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Ceiling Height for a Garage Golf Simulator | What You Need to Know Before Buying

Ceiling Height for a Garage Golf Simulator | What You Need to Know Before Buying

What's sufficient ceiling height for a garage golf simulator? Find out space specs for you and our best golf launch monitors and simulator equipment on PlayBetter.com.

Let's Talk Ceiling Height for Your Garage Golf Simulator

Plus Space Requirements for the Best Golf Launch Monitors with Simulation!

***Updated July 2023 to include new Launch Monitors & PlayBetter SimStudio Packages***

Got dreams of putting a golf simulator in your garage, but wondering if you've got the ceiling height to make that dream a reality? In this article we go over everything you will want to consider with regard to ceiling height in a golf simulator setup and more.

The minimum golf simulator ceiling height is 8.5-9 feet, although, depending on your height and your golf swing, 10 feet is a much more comfortable option.

You need to be able to swing fully and freely with no anxiety about hitting the ceiling. Furthermore, you need to consider the space requirements of all your simulator equipment and your golf launch monitor of choice.

Read on to get all the details you'll want to take into consideration when sizing up your space for your home golf simulator setup.

What Is the Ideal Garage Ceiling Height for a Golf Simulator?

In a nutshell, at least 10 feet is the ideal ceiling height in a garage golf simulator. Although, you might get by with 9 feet.

Several factors make a 10-foot ceiling height for your home golf simulator the best choice. First, most launch monitors with simulation require a minimum of 8.5-9 feet. Second, it will depend on your individual height and the height of anyone you might want to play with you in your home golf set up. If you or one of your pals has a high swing, you may be limited.

Another reason is that a lower ceiling could have the effect of causing you to flatten your swing, which would defeat the purpose of practicing to play better at home. It won't do much good to practice and play games on your home simulator if it negatively impacts your golf game. And if you want to be able to go full swing on those power shots with a driver—part of the justification for having a golf simulator at home—you don't want to be limited by your ceiling height. You’ll need the high point of your swing plus 6-12 inches of headroom to make comfortable swings.

Finally, at PlayBetter, we sell complete sim packages for several spaces and the recommended space requirements are as follows:

PlayBetter SimStudio10 Home Golf Simulator Package:

  • 10' Width
  • 8.5' Height
  • 5.3' Deep 

PlayBetter SimStudio12 Home Golf Simulator Package:

  • 12' Width
  • 8.5' Height
  • 5.3' Deep

PlayBetter SimStudio13 Home Golf Simulator Package:

  • 13' Width
  • 10' Height
  • 5.3' Deep

PlayBetter SimStudio13 Deep Home Golf Simulator Package:

  • 13' Width
  • 10' Height
  • 10' Deep

As you can see, the minimum space requirement for the 2 smaller enclosures is 8.5 feet, and the large ones are 10 feet. If you do have a smaller space, you can certainly make it work, if you don't think you'll be wary of the ceiling and adjust your swing because of your unease.

Check out our full collection of PlayBetter SimStudio packages for all spaces.

Things to Consider for Your Garage Golf Setup

  • How high do you swing? You’ll need the high point of your swing plus 6-12 inches of headroom to make comfortable swings.
  • Think about how high your friends who might be joining you swing as well.
  • What is the minimum ceiling height recommended for your golf launch monitor?
  • The space recommendations for your other simulator equipment, including impact screen, enclosure, and projector with an associated mount.
  • How anxious you are about hitting the ceiling with your backswing, or the possiblity of your swing altering because of a low ceiling.
  • A ceiling that is too tall could pose problems for mounting your projector.
  • The tallest components of your garage golf simulator: your swing, your projector mount, the outer boarder of your golf simulator enclosure.
  • How much room do you need to swing fully inside?
  • The absolute lowest ceiling height for a garage golf simulator is 8.5–9 feet, although most will recommend higher. A 10-foot ceiling height allows a more comfortable experience.
  • If it's in your budget, will it be worth it to raise your garage ceiling?
  • If you have the absolute minimum ceiling height in your garage golf simulator (8.5—9 feet), you could forego using full swinging with your driver and maximize your practice with fairway woods, irons, and wedges.
  • Remember to consider room length and width per your golf launch monitor recommendations. We give you these in the sections below.
  • The mounting position of your projector for you golf simulator will need to be positioned out of the way of your swing, in a place that won’t cast shadows on the screen.

    Ceiling Height for a SkyTrak+ Golf Simulator

    Turn after work, the winter season, or a random sick day into your own golfer's paradise with the SkyTrak+ golf launch monitor and home simulator. It's the first affordable practice, play, and entertainment simulator that provides realistic results that compare accurately to your actual shot-making ability. This ultimate at-home golf system connects easily and quickly to compatible iPads, Androids, and PC's via its built-in Wi-Fi hotspot!

    Golfer using a SkyTrak+ PlayBetter SimStudio in a basement

    Space Requirements for a SkyTrak Indoor Golf Simulator

    Per SkyTrak, as long as you have enough room to safely swing a golf club, you have enough room to use your SkyTrak+ system. This is an advantage over some other professional devices that require more space. (That's because it is camera-based—as well as radar-based now to add advanced club data).

    An open space that is about 10' x 10' and 9 feet high is recommended.

    If you opt for a PlayBetter SimStudio10 SkyTrak+ Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 10' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 10' putting grass surface.

    If you opt for a PlayBetter SimStudio12 SkyTrak+ Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 12' wide, 10' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 12' putting grass surface.

    If you opt for a PlayBetter SimStudio13 SkyTrak+ Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 10' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' putting grass surface.

    If you opt for a PlayBetter SimStudio13 Deep SkyTrak+ Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 10' high, and 10' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' putting grass surface.

    Not ready for a full home golf simulator package? Think about DIY-ing your garage golf simulator. Check out our more budget-friendly golf launch monitors:

    and pair them with an affordable Fiberbuilt Hourglass Golf Hitting Mat and a Net Return Home Series V2 Golf Hitting Net.

    For more details about the SkyTrak+ home golf simulator, check out the features in this golf launch monitor comparison chart from our partner at Yardstick Golf. Also, feel free to contact us anytime with questions! 

    Ceiling Height for a Garmin Approach R10 Golf Simulator

    At PlayBetter, we waited for Garmin to throw a serious hat in the launch monitor game. And the Garmin Approach R10 straight blew us away, most notably for its unprecedented price tag of only $600! The golf launch monitor side of it gives you a ridiculous amount of performance data parameters—including club path metrics only previously available in much more expensive models that are not realistically affordable for most golfers. Factor in the simulation available through Garmin's Home Tee Hero and E6 Connect, and this very affordable, portable, easy-to-use device is a no-brainer for folks on a budget or otherwise.

    The Garmin Approach R10 launch monitor pictured in front of the Rapsodo MLM2PRO, SkyTrak+, FlightScope Mevo+, and Bushnell Launch Pro

    Space Requirements for an Approach R10 Garage Golf Simulator

    You'll need to place the R10 unit 6-8' behind you and allow for 8'+ of space in front for ball flight measurements for a total minimum of 14' in an indoor space.

    If you opt for a PlayBetter SimStudio10 Garmin Approach R10 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 10' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 10' putting grass surface.

    If you opt for a PlayBetter SimStudio12 Approach R10 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 12' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 12' putting grass surface.

    If you opt for a PlayBetter SimStudio13 Approach R10 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 10' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' putting grass surface.

    If you opt for a PlayBetter SimStudio13 Deep Approach R10 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 10' high, and 13' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' putting grass surface.

    Not ready for a full home golf simulator package? Think about doing your garage golf simulator yourself. Check out our more budget-friendly portable golf launch monitors.

    You can pair them with an more affordable Fiberbuilt Hourglass Golf Hitting Mat and a Net Return Home Series V2 Golf Hitting Net.

    For more details about the Garmin R10 home golf simulator, check out the features in this golf launch monitor comparison chart from our partner at Yardstick Golf. Also, feel free to contact us anytime with questions! 

    Ceiling Height for a FlightScope Mevo+ Golf Simulator

    The unique FlightScope Mevo+ portable golf launch monitor, designed for serious golfers, adds simulation to the mix and doubles the data parameters of the Mevo. Conveniently portable (6.8" x 1.2" x 4.6"), this home launch monitor and simulator comes in at just under $1,999.00. Not only do you get 16 top-of-the-line, proven data parameters on the launch monitor side, but the Mevo+ offers simulation and gamification features to give you a robust home golf simulator experience.

    The FlightScope Mevo+ launch monitor with projector and golfer in the background swinging in a PlayBetter SimStudio

    Space Requirements for a Mevo Plus Home Golf Simulator

    Requires a space of at least 16'–8' from sensor to tee and 8' minimum distance to net/screen. (7' recommended for putting) and 10 feet of height.

    If you opt for a PlayBetter SimStudio10 FlightScope Mevo+ Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 10' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 10' putting grass surface.

    If you opt for a PlayBetter SimStudio12 FlightScope Mevo+ Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 12' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 12' putting grass surface.

    If you opt for a PlayBetter SimStudio13 FlightScope Mevo+ Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 10' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' putting grass surface.

    If you opt for a PlayBetter SimStudio13 Deep FlightScope Mevo+ Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 10' high, and 10' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' putting grass surface.

    Not ready to pull the trigger on a complete indoor golf simulator package? Consider pairing a FlighScope Mevo+ launch monitor with a Fiberbuilt Golf Hitting Mat and a Net Return Golf Practice Nets.

    For more details about the FlightScope Mevo Plus, check out the features in this golf launch monitor comparison chart from our partner Yardstick Golf. Also, feel free to contact us anytime with questions! 

    Ceiling Height for a Bushnell Launch Pro Golf Simulator

    Bushnell Golf has entered the personal launch monitor space with the Launch Pro. And they brought the big dawgs of golf launch monitor technology with them—Foresight Sports. Think about it ... Who's had their golf laser rangefinders in the hands of pros at the PGA Championship? That would be Bushnell Golf. And whose GC Quad launch monitor is often seen with practicing PGA Tour professionals? You guessed it, Foresight's. And these 2 highly trusted golf brands are bringing their top technology to a broader audience that need and want it most—average golfers.

    The Bushnell Launch Pro with a projector with a golfer swinging in a PlayBetter SimStudio in the background

    Space Requirements for a Bushnell Launch Pro Home Golf Simulator

    Ensure that you have 13 feet of depth to track ball flight, at least 6 feet of width, and enough ceiling height to safely swing your club.

    If you opt to pair your Bushnell Launch Pro with a PlayBetter SimStudio10 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 10' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 10' putting grass surface.

    If you opt for a Launch Pro with a PlayBetter SimStudio12 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 12' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 12' putting grass surface.

    If you opt to pair your Bushnell Launch Pro with a PlayBetter SimStudio13 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 10' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' putting grass surface.

    If you opt for your Launch Pro launch monitor with a PlayBetter SimStudio13 Deep Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 10' high, and 10' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' putting grass surface.

    For more details about the Bushnell Launch Pro, check out the features in this golf launch monitor comparison chart created by our partner Yardstick Golf. Also, feel free to contact us anytime with questions!

    Ceiling Height for a Swing Caddie SC4 Golf Simulator

    Voice Caddie unveiled a new golf launch monitor at the 2023 PGA Show and PlayBetter was there to check it out—and for the first time, Swing Caddie launch monitor has simulation! The Swing Caddie SC4 has simulator app integration for both iOS and Android. In simulator mode, the SC4 connects with the included MySwingCaddie app, providing a complete virtual display along with metrics and stats. To further enhance the simulator experience, this portable launch monitor with simulation is fully compatible with E6 Connect and its suite of photorealistic courses. Plus, it comes with a free simulator driving range demo.

    The Swing Caddie SC4 in front of the FlightScope Mevo+ and Rapsodo MLM2PRO

    Space Requirements for a Swing Caddie SC4 Garage Golf Simulator

    You'll need about 15 feet of space for indoor play. The SC4 unit should be placed 4-7 feet behind the ball.

    You will need to allow 10 feet between the ball and a net/impact screen, whether indoor or outdoor. 

    If you opt to pair your Swing Caddie SC4 with a PlayBetter SimStudio10 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 10' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 10' putting grass surface.

    If you opt to pair your Swing Caddie SC4 with a PlayBetter SimStudio12 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 12' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 12' putting grass surface.

    If you opt to pair your Swing Caddie SC4 with a PlayBetter SimStudio13 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 10' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' putting grass surface.

    If you opt to pair your Swing Caddie SC4 with a PlayBetter SimStudio13 Deep Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 10' high, and 10' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' putting grass surface.

    Not ready for a full home golf simulator package? Think about DIY-ing your garage golf simulator. Check out our more budget-friendly golf launch monitors:

    and pair them with an affordable Fiberbuilt Hourglass Golf Hitting Mat and a Net Return Home Series V2 Golf Hitting Net.

    For more details about the Swing Caddie SC4 home golf simulator, check out the features in this golf launch monitor comparison chart from our partner at Yardstick Golf. Also, feel free to contact us anytime with questions! 

    Ceiling Height for a Foresight Sports GC3 Golf Simulator

    For the one-time cost of the GC3, you can get everything that the Bushnell Launch Pro can do without subscribing to an annual software package.

    That means all of the ball data, all of the clubhead data, and all of the simulation functionality with one purchase.

    Space Requirements for a Foresight Sports GC3 Home Golf Simulator

    Space requirements for the Foresight GC3 are essentially the same as the minimum space requirements for the Bushnell Launch Pro. We recommend 13 feet in length, 10 feet width, and a minimum 9 feet of ceiling height.

    If you choose to pair your GC3 by Foresight Sports with a PlayBetter SimStudio10 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 10' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 10' wide putting grass surface.

    If you choose to pair your GC3 by Foresight Sports with a PlayBetter SimStudio12 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 12' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 12' wide putting grass surface.

    If you choose to pair your GC3 by Foresight Sports with a PlayBetter SimStudio13 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' wide putting grass surface.

    If you choose to pair your GC3 by Foresight Sports with a PlayBetter SimStudio13 Deep Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 8.5' high, and 10' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' wide putting grass surface.

    For more details about the GC3 by Foresight Sports, check out the features in this golf launch monitor comparison chart created by our partner Yardstick Golf. Also, feel free to contact us anytime with questions!

    GCQuad and GC3 by Foresight Sports golf launch monitors with simulation

    Ceiling Height for a GCQuad by Foresight Sports Golf Simulator

    There’s no disputing that the Foresight GCQuad is one of the most impressive pieces of golf tech. With a quadrascopic four-camera system, the GCQuad allows for a larger hitting zone, accurate putting analysis, and more clubhead data, including loft/lie, face angle, impact location, and closure rate when compared to the Launch Pro or GC3.

    Space Requirements for a GCQuad by Foresight Sports Home Golf Simulator

    Ensure that you have 13 feet of depth to track ball flight, at least 6 feet of width, and enough ceiling height to safely swing your club.

    If you opt to pair your Foresight Sports GCQuad with a PlayBetter SimStudio10 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 10' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 10' putting grass surface.

    If you opt for a GCQuad with a PlayBetter SimStudio12 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 12' wide, 8.5' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 12' putting grass surface.

    If you opt to pair your GCQuad by Foresight Sports with a PlayBetter SimStudio13 Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 10' high, and 5.3' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' putting grass surface.

    If you opt for your GCQuad launch monitor with a PlayBetter SimStudio13 Deep Golf Simulator Package, the enclosure is 13' wide, 10' high, and 10' deep. It also comes with a 5'x5' premium golf hitting mat and 13' putting grass surface.

    For more details about the GCQuad launch monitor, check out the features in this golf launch monitor comparison chart created by our partner Yardstick Golf. Also, feel free to contact us anytime with questions!

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