Although there are multiple indoor golf nets available in the market, most of them come at expensive prices.
If you’re on a budget, buying one might look like a hurdle.
However, with some creativity and information, you can make a DIY Indoor Golf Net for yourself!
Don’t know how to? Leave everything and dive deep into this conclusive guide!
Things to Consider Before Making an Indoor Golf Net
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of making an indoor golf net, I want you to look at some important factors that you must consider.
1. Indoor Net Size
Net size is the first and foremost thing that should be taken into account before you proceed with your DIY project.
Take precise measurements of your indoor practice area such a length, width and height to make sure that your golf net perfectly fits in it.
Typically, the recommended size for an indoor golf net with proper enclosure is 8 ft high x 10 ft wide x 12 ft deep.
However, you’re not bound to abide by these specifications as it’s a custom project.
2. Indoor Net Material
Secondly, the material of your indoor golf net is important in determining its overall performance and longevity.
Golf nets are normally made with polyester or nylon mesh.
Both materials provide enhanced durability but nylon has a better overall performance due to its stretchy nature.
In addition to this, you’ll have to select between PVC and aluminum materials for the frame.
Although the aluminum frame will provide more strength, you can fearlessly go with PVC if you’re on a budget.
3. Required Tools
Lastly, gathering your tools before making your indoor golf mat won’t only save you time but also the headache of finding the missing equipment.
For our project, we’ll require;
- PVC Pipes 1-1/4″ x 10′ (8X)
- PVC Pipes 1-1/4″ x 5′ (4X)
- PVC Pipes 1″ x 10′ (1X)
- Three-way joints and T-joints (8X)
- Netting material
- Zip ties/velcro loops
- Power drill and bits
- Hand saw
- Measuring tape
- duck tape
How to Make an Indoor Golf Net? Step-by-Step Guide!
Now that we’ve got our hands on everything we need to build an indoor golf net, Let’s do it!
I’ll use this YouTube video by Carson Phillips Golf as a reference for this guide. Let’s watch it and then hop into our step-by-step process;
1. Prepare the Frame
Assembling the frame using PVC pipes is simple and easy. To do so;
- Take all 1-1/4″ x 10′ PVC pipes and cut them down to 7’10” using a hand saw
- Similarly, take all 1-1/4″ x 5′ PVC pipes and cut them down to 4’9’’
- Using the three-way joint connectors, join two of the 7’10” pipes with two of the 4’9’’ pipes to form a rectangle
- Now you’ve prepared the bottom of your frame
- Insert the remaining 7’10’’ pipes into each elbow joint facing upwards
- Connect the remaining elbow joints to the top of these vertical pipes
- Prepare the top, as you prepared the bottom
- Steady the joints using duck tape
2. Ensure the Netting
Once you’re done with preparing the frame, it’s time to ensure the netting.
To do so;
- Take measurements of the top, rear, and side sections of your PVC frame
- Divide the netting into four pieces w.r.t these measurements
- Secure the netting on each side of the frame using zip ties or velcro loops
- You can also cable tie your netting if it doesn’t have the loops at each corner
- Make sure to fasten the ties at the rear and top of the net
3. Hang the Impact Screen
Hanging the impact screen is not mandatory if you’re making a golf net only for practicing your swing.
However, if you intend to use your indoor golf net with a golf simulator, a golf impact screen must be added to it.
Add a pipe to the top of your PVC frame and attach it to supporting pipes using duct tape and zip ties.
This will provide a platform for hanging the golf impact screen.
You can either buy a proper golf impact screen or just go with a thick white sheet.
Simply cut down the sheet to the required size and hang it to the frame, again using zip ties.
To provide the final touch, add an indoor hitting mat to it and enjoy hitting golf balls!
Why Make it Yourself: How it Benefits You?
Keeping in view that there are multiple premade indoor golf nets available in the market, why is there a need to build one for yourself?
Let’s look at some key benefits to justify this.
1. Efficient Cost
The cost comes as one of the crucial factors while you’re looking for a product.
Normally, a pre-made golf net is expected to cost $1000 whereas if you make it yourself, the cost reduces to one-fourth of it.
I mean, you can build a proper indoor golf net for around $300 by selecting the right materials.
2. Unlimited Customization
Another problem with premade indoor golf nets is that they have no room for customization and if by any chance you select the wrong fitting, you’ll find yourself in trouble.
However, when it comes to DIY indoor golf nets, you can use your creativity to craft whatever suits you best.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an indoor golf net made of?
Typically, an indoor golf net is made of polyester or nylon material.
How much space is required to install an indoor golf net?
Generally, the recommended space for installing an indoor golf net is 8 ft high x 10 ft wide x 12 ft deep. However, you can find or build one that suits your requirements.
Is an indoor golf net worth it?
Yes, whether you want to practice your swing at your indoor practice range or play a round of golf on a simulator system, a golf net is the basic requirement for it.
Final Thoughts: How to Make an Indoor Golf Net?
Making an indoor golf net can be a work of hassle but following the above-given procedure can save your day as it’s simple, fast, and easy.
Since it’s a DIY project and you don’t have to follow strict rules, there’s always room for customization.
You can design the frame, build the size and use the material of your own choice, but make sure to be precise and go with the safe choices if you don’t know much about golf nets.
Catch you in the next one!