How Much Space Do You Need For a SkyTrak Golf Simulator?

The SkyTrak simulator can be immensely helpful in improving your golf swing and can also provide hours of fun with family and friends. However, one of the questions I am often asked is – just how much space do you need for a SkyTrak golf simulator?

Criteria to Consider

1. Assessing Space

Start by assessing the space that you have available to install a golf simulator and whether you are prepared to sacrifice this space permanently. There are retractable screens available that can free up some space when the golf simulator is not in use.

If you are fortunate enough to build some extra space onto your dwelling, ensure that you consider the space requirements when doing the design.

During your space assessment you have to take into consideration that the golf simulator consists of several components as described below:

  • Net
  • Playing mat
  • Projector
  • Hardware
  • Screen/TV

The screen is optional in some cases as you could display the images against the wall, but the image will not be as clear as to when it is displayed on a dedicated screen. However, use caution when doing this as it may cause damage to the wall.

2. Taking a Full Swing

You have to decide on the longest club in your bag that will be used on the golf simulator. If you want to use your driver, generally your longest club, you will require quite a lot more space than for mid-irons.

Take a full swing in the room where you want to install the golf simulator and if you do not damage anything around you, it should be sufficient. Please, no golf balls to be used during this exercise to avoid damage.

Take the height of potential visitors into consideration as very tall people will require higher ceilings and more space to swing the club.

3. Floor Space

The floor space required will be determined by the type of golf simulator that you purchase. Some golf simulators dictate the distance that the mat must be from the wall to enable accurate measurements and ball information to be gathered.

You may want to have the room big enough to gather your friends around when having fun therefore it is an important part of your space requirements.

4. Width

The width requirements vary between right-handed and left-handed players and this should be taken into consideration at assessment time. If you want both right-handed and left-handed players to be able to make use of the golf simulator, you must plan for that upfront.

Right-handed golfers generally require nine to ten feet width and left-handed golfers may need up to fourteen feet width.

5. Depth

To enable the system to achieve maximum accuracy you should allow for sufficient depth. Most systems require a minimum of 10 feet depth while it would be advisable to allow for up to 15 feet. Ensure that there is still some space behind the screen or net to prevent the golf ball from hitting the wall.

6. Room Layout

It is not only the space requirements that you have to take into consideration. The layout of the room should allow you to store all the components required for optimal operation in one place and to swing without any restriction.

7. SkyTrak space requirements

The SkyTrak packages on offer at various online suppliers vary considerably but consist mainly of the screen/net and other components. The screen/net will consume the most space in the configuration. Some companies like Rain or Shine Golf have produced proprietary screens to provide an alternative to the flat screen.

8.  SwingBay

This was designed by Rain or Shine Golf enabling their heavy-duty projector screen to deliver a durable high-definition display.

Setting up the SwingBay is straightforward and can be completed within an hour or two.

For optimal performance you will require a room with ceilings that are at least 9 feet high, the width from wall to wall must be a minimum of 12 feet, and 16 feet deep.

The 12 feet widescreen will be 100% filled and no white spaces on the sides or top and bottom.

In front of the screen, you will have a landing pad to protect your floors from dropping golf balls. This landing pad is as wide as the screen, 12 feet, and protrudes 5 feet away from the screen for optimal protection. This can be affixed to the floor or lifted when not in use.

The SwingBay is a fixed size and cannot be collapsed when not in use.

9. Compact Studio

This is aimed at golfers that have limited space available.

The width of the screen is only 10 feet wide compared to the 12 feet of the SwingBay.

The 10 feet widescreen will not be able to display the full image and you will have to move the projector closer than on the SwingBay. This in turn will create a smaller image covering approximately 65% of the height of the screen. The image will cover the 10-inch screen from side to side, but you will have white space on the top and bottom of the image

The minimum ceiling height for optimal swing space is 9 feet high. Since the room is narrower, the depth required for this setup is only 12 feet.

10. Retractable

This is ideal for golfers that want to have the full functionality of a golf simulator without having to sacrifice the space when it Is not in use.

This is similar in size to the Compact Studio with the difference being that you can push the side and top netting back when not in use to free up space.

The minimum ceiling height for optimal swing space is 9 feet high. Since the room is narrower, the depth required for this setup is only 12 feet.

Final Thoughts

Golfing simulators require a substantial investment in both monetary and space terms and on average you require a room with a ceiling that is 9 feet or more in height to accommodate the tallest people to swing a driver comfortably.

The width is determined by whether you are going to have left-handed or right-handed golfers using the simulator and the width of the screen that you are planning to install. A good guideline to follow is that it should be at least 12 feet wide.

The depth of the room is mostly determined by the system that you purchase and its requirements for ball travel to achieve accurate results. Considering that it is beneficial to have protection on the floor against dropping golf balls, space required behind the screen to prevent golf balls from hitting the wall, and there is a mat in place from where you will be hitting the golf balls, a minimum of 10 feet of depth is required. It is advisable to have 15 feet or more available.

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