First off, let me tell you, honestly speaking, I mean: I LOVE GOLF! Can’t do without it, can’t live without it! I am the sort of person who eats, drinks, and breathes golf, and that too with a vengeance. When me and my buddies get together for a round of indoor golf, nothing gets in our way. So allow me to expand upon this point of emphasis by saying that a year ago I managed to build a DIY home golf simulator alongside an enclosure and projector.
Of course, I didn’t exactly start from scratch. In fact, I had to order some of the raw and ready-made materials from some pretty well-known brand companies. Yet, the impact upon my wallet was not as much as it would have been had I bought it all in a pre-packaged form.
Here is my step by step guide on how to build a DIY golf simulator impact screen.
1. How to Build a DIY Golf Simulator Enclosure with Impact Screen
Provided you measure the space and prepare the materials in a suitable manner to fit the dimensions, everything will hopefully go as planned. A golf enclosure that has measurements of say 15′ x 10′ x 5 may be the perfect and golden ratio to consider. The materials may cost you much less than a grand. How is that for a golfer deal!
What a Golf Simulator Impact Screen is?
Basically, it consists of a fabricated material that is stretched tightly over a network of pipes. The whole structure is built in a piecemeal manner. Using tools you can fashion the most suitable screen and enclosure. Thus it will be ready to withstand the putting golf balls that strike it in a receptive way.
Benefits of Having a DIY Golf Simulator Impact Screen
The obvious benefit is that you save up on money. All the steps, from the construction to the fitting of the screen onto the scale-like device that stretches across the room, have to be seamlessly accomplished for the simulator setup. Giving the DIY enclosure last minute detailed trim work will take every ounce of effort on the part of the handyman (that would be you).
2. Materials Needed for Golf Impact Screen
List of materials required to build a DIY golf simulator impact screen
- EMT (Electrical Metallic Tube) Pipes that cost around a hundred bucks.
- A Pipe Slicing Machine that comes for $15 from Amazon.
- Connector Fittings which will set you back by about $50.
- Insulated Foam Lagging that costs the same as the previous item on this list.
- Tube Clips which come for $20.
- Tarp Clips which have a price tag of $15.
- High-Quality Bungee Cords that are yours for only a nominal $10.
Purpose of Different Golf Materials
The EMT pipes are meant to be cut in different lengths and attached to each other via the connector fittings. For this, the pipe slicing machine is to be used although with extreme care since we don’t want any injuries to occur. As previously said, the connector fittings allow the EMT pipes to dovetail into each other nice and easy thereby allowing the structural framework to be functional as well. Insulated foam lagging mainly lets the framework become more harmless in its nature. The golf balls or any other piece of equipment will probably bounce off the framework thanks to this insulation. As for the tube and tarp clips, they ensure that the screen is rigidly held on the structure in a safe and secure manner. Finally, the ball bungees allow stretchability so that no rips occur in the fabric.
3. Building the DIY Golf Simulator Enclosure Frame
This isn’t backbreaking work. You can do it in a jiffy provided you have the necessary ability and common sense to back it up with.
Step-by-step instructions for building a golf simulator enclosure and screen
The enclosure will be built in accordance with the space you have in reserve. As for the screen, it will consist of tarpaulin material and a net, and fabric. The enclosure should provide plenty of space for stray shots and not be cramped at all. If you find your confidence levels taking a nosedive by all means get professional help for building your screen.
Tips for ensuring the golf impact screen frame is secure and level
Basically, measure the room and do some pre-planning regarding the simulator screen. Guess the budget on a DIY level and go for every affordable option. Purchase the stuff you will need and build your own DIY impact screen very carefully. After constructing the outward frame, you will have to attach the screen to it with patience and diligence. Next come the net, fabric, and foam panels. Last, but not least, the last minute touches need to be gone into with painstaking attention to detail.
4. Attaching the Screen Material
Instructions for attaching the DIY golf simulator enclosure screen to the frame
This is done by trying to wrap the screen onto the pro golf enclosure. All loose ends are snipped off or folded into the extra spaces by means of the clips and holders. You wouldn’t want the screen to come loose in your hands. Make sure that it is taut yet has enough bounce back factor to prevent any future cuts in the fabric.
Tips for making sure the screen material is stretched tight and free of wrinkles
- See to it that the golf ball bounces off the golf simulator hitting area.
- There should be the least amount of noise when the ball hits the screen.
- Integrity and picture quality are major factors to keep in mind.
- The material of the screen could be polyester or sawdust mesh or kevlar for that matter.
5. Adding Projections
Options for adding golf simulation projections to the impact screen
If you decide to have a projection for a screen, the ball may damage this fragile piece of equipment. It is better to have a screen that will absorb the impact of the many golf balls that will strike it with the passage of time.
How to connect the projector to the computer running the golf simulator
You will need to connect the tracking system, the golf simulator software on the computer, and the projector all together to get the best experience of playing indoor golf. The tracking system can be SkyTrak, Uneekor or FlightScope. There are several choices in software as well. As for the projector, well, it is best purchased since you won’t have the skills to construct one out of scratch. Optoma or BenQ are the two best ones. A launch monitor helps in the end.
6. Testing and Adjustments
You will need to road test your golf simulator screen to make sure it is working well. With time, it will be able to withstand the impact. So the best strategy is to foolproof it against any future harm.
Recommendations for testing the DIY hitting screen
Practice often on the finished product. This way you will get feedback regarding how tough or weak it happens to be. Notice the tensile strength it has and make sure that nothing gets in the way of you having a fine and workable screen. Mind your spaces and see to it that everything remains within your or anyone else’s comfort zone.
Tips for maintaining and cleaning the impact screen
When you’re hitting golf balls on the screen, dirt may accumulate with time. OxyClean is one such agent which could possibly clean the screen with efficiency and surety. Also, a mild dishwashing soap can double as a screen cleaner. Ensure that the clubs and balls are clean too for maximum hygiene.
There are so many benefits of a DIY golf simulator screen. First off, it may be raining or snowing outside but you can happily putt away on your home simulator to your heart’s content. Also, it may be blistering hot outside but you can cool down inside your home simulator environment via portable air conditioners. Next with a home simulator, you may choose your own schedule to have some golf time. You won’t be bound by any club rules or restrictions. Besides practicing in the real world, you can privately give it a shot and thereby supplement your game. Finally, if you have a vacant garage or basement, a golf simulator screen is the best way of utilizing it. There is, of course, the money element that we have gone into before. (read our guide on indoor golf simulator business) Golf simulators are like pieces of VR equipment and if you can construct one yourself, well, you have definitely got a good thing going.
Before parting, I would like to recommend Apex Mills with their professional golf impact screens. These are simply the best and you would be taking the right step by opting for one. They are cool, classic, and rugged in their composition.
So that is all for today. Until next time, bye bye and happy putting in private.