How to Choose a Golf Impact Screen Material

You’re as committed to a golf simulator as you are to your game. You’re ready to swing your clubs at your leisure and now it’s down to material considerations. A super cheap golf screen material will quickly leave you with tears in your screen as they don't hold up well again the force of a repeatedly hit golf ball.

Set yourself up for your best game with the right material, whether you want an all-in-one kit, or a DIY impact screen.

Carl's Place Golf Impact Screen Material Comparison

What is the typical material for a golf impact screen?

Polyester mesh is a popular choice for golf impact screens due to the strength of the fabric.

A polyester mesh that is durable enough to not tear when struck with fast-moving golf balls, and woven tightly enough to provide you the best image quality possible, is going to make the best material for a golf impact screen. This type of golf screen material is going to be a layered, heavy-duty polyester, like Carl's Place Premium Impact Screens.

Carl's Place Premium Impact Screens are a great choice if you want to have the best golf simulator image quality. Though we do offer three levels of impact screen quality to meet the needs of any golf simulator budget.

The main difference between them is how smooth the screen is (and therefore the image), as well as their durability. 

 

PICK THE BEST GOLF SCREEN MATERIAL FOR YOUR USE

Carl's Place offers 3 different impact screens:

  1. Carl’s Standard Golf Screen offers an inexpensive impact screen that still protects shots up to 250 mph,
  2. Carl’s Preferred Golf Screen gives you a tighter weave for a smoother picture. It gives you noticeably better image definition (a commercial and home favorite),
  3. And finally, Carl’s Premium Golf Impact Screen offers the best image, longest durability, some noise reduction, and helps to minimize bounce-back.

It’s up to your budget and priorities. See our golf impact screen page for more details.

 

How long do golf impact screens last?

Our impact screens are heavy-duty fabrics tested to withstand thousands of strikes at up to 250 miles per hour, exceeding the highest Pro average ball speeds of just over 180mph.  However, like any material, they will show wear.

It varies greatly depending on your use. If you're using your golf screen in a commercial facility where it is being struck constantly all day long, you'll see wear faster than an occasional home user. Depending on the frequency of use, as well as the style and ability of the user will all contribute to the service life of a screen.

Learn more information about extending the life of your golf screen.

 

OPTIONS TO HANG YOUR GOLF SCREEN

DIY Golf Impact Screens

For a handy DIYer, you can just get an impact screen and build the frame for it yourself or use a truss system, freestanding, or a hanging kit. Most impact screens (including ours) come with grommets around the outside edge so you can safely mount your impact screen to any frame you choose.

Build Your Own Golf Screen Frame

We have fittings available so you can easily build your own golf frame. The kit comes in four fitting bundle options made for up to 10 feet wide, up to 13 feet wide, up to 17 feet wide, and up to 24 feet wide so that you’re set for almost any golf enclosure size.

Carl’s Place Golf Enclosure Kits With Impact Screens

For a more convenient option, choose the enclosure kits for the screen and everything you need to build the enclosure. Carl’s Place Golf Enclosure Kits include an impact screen that can take hits up to 250 MPH, a black nylon enclosure, all required 6-inch ball bungees, a weight bag for the bottom of the screen, steel corner fitting for frame construction and detailed assembly instructions.

See Carl’s golf simulator enclosure kit reviews by checking out our testimonials.

For more specific instructions, check out ‘How to Build a Brag-Worthy Golf Simulator’.

 

GET THE RIGHT SCREEN SIZE FOR YOUR SPACE

While you have several screen shapes to choose from, your typical projector, even short throw for golf, will have a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. If you’re concerned about filling the entire screen with an image either of those aspect ratios will suit you best. If you have limited space, don’t worry too much about filling every inch of the screen. You can choose a 1:1 or even get a custom screen to fit. See the How to Select a Projector Screen Material for more calculations and considerations.

Calculate your ideal screen size to match most projector screens. As for the best size, you will likely be limited by your golf simulator room dimensions. The most popular home size is 8×10.5 for lower ceilings, 9×12 for people who can fit it. The most popular commercial size is 10×13 or larger.

 

Summary

Once you decide on your golf impact screen material, finish and size (aspect ratio accounted for and all), you’re all set to select your material and get playing. For more product-specific information, including frames to build your own hanging impact projection screen, golf simulator wall panels, or to consider accessories, see ‘How to Build a Golf Simulator‘.