How to Select the Best Golf Screen Size

Planning to install a custom golf screen and not sure what size to get? Whether you're designing for a commercial golf facility or a DIY home golf setup, this article walks you through how to select the best size golf screen for your space.

People shopping for a golf simulator often fall into one of three categories:

  1. The most popular being those who want an all-in-one solution. If an easy-to-assemble golf simulator kit sounds right for you, switch on over to this article “How to Choose the Best Size Golf Simulator Enclosure”.
  2. Talented DIY-ers who are highly skilled and plan to build the room of their dreams to perfection.
  3. Budget-conscious handymen or women who know they can build their own golf simulator and just want to get going.  

If either the second or third options sound like you, you're in the right spot. Let's figure out what size golf screen you need to get started.

We recommend getting the biggest golf impact screen that will fit your space. It will be both safer and more enjoyable.

Let’s break down the five biggest deciding factors for choosing a golf screen size:

  1. Room Space

  2. Buffer Space

  3. Actual Screen Dimensions

  4. Height and Accuracy of the Golfers

  5. Aspect Ratio

Deciding Factor #1: Room Space

How much space do you have available in your golf simulator room?

First, look around the space where you plan to put the golf screen. Are there things like doors, carpet, pipes, soffits, vents, lights, etc., that will interfere with your setup? For most customers, we don't recommend indoor golfing in a space smaller than 96" high or 100" wide.

  • What is the height floor to ceiling of your available space?
  • What is the width left to right of your available space?
  • What is the depth of available space in front of and behind the golfer?
    • If you are not using a golf enclosure, a minimum of 16-18 feet of depth is preferable.
    • If you are using a golf enclosure, a minimum of 19-20 feet of depth is preferable.

For the safety of both the golfer and the screen, we recommend standing a minimum of 10-12 feet away from the screen. Please do not stand closer than 10 feet from the screen. Customers who stand closer will experience bounce back and increase the risk of injury.

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Deciding Factor #2: Buffer Space

How much buffer space do you need for a golf screen?

It's important to account for some buffer space so your golf screen avoids touching anything. There are an infinite number of ways to design your golf simulator, but generally speaking we recommend:

  • Golf Screen Height
    • Give yourself a minimum of 4-inches of buffer space from the height you have available for your golf screen.
  • Golf Screen Width
    • Subtract 4-6-inches from the width you have available (2-3 inches per side)
  • Golf Screen Depth
    • You will want to place your golf screen a minimum of 12-16 inches away from the wall behind the impact screen itself.

NOTE:  This general guideline assumes you are using our 6” black ball bungees and hanging it from a 1-inch pipe. If you are using a different method, this guideline should get you close, but make sure your design will allow for fine-tuning the fit of your screen. You will need to allow for some movement, never install it in a tight or rigid fashion.

Plus, make sure to pay attention to the space requirements of your launch monitor.

Deciding Factor #3: Actual Screen Dimensions

Now that you have mastered the first two deciding factors for choosing a golf screen, let's get on the same page about the dimensions of your golf screen.

You'll notice two main terms of measurements when we talk about golf screens.

  1. Viewable Screen - the area of the screen that can be filled with a projected image
  2. Total Screen Size - the viewable screen plus the finished edges and trim

    And, there's actually another screen-related term you need to pay attention to if you're going to attach your screen to a frame or some custom-built enclosure.
  3. Enclosure Size - the width of the frame that holds your golf screen
    Diagram of measurements for a golf simulator screen

Please allow for slight sizing variances as all Carl's Place golf screens are made by hand.

Deciding Factor #4: Height and Accuracy of the Golfers

Make sure you have enough room to safely swing the club. A larger golf screen will give you more room to accept mishits. However, if you're in danger of having golf balls flying around the space, we highly recommend using one of our golf enclosures.

If you have friends who are golfers (or more importantly, who are NOT golfers), make sure to consider their wild swings as well.

Deciding Factor #5: Aspect Ratio

What is aspect ratio?

Aspect ratio simply refers to the shape of the image being projected. In short, a 4:3 aspect ratio is most common for golf simulators because it can give you a taller space compared to a 16:9 aspect ratio (when width is your limiting factor). A 4:3 aspect ratio gives you more room to swing, without needing a wider room.

While the 16:9 screen is great for 4K and HD images it also means you will need a wider room, which many indoor golfers simply don't have. golf screen aspect ratio comparison


Carl’s Tip: Did you know we can also customize the finishing and size of your golf screen? Just keep in mind, if you are trying to maintain a standard aspect ratio, if we change the height then we also must change the width (and vice versa) to maintain the shape. Remember aspect ratio is in reference to the shape.

You are now a golf screen sizing expert!

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