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Carl's Golf Impact Screen FAQ

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Carl's Golf Impact Screen questions and answers

Yes! Carl's Golf Simulator Impact Screens can be found right here. Since we sell both movie projection screens and golf impact screens; any product suitable for golf will have the words "Golf" and "Impact" in the product title. Unfortunately, the rest of our product line will not withstand the impact of a golf ball.

Take the guesswork out of designing your own by shopping our golf simulator enclosures here.

You have asked an excellent question. See our Golf Simulator Impact Screen comparison chart here:

Commercial facilities are strongly encouraged to buy Premium Golf Impact Screens or Material. Standard and Preferred are not recommended for commercial usage.

The impact side will always be folded facing in, to protect the front, and the back will be facing out. For a long-lasting golf impact screen make sure to use the correct side for impact. If you purchased a finished edge screen you can also use the grommets to differentiate the front from the back of your golf screen. The front of the grommet has a smooth, rounded, pleasing appearance. The back of the grommet has a rim or raised ridge along the inner circle.

Do NOT use a golf ball with Sharpie marker on it and make sure your clubs and golf balls are clean to avoid getting dirt or grass stains on your screen.

All of our golf impact screen materials are compatible for HD projection, though your projector, of course, will need to be capable of projecting a native HD resolution. That said, Premium Impact Screens have very little texture, they can provide the sharpest possible picture for your high-definition images.

To make the best decision weigh your usage level and need for noise reduction with your ability level and desire for image quality. Keep in mind, Impact Screens are "wearable" products and over time may start showing wear, over the long haul this wear may affect the amount of visible texture seen on the screen and therefore HD image quality. Generally speaking, commercial facilities require our Premium Golf Screens and individual home users are often happiest with Carl’s Preferred (mid-grade) Golf Impact Screens.

No, sorry they cannot. All golf impact screens are front-projection only. Front-projection screen materials are opaque. The image will not show through the screen.

Aspect ratio simply refers to the shape of the image being projected. When the ratio of the projector, image, and screen match the image fills the entire screen and you will not see black masking bars.

What are black masking bars? Think ... "this film has been modified to fit your TV". When a film has been modified to fit your TV screen you often see black bars at the top and bottom or left and right of your screen.

An aspect ratio of 4:3 has the shape of a CRT TV, and a 16:9 has the shape of a flat screen TV. The 4:3 is very common for golf simulators because it allows you to go taller, giving you more room to swing, without needing a wider room. If space allows the 16:9 is great for 4K and HD images, but be aware if you are tall or have limited room depth that this option may be too short for you to swing a golf club. The 1:1 is square, it’s uncommon for projection, but may work if space is limited, although it increases the chances of seeing black bars and you will likely have to adjust the settings on your computer.

The listing size is the approximate screen size, but frame dimensions are bigger than the screen. Be sure to consult the specifications chart to make sure the enclosure will fit in the space you have available. For example, the 8 x 10.5 x 5 Foot screen has a frame size of 100 x 130.33 x 59.125 inches or 8.3 x 10.9 x 4.9 Feet.

The specifications chart is at the bottom the product page.

We recommend placing your golf simulator enclosure a minimum of 8-12 inches away from the wall behind the impact screen itself and approximately 2-6 inches away from side walls and ceilings. Using the 8 x 10.5 x 5 Ft screen as an example:

  • Minimum Room Height: 100 + 2 = 102 inches or 8.5 Feet
    • Don't forget to take heating ducts and soffits into account
    • Don't forgot to take turf height into account, if the enclosure will be placed on a thick turf you may need additional height
  • Minimum Room Width: 130.33 + 2 + 2 = 134.33 inches or 11.2 Feet
    • Don't forget to take anything hanging on the walls into account
  • Minimum Room Depth: 59.125 + 8 = 67.125 inches OR 5.6 Feet
    • Note, this is the minimum depth for the enclosure itself. You will need additional space to swing the golf club. Please remember to take the height of the golfer(s) into consideration when deciding if you have enough room to swing.

For the safety of both the golfer and the screen we recommend standing a minimum of 10 to 12 feet from the screen. For example, if your screen is 8 inches away from the wall, you will be standing a minimum of 128 inches or 10.7 Feet away from the wall.

  • Note, this is the minimum depth for the enclosure itself. You will need additional space to swing the golf club. Please remember to take the height of the golfer(s) into consideration when deciding if you have enough room to swing. Someone who is 6'4" tall needs more room to swing than someone who is only 5'4" tall.

Everything is included to build the enclosure itself except the 1-inch EMT pipe. EMT or Electrical Metal Tubing (sometimes called electrical metal conduit) is required to complete the frame. EMT steel pipe can be found at any local hardware store such as Home Depot or Lowe's. Your kit will include all the details on what lengths and quantities of EMT are required and your local hardware store might even cut it to length for you, especially if you call in advance. EMT is found in the electrical section.

Your golf simulator enclosure assembles in just a few easy steps and will take approximately 45-60 minutes depending on the size. Of course, it goes a bit faster if you have a helper.

Start by inserting the pipe 4 inches into each fitting. Our impact screens are made to fit just right, but if you feel the screen is too lose (seeing ripples) or too tight (experiencing bounce back) the enclosures are designed to be adjustable so you can simply push or pull the pipe in or out of the corner pieces to make small adjustments. Personal satisfaction may take some trial and error.

Finished Edge Golf Impact Screens have black vinyl borders, sewn on with black nylon thread, which are approximately 2.5 inches wide all the way around the screen.

Technically our black vinyl is 5 inches wide. We fold it in half so you have 2 ½ inches on both the front and the back of your Finished Edge Screen and then we grommet through all three layers (vinyl, impact material, vinyl).

Our grommets have an outer dimension of 3/4" and an inner dimension of 3/8". They are made of brass and painted matte black.

Take the guesswork out of designing your own by shopping our golf simulator enclosures here.

However, if you are looking to design your own Golf Simulator Enclosure or Full Hitting Cage? View our options:

EMT stands for Electrical Metal Tubing, also known as, Electrical Metal Conduit. The 1-inch pipe size fits into our Hitting Cage corner and support fittings/connectors perfectly. Hitting Cage Fittings do NOT include the required 1" EMT pipe/poles due to the impracticality of shipping. Instead, you can find EMT pipes at your local building supply store. Find 1" EMT at Home Depot or Lowes. EMT pipe comes in a maximum length of 10 Feet long.

PVC pipes will NOT work with our Fittings.

Please make sure to take proper safety precautions. DO take every precaution; keep children, pets and spectators out of swing range. DO take every precaution to protect ceilings, walls, windows, cars & neighboring homes. Carl's Place is not responsible for damage to property &/or personal injury. View Golf Impact Screen Material and Finished Edge Screens

For the safety of both the golfer and the screen we recommend standing a minimum distance of 10 to 12 feet away from the screen.

For the safety of both the golfer and the screen we recommend standing a minimum distance of 10 to 12 feet away from the screen. Standing closer than ten feet from the screen puts you at a greater safety risk and may reduce the longevity of your screen.

Yes. The impact side will always be folded facing in, to protect the front, and the back will be facing out. For a long-lasting golf impact screen make sure to use the correct side for impact. If you purchased a finished edge screen you can also use the grommets to differentiate the front from the back of your golf screen. The front of the grommet has a smooth, rounded, pleasing appearance. The back of the grommet has a rim or raised ridge along the inner circle.

Do NOT use a golf ball with Sharpie marker on it and make sure your clubs and golf balls are clean to avoid getting dirt or grass stains on your screen.

Impact screens are “wearable” products, and depending on the individual use, they may start showing wear immediately after its first use. This is normal. All our impact screens, however, should withstand several thousands of strikes from even the best golfers.

Our Preferred and Premium Impact Screens have been independently tested. Results indicate medium wear will be seen around 4,000-5,000 shots and heavy wear will be seen around 14,000-20,000 shots. Learn more on mygolfspy.com

Maybe, with care. It is safe to leave your Standard or Preferred Impact Screen outside for short-term periods (handful of days per summer), but long-term it is best to take the screen down to protect it from the elements. Premium Impact Screens are best used indoors and are not recommended for outdoor use. When you take your Standard or Preferred Impact Screen inside make sure it is clean and dry so mold and mildew don't have a chance to grow on the fabric before you store it. Remember, wind is a powerful force of nature! Please make sure your screen is properly anchored. Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are left out during a storm. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - do your best to set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Wind is a powerful force of nature! If you are expecting inclement weather make sure your screen is properly anchored. Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are left out in the wind. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - do your best to set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Do NOT use a golf ball with Sharpie marker on it and make sure your clubs and golf balls are clean to avoid getting dirt or grass stains on your screen.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - do your best to set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment. However, you can lightly spot clean your screen with water and a Q-tip, soft rag or sponge. Mild dish soap can be used in small areas with a light touch. Please use care and always test in a very small area first. IMPORTANT: Do Not allow the screen to air dry or you risk seeing a water spot. Use a hairdryer or fan to dry the golf screen quickly.

Do NOT use abrasives, steam clean, dry clean or place in a washing machine. Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are not cleaned and cared for responsibly.

Remove the material from the shipping package immediately upon receipt. If you choose a product that ships folded in a box or if you leave your screen in long-term storage, you will see fold marks when the material is first pulled out of the box, as any textile will have. Folds marks may take a few days to weeks to relax.

Unfortunately, we do not recommend using an iron on Golf Impact Screen materials.

Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are not cared for responsibly. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - do your best to set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Always make sure your screen is completely clean and dry before storing to avoid spots, mold or mildew if you have used it outside.

If you plan to repeatedly fold and unfold your screen, do so loosely. Long-term storage and tight folds may take a few days to weeks to relax. It is also safe to roll the screen on a tube with care.

Unfortunately, Carl's Place cannot be held responsible for damage to or resulting from screens that are not stored responsibly. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - do your best to set-up, use and store your screen in a safe, clean and dry environment.

Depending on where you plan to install your golf impact screen you have a variety of installation options. Some customers who plan to use it in their garage or barn simply hang the screen from the rafters and allow it to hang loosely. Commercial settings and customers building indoor golf simulators often require additional safety features and build full hitting cages or enclosures with baffle nets. Alternatively, some customers are somewhere in between these two options and build only a frame from which to hang it, possibly outdoors, and not a full cage.

Hanging your golf screen to your personal satisfaction may require some trial and error. The trick is to hang it flat for a nice image, but not tight or you risk the ball ricocheting back at you. Do not put tension on the screen, you need to allow for some movement.

If you are building a golf enclosure, hitting cage or frame you have the option to get a screen that is the same size as your frame which allows the screen to cover the framework and provides the material additional slack.

However, some customers do not care for the additional slack/draping of the material and choose a screen that is slightly smaller than their framework. Additionally, you may prefer the impact screen fit a specific amount of space, while others prefer additional height and allow the screen to drape on the ground at the bottom and assist in ball return. There is no right or wrong answer, only personal preference. (Be sure to check out the information on aspect ratios in the technical information section of this FAQ.)

Keep in mind, if you are using framework of any kind and you prefer to avoid slack/draping of the material, we generally recommend the 2-inch guideline. The 2" Guideline is to make sure the framework is no more than 2 inches larger than your screen. Conversely, make sure the screen is no more than 2 inches smaller than your framework. This means a Maximum of 4 inches (or 2 inches per side). Again the trick is to hang your golf screen flat for a nice image, but not tight or you risk the ball ricocheting back at you. Do not put tension on the screen, you need to allow for some movement.

Our movie projection screens utilize a four-inch rule with a total of 8 inches. This will be too tight for a golf impact screen and increases the odds of experiencing safety issues for both the golfer and the screen.

Take the guesswork out of designing your own by shopping our golf simulator enclosures here.

Or if you are looking to design your own Golf Simulator Enclosure or Full Hitting Cage? View our options:

Make sure you fasten it in such a way that the screen or material has some give. For example, do not bolt the material through the grommet holes as it does not allow enough movement to absorb each golf ball strike and you risk the ball ricocheting back at you. Do not put tension on the screen, you need to allow for some movement.

Customers who have purchased our raw impact screen material have used various fasteners. Some have used clamps at the top; others staple the top to a piece of wood all along the top and simply let it hang.

Most customers purchase a finished edge impact screen and use our bungees. You can also consider shock cord/rope, carabiners, and zip ties. Hang flat for a nice image, but not tight or you risk the ball ricocheting back at you. Do not put tension on the screen, you need to allow for some movement.

Or take the guesswork out of designing your own by shopping our golf simulator enclosures here.

We recommend mounting your golf impact screen a minimum of one foot away from the wall, just to be safe. If you are really good and hit the ball hard you may want to increase this distance. This is also true if you build a Golf Simulator Enclosure or Hitting Cage. Make sure the screen is a minimum of one foot away from any support poles or you risk the ball ricocheting back at you. Do not put tension on the screen, you need to allow for some movement.

Factors that determine the amount of bounce back will be; how you have chosen to hang/install the screen, distance you are standing from the screen, the strength you hit the ball and the club you are using. Generally speaking, if the screen is draped loosely, and not stretched tight, you should experience minimal to no bounce back at all. Mount the screen in such a way that allows it to "give" enough to absorb the strike and it should almost stop the ball completely.

Commercial facilities are strongly encouraged to Buy Premium Golf Impact Screens or Material. Standard and Preferred are not recommended for commercial usage.

For the safety of both the golfer and the screen, we recommend standing a minimum distance of 10 to 12 feet away from the screen.

Insert the bungee cord through the grommet hole from behind the screen. The ball now touches the backside of the black vinyl border. Pull the cord over and around the frame/or 1" EMT pipe. Lastly, loop the cord over the ball behind the screen.

Hang flat for a nice image, but not tight or you risk the ball ricocheting back at you. Do not put tension on the screen, you need to allow for some movement.

Yes! Simply provide us the Frame Dimensions and Screen Material and we'll do the rest.

  1. Provide the Enclosure's:  Height x Width x Depth
    • MAX Height 124.75 inches
    • MAX Width 163.33 inches  (Recommended to avoid frame bowing and/or screen sagging)
    • MAX Depth 119 inches
  2. Tell us which Golf Screen material you'd like
    • Standard
    • Preferred or
    • Premium  (Recommended for Commercial Use)
  3. City, State/Province, Country & Postal Code (for a shipping quote)
  4. Contact Us for a quote

In an effort to keep prices low for all our valued customers, Carl's Place reserves the right to charge up to a 20% restocking fee on exchanges or returns on customized screens. Custom screens must be returned in like new condition and shipping fees, if any, are non-refundable. All enclosures are made to order and depending on the season may take 2-15 business days (M-F) before your order ships. Delivery Days Exclude Weekends (Sat-Sun) & Holidays. See our Shipping & Returns page for more details.

Yes! We offer almost 100 sizes, however, if you do need a custom size we need some information to provide you a quote. For a custom golf impact screen quote please provide 4 pieces of information:

  1. Which fabric?
  2. What product type?
    • Material Only OR
    • Finished Edge Screen with Black Vinyl Edges and Grommets?
  3. Size / Outer Dimensions (Max Height of 120 inches)
  4. City, State/Province, Country & Postal Code (for a shipping quote)

In an effort to keep prices low for all our valued customers, Carl's Place reserves the right to charge up to a 20% restocking fee on exchanges or returns on customized screens. Custom screens must be returned in like new condition and shipping fees, if any, are non-refundable. Raw golf material and finished edge impact screen orders received before 11 AM CST usually ship within 1-3 business days (M-F). Delivery Days Exclude Weekends (Sat-Sun) & Holidays. See our Shipping & Returns page for more details.

We can make a custom screen of any width, but the maximum height is 120 inches. All impact screens are seamless.

We're sorry, at this time we do not offer this type of customization.

We're sorry, at this time we do not offer this type of customization.

We're sorry, at this time we do not offer printing services.

Yes! We’re glad to hear you love your enclosure and you have used it so much you have finally, after thousands of shots, worn it out. Don’t worry, you don’t have to buy another full enclosure. We can easily make you a replacement screen to save you money.

Impact screens are “wearable” products, and depending on the individual user, they may start showing wear immediately after its first use. This wear, including scuff marks and dimples, is normal. All our impact screens, however, should withstand several thousands of strikes from even the best golfers.

Our preferred and premium impact screens have been independently tested. Results indicate medium wear will be seen around 4,000-5,000 shots and heavy wear will be seen around 14,000-20,000 shots.

Unfortunately, we do not currently sell curved frames or offer curved frame building instructions.

However, we do recommend ordering double grommets if you are building a curved golf simulator screen frame. Contact us for a quote with the following information.

  1. Which fabric?
  2. Size / Outer Dimensions (Max Height of 120 inches)
  3. City, State/Province, Country & Postal Code (for a shipping quote)

Unfortunately, we do not currently carry roll down mechanisms, motorized rollers or kits.

Yes. Remove your impact material from the shipping package immediately upon receipt. If you choose a product that ships folded in a box or if you leave your screen in long-term storage, you will see fold marks when the material is first pulled out of the box, as any textile will have. Fold marks may take a few weeks to relax.

Generally speaking, raw impact screen material ships within 1 business day of payment and finished edge golf screens ship within 1-3 business days.

Golf simulator enclosure kits are made to order and may require up to 10 business days for manufacturing. May - September the enclosures may ship much faster but October - April is considered the busy season. During the holiday season, we have seen wait times of up to 15 business days.

See our shipping policies for more information.

Yes. Anywhere in the world, including APO addresses. Simply place the item(s) in your online shopping cart, enter your Country, State/Province and Zip/Postal Code in the "Estimate Shipping" box and click "Get a Quote".  See our shipping policies for more information.

Freight shipping can be costly, but we can make arrangements for you if necessary. Please be aware the quoting process, scheduling and pick up may take additional handling time. On average, freight to a commercial/business address in the lower 48 United States runs approximately $290.00 to $430.00. On average, freight to a residential/home address in the lower 48 United States runs about $450.00 to $699.00. Unfortunately, we do not have average international freight rates available because it varies grealtly depending on country.

Prices vary based on your product length, weight, and location. If you would like a freight quote because you do not see a rolled option online we will need 4 pieces of information, via email, to obtain a freight quote. Please Email Us the following 4 pieces of critical information:

  1. Which fabric?
  2. What product type?
    • Material Only OR
    • Finished Edge Screen with Black Vinyl Edges and Grommets?
  3. Size (Ex: 292x120 inches)
  4. Is the shipping address a commercial/business address or a residential/home address?
    • The shipping carrier will verify if they deem this address as commercial or residential. Shipping to a commercial/business address may save you money on freight charges in the lower 48 United States.

We will do our best to provide a freight quote within 1-2 business days (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Central Time). Additional time is needed to allow our shipping carriers to provide the best rate options.

We'd love to hear from you. Customer Service is available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Central Time. We are closed evenings, weekends and holidays. Feel free to call us at +1(608) 352-0002 or email us. We will respond within 24 business hours (M-F).

Here's our top ten reasons why you should purchase your golf impact screen, for your DIY golf simulator, from Carl's Place: Customer Service, Competitive Pricing, Selection, Products are In-Stock, Customizable, Ships Fast & Ships Free, Multiple Payment Options, clear return policy and we've been In Business Since 2006.  Read Our Value Statement.

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All Carl's Place products can be purchased directly here at www.carlofet.com. You can also find our most popular products on Amazon and eBay. Product pricing is the same on all marketplaces. We do not currently have any other authorized dealers or retail stores, our products are only available through Carl's Place.

Carl's Place offers the lowest prices on the market, but unfortunately, we do not have a wholesale program.

However, our best pricing can be found on volume purchases. Volume pricing is visible on each product page, after selecting a size in the drop-down menu, under the product images.

We also offer Master Rolls or Half Rolls of our Golf Impact Materials. For a quote provide; your City, State/Province, Country & Postal Code. Shipping to a commercial/business address may save you money on freight charges in the lower 48 United States. The shipping carrier will verify if they deem this address as commercial or residential. Shipping to a commercial/business address may save you money on freight charges in the lower 48 United States.