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A couple years ago, I built a 48x36 shop at my house and it has a pitched roof that is 12ft at the walls (I think) and runs up to 16ft in the middle. Over that time period, I have used it to do an engine swap on a truck that I had and we have one area where we wash cars. I have finished the swap on my truck and I am debating on using a large area (if not the majority) of the shop as a practice area and I wanted to get input from everyone here on the best setup. From the picture I have attached (it was a quick rendering, so don't beat me up too bad on it...haha) I have shown how the shop is setup. To make it somewhat easier to discuss, I broke it up into 4 quadrants. A is where I worked on the truck so that is where my tools and tool box and things stay. B is pretty much open and just houses the golf cart when it's home or whatever needs to just sit. C currently has a friend's race car sitting there but it will be leaving before long. I was just housing it for him. D has a drain in the floor and is where we normally wash cars. I have a television already hanging on the wall in quadrant C.  The original plan was to install a 4 post lift in A, but I think I am leaning more towards using that money for a simulator to install somewhere.  So what do you guys think?  How should I set the shop up for practice? Lets assume I want to have section A available for working on cars and section D available for washing cars. By available, I mean, any practice equipment that is in those areas could be easily moved to accommodate those requests. Nothing is definite really, so just throw whatever thoughts you have out there, please.

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That's tons of space. I would definitely use one area for a full swing bay. Get a good mat and a net. You should have enough room for a Mevo+ to get good readings. 

I would then set up a short game area in the other spot. You could buy or make a pretty large putting green. If you get another mat, you can do some chips and pitches in that area in addition to putting.

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@TN94z since it is such a simple drawing could you add labels to where things are like the drain and the television and post it as an embedded image.

I don’t think anyone had any trouble imagining a rectangle divided into four equally sized rectangles. 🙂

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6 minutes ago, DeadMan said:

That's tons of space. I would definitely use one area for a full swing bay. Get a good mat and a net. You should have enough room for a Mevo+ to get good readings. 

I would then set up a short game area in the other spot. You could buy or make a pretty large putting green. If you get another mat, you can do some chips and pitches in that area in addition to putting.

Agreed. I built it with a simulator in mind but kind of want to expand on that some now. I have all the wood working tools needed to build whatever, so that should be an issue. I actually have a friend that has a pretty big putting setup that he hasn't used in years. I am going to try and buy that from him.

3 minutes ago, iacas said:

@TN94z since it is such a simple drawing could you add labels to where things are like the drain and the television and post it as an embedded image.

I don’t think anyone had any trouble imagining a rectangle divided into four equally sized rectangles. 🙂

I can, yes. I just threw this together really quickly at work. I'll work on that at lunch

Haha...I only did that so when I was explaining things within my verbiage, it would make it easier than saying "the top right hand corner."

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Maybe that drawing will help some. The tv and drain are really the only fixed things in there at the moment. Obviously, the tv could be moved but that is where it currently hangs on the wall.

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Ideally, you would want 10+ feet from your hitting area to a net so devices like MEVO have enough room to read. Height is a factor too if you want to hit wedges. You could mount the TV on a side wall in area C to use as a monitor. If I read the OP correctly, C would be 24 deep and 16 feet wide with a 12ft height at the back. The net should be of the wall by a bit, let’s say a foot, so that leaves 11ft in area C for the set up. 

You could hang a net in the center line that is retractable, so the space can be opened up. You also would want a net in the ceiling and something on the floor so balls don’t bounce all over the place. The right wall may also want some protection from shanks down towards the end wall. All this would be perfect for something like a MEVO+ set up, which has simulations too.

I’m jealous! I hit outside in the winter and freeze my tail off!

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7 minutes ago, boogielicious said:

Ideally, you would want 10+ feet from your hitting area to a net so devices like MEVO have enough room to read. Height is a factor too if you want to hit wedges. You could mount the TV on a side wall in area C to use as a monitor. If I read the OP correctly, C would be 24 deep and 16 feet wide with a 12ft height at the back. The net should be of the wall by a bit, let’s say a foot, so that leaves 11ft in area C for the set up. 

You could hang a net in the center line that is retractable, so the space can be opened up. You also would want a net in the ceiling and something on the floor so balls don’t bounce all over the place. The right wall may also want some protection from shanks down towards the end wall. All this would be perfect for something like a MEVO+ set up, which has simulations too.

I’m jealous! I hit outside in the winter and freeze my tail off!

Something retractable is very interesting. Do you think it would be better to hit into a retractable net and display it on the tv as a monitor or invest in a hitting bay with a screen and just project it there?  Area C can be taken up by a permanent setup with no issue.

Mevo+ is really the direction I am thinking. My son is left handed so it would be much better than spinning a Skytrak constantly.

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37 minutes ago, TN94z said:

Something retractable is very interesting. Do you think it would be better to hit into a retractable net and display it on the tv as a monitor or invest in a hitting bay with a screen and just project it there?  Area C can be taken up by a permanent setup with no issue.

Mevo+ is really the direction I am thinking. My son is left handed so it would be much better than spinning a Skytrak constantly.

I mean since you have the space, the hitting bay with a screen and projector left permanently in that spot is going to be the most immersive option and your best bet for the long run IMO.

If you do the retractable screen and display it on a TV, I bet that after a while you will wish you went the projector route. 

You can always do both, display it on both the projector/hitting screen and the TV at the same time. You can pair it up with a computer as well and run one of the various golf simulator software options that the Mevo+ has available. 

I am in the middle of building a new house right now with a 3 car garage and when it is completed in the spring I will be going the Mevo+ route as well, but mine will be with a retractable screen and no projector since it will be in the garage.

A little off topic but @iacas (or anyone else) do you have any experience with any of the simulator software for the Mevo+ outside of the foresight apps? (Referring to like E6 Connect, Awesome Golf, Creative Golf 3D, TGC 2019, etc)

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40 minutes ago, TN94z said:

Something retractable is very interesting. Do you think it would be better to hit into a retractable net and display it on the tv as a monitor or invest in a hitting bay with a screen and just project it there?  Area C can be taken up by a permanent setup with no issue.

Mevo+ is really the direction I am thinking. My son is left handed so it would be much better than spinning a Skytrak constantly.

I think if you had the nets set up like curtains that you could pull back, it would make the area convertible. But permanent would work too. The back wall set up could be permanent like a simulator. 

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I joined a golf simulator forum on Facebook to get some reviews and ideas. I have read quite a few stating the Mevo+ is not very accurate indoors? What are your thoughts on this subject? Is it really inaccurate indoors? I didn’t really want Skytrak because I’m RH and Jacob is LH so we would have to turn it constantly. 

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2 minutes ago, TN94z said:

I joined a golf simulator forum on Facebook to get some reviews and ideas. I have read quite a few stating the Mevo+ is not very accurate indoors? What are your thoughts on this subject? Is it really inaccurate indoors? I didn’t really want Skytrak because I’m RH and Jacob is LH so we would have to turn it constantly. 

I've had no real issues with it indoors, though I typically hit into the longer bay that's about 30' of ball flight.

As you know I don't even really use the SkyTrak anymore.

And I'm going to test out the new RCT balls this week with the Mevo+ as well.

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On 10/24/2021 at 7:24 AM, TN94z said:

I joined a golf simulator forum on Facebook to get some reviews and ideas. I have read quite a few stating the Mevo+ is not very accurate indoors? What are your thoughts on this subject? Is it really inaccurate indoors? I didn’t really want Skytrak because I’m RH and Jacob is LH so we would have to turn it constantly. 

It's got to be better than the Skytrak, I would imagine. I think if you want something better than the Mevo+ indoors, you will probably have to look at the premium launch monitors.

Also, if I remember correctly, Mevo+ says you want 10 feet of ball flight. You should have enough room in that garage, from the drawings. 

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I am about to pull the trigger here but I have ran across a GC2 launch monitor at a really good price.  Any thoughts on the GC2 versus the Mevo+ ?

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12 minutes ago, TN94z said:

I am about to pull the trigger here but I have ran across a GC2 launch monitor at a really good price.  Any thoughts on the GC2 versus the Mevo+ ?

Wouldn't you have to switch the GC2 around each time for left/right handed swings since it's camera based? Isn't that what  you were trying to avoid?

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1 hour ago, klineka said:

Wouldn't you have to switch the GC2 around each time for left/right handed swings since it's camera based? Isn't that what  you were trying to avoid?

Initially, yes but it’s not a deal breaker over accuracy. 

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37 minutes ago, TN94z said:

Initially, yes but it’s not a deal breaker over accuracy. 

It's pretty old and without the HMT it's not going to give you a bunch of club data anyway, so… I'd stick with the Mevo+. With the Pro Package (eventually).

Here's your link: https://bit.ly/3vRSgot. 🙂

 

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5 minutes ago, iacas said:

It's pretty old and without the HMT it's not going to give you a bunch of club data anyway, so… I'd stick with the Mevo+. With the Pro Package (eventually).

Here's your link: https://bit.ly/3vRSgot. 🙂

 

I actually just read about the Pro package. That seems pretty promising.

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