What Golf Simulator Do Pros Use?
Golf Simulators Used by PGA Professionals
Have you ever wondered what golf simulator tour pros use? Well, look no further. We put together a list of the top golf simulators used by professionals. Find out who uses what and see which golf simulators are 'tour worthy'!
Indoor/Outdoor Launch Monitor's
Foresight Sports GC2
Foresight Sports is a top contender amongst the pros. Especially in teaching and instruction world. Many top instructors use the GC2 including Butch Harmon, Michael Breed, and Martin Hall - who calls the GC2 a “must have” for those serious about improving.
Ricke Fowler is also a big supporter of Foresight Sports GC2 with a complete golf simulator setup at his home:
The GC2 is a portable launch monitor that can be taken on the course or used indoors for golf simulation. Numerous tour pros can be spotted using Foresight Sports GC2 during practice rounds and range sessions throughout the year.
Trackman is the top dog when it comes to tour roster. They boast a tour staff of over 350 players which is probably 5 times the nearest competitor. Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Justin Rose, among many many others use Trackman. If you watched any coverage of this year’s (2019) U.S. Open you may have noticed that Trackman’s were set up on every single tee box of the tournament. Like the GC2, many of the pros use Trackman strictly as a launch monitor rather than a golf simulator. But you can assume a decent handful have some sort of drool worthy golf simulator setup at home with the Trackman. Speaking of drool worthy things, here are Rory’s number’s on the Trackman with Driver:
Ben Crane is a user of Ernest Sports launch monitors and uses the ES14 during the offseason while playing and practicing. Outside of the PGA Tour, Ernest Sports launch monitor’s are used a healthy amount by coaches, PGA Professionals, club professionals, etc. Deb Vangellow, winner of 2012 LPGA instructor of the year and a part of Golf Digest’s America’s 50 Best Women Teachers, is an Ernest Sports user.
Built-In Golf Simulator's
Full Swing Golf
Full Swing Golf has become a tour favorite for in-home golf simulator set-ups. Tour pros such as Justin Rose, Jordan Speith, Jim Furyk, Jason Day, Brandt Snedecker, and Tiger have a Full Swing Golf Simulator in their home - or at least in one of their homes..Here's Jordan Speith being too good at golf using Full Swing and TruGolf's E6 software.
High Definition Golf
High Definition is another Golf Simulator used by a decent amount of tour pros. Bubba Watson, Fred Couples, Steve Stricker, and a number of other tour pros have one installed at home.
GOLFZON is a golf simulator company based out of Asia that has made it’s way to the United States. Kevin Na and Matt Kuchar both use GOLFZON. David Leadbetter is also a brand ambassador for GOLFZON simulators.
"The GOLFZON simulator experience is not only cool and fun but its realism is amazing. It will take you on an awesome golf escape right from your home."— GOLFZON (@officialgolfzon) April 30, 2019
-- PGA Tour professional, Kevin Na pic.twitter.com/7KKGySDEnF
Overall, Full Swing and High Definition golf probably have the most tour users in the built-in golf simulator category. In the indoor/outdoor launch monitor category, Trackman has the most tour user’s overall but most of the players use it strictly for numbers rather than golf simulation. If you want to use the most popular golf simulators amongst the pros then you better pull out your checkbook because these systems are not cheap. It will cost you at least $30,000 to install a Full Swing, High Definition, or TrackMan golf simulator in your home. And most likely more.
Foresight Sports GC2 and the Ernest Sports ES16 will be much more affordable for the average person. In addition, there are some other great golf simulators such as SkyTrak and OptiShot 2 that are much more budget friendly. If you’d like to learn more about the best golf simulators read our Best Golf Simulators guide. If you are wanting to own your own golf simulator and curious about how much golf simulators cost, or what things factor in to cost, then take a look at our How Much Do Golf Simulator's Cost guide.