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Choose the Right Projector for a Vaulted Ceiling Golf Sim Room

A golf simulator helps you improve your game in terms of ability, consistency, and skill, but there’s a lot to fit when setting up a golf simulator, from launch monitor and impact screen to projector. And among these, a good projector is the essential heart of a home golf simulator, bringing the experience to life on-screen. Golf simulators can be built in a wide variety of environments and locations. There are no specific types of environment that must be used or avoided, but there may still be some limitations that could affect your choice of projector and its placement, for example when thinking of ceiling mounts.

How to Correctly Measure the Height of Vaulted Ceiling

The ideal ceiling height for a golf simulator is about 9ft. Anything less than 9ft will be a bit tight. Also, the ceiling is an important structural element of the room that dictates some aspects of your golf simulator construction. The shape of the ceiling can create challenges. Ideally, the ceiling should be high enough and flat, but this is often not the case. Many simulators are constructed in rooms with pitched roofs and vaulted ceilings. If there is a vaulted ceiling with beams running across the room, when considering the size of your impact screen and your projector position, measurements should be taken from the floor to the beam, as well as the distance between the beams rather than just floor-to-pitch and floor to top of wall measurements. This is because the projected image is almost always rectangular. In this instance, there will be a ‘blank’ triangular or trapezoidal space above the screen that cannot be projected onto. For example as shown below, though the center (maximal) height of the vaulted ceiling is 11ft, the correct height for a simulator should be at the edges of the roof, or about 9ft.

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An additional consideration for a golf simulator environment should be any pipework, pillars, or protrusions that could make it difficult to set up the simulator in that area. While there may seemingly be enough height in the room from floor to ceiling, a pipe or ducting may result in the simulator ceiling not being high enough or needing to be constructed in a different way. For all of these situations above, you may very possibly need a projector with wide installation flexibility that can be mounted off-center.

Important Projector Features for Your Vaulted Ceiling

As you can see at times, you need to mount your projector higher or to the side of the playing area. When a projector needs to be mounted off-center due to obstructions or obstacles, you'll usually need a short throw projector that offers sufficient vertical and horizontal lens shift to align the image relative to the screen, or keystone adjustment to square off the picture when the projector is sufficiently far off to the side.

Lens Shift

Good lens shift is applied through the optics of the projector. The mechanism is typically more expensive than digital alternatives, but the geometry of the image doesn’t get distorted. Image clarity and sharpness are not compromised. If your projector has vertical and horizontal lens shift functionality, you can move the lens assembly up and down and, left and right , with a physical knob. Lens shift requires a more complex optical design, so projectors that have the feature are usually on the higher end like the BenQ LK936ST 5100-lumen 4K laser short throw projector, and also have overall better specifications, such as higher brightness or an all-glass lens to improve quality and durability.

Keystone Correction

Another option is keystone correction, which plays an important role for installation flexibility when your projector has no lens shift support. When the projector has been ceiling mounted off-center from the screen, it may result in a trapezoidal shape. This happens when a projector is not perfectly in line with the screen. In those cases, keystone can help change the image back to an even, rectangular shape.

Basically, both lens shift and keystone correction greatly enhance installation flexibility when the projector is placed off-center from the screen, helping you build your golf sim easily and quickly. Pay attention to these features and their availability when choosing a projector for your home golf setup to help ensure you get the best results.

Want to Talk to a Golf Simulator Projector Expert?

BenQ has trained staff to help you find the perfect golf simulator projector – within your room size and budget. To help you make the best decision, you can reach out to one of our experts to set up anything from a chat to a complete online demo, to help you find the right projector for your needs.