Once I got my very own indoor golf simulator, my worries shifted to the sort of projector that would be suitable for its proper functioning.
There are those who say that you don’t really need a projector. Your mobile, laptop, or another electronic device could double as a projector substitute of sorts.
Yet the cold hard reality of the situation is that such is not the case. A projector with the proper brightness and resolution can do wonders for your indoor VR experience of the game of golf.
A Projector & Its Throw Ratio
The ultimate thing that you will need to calculate as a seasoned professional golfer is the throw ratio for your projector. There are all kinds of projectors.
There are short-throw projectors. Then there are long throw projectors. A third type exists too which has its own peculiarities.
The indoor golfer will have to decide which one suits the size of the room in which the golf simulator has been installed in his home.
The impact screen is made of tough material since the golf ball will be hitting it again and again. No one wants to see a rip or flaw in the impact screen.
Other Details Such As Placement & Position
As for the projector, it must superimpose the image of golf links complete with trees, hills, lakes, and bushes onto the large screen, which is all taut and stretched on a framework in your basement or garage.
There is the question of the exact placement of the projector, which is not only vital but crucial to the experience of the game. While a screen makes the game quite immersive, the spot where the projector is installed or hung means that the quality of the image on the screen will vary accordingly.
Some golfers prefer to put the projector right behind or above the tee on the ceiling. The advantage of this stance is that no shadow is cast onto the impact screen. Others want it to be hung on a spot some distance behind them.
While the resolution of the image is not always crystal-clear, the fact of the matter is that it doesn’t need to be. Many golfers attest that a slightly less sharp image will do as well since high-resolution projectors are not for those on a shoestring budget.
Brightness & the Lumens Factor
The brightness of the light emanating from the projector is of the essence when it comes to home golf simulators. As the image is visible in a room with the rest of the lights turned off, the indoor golfer has to rely on the projector’s illumination alone. Standard brightness stands at 2000 lumens.
However, it is advised to get a projector that has a brightness value of 3000 lumens. That is where the sweet spot is at, and it would be the perfect projector quality that would light up the room for the golfer to put away to his heart’s content.
The Calculations Involved in a Projector Throw Equation
Here I would like to revisit the projector throw ratio we discussed a few paragraphs ago. While it is important, the math necessary to calculate and implement it is not as easy as it looks to be at first sight. In fact, you will have to get out your scientific calculator and employ a few mathematical formulas to get down to brass tacks with this one.
A 16:9 ratio is the common result that many a golfer arrives at after much math chagrin but the actual reality is that there are other alternatives. So do your homework in this department and do not hesitate to get some help from a math teacher or professor if you suck at tables and long division. Algebra was not my strong suit either but I got by with a little help from my friends when it came to calculating the throw ratio.
Budgetary Constraints and the Commercial Market
Everyone is strapped for cash nowadays since the world is in the grip of an economic recession which we don’t know how to get out of. So many folks, even if they belong to the middle class or happen to be rich, cannot afford to spend wads of dollar bills for their hobby which happens to be golf.
A good choice would be to go ahead and spend the money but not enter the danger zone of astronomical and steep rates. An interest should not occupy a family man’s dreams to the extent that it begins to interfere with the needs of his wife and children. We all must act with responsibility and not gamble away our fortunes in the manner of having more money than sense.
So choose the median range golf projectors on the market, which you will find in sufficient quantity. And while quality beats quantity every time, not all of us can afford the best since it is for the ultra-rich.
Skytrak is an excellent choice since it is well-known and has a reputation for giving good results. You can save up over the months if you absolutely cannot afford many of the high-quality projectors on the market. Other than that, once you have a projector and have it installed in an optimal place, the rest will be smooth sailing for you, the golfer with a passion for putting.
A Couple of Words of Advice Before Leaving…
Golf projectors are like the sort of movie projectors found in cinemas. They throw a bright image that starts off as a narrow beam of concentrated light that expands quickly to fill the entire screen in front of them.
The main thing you will have to take care of is that nothing gets in their way so that a clear and picture-perfect image lands on the impact screen. Their focus can be adjusted using a few of the dials on them. There are light projectors and laser projectors. It is a matter of how far you are willing to go down the rabbit hole of magical technology and how much your wallet can take a beating. While miserliness is one extreme, insane spending and mindless consumerism lie on the other end of the spectrum. Since extremes are dangerous, you may want to chart a middle course.
Like previously mentioned, you could manage without a projector, but it would be a mild and weak version of what it would be with a projector. So save some legal tender or earn it on the side and buy that projector. Your indoor game will not be the same again, and you will be able to improve your skills like there is no tomorrow.
Follow my example, and I guarantee that you just cannot lose and will be a winner, even if it is in the long run.