In a golf simulator, protecting walls and ceilings from a shanked golf ball is concerning for amateur and pro golfers alike. Here's Carl's helpful safety advice.
We’ve seen some of the damage you guys can do with golf clubs indoors. Broken TVs, shattered ceiling fan lights, holes in the drywall … you name it, there’s a good chance we saw it.
While we don’t specifically sell TV cases or ceiling fan protectors, we do offer other equipment that will not only help protect your house, but also other golf simulator equipment.
Investing in a golf simulator is a long-term money-saver, but you’ll want to protect those pieces with a little insurance policy. Let us be your insurance agent. We promise to do our best to help you avoid mayhem.
PROTECT YOUR WALLS AND CEILINGS
Are you one of those people who gets the golf itch and just grabs a club and starts swinging indoors? Stop fake practicing, grab a ball and swing freely and protect your surroundings with a Carl’s Place Golf Enclosure and Impact Screen.
Our website shows the most popular golf simulator sizes, but our enclosures and impact screens can be customized down to the inch for whatever room you want to make into your golf paradise.
GOLF SIMULATOR WALL PROTECTION
For smaller areas, the DIY Enclosure works great to help hang your impact screen and contain any wild shots.
For larger areas, look at the Pro Enclosure, which can go much deeper and wider than the DIY to provide even more protection. Your spouse, windows and dry wall will thank you.
If you're looking for a retractable solution for a multi-use room or area, check out Carl's golf room curtain.
Don't sacrifice your precious parking spot! Transform your garage into a golf simulator space with ease using curtains. Carl's retractable solution allows you to make a shallow enclosure much deeper, but just temporarily for the time you want to get some swings in.
Pull the car out of one side of the garage, pull the curtains out, play 18 holes, push them back in and pull the car back in. It's a very simple way to save space while also protecting your collectible car on the other side of the garage. Just make sure to have a foot of buffer space between the curtain and anything on the other side of it!
Looking for a way to unwind during or after a long day of work? Why not transform your home office into a golf oasis with the help of Carl's Place enclosures and curtains. If needed, tuck a shallower enclosure and impact screen in that room so it doesn't get in the way of any doors or windows. Then add a curtain to pull out and protect the windows and walls while you're playing.
After playing a quick round, simply push the curtain back in and hop back online. The boss will never know.
We’ve heard (and seen on social media) that golf nets are not trustworthy catchers of golf balls over time. They tend to wear down much quicker than an impact screen that is designed to withstand thousands of shots. Plus, Carl can finish your golf impact screen in 125 custom ways.
Instead, rely on the strength of the impact screen that's meant to take the full impact of a fast-flying golf ball, and extend the protection of your golf enclosure with net wall extensions.
Net walls act like side walls for a golf simulator and do a great job of catching errant shots. These would be used in cases where you cannot fit a deeper enclosure in your space, or cannot afford to move up to a deeper Pro Enclosure.
Safety baffles are also an option for Carl's Place Pro Enclosures to protect humans, walls, and other surroundings from golf balls that bounce back fast and high off the screen. Ceiling baffles for golf simulators are a strip of vinyl that hangs from the ceiling of the enclosure and can be ordered with our Pro Enclosure. Or if you forget, give one of our fantastic customer service representatives a call, they'll be happy to assist.
GOLF SIMULATOR CEILING PROTECTION
Both of the Carl’s Place enclosures provide ceiling protection with the overhead ceiling panel. The best option being a deeper Pro Enclosure where the hitting area is all the way inside the enclosure.
Although we do not sell them, we’ve seen others use contraptions that look like net wall extensions but for your ceiling - again, to catch those rare errant or high-arching wedge shots. We’ve also seen homemade foam padding and panels installed on ceilings (and walls) to cushion any wild balls.
Be sure to keep in mind your ball trajectory and launch angles.
PROTECT YOUR PROJECTOR
Projectors can be difficult to understand. It’s hard to figure out what words or phrases like aspect ratio mean, and then sometimes harder to figure out how to set it up and find where you need to mount it so that it fills up the screen.
Some people find out the hard way that they will need to mount their short throw projector between the hitting area and their impact screen. Others plan it that way. Whether you were surprised or had it in the works, you should probably protect your several hundred or even thousand dollar investment with a Carl’s Place Floor Mounted Projector Enclosure.
Although it’s not meant to be walked on or hit directly with golf balls, the floor mounted projector enclosure will be a great protector in case an errant shot indirectly strikes it.
If you’re mounting your projector above and close to the hitting area, there are creative ways to protect it. Just ask Guy Smiley.
PROTECT YOUR LAUNCH MONITOR
UNEEKOR EYE XO and EYE XO 2 PROTECTIVE CASE
If you already spent or plan on spending $10k on a high-end Uneekor EYE XO launch monitor, don’t let it sit in danger’s way.
The EYE XO is mounted between 9-10 feet off the ground and 3.5 feet in front of the hitting area, which means, despite it being higher up, it is technically still between the hitting area and the impact screen.
So the EYE XO and EYE XO 2 protective cases for less than $200 seem like smart investments. Only a couple hundred bucks to save a $10,000 device? Should be an easy decision!
SKYTRAK PROTECTIVE CASE
Protecting your golf simulator’s launch monitor is easy when protective cases are available. Check out SkyTrak’s metal case or look into a DIY solution. While it might not be quite as effective, we have seen customers use wire baskets around their launch monitors to protect them.
PROTECT YOUR FACE
Foam cushions can help slow down errant shots that hit your enclosure frame. Ever had a golf ball hit a metal pole 10' in front of you and come back at your face? Sure hope not.
Because they're used in higher-end and commercial setups where safety is of the utmost importance, our Pro Enclosures come with safety foam cushions on the frame surrounding the impact screen to give extra padding. Don't want to give paying customers a black eye, amirite?
To keep our DIYers a little more cost-conscious, our DIY enclosures offer foam inserts as an optional add-on. Though we highly recommend them!
Installing foam cushions also helps save your enclosure frame's pipe from getting damaged.
Protect your pipes, protect your face, protect your walls.
Imagine how fast a ball would come flying off a metal pipe back at the golfer and any spectators? Yeah, there’s no need for that. Speaking of ball bounce back, check out some tips on how to adjust screen tension in the video below.
Troubleshooting Screen Bounce Back
PROTECT YOUR FLOOR AND CLUBS
Don’t hit off your shag carpet or garage floor. Taking a sharp wedge to carpet will leave a nice hole eventually. And hitting off a garage floor sounds (literally and figuratively) awful for your clubs.
Get a realistic hitting mat to protect whatever floor you’re hitting off of in your golf simulator. This might also help you save money on buying new clubs so often.
WHAT SAY YOU?
Let us know below what you’re doing to protect your golf simulator equipment!