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How the Right Projector Can Perfect Your Full Swing Golf Simulator

  • BenQ
  • 2022-01-11
A guide to choose the best projector for your Full Swing pro-series SimTheater and feel like you are playing Torrey Pines – or play 13 sports including football, soccer, baseball, and even zombie dodgeball with ultimate realism.

 

Full Swing is the golf simulator system for data junkies, provides all the info you need to improve your game, and your best chance to play like Tiger Woods. It is the only simulator that combines infrared lightwave technology with high-speed cameras to show your real ball flight with no delay. Paired with a the right 4K laser projector, this golf simulator can deliver the most complete experience. 

What is the difference between golf simulation vs an actual course? DETAIL! Convince your eyes into believing you’re actually on the course, you have the best chance of being able to translate your golf simulation progress to the physical course.

How can I achieve course realism like you have never seen? Here is what is needed:

  1. High resolution so you can see all the divots, individual blades of grass, and water ripples while you watch the Masters in 4k and play the Masters in unison
  2. At least a 5000-lumen laser projector to balance the brightness of your image with the ambient light needed for Full Swing launch monitor
  3. Short Throw lens and digital correction tools for quick mounting and set-up
  4. Dustproof design to eliminate filter maintenance time and cost 

The purpose and usefulness of a golf simulator is to make your game better. You need to feel like you are there. Just like a home movie is not the same as going to the theater, you need to have a fully immersive experience that can only be accomplished with color accuracy and brightness from a 4K DLP laser projector. If you are looking for the best golf simulator software, you should be looking for the best projector that can deliver cinema-quality images for a hyper-realistic golf experience.

Do I choose WUXGA or 4K resolution for cinema quality?

In some applications, WUXGA is ok if old technology and replacing your projector is your endgame.  Full Swing’s patented dual-tracking technology is a game-changer, but only when paired with 4K resolution.  

To see all the course details when you play – you will need more than a regular projector.  The BenQ LK953ST is one of the only golf simulator projectors that can render all 8.3 million pixels from your simulator on your impact screen – showing every detail you paid for. The alternative resolution to a 4K UHD projector is the WUXGA resolution which displays just under 2.5 million pixels.  The larger your impact screen, the more important resolution is to enable the image realism that will make you feel like you are on the course. 

How bright does my golf simulator projector need to be for cinema quality images?

The light required for the Full Swing launch monitor cameras to see and track your ball and swing is significant. Most setups with a larger screen require a 5000-lumen laser projector. Here are some key things to consider when choosing between a lamp and laser projector for your Full Swing simulator:

  1. No On / Off Delay
    One of the biggest disadvantages of a lamp projector is the warm-up time. Traditional lamp projectors take much longer to heat up and cool down than a laser projector. When your time is important, you need your projector ready to go for a quick round before dinner. A laser projector will have you playing Pebble Beach instantly.

  2. Longer lasting brightness
    Almost 90% of projector buyers looking for high brightness choose lasers over lamps due to long-lasting brightness. Lamps lose their brightness in the first couple hundred hours and are unable to gain back their full brightness even when the lamp is replaced. 

  3. Cost of lamp replacement
    Buy right or buy twice. When purchasing anything you don’t want to have to replace parts. The cost of a replacement lamp can cost you as much as $500 plus installation. Higher brightness lamp projectors are notorious for lamp replacement and it’s not a matter of IF it will need to be replaced, but WHEN. A laser projector with a 20,000-hour life will look much brighter than a lamp projector after 3,000 hours of usage. 

Why is color accuracy important for perfecting your game?

If you’re on the course and come to a water hazard or bunker you feel a slight bit of anxiety. You need to feel that in your golf simulator. Full Swing’s golf software boasts they have the best graphics and the best courses, your game deserves the best - they are right. 

 

Good golfers notice every detail of the course and the best golfers crave the details. To achieve a realistic course image, you need a projector with the ability to meet Rec.709 color accuracy standards, and color tuning designed for golf. 

Projector Color Accuracy vs Brightness

Every company selling projectors will tell you brightness is a key factor for a high-quality projector. In reality, color accuracy is the holy grail to achieving course realism and to being sure you’re playing the game as the manufacturer intended.

Full Swing In-Game Image with Color Accuracy Full Swing In-Game Image with Brightness
Full Swing In-Game Image with Color Accuracy
In-Game Image with Brightness
Actual Course Image

What is your application?

Residential 

To transform your space into a golf destination you want. Full Swing’s golf simulator for the home will help redefine your home entertainment. You can pick from additional golf courses, multisport gaming, and swing analysis. BenQ’s LK953ST will make your SimTheater come to life whether you’re streaming the latest Netflix film with the family, watching the Masters in 4K, or your foursome is playing Torrey Pines.

Commercial

Unlock new revenue opportunities with an enhanced guest experience perfect for all ages and skill levels. Pair Full Swing’s multisport software with BenQ’s 4K laser projector for the ultimate interactive gameplay. Choose from 13 sports including football, soccer, baseball, and even zombie dodgeball. The full-length floor-to-ceiling projection will keep all your guests engaged.

 

Eliminate downtime.
BenQ goes through an extensive testing process to be sure our projectors can stand up to commercial settings. Every projector goes through an IPX dust resistance certification process to make sure your investment is reliable, low maintenance and keeps your business profitable. The LK936ST features a filter-free sealed optical engined that meets the IP5X dustproof rating.

 

Whether your application is residential or commercial, BenQ’s short-throw lens and image correction tools come standard and will get you up and running in no time.

What is needed for a pro-grade mounting and setup?

To have a pro-grade setup like this one – you will want a projector with a short-throw lens.   This enables you to mount the projector in a spot out of danger from flying clubs and balls and close enough to not cast a shadow on the screen.   In the past, a good projector required an expensive optional lens, but the latest golf simulation projectors, like the LK936ST, now have integrated short throw lenses that have a high-quality 4K picture and are less expensive.  

 

Both DIY’ers and professional installers appreciate the optical and digital correction tools such as lens shift, keystone, and other features such as digital shrink.  Lens shift enables you to move the image up and down or sideways.  Keystone corrects any tilt on the projector and digital shrink is ideal if you have to mount the projector further back to avoid the playing area – and then reduce the image size so it doesn’t spill over the edge of the impact screen. 

Dustproof projector eliminates filter cleaning

Generic golf simulator projectors typically require you to clean the projector filter – which is time-consuming and a hassle. The newest laser projectors from BenQ are completely sealed and certified dustproof.   This eliminates the risk of your projector shutting down due to a dirty filter in the middle of a game of Wolf.

What projector is right for your Full Swing simulator?

To achieve the perfect combination of family entertainment, golf simulation, and cinema-quality resolution, there is no substitute for 4K. BenQ’s SimTheater laser projector will be sure your Full Swing software achieves the cinema quality images it is capable of. If you are on a budget and not concerned with cinema quality there are a few laser projector options available.

 

BenQ
LU930

BenQ
LU935ST

BenQ
LK936ST

 

Mounting Location

BenQ
LU930

Ceiling / Cart

Ceiling

Short Throw

Ceiling

Short Throw

 

Brightness

BenQ
LU930

5000 Lumen

5500 Lumen

5100 Lumen

 

Resolution

BenQ
LU930

WUXGA

WUXGA

4K UHD

 

# of Pixels

BenQ
LU930

2.4 Million

2.4 Million

8.3 Million

 

Lamp Type

BenQ
LU930

Laser

Laser

Laser

 

Lamp Life

BenQ
LU930

20,000 hours

20,000 hours

20,000 hours

Want to Talk to A Golf Simulation Projector Expert?

BenQ has trained staff that can provide you with the tools you need to find the perfect golf simulator projector – within your room constraints and budget. Just give us a call – or send us a message with your room dimensions and we will make sure your projector fits in your room – and the latest specials we are running on golf simulator projectors. Or call us at 888-818-5888.