Imagine getting yourself injured because your golf ball bounced back at you from your golf simulator impact screen… Awful!
But it can happen, and if you think I’m talking trash, you better watch this:
Although the chances of a golf ball bouncing from the impact screen are rare, you can’t take the risk, provided the calculated damage that can happen.
Also, accidents don’t happen daily, so better be cautious about your golf impact screen bounceback!
Don’t know what to do? Well, you’re least expected to know it, and that’s why I’m here with this guide to walk you through all the expert troubleshooting tips that can help reduce your impact screen bounceback.
Let’s hop into it!
Troubleshooting Your Golf Impact Screen Enclosure
Typically, the golf ball bounces back after hitting a hard surface, and in case you miss your shot, the wall behind your simulator system can cause the ball to produce heavy recoil, particularly when you’re hitting at higher speeds.
However, including a good-quality side netting to your golf simulator enclosure can be the easiest way to deal with it.
Made with industrial-grade polyester mesh material, these nets aren’t just capable of catching the ball but can also absorb most of its kinetic energy, causing it to stop then and there.
Another reason for even more violent bounceback can be your golf simulator enclosure poles… if they’re exposed!
Getting some foam insulation panels to hide these poles is the most effective way of reducing bounceback.
You can find them online or in a golf simulator shop, but if you’re not on a budget, a similar foam panel from your local hardware store will also be sufficient to do the job.
Although it’s a DIY project and you’ll have to remove everything from your golf simulator enclosure to get the insulation in place, which is lengthy and frustrating, it’s worth the effort if it reduces the odds of injury to a person.
Troubleshooting Your Golf Impact Screen Material
If you’re not missing your shots and there’s still this bounceback problem with your golf balls, you must pay attention to your golf impact screen material.
PerfGolfTX, My guess is that your fabric is too rigid. Changing your design won’t help much if that is the case.bionicboogerboy
Hi Patrick, how stiff is your tarp material? I’m wondering if there’s not enough ‘give’ in the material to flex and catch the ball to slow its bounce, regardless of how loose you have it.TheCoupe
The different materials used to make impact screens have varying degrees of certain features, including toughness, which is good for stability but not so favorable for minimizing bounceback.
Using an impact screen made of relatively flexible material such as polyester mesh is best for minimizing the impact and bounce back.
However, if you prioritize tougher materials like Kevlar, the bounceback can be dealt with using extra layers of that material behind the impact screen.
Here’s a YouTube video by The Terakart demonstrating the same technique to reduce impact screen bounceback:
Troubleshooting What You Keep Behind Your Golf Impact Screen
We always look for the problem in apparent things, but oftentimes it’s behind the curtain.
The same goes with your golf simulator impact screen bounceback, as you might think it is caused by objects like the enclosure poles or side walls, but it’s mostly not the case, and the real reason for a violent bounceback are the objects behind your golf impact screen.
Anything capable of producing a cushioning effect can be used behind the impact screen to minimize the bounceback.
Adding some layers of archery net or using a foam mattress is a great way to do that, but you’ll have to keep the costs in mind before doing that.
Most golfers recommend doing that to eliminate bounce back. Here are some suggestions from the Golf Simulator Forum:
Update…got a big king size 1 1/2″ thick memory foam mattress topper from Target, used spray adhesive to attach it to the back of the screen in the center, bounce backs are now under control!PerfGolfTX
Make your screen only tight enough to not be loose and wrinkled. Too tight makes the ball bounce back. Also, put archery netting or golf netting behind it with bungees.mthunt
If you want to take the budget route, forget these and hang a large-sized blanket behind your impact screen. This has also been tried by some golfers. Here’s a happy suggestion:
I hung curtains behind my screen…Nice heavy ones. Works great! No bounce back at all. Good luck.JV17
Another thing to remember before putting anything behind your golf impact screen is that the screen itself is flexible, so there must be some gap left between, allowing it to slow down the ball before the object absorbs its excessive energy.
Still, confused about the idea? Watch this guy from Garage Golf TV YouTube channel putting a mattress topper behind his impact screen:
Troubleshooting Your Golf Impact Screen Installation
Choosing the right golf simulator enclosure according to your desired impact screen is essential because if the case is otherwise, you’re sure to get into big trouble.
A larger frame set with a small impact screen causes it to stretch more than normal, which not only reduces its performance but also compromises its flexibility and deformity, allowing it to act too taut to reflect the ball back with almost the same speed.
If you’re encountering this situation, losing your impact screen can bear fruitful results but don’t lose it too much that your image gets distorted.
Another effective way of reducing bounceback caused by the taut impact screen is to loosen the bottom and let it hang.
For those who’re still pondering on how their golf impact screen should behave after troubleshooting its installation, this YouTube video by allsportsystems might be of some help:
Troubleshooting Your Golf Impact Screen’s Distance From the Wall
Distance plays a key role in determining the way your impact screen responds, and if you don’t have an appropriate gap between your impact screen and the wall, it’s more likely to bounce back.
Normal practice is to keep the impact screen at a 12″–16″ distance from the wall to absorb the maximum of the ball’s kinetic energy before it even reaches the wall.
This not only prevents the ball from bouncing back but also saves the screen from being crushed like a sandwich between the golf ball and the wall, increasing its probability to last longer.
Following this simple rule of thumb may fix your problem as it has done for many golfers. Check out these comments from the Golf Simulator Forum:
I went with 18 inches but probably could have gone 12. it also depends on how loose you’re going to have your screen/net.inorkuo
If you are not restricted, i will go for 30/40 centimeters. In my room, I had no place so I had to figure out with 15/20 centimeters (wich works if you do it correctly)Ykaar
I am at 14″ from the wall, but that is because of where my studs were located to mount my angle iron. A general guideline is a foot from the wall, but I’ve read that some have it as close as 6 inches.Kent
Frequently Asked Questions
How much bounceback is bad?
Normally, a golf ball should fall after hitting the impact screen. Anything other than that can be harmful and risky for the golfer.
Do certain clubs cause more bounceback?
Golf clubs can only contribute to ball bounceback by providing a high speed to your shot. In terms of principle, they don’t have a direct connection with impact screen bounceback.
Does the golf impact screen setup affect bounceback?
Yes, golf impact screens can affect the bounceback to varying degrees depending on various factors such as build material, fitting, and distance from the rear wall.
Now that you’ve read this article, I’m sure you’re capable enough to sort out almost every problem regarding your impact screen bounceback.
No matter the reason behind your impact screen bounceback is, you can apply one of the above-listed troubleshooting methods that seem best to fix the issue.
Unable to figure out the root cause? Just try them all one by one, and in time, you shall prevail.
If you’re a problem-solver yourself and your DIY idea has worked, hop into the comment section because I’d love to hear that!