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What Are the Three Best Projectors for a TruGolf Professional Simulator System?

  • BenQ
  • 2021-11-23

Here is how to choose the best projector for your TruGolf professional simulator for the most realistic experience when either playing Troon – or trying to win the World Series with the E6 Multisport games.

TruGolf is one of the market-leading golf simulator systems and uses a patented series of optical sensors and sonic triangulations to track your clubhead and ball flight.   Now that their E6 golf software platform can render your course in true 4K resolution  – what is the right projector to match with this setup so you can have the best golf simulator experience in your home?   Here is what you want to look for in selecting a premium projector for your simtheater:

1.       A 5000-lumen laser projector

2.       High resolution so you can see the details on your courses – and watch golf in 4K

3.       Color accuracy for a realistic rendering of the grass, clouds, and water hazards

4.       Short Throw lens and digital correction tools

5.       Dustproof design to eliminate filter cleaning

Why do you need a 5000 lumens laser projector?

The optical sensor system used by TruGolf requires a lot of light for the overhead launch camera to see and track your club and ball.  Most setups with a larger screen use a 5000-lumen laser-powered projector.   Here are the three key differences between a traditional lamp and a cutting-edge laser projector for you to consider with your TruGolf simulator: 

#1 Instant On / Off

One of the biggest advantages of a laser projector is that it turns on instantly – just like your TV.  Traditional lamps require a warm-up period and a cool-down period after shut-off.   Laser projectors enable you to just drop in and hit a quick bucket of balls.  

#2 They stay brighter longer

Nearly 90%  of high brightness projector buyers choose a laser over a lamp because it stays brighter longer. A traditional lamp starts losing brightness in the first few hundred hours - and will only be displaying 2500 lumen when it is replaced.   By contrast – a laser projector with a 20,000-hour life will look much brighter than a lamp projector after the same 3000 hours. 

#3 Replacement lamp Costs

The cost of replacement lamps – and the hassle of installing them – is getting are more expensive.  High brightness projector lamps don’t last as long as lower brightness models – and a replacement lamp can cost as much as $500 plus installation – assuming you can find one if the projector is discontinued.   

WUXGA or 4K resolution?

Foresight’s FSX’s premium courses enable you to play the best courses in the world in ultra-realistic 4K UHD resolution.  This technology enables you to see the details of the wall of Hells Bunker as well as the spray created from the crashing waves at Pebble Beach #7 for the ultimate in a realistic simulator.   

 

To see these details when you play – you will need more than a generic projector.  The BenQ LK936ST is one of the only golf simulator projectors that can render every one of the 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.  Remember, the larger your impact screen – the more important resolution is to enable the image to look realistic

Color accuracy for realistic E6 golf courses

Good players notice the details in every hole.  The best golf simulators render every detail on the course with true and accurate colors.   While a home cinema projector will specify color accuracy, most 5000 lumen projectors never mention this in their specifications.  Why?  Many of these projectors are designed for brightness instead of color accuracy and buying a generic projector based on brightness is like buying a stock car and expecting a tuned car performance. You will have the same guts, but lack the expert tuning that makes it race-worthy. 

 

The result is an image that is bright enough to fill your impact screen – but without compelling realism.  The best projectors for a GCQuad use a 10-bit color processing system capable of creating over 1 billion colors – and disclose the color accuracy to industry standards such as Rec. 709.   You can also find projectors in this class that has the same DLP color technology used in digital cinema.

Look for a short throw lens and image correction tools

To have a 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 – but also in a way where the player doesn’t cast a shadow on the screen.   In the past, a good projector required an expensive optional lens, but the latest golf simulation projectors now have integrated short throw lenses that have a great 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 for 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. 

A dustproof projector that eliminates filter cleaning

Traditional golf simulator projectors typically require you to clean the projector filter – which can be a hassle. The latest 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 Trugolf simulator setup?

To get the right projector for your Trugolf simulator, here are several good laser projector models at a variety of price points and mounting positions that will help you have the most realistic experience whether you are playing Pebble Beach, or using one of the other E6 interactive packages such as baseball, soccer, or wild west shooting. 

 

BenQ LU930

 BenQ LU935ST

BenQ LK936ST

 

Mounting Location

BenQ LU930

Ceiling / Cart

 BenQ LU935ST

Ceiling/ Short Throw

BenQ LK936ST

Ceiling/ Short Throw

 

Brightness

BenQ LU930

5000 Lumen

 BenQ LU935ST

5500 Lumen

BenQ LK936ST

5100 Lumen

 

Resolution

BenQ LU930

WUXGA

 BenQ LU935ST

WUXGA

BenQ LK936ST

4K UHD

 

# of Pixels

BenQ LU930

2.4 Million

 BenQ LU935ST

2.4 Million

BenQ LK936ST

8.3 Million

 

Lamp Type

BenQ LU930

Laser

 BenQ LU935ST

Laser

BenQ LK936ST

Laser

 

Lamp Life

BenQ LU930

20,000 hours

 BenQ LU935ST

20,000 hours

BenQ LK936ST

20,000 hours

 

Est. Street Price

BenQ LU930

$2399

 BenQ LU935ST

$3999

BenQ LK936ST

$5499

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.