If you are creating a golf simulator, the quality of your golf simulator screen is absolutely critical in order to create a realistic and long-lasting setup. First of all, it is important to find a screen that is made of quality materials that allow for bright projection when paired with one of our recommended golf simulator projectors. Aside from the material of the impact screen, reducing bounce back will provide a safer and better all around experience and improve the longevity of the screen.
While keeping these factors in mind along with knowing the size of your space, we have a number of hanging projection screens and golf simulator enclosures that you are going to love. With a quality golf simulator projector like the ones we recommend, you will have a realistic golf simulator with any of our projector impact screens.
These are the main things to look for when considering what enclosure type may be best for you.
We've done the hard work for you by compiling a list of our favorite golf simulator impact screens and enclosures on the market today. Continue reading as we dive into the world of building out your very own dream golf simulator.
The SwingBay was specially designed by Rain or Shine Golf to be the best golf simulator bay on the market. The SwingBay offers a unique, high definition impact screen that allows your projected image to fill 100% of the hitting screen, leaving no wasted space.
The light dampening enclosure blocks out the surrounding light giving you a brighter and more life-like image. The sturdy enclosure is built with premium materials that promise long life and superior durability. Here is why SwingBay is the best golf simulator enclosure on the market today.
The HomeCourse Screen is a revolutionary, state-of-the-art retractable indoor golf simulator screen that allows you to turn your living room, garage, or basement into an indoor driving range or golf simulator studio. After you are done using your simulator, return any room back to its original form with its wireless, battery-powered design that retracts the screen within seconds.
The HomeCourse comes with pro arms & sky netting that creates an enclosure to help contain errant shots or shanks, protecting you, your space and everyone around it. The screen is made of ballistic grade material designed to absorb the impact of a golf ball that can handle drives from the heaviest hitters using real golf balls without damage to the screen.
Not only this, your HomeCourse also flexes at the bottom to reduce wear and tear on the screen and will allow the ball to roll back towards your feet.
The rsTour Premium Golf Simulator Impact Screen is our top choice for DIY simulator screens.
Powered by the same industry-leading fabric technology as SwingBay, just without the enclosure framing and attachments, our RS Tour Screens are sure to leave you very pleased with your sim setup.
Made from premium woven fibers that serve two purposes: superior projection display and durable enough to withstand ball speeds of up to 250mph. The rsTour Impact Screen range is easy to install and suitable for hanging or attached to a frame. Available in multiple sizes.
Let your creativity run wild, all while feeling confident that your final product is sure to last you for years to come.
Most standalone screens will cost between $449-$3,499 depending on the quality and size of screen.
Our most recommended screen size for golf simulation is something within a few inches of 8' high x 10' 6" wide. This will allow a common short throw projector with a throw ratio of .5:1 to fill up the entire screen from a projection distance of around 7'. Which is the distance you will most likely want your projector to sit from the screen.
If you do not already own a projector, then it's often easiest to pick a screen that fits the space you will be using, and then choose a projector based off your screen size. If you already have a projector you will be using, then you should find the throw ratio of your unit and choose a screen size based on the optimal projection size of your projector.
To find the optimal throw ratio for a projector, you will divide the distance from your projector to your screen by the diagonal distance of your screen. As an example, if your screen is 10 feet in diagonal length and your projector is 5 feet away from the screen, your optimal throw ratio is 0.5:1 (5 feet / 10 feet).
The distance from your impact screen to the projector should be between 5-8' with a short throw projector. This puts your mat & stance area between 7'-10' from the screen. For projectors that are not short throw, your projector will be between 10'-18' from the screen. We don't recommend this because then your projector will be behind you, resulting in a shadow being cast on the screen from your body.
You can mount your projector on the ceiling, or put it on the floor in something like the SwingShield Projector FloorEnclosure. The floor mounted setup is a lot easier to setup. It also makes things a lot easier when you need to adjust the projector's focus or re-align the unit. The ceiling mounted is a little more challenging to setup and adjust but creates a cleaner floor space.
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