to a very reasonable extent.  Of course, you’re never going to be able to compare to the feeling of playing golf in a beautiful setting outside in the Hawaiian tropic, but you will be able to enjoy your game nonetheless.  However, choosing the right type of indoor golf course is not so easy as you might think.

There are several different factors that really determine the success of the experience.  You want to be sure that you really feel as though you’re playing golf, but you also want to be sure that you’re able to get enough out of the experience that you feel as though you’re able to learn new things and get better at the game as a result.  This way, the next winter that you’re stuck playing golf indoors, waiting for the next season to start, you can hit the course with your friends better than ever before.

So here are 5 things that every indoor golf course needs to have in order to be the right investment:

1) A nice, big screen.

This is going to set the tone and ensure that you really feel as though you’re on a course.  That’s why you usually want to get some type of projector, so that you can enjoy a screen that gives you the look and the feel of a real golf course, which means it needs to almost fill your peripheral.  There are a ton of screens made just for this purpose, and you’ll find they are typically taller than, or just as tall as the average person, so that you actually feel as though you’re looking out upon a majestic green.

2) Plenty of height clearance so that you can swing a full size club.

It really ruins the experience if you’re not able to swing a full size club in the same way that you would if you were on a real golf course.  That’s why you want to be sure that there’s enough room in the space in which you’re going to be playing to do so.  That means usually at least an 8 foot clearance on the ceiling, or something similar, so that you can be sure you’re not hitting the ceiling on your follow through.

3) Think about getting an artificial turf surface to simulate the feeling of grass.

There are a ton of different types of faux grass that feel just like the real thing, that you can install in the home.  This way, you create a home golf course that ensures you really feel as though you’re stepping up to play.  The more realistic you can get your surface to feel, the more you’re assured of being able to enjoy playing golf in the most true to life fashion.

4) You always want to ensure you have a weighted tethered ball to hit.

There are some indoor golf course simulators that actually work just by sensing the motion of your swing, and while they can be extremely accurate, that doesn’t exactly feel like golf.  You can’t really capture the feeling of actually hitting the ball, without actually doing so.  That’s why it’s so important that you have the right type of indoor golf ball, that’s tethered and weighed to be the same feel as a ball that you would use out on a real golf course.

5) Swing analysis software.

Finally, you want to be sure that you’re really able to learn something from a golf setup like this, which is why it’s so important that they also feature a swing analyzer.  This way, they’re able to sense and map out your swing, so that you can judge what’s going wrong, as well as what you’re doing right. With that type of technology, you can actually work on the problems that you have in your swing, so that you’re able to take your golf game to the next level in no time at all.

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