So many avid golfers want to save up on some extra cash by building their own golf hitting mat from scratch (see my article titled: Champkey Golf Mat Review).
This requires many things, as I learned first hand. An artificial turf material is a necessity. Also, creating a hole in it for the tee is a must.
But let me tell you one thing. I constructed a hitting mat within a budget of approximately a hundred bucks.
Sure, it required a piece of plywood and a rubber sheet, not to mention a cut-out patch of carpet, but it sure paid off in the end in the form of saved money.
In this article, we’ll cover how to build a DIY golf hitting platform, so read on to learn more
What is a Golf Hitting Platform?
A golf hitting platform comes in handy in the case of an indoor golf simulator. Basically, you will need to cut out a rectangular area from the turf and replace it with other materials to form the hitting platform.
The only drawback of a home-made platform is that it may not last as long as one bought from the commercial market.
The basic need this write-up fills is that of a person who is a little strapped for cash. This common man will need to economize so his every action in building a golf-hitting platform will be thrifty and well thought through.
Materials Needed to Make a Home-Made Golf Hitting Platform
Among the materials that are required for making this part of an indoor golf simulator may be included: sheets of high-quality plywood, foam insulating material, floor tiles, a large piece of carpet, and last but not least an insert the size of a regular mat.
There are choices that allow the total budget to remain within the proverbial hundred bucks range give or take a few dollars.
The prices of the materials amount to $33 for the plywood, $21 for the foam insulation, $23 for the floor tiles, $12 for the carpet patch, and finally, $14 for the mat insert.
Designing the Platform for Golfers to Practice on Golf Simulator
In designing the platform, you will need a measuring tape that can tell inches from centimeters, a strong glue, a rubber pad, astro-turf, and a golf ball to practice on the golf mat.
The base is best made of wood, concrete, or floor tiles (check out the write-up bearing the title: DIY Golf Simulator Flooring).
It is you, the maker, who will determine the size of the platform in the final analysis. One thing to be careful of is to make sure that the platform doesn’t rise above or sink below the golf player’s shoes in matters of height.
It is best to chalk out a plan or a rough sketch before you go ahead and construct the whole thing from its component parts.
How to Make a Golf-Hitting Platform
While buying a golf platform will cost around $200 to $1000, the one you make at home, as I said before, will cost no more than $100.
You start out by applying glue to either side of a foam insulator and sticking two pieces of plywood, one on either end. This makes a sandwich of sorts.
After it has solidified, you figure out where the tiles fit and cut out the space for the insert in the carpet, taking care of each edge.
Now also glue the tiles and other materials on top of these, and you are good to go. You may need to employ an aerosol can of spray paint to further beautify the outer look of the golf mat.
Testing the DIY Platform
The hitting strip thus has a rubber mat beneath it for shock absorption. The stance mat for putting practice obviously is not meant for a real golf course but for an indoor simulation golf course.
Thus once you make a homemade golf mat, you will hit golf balls off it day in and day out, and this will obviously cause wear and tear (look at my article bearing the title: How Do You Putt on a Golf Simulator). So, you will be heading indoors instead of outdoors to test the limit of your golf simulator.
The adhesive tenacity of the materials and how you practice golf on them will determine how much the DIY golf mats are worth.
Maintenance & Care
You may use a broom to sweep the dust off the platform. Also, water that comes out in a jet-like stream is the best form of liquid for cleaning out the nooks and crannies of this mat.
Do not use a cleaner or other agent since this would ruin the surface. Make sure that if the mat would slide time after time, you have the means of fixing this problem. The solution is once again to glue.
Conclusion & Benefits of Building a Golf Hitting Platform
While your preference may be outdoor golf if the weather permits it, on rainy or hot days, an indoor golf simulator has many benefits.
As the club strikes the hitting zone, the level surface ensures that there is no damage to your clubs and hardly any chance of injury.
You of course want to make sure that the putting green you construct in your own home is a snug place for your feet and the golf ball on the tee.
Thus putting it all in a nutshell, your golf hitting platform is just a panel that you install in your room meant for an indoor golf simulator.
While it may look simple and straightforward from the outside, it is a pretty complex piece of work when seen from the inside out.
And although you may quickly and easily ensure that the mats are made of insulation board that you may customize, making a golf hitting platform instead of buying one is a whole new ball game.
So are you up to the challenge?
I knew you would be!