If you’ve already purchased a golf simulator, or you’re beginning the research and purchase process right now, you might be confused by all the options for golf simulator software. Thankfully, gaming and software developers are innovating and creating spectacular golf simulation tools and courses at a rapid pace, and we all are benefitting from their breakthroughs in design and functionality.  
Our team is constantly playing on the different simulation software and learning about all the different options so they can assist customers when choosing the best package.
Hunter Thomas is a Custom Golf Simulator Specialist here at The Indoor Golf Shop, and brings a vast knowledge and expertise to our clients who have questions about the many indoor golf simulator options.

A significant aspect of the indoor golf simulators we sell is the technology that’s built into them. It’s the software inside that can create hours of fun, provides years of memories, and promote lower scores that most indoor golfers seek.

“For the most part, every name you recognize in this market (and some you don’t) will offer their own driving range software that automatically comes with the system,” Thomas says. “Many will offer some type of golf course package with that software – but some do not.”

Plenty Of Options With Golf Sim Software

By Vinnie Manginelli, PGA

It’s almost summer, and BBQs are already working overtime to prepare those summertime favorites, like burgers, chicken, and sausage. Sausage lovers, for instance, may enjoy grilling them up, filling a fresh bun, adding their condiments, and eating away. But do they know how the sausage is really made? In the case of the many indoor golf simulators on the market today, what’s inside the device is what drives the user experience.

Getting an expert’s advice on indoor golf simulator software

Hunter Thomas is a Technical Support Manager here at The Indoor Golf Shop, bringing his vast knowledge and expertise to our clients who have questions about the many indoor golf simulator options.

A significant aspect of the indoor golf simulators we sell is the technology that’s built into them. It’s the software inside that creates the hours of fun, provides the years of memories, and promotes the lower scores that most golf simulator consumers seek.

“For the most part, every name you recognize in this market (and some you don’t) will offer their own driving range software that automatically comes with the system,” Thomas says. “Many will offer some type of golf course package with that software – but some do not.”

Thomas says that in addition to offering something unique in each of their driving range software packages, there are three companies that offer golf courses within their own software – Foresight Sports, Uneekor, and TrackMan. Whereas TrackMan is exclusively compatible with its own software, Uneekor owners can utilize and enjoy the features of the major third-party software systems. They also offer two golf course software packages, in addition to their free driving range features. As a general statement, each launch monitor has its own criteria for what third-party software it will work with. This is a topic that Thomas has to really explain to most consumers, as it’s not always clear and easy to understand.

What’s in the software?

Apologies for the confusion. Golf simulator software is a specific type of golf software that is used in conjunction with golf simulators, which are indoor setups that allow golfers to play and practice golf in a virtual environment. Here are some differentiating details you may find in golf simulator software:

  1. Course selection: Golf simulator software typically offers a wide range of virtual golf courses that users can play on. These courses may include famous real-world golf courses, fantasy courses, or fictional courses created specifically for the simulator software. The number and quality of courses can vary between different simulator software options.
  2. Realistic graphics and physics: High-quality simulator software aims to provide a realistic golfing experience by offering visually appealing graphics and accurate physics simulation. This includes realistic ball flight, terrain interaction, and environmental effects like wind and weather conditions.
  3. Multiplayer and online play: Some simulator software allows users to compete against others in multiplayer modes, either locally or online. This feature enables golfers to play with friends, participate in virtual tournaments, or even compete against professional players from around the world.
  4. Shot tracking and analysis: Golf simulator software often includes shot tracking capabilities, which measure various parameters of the golfer’s swing and ball flight, such as club speed, launch angle, spin rate, and shot dispersion. This data can be used for swing analysis and to provide feedback on the golfer’s performance.
  5. Practice modes and drills: To enhance skill development, golf simulator software may offer specific practice modes and drills. These can include driving range practice, target practice, short game challenges, and skill-building exercises tailored to different aspects of the game.
  6. Customization options: Some simulator software allows users to customize aspects of the virtual golfing experience. This can include adjusting course conditions like weather, course difficulty, and tee positions, as well as customizing the golfer’s avatar or equipment.
  7. Training aids and feedback: To assist with improvement, simulator software may offer training aids and feedback mechanisms. These can include swing analysis tools, instructional videos, swing comparison features, and recommendations for technique adjustments.
  8. Data tracking and performance history: Golf simulator software often tracks and stores performance data over time. This allows users to review their progress, track improvements, and identify areas for further development.
  9. Integration with hardware: Golf simulator software needs to be compatible with the specific hardware used in the simulator setup, such as launch monitors, projector systems, screens, and sensor technologies. The software should seamlessly integrate with these components to ensure accurate data capture and a smooth user experience.

It’s worth noting that different golf simulator software providers may offer varying features, quality, and user interfaces. The available options may range from entry-level software with basic functionalities to high-end solutions used by professional golfers or commercial simulator facilities.

Where’s the main difference?

With a majority of the software packages and hardware devices providing a lot of the same information (some do more than others as stated above), much of the distinction between them is in the aesthetics (the appearance) and the ease of use to the consumer.

“I ask people if they’ll be using the product strictly for game improvement or entertainment. That really helps determine the route we take with the sale,” Thomas explains.

When advising hard-core game improvement seekers (which usually means the driving range), Thomas suggests using the standard software package that comes with the launch monitor (FSX in the case of Foresight Sports). They’re not paying extra for any high-end golf courses that they won’t use anyway.

If they’re someone looking for a fun outlet to have in their basement or garage and enjoy with family and friends, the conversation gets a bit more in depth. Thomas will suggest a Uneekor device or another brand that gives them more golf course options. He’ll even suggest third-party software in this case to maximize the number of golf courses available to the golfer.

Some third-party golf simulator software options

Each of the third-party software option offer slightly different features that Thomas and his team explain to the consumer to ensure a happy customer during the buying process and long-after the golf simulator is installed.

The Golf Club 2019 Golf Simulation Software

⦿ Has a video game look and feel and offers over 150,000 virtual golf courses
⦿ Design your own course in just a few clicks
⦿ Practice and play 24/7

GSPro Golf Simulation Software

⦿ Designed to be a true to life golf simulator
⦿ Features include 4K graphics, realistic ball physics, and a growing online community of golfers
⦿ Create and play virtual golf courses created by others in the online community

E6 Connect Golf Simulation Software

⦿ The highest quality and most lifelike golf simulation software
⦿ Highly customizable
⦿ Ideal for practice, learning, or playing
⦿ Only software that works on an iPad

What’s in the data?

When it comes to the numbers – ball speed, club speed, etc. – most of the software packages provide similar data. Thomas says E6 Connect is a few data points short of the others, but its pros far outweigh this slight shortcoming.

“For the most part, you’re going to get the same 12-13 data points on clubhead and golf ball performance and response,” Thomas indicated. “It’s very customization, to where you can see only the data points that you’ve checked off in the settings, allowing you to focus on a few aspects of your game at a time.”

If you’re in the market for an indoor golf simulator, reach out to Hunter and The Indoor Golf Shop sales and service team to determine your needs and secure your little piece of golf heaven. This stellar technology will provide the ultimate indoor golf simulator experience every time you tee it up.

On The Tee With Ricky Gischer

If you’ve called our sales number, or sent a message through our website to request more information, chances are you’ve heard from Ricky G. That’s Ricky Gischer, and he’s one of our Golf Simulator Sales Representatives.

Now, in his second year with us, Ricky brings a wealth of golf knowledge to our sales and service team. His background in the game started when he first picked up a club as a high school junior. And that love of the game, that started back then, has taken him to some of the golf industry’s biggest equipment brands and in front of some of the game’s biggest stars.

Ricky found a little bit of stardom himself several years ago as a contestant on “Driver vs. Driver” – a reality TV show on the Golf Channel where golf club junkies and equipment engineers faced off in a battle for the best driver to be created and sold by Wilson Golf.

His career in the golf business is an interesting tale and it’s all of those years of experience that help put our customers at ease when working with Ricky. He knows the products, he knows the game, and he wants to find the very best options for every customer he interacts with.

Learn more about Ricky in this Employee Profile and when you give him a call, remember to ask him about those days on the road with some Texas music artists.


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FlightScope MEVO+ SIG8 Golf Simulator Package

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This golf simulator package pairs the SIG8 Golf Simulator Enclosure with the FlightScope MEVO+ 2023 Launch Monitor. This Package is currently $600 Off and includes the Golf Mat Extension for FREE. Designed for doppler units, like the MEVO+, the golf mat extension creates a flat & even surface between the unit and the ball.
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SkyTrak+ SIG10 Golf Simulator Package

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This golf simulator package pairs the SIG10 Golf Simulator Enclosure with the SkyTrak+ Launch Monitor. This Package is currently $750 Off and features the newest launch monitor from SkyTrak, the SkyTrak+.

Package Features:

✔ SIG10 Premium Enclosure & Screen
✔ SkyTrak+ Launch Monitor – Tracks Ball & Club Data, Use Indoors & Outdoors, Protective Case Included, Photometric & Doppler Based Unit.
✔ 15 E6 Simulated Courses , 15 WGT Simulated Courses
✔ Your Choice of Golf Mat or Flooring
✔ Panasonic VMZ51U Projector & Mount Included

Uneekor EYE XO SIG12 Golf Simulator Package

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This golf simulator package pairs the SIG12 Golf Simulator Enclosure with the Uneekor EYE XO Launch Monitor. This Package is currently $1,100 Off and includes the Protective Case for the EYE XO for FREE. Designed to protect your ceiling mounted unit, the eye xo protective cover shields your unit from errant golf balls, clubs, and tees.

Package Features:

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✔ Your Choice of Software
✔ Your Choice Of Golf Mat or Flooring
✔ Panasonic VMZ51U Projector & Mount Included

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FlightScope MEVO+ 2023 Edition Launch Monitor

10% Off Unit – Ends 06/19/23

Celebrating the PGA Championship, FlightScope is running a promotion for the MEVO+ and select software. The MEVO+ 2023 Edition released earlier this year, building on the success of the original MEVO+, the 2023 edition features an upgraded kickstand and new software options!

MEVO+ 2023 Features:

✔ Doppler Based Unit
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✔ 10 E6 Simulated Courses
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✔ Tracks Ball & Club Data
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Bushnell Launch Pro

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Uneekor EYE XO2

$2,000 Off Unit – Ends 06/30/23

Uneekor is running a spring promotion for the EYE XO2. Released earlier this year, the EYE XO2 builds on the EYE XO & QED to deliver the most premium indoor golf experience.

EYE XO2 Features:

✔ 3 High-Speed Cameras
✔ Larger Hitting Zone (28″ Wide x 21″ Deep)
✔ Ceiling Mounted
✔ Tracks Ball & Club Data
✔ Multiple Software Options

DIY Enclosures

DIY Golf Simulator Enclosures

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The DIY Golf Enclosure is perfect for the Do It Yourselfer who’s budget-minded and comfortable completing projects with their own tools and materials. Our DIY Golf Simulator Enclosures include all items from our SIG Enclosures except for the pipe framing.

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✔ 8′ x 8′
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