Spornia Golf Simulator 7-Step Buying Guide & Set-Up Examples

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Until now you needed a permanent, dedicated space at home for a simulator set-up - not to mention a deep wallet!

With your portable and affordable Spornia Golf Simulator, you can set-up in under five minutes, play 18 holes at the Old Course and then pack it away in even less time.

This level of convenience means you don’t need a dedicated space to set-up — although of course you can leave it up permanently if you prefer.

The total cost to set-up your Spornia Simulator will be around £1k to £2.5k (with the higher end mainly depending on how much you spend on a projector), compared to anywhere from £2.5k to £50k for alternatives.

Simulator Checklist - What You Need:

 

  1. Net & Space Requirements

  2. Driving Range Mat

  3. Launch Monitor & Simulator

  4. Display Device - Projector?

  5. Target Sheet (optional: only if you're using a projector)

  6. Simulator Software

  7. Safety Netting (optional)

 

1. The Net - Spornia SPG-7 or SPG-8

 

Your choice of net will depend on your budget and the amount of space you have. 

SPG-8 is bigger, stronger and heavier but more expensive. The original SPG-7 Spornia net is also a great option. 

Space Requirements:

Ceiling height

  • Ideal height is 3.0m (10 ft), but depending on the height of player/s and clubs, you may get away with 2.7m (9 ft). 
  • Lower ceilings such as 2.4m (8 ft) mean you probably won’t be able to use a driver (again, depending on the player's height).

Room width

  • Minimums: 2m to 2.4m
  • SPG-7 dimensions = 2m wide x 2m deep x 2.1m high
  • SPG-8 dimensions = 2.4m wide x 2.4m deep x 2.5m high

Room length

  • Minimums: around 5-6m (16-18 ft)
  • SPG-7: 2m for the net, 1.5m for the driving mat, 1m for driver swing behind the mat = 4.5m.
  • SPG-8: Add another 0.4m to the above measurements = 4.9m.
  •  If you add the Garmin Approach R-10 to your set-up, it should be 1.8m - 2.4m (6-8 ft) back from the ball. Assuming the ball is in the middle of your mat:
    • For the SPG-7 you need 2m + 0.75m + 2.4m = 5.15m.
    • For the SPG-8 add another 0.4m = 5.55m.

 

2. The Mat

 

 

Once you're set-up with your golf simulator you’ll be using it a lot, so get a practice mat that can take a beating and will last for years. 

We recommend a full-sized, high quality driving range quality mat such as the Spornia Academy Commercial Mat.

 

 

 3. Launch Monitor & Simulator

 

Spornia recommends and sells the Garmin Approach R10 

The Garmin has been rated the #1 personal launch monitor (with golf simulation capabilities) under £500, but it's always worth doing your research.

Check out our article on Garmin Approach R10: Portable Launch Monitor Set-up Tips for more details.

Another good option is the Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor (MLM) 2 Pro.

If you're not sold on the Garmin Approach R10, here are a few articles which review the best portable launch monitors (*Note: not all products reviewed have golf simulation capabilities):

Golfstead: 8 Best Golf Launch Monitors Under $1000 – 2023 Reviews & Buying Guide

Breaking 80: Best Golf Launch Monitors of 2023: 8 Amazing Options

 

 

4. Display Device

 

 

Once you've got your launch monitor connected, you'll need a device to display your results. Options include:

  • your mobile phone
  • an iPad or tablet
  • your laptop or computer
  • a TV monitor screen

 

Using one of these is a great way to get started, but the disadvantage is that you'll need to look across to them after your shot to see results. 

If you want the ultimate golf simulator experience, you'll need a projector and a Spornia White Target Sheet

For projector recommendations and resources, check out our Golf Simulator Projector Buying Guide

 

5. Target sheet

 

Projecting directly onto a Spornia White Target Sheet hanging from your net is an immersive experience - hitting shots directly onto the course or range, seeing the ball in flight and landing (hopefully on the fairways and greens!) - then checking and correlating all of your shot data metrics.

*Note: While our White Target Sheets are square with a 1:1 aspect ratio, many projectors have an aspect ratio of 4:3 or 16:9. You’ll need to adjust your projector and/or source settings to capture full simulator images on your white target sheet. 

Refer to the 'aspect ratio' section of our Golf Simulator Projector Buying Guide for more details.

And here are our White Target Sheets.

 

 

6. Simulator Software

 

To turn your launch monitor into a simulator, you will need to subscribe to or purchase a simulator software program.

There are a number of options, including:

Garmin Golf App and Home Tee Hero (which both come pre-installed with the Garmin R10). You can check out Golf Magics detailed review here

Our #1 recommendation based on feedback from our customers is Awesome Golf. It’s a video game type of simulator, with fun graphics, cool games and an awesome Coaching Mode. 

If your focus is game improvement and getting the most out of the Garmin Approach R10 this is a great, relatively affordable option. However, Awesome Golf doesn't include renditions of real-life courses - it offers 4 virtual courses to play. 

If you want more realistic imagery we recommend other options such as GSPro v2, or for top 100 courses check out GSPro v2 or E6 Connect.

But for overall accuracy, pricing and enjoyment it's hard to beat Awesome Golf.

Awesome Golf’s pricing - After the 14 day free trial (which we recommend before you buy), you can pay £14.99 Monthly, £149.99 yearly or £349.99 for a Lifetime membership.

  1. Safety netting (optional)

Adding a pair of Spornia side extension nets provides some additional peace of mind - there's always a chance of balls flying off in unintended directions.

If you have a brick or concrete wall behind your simulator set-up and want to add a complete layer of protection, we recommend purchasing a large piece of sports netting for the back wall. It doesn't need to be heavy duty netting as it should only capture the occasional stray shot.

 

Putting it all together

Well done - you’ve survived information overload! Now for some inspiration to set-up up your Spornia home golf simulator. 

VIDEO: David Maxfield: Garmin R10 Lounge Room INDOOR Golf Simulator Set-up

VIDEO: David Maxfield: Garmin R10 - You Need This Golf Net ASAP!!

Spornia Golf Simulator Customer Photos:

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What do I need to set up the simulator? Click here

How much space do I need?Click here

Can I run the simulator through my laptop? Click here

What type of projector do I need? Click here

What can I do on the Garmin R10? Click here

Customer Reviews

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Excellent golf net and mat

Very good quality product. Was kept informed during the shipping process and overall happy with buying from Spornia

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Tri Turf Mat
IAIN GRIFFIN
Tri Mat

Good quality and excellent addition to my set up. Fast delivery

Side net

Excellent

High handicap golfer

Bought with intention of improving all aspects of my game.Its cuts down on trips to range, great quality and very happy with purchase. Thank you

Great net & mat, extra shank nets not so

The mat is really good, the net is well made, is quick to put up and down and works really well, the only downside side is the extra shank protective nets which I purchased with the set don’t work all the time , unfortunately they are not high enough to prevent/catch a bad high shank, as a result x2 shanks did go over the fence into next doors garden, so have had to make a high screen using a sheet on our clothes line to catch the odd high shank.

Great product and great customer service

I've been using the net now for over 10 months. It's easy to put up and down, and looks like new. I had an issue but was quickly resolved - great customer service. Would highly recommend the net and the company.

Spornia SPG-7 Golf Practice Net

Side Net Extensions - 2 Sizes. (XL)

Purchased together with my Spornia SPG - 8 net. Even though the SPG -8 net is large enough to catch all my golf shots, I wanted that extra peace of mind in case I hit a stray shot, which is always possible, especially when training to make changes or helping my boys with their golf development. I believe it’s a must purchase and am pleased I bought it. The side nets are the same quality as the main net and attach via Velcro at key positions. It works very well, in my opinion.

As my hitting mat currently sits in stone slabs, I’m unable to tent peg the tips of the side net securely into the ground. However, a sand filled bag sitting on top of the side net tips is enough to secure them and keep them taught.

As a design development idea, Spornia could add an integrated “longer tie up” solution for an alternate securing solution.

Finally, It would be nice to have an internal storage pocket in the main SPG-8 carry bag for these side nets and other accessories. Just a thought.

Not a good experience

J
Spornia Golf Simulator Bundle #2: SPG-8 Net + Spornia Academy Commercial Mat + Garmin Approach® R10
J.C.

Not a good experience

Spornia SPG-8 Golf Practice Net - XL Edition

This is an outstanding product which fully delivers on its promise. Not only that, the customer service and friendly communication matches the quality of the product and made the whole experience a pleasure from start to finish. I’m using the Spornia net every day and simply love it! Thank you.

The set-up looks great Stefan! Thanks for such a positive review of the products, it's fantastic that you've had a positive experience with our customer service as well. We love hearing that your net has become a daily essential for you!
Regards, The Spornia Team

Impressive bit of kit

Have to say I am very impressed with this. Well designed, durable good quality materials and easy to set up. Can't think of any negatives. Glad I went for the SPG-8 over the smaller version as it accommodates my occasional shank !.

Highly recommended 5 stars

Thanks Andrew! We're very happy to hear that your purchase has exceeded your expectations and thank you for your recommendation. Good to see the side extension nets are coming in handy as well!
Regards, The Spornia Team

5 star

Good quality product accompanied by top quality communication. Essential in gaining the well deserved 5 star rating.

Thank you, David! We're thrilled that you appreciate both the quality of our product and our top-notch communication. We appreciate the 5 star review!
Regards, The Spornia Team

Side extension nets

Bought these for my garage set up 'just in case'. Found that I don't actually need them. I did put them on to how they fitted and it was fine.

Thanks for the positive review Nicholas! Can never be too safe in case of those errant shanks. It sounds like you are striking them well which is great to hear. Happy practicing!
Regards, The Spornia Team

Great Quality Net and Mat

I had a cheaper net that I bought on ebay during the pandemic but only lasted 6months.This net from Spornia is built to last...As you take it out the box you can tell the quality... You get what you pay for at the end of the day...

Thank you, Gary! We're pleased to hear that our net and mat's quality has made a positive impact and we appreciate your recognition of their durability. We hope you continue to enjoy your home practising with your purchases.
Regards, The Spornia Team

Awsome net, Awsome customer service service

Title says it all really. I originally bought the 7 and wanted bigger. I had a hassle free swap with no postage or restocking fee. What a great company. The net itself goes up and down so quick,it's part pop up, part poles but you don't need to wrestle it to get it back in the bag. Thanks very much.

Thanks for such a positive review! It's fantastic to know you find our net awesome and we're pleased that our customer service met your expectations during the swap from SPG-7 to SPG-8 net. The home set-up looks great!

Does the job with spg 8 net

Makes the spornia net a viable simulator. Easy to fit. I have hit about 50 balls so far. Doing the job.

Hi Pete, your set up looks great! Hope you continue to enjoy your purchase. Happy practicing!

Very solid net - has caught all my shanks so far!

Had a decent pop-up style net before but the Spornia has a much neater form factor, making the best use of space.
The return function is useful for collecting up balls quickly, allowing yoou to use less balls which is important if you are using the expensive RCT balls.
The side net has caught all my shanks so far, and as this type of net is most useful when trying to make swing changes, there will be a few of these !

Thank you, Andrew! We're pleased to hear your Spornia net and the return function are making a positive difference in your practice, and we appreciate your feedback on the effectiveness of the side net for catching shanks. Happy practicing and we hope you are seeing improvement in the swing changes each net session.
Regards, The Spornia Team

Well finally got to open the box and check out the
S P.G.7 golf net.
As proper men do we don't bother with instructions just get on with it took me a tad over 5 min to put it up.

I had some RCT balls hit about twenty shots all good to me same yardages as I was getting down the range earlier on that day.
Stu a very happy bunny.
Her indoors said don't forget we are going out soon .
So started to try and reassembly the net after 20 min still no joy looked at the instructions after another 20 minutes checked out a video followed it reassembled it a tad under 2 minutes.
Her indoors piped up I see you not a proper man then!!

Brilliant bit of kit now I have now ordered the mat cannot tell you how much this will save me by not going to the range ..
Excellent cheers stu.

Hi Stuart,
Glad to hear you are loving your net and have even purchased the mat as well! It sounds like the video and instructions were helpful in the end which is great. I'm sure you've got the hang of it now and will be setting up and taking down your net in short time in the future.
Hope you are striking them well, happy hitting!
Regards, The Spornia Team

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Side Net Extensions - 2 Sizes
Filippo Mazzarella
New golf net

Love this net. Had a few in my time and this is by far the best. Only criticism is the ball went through the net(corner)on a few occasions. Not a shank but a slight miss hit so keeping eye on it Bought the 2 side nets so may use spare one to cover the right corner

Thank you, Filippo. We're thrilled to hear that our net stands out as the best for you. We appreciate your feedback about the corner issue and using the spare side net for added coverage is a smart solution. We hope you continue to love your net and if you ever have more insights to share, we'd love to hear them!
Many Thanks, The Spornia Team

Excellent Net

I got this last week. It's quick and easy to put up and have it in my garage. Love the net and already starting to see an improvement in my game due to practicing more often. Very happy indeed.

Hi Nicholas, we're thrilled to hear that you're already experiencing improvements in your game with our net and we appreciate your positive feedback. We hope to hear more about your game continuing to flourish!

The Spornia Team

FANTASTIC net and AMAZING customer service

My husband is over the moon with the Net, he says it’s fantastic. I bought this for him as a gift and I must say, I have never experienced such wonderful customer service! I would 100% recommend them to anyone thinking about buying from this company!

Thank you, Charlotte! We're delighted to hear that your husband is overjoyed with the net and we appreciate your kind words about our customer service. It was our pleasure to assist you!

Regards, The Spornia Team

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Tri Turf Mat
Adam Gadd
Tri Turf Mat

Great quality mat with three different surfaces.
Easy to fold up aswell.

Thanks for the positive review Adam, we hope you are getting great enjoyment out of it and improving your game over the different types of surfaces!

The Spornia Team

Spornia 7

Have to say this net works extremely well, easy to put up once you've done it a couple of times, packs away just as easily and takes roughly 5 minutes with two of us now. Bought sides nets which work well and the actual net takes a driver easily, ball return also works well.
Haven't got any negatives to say currently having owned since Christmas and i think it is really good value for money.

Hi Lee,
We're thrilled to hear about your positive experience with our net and it's fantastic to know that the setup, functionality and value for money have met your expectations. We appreciate your support and positive feedback!

The Spornia Team