How to Build a Brag-Worthy Golf Simulator

Your buddy spent the winter practicing his swing on the simulator he built and is now kicking your butt all over the course this summer. Don’t let him get used to winning. Here are the tools you need to make a killer home golf simulator and get swinging with your own DIY indoor golf setup.
Home Golf Simulator with Golf Impact Screen
Custom installation of Carl’s Place DIY Golf Simulator Enclosure Kit by Nicholas C. of Richfield, OH.

How To Build A Golf Simulator

  1. SELECT A GOLF SCREEN
  2. BUILD OR BUY A GOLF SIMULATOR ENCLOSURE
  3. ADD A PROJECTOR
  4. ADD A LAUNCH MONITOR
  5. CONSIDER GOLF SIMULATOR ACCESSORIES

1. SELECT A GOLF SCREEN

The golf impact screen is the foundation of your home golf simulator. Get started on the right foot by figuring out the basics. 

  • Aspect ratio
  • Screen size
  • Type of edges you need
  • Material

We shared the top questions we get about golf simulators and impact screens to help you. And this guide on how to choose a golf impact screen material is great for an in-depth comparison.

Essentially though, you're looking for an indoor golf screen that can withstand the impact of a ball when golfing. A golfer hitting with a driver is a powerful force; the average home golfer can hit around 160 MPH with a driver. Any Carl's Place heavy-duty DIY golf impact screen can be used to build a golf simulator enclosure. Each offers finishing options like vinyl edges and grommets to suit your DIY build. The higher-end impact screens have a smoother texture for a better HD picture. All of our golf screens can the high-impact hits from golf balls being hit up to 250 MPH.

 

 

2. BUILD OR BUY A GOLF SIMULATOR ENCLOSURE

You have a couple options when looking for a golf simulator hitting cage to surround your DIY golf simulator hitting area.

Unless you’re a seasoned pro, you probably don’t trust yourself to hit the ball exactly on target every time. You'll need to build a golf simulator with something around it to safeguard against mis-hits. We find most indoor golfers prefer the durability of a golf impact screen and enclosure.

You can build a custom frame, source fittings to piece it together, and even find raw materials to make your own impact screen and finish the edges. Or you can use a kit that helps you build a golf simulator enclosure. With Carl's Place Golf Simulator Enclosure Kit, you get an easy to install solution with protection again mis-hits. If that's a little too easy for your custom golf simulator build, you can DIY your golf enclosure with Carl's Place make-your-own-frame fittings.

For high-end and commercial installations, our Pro Golf Enclosure Kit is a great easy-to-assemble choice. Not sure which enclosure to choose?

How do I hang a golf impact screen?

The best DIY golf simulator setups use a full golf enclosure kit where the impact screen is included. This is an easy and safe way to keep the golf ball from damaging walls and ceilings. We don't recommend hanging impact screens from ceilings. It can cause puckering and affect the image.

 

3. ADD A PROJECTOR

To get that big image you’ll need a projector properly sized for the job.
When you’re shopping for a projector, make sure that you’ll be able to get the image size you need in your mounting configuration by matching the aspect ratio of your projector to your screen with this calculator.

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4. ADD A LAUNCH MONITOR, SWING ANALYZER, OR SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

You’ll need some sort of interface to tell your simulator how you’re hitting the golf ball. We’ve got four major launch monitors for you to compare. Note: Most of these need a computer to run the software.

BUILDING A GOLF SIMULATOR WITH A Uneekor EYE XO

Pros: Industry-leading data accuracy on both club and ball data and real-time footage of ball impact is provided by high speed cameras.

Cons: The EYE XO bar needs to be mounted overhead so it's less portable than floor units.

Uneekor Eye XO Golf Launch MonitorBonus: The Uneekor EYE XO pairs perfectly with a Pro Golf Simulator Enclosure kit from Carl’s Place. You can choose to either ceiling mount the EYE XO or mount it directly to the Pro Golf Enclosure for a fully custom setup.

To save even more, these bundles allow you to choose your golf simulator enclosure size, launch monitor and popular software.

BUILDING A GOLF SIMULATOR WITH A Garmin Approach R10

Pros: Small, extremely portable radar-based unit that works well indoors and outdoors. Measures 14 data points. Gives you a great idea of where your golf game is at and what you need to improve on.

Cons: Garmin Golf app graphics are a bit cartooney and not very realistic looking. 

Indoor golf simulator using a Garmin R10 Golf Launch Monitor with golf ball

BUILDING A GOLF SIMULATOR WITH A SkyTrak Golf Launch Monitor

Pros: Affordable option that is as accurate as a commercial monitor. Upgraded camera-based technology measures flight path and distance.

Cons: Is a great starter for commercial use but doesn’t offer as many bells and whistles as some of the much more expensive models (but is often highly rated by users).

Golf Simulator built with a SkyTrak Golf Launch Monitor with golf ball

BUILDING A GOLF SIMULATOR WITH A Mevo+ Launch Monitor

Pros: Uses 3D Doppler tracking radar technology giving golfers the ultimate practice and play experience. Great for indoor/outdoor use.

Cons: The battery life is short, up to 2 hours on a full charge, and up to 1.5 hours in simulator play.

Golf Simulator with a Mevo+ with golf ball and iron golf club

BUILDING A GOLF SIMULATOR WITH A TrackMan4

Pros: Used by the pros, it uses radar technology and tracks a number of different club and ball definitions for your best game, including: smash factor, spin rate, launch angle, carry, ball speed, club speed, dynamic loft, attack angle, club path, and face angle!

Cons: The most expensive by far, it starts at $18,995.

Still not sure which launch monitor to choose?

 

5. CONSIDER GOLF SIMULATOR ACCESSORIES

Make your golf simulator perfect with a few extras.

Commercial golf simulator designed and built with Carl's Place Golf Enclosures

DIY GOLF SIMULATOR SUMMARY

Whether you go with one of our golf simulator enclosures or decide to make your own, you can build a home golf simulator that is brag-worthy. Get practicing in the shed, basement or garage and you’re all set for swinging your clubs until you’re the next Tiger Woods… or close, at least.

 
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