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. Set yourself up for your best game with the right material, the best finish for your installation, and ideal impact screen size (and even how to build a golf impact screen from scratch).
PICK THE BEST MATERIAL FOR YOUR USE
Striking a balance between your dream golf simulator and a golf simulator price you can manage is made easy with three quality screens at different price points. The main difference between the three is how smooth the screen (and therefore the image) is. Carl’s Standard Golf Impact Screen offers an inexpensive impact screen that still protects shots up to 250 mph, Carl’s Preferred Golf Impact Screen offers a much smoother picture that presents a much better HD picture than standard (a commercial and home favorite), and Carl’s Premium Golf Impact Screen is the most expensive but the smoothest surface available. It’s up to your priorities. See our golf simulators page for more details about each screen.
MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THE FINISH
Are you going with the raw material or the finished edge screen? While both the raw material and the finished edge screen carry the same durability and levels of image clarity, the main difference is in the installation process. The finished edged screen with grommets simply needs bungees and will attach to any frame you currently have. If you want to make your own frame, check out the Build Your Own Bundle for Golf. For more information on building a golf simulator, read here.
DECIDE HOW DIY YOU WANT TO GET
Carl’s Place Golf Enclosure 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 Screens 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’.
BYO Fitting Bundle – Golf
The Build Your Own Fittings come with 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.
You already know what you want so you’re ready to select the screen itself in Standard, Preferred, or Premium. Check out our golf impact screen reviews here.
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 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 here. 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‘.