Replacement Golf Simulator Screens

Virtual golf simulators are a great way to work on your golf swing all year round. The projection screens used by these systems need to take a lot of abuse.  Low quality simulator screens may be cheap to buy but they don’t end up lasting very long.  High quality golf simulator impact screens are normally made of Kevlar and cost thousands of dollars.

Golf Simulator Screen out of sawdust meshAt Heavy Duty Tarps we offer extremely cost-effective screens that can be made to your exact specifications. For this application we have two different materials from which to choose. 

Golf Mesh

This is our best golf screen material. We recommend this if you are planning to project onto the screen since the Golf Mesh offers the best picture quality. This material comes in 120" widths.

Sawdust Mesh

If you don't plan to project onto the screen, Sawdust Mesh is a more economical alternative to the Golf Mesh. You can still project onto the Sawdust Mesh however the picture quality won't be quite as good. This material comes in 115" widths.

Here we show a comparison of the two materials, you can see that the Golf Mesh has a tighter weave.Golf Mesh vs. Sawdust Mesh

Common Characteristics and Recommendations

Both materials have similar characteristics in terms of their use as impact screens with high durability, minimal bounce-back and quick recovery.

We generally recommend adding a pocket (channel) to the top and bottom so that you can hang the screen on a pole suspended on each end (and in the middle for longer spans). This creates a nice level surface to prevent drooping and sagging. The lower pocket allows you to insert another pole or similar item to add a bit of tension to the screen.  This setup is preferred to fastening the screen on all sides since you want the screen to have some "give" so that the balls don't break through the tarp or bounce back. If the tarp is too tight it has to take all the force of the balls and may not last as long. 

Since the mesh material has tiny holes throughout the surface you should avoid having the image being projected off whatever is behind the screen. For this reason, we recommend placing the screen in front of a black wall or draping dark material behind the screen. This will ensure a much better picture quality for both the Golf Mesh and the Sawdust Mesh. Black felt background

Rolls of black felt roof underlay can be purchased at Home Depot  or other building suppliers for about $30. These can be cut into strips which are stapled to a 2x4 running behind your screen as depicted here. This is a very cost-effective way to improve the picture quality.

When sizing your screen, be sure to consider the aspect ratio of your projector. In most cases, the height of the screen will be constrained by your ceiling height. Let's say you have 8' ceilings. If the aspect-ratio of your projector is 16:9 this means that an 8' tall image would be 14.222 feet (8/9*16) wide. In such a case you would generally want to make the screen 8' x 14' 3" so that the projected image completely fills the screen.

Keep in mind that the maximum seamless height is 116" for the Golf Mesh and 111" for the Sawdust Mesh assuming you are using grommets top and bottom. If you want pockets instead of grommets, the maximum seamless height will depend on the pocket sizes. In addition to the pocket itself, we need about an inch of material to sew the pocket. For example, if you want a 4" pocket on the top and bottom, we can make a Golf Mesh screen up to 110" tall (120" - (2 x 4") - 2") and a Sawdust Mesh screen up to 105".  There is no restriction on the length in the other dimension. Note also that the pocket sizes reflect flattened pockets, so a 4" pocket could accommodate a pipe up to about 2" in diameter.

To order this online, use our golf simulator screen order form and enter your required dimensions, pocket sizes and grommet configuration.

Golf simulator screen with side panelsIn addition to the screen itself, we can also make side panels like the ones shown here or even full cages to protect stray balls from damaging your walls or breaking your valuables. Usually these panels are made using our 90% block premium mesh.

If you are already using one of our tarps as an indoor golf simulator screen please send us a note and we will post it on our blog. A nice customer sent us this video of himself using one of our replacement golf simulator screens.

Customer Testimonials

Note that most of these reviews are for the Sawdust Mesh since we just recently launched the Golf Mesh material.

Name:
Will G.
Location:
Edmonton, Alberta
Rating:
Excellent Five star rating
Comments:
bought a sawdust mesh tarp for a golf simulator. was expecting 2 week delivery but got it in only a few days. having hit many balls into this tarp i must say that it's incredibly good. any impact marks left behind are erased simply by running your hand over the mesh. it's incredibly quiet and easily kills a real ball hit with a driver from only a few feet away. no errant bounces at all. i had mine built with pockets top and bottom and both were reinforced with a sturdy material. super impressed with the quality. if you look at the price of golf simulator screens it can be absolutely shocking, but what heavydutytarps offers for the money is second to none. buy with confidence.

Name:
Dezerai Legg
Location:
Greenwood, Indiana
Rating:
Excellent Five star rating
Comments:
Golf Impact ScreenHi Mary,

I wanted to thank you for all your help ordering and for delivering such a great product! It is better than what we anticipated! Our son loves the simulator image and the durability of the screen. I am so glad we went with the sawdust mesh tarp vs stand impact screen.

I attach a couple photos and a video should you want to add to your website as an example for others.

Thank you again for everything! We couldn’t be happier!

Editor's note
Thanks Dezerai for sending us this photo and video!

Name:
Tyler Stephens
Location:
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Rating:
Excellent Five star rating
Comments:
I had a great experience with heavy duty tarps! I had them make me a custom sized golf simulator impact net/screen. I was able to design is exactly as I wanted it all online, including a quote at the end of the process. Shipping was free because I live in Canada, and I couldn't be happier with the results! If you're thinking about setting up a golf simulator you should check these guys out first. I paid 1/4 the price that I thought I would.

Name:
Paul Dawson
Location:
Cornwall, Ontario
Rating:
Excellent Five star rating
Comments:
This works way better than expected. I have a few people who have asked me to help them build a golf simulator. I will definitely be buying more of the sawdust mesh for them. Thanks

Name:
Brett
Location:
Cochrane, Alberta
Rating:
Excellent Five star rating
Comments:
I ordered a mesh screen tarp for use with the golf simulator I built. Received the screen on time and it is awesome. Fits perfectly and takes a beating and looks like new. I have hit at least a thousand balls into it, boom perfect. I love that it was made in Canada. It’s certainly helping me through these times.

Name:
Mike Wordell
Location:
Sherwood Park, Alberta
Rating:
Good Four star rating
Comments:
Purchased this tarp in November to use as a virtual golf screen. Received it about 3 weeks after ordering, which was one week earlier then expected! Tarp/screen came to spec and was easy to put up. The screen cost about $250, which was about $500 less than an actual virtual golf screen from a virtual golf retailer. Screen is a bit see through, so you will need to put a sheet of felt or something behind it. I got felt for $60 or so from local fabric store. After that, looks great!

Name:
Gaetan Boudreault
Location:
Fall River, Nova Scotia
Rating:
Excellent Five star rating
Comments:
The tarp has been all and more than we expected, it is perfect as golf impact screen. We have played more than 100 rounds since December 2020, all with real golf balls, and so far there is not a mark or rip on it. It still looks brand new.

Name:
Walter
Location:
Hamilton, Ontario
Rating:
Excellent Five star rating
Comments:
A truly great experience ordering my sawdust mesh for my golf simulator from HeavyDuty tarps. If you are looking for an impact screen, HeavyDuty tarps is the best option. Not only is the product great, custom to fit your needs, the customer service is exceptional. Thank you HeavyDuty Tarps for all the help!

Name:
Kyle Relke
Location:
La Salle, Manitoba
Rating:
Excellent Five star rating
Comments:
Awesome tarp for golf simulator. Great service and surprisingly fast shipping during these covidy times. The sawdust mesh tarp takes real balls like a champ. Leaves pock marks where ball hits, but they disappear after another shot or with a quick rub over with hand.. I actually like the pock mark that it leaves because it gives me great feedback as to where the ball is hitting the screen for proper aiming! Projects a great image as well from projector. I have a black fabric approx. one foot behind the screen to improve the image.
Video:
Kyle sent along this video.

Name:
Trevor Hardy
Location:
Watrous, Saskatchewan
Rating:
Excellent Five star rating
Comments:
DIY Golf Simulator ScreenAwesome customer service. Very knowledgeable, and helpful. Great product! We’ve been using the enclosure screen and love it. Now we don’t have balls bouncing all over the garage. Here is a picture of our finished product. Thanks again for all the support and help.

Here is another photo sent in by Trevor of Watrous, Saskatchewan DIY Golf Simulator Impact Screen. Trevor writes "Love the tarp. It was exactly what we requested, and is working flawlessly as the impact screen for our golf simulator."

In addition to DIY golf impact screens, our tarps are often used as inexpensive movie projection screens.