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Postby schmidt61059 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:54 am

Most people setting up a home golf simulator will likely use an impact screen, but I'd like to discuss using a net and why I'm currently set up that way. I initially got an impact screen and a cage type net ( ... B00DX3N0XK). I found this setup difficult to use for two reasons: 1) I did not quite have the full 10 feet for the cage net, so I felt quite confined in it. 2) More important, I'm not that great of a golfer, and I have real problems with hitting shots that are way high with lots of spin. I found that the ball would "climb" the impact screen and bounce back at me, even off the cage net.

So, I looked around for a standing net. Reviews will often cite the gold standard as The Net Return ( I considered this, but I was concerned about 1) the cost; 2) the ability to deal with the ricochet problem described above.

After some searching and review reading, I ended up with the Haack Net Pro by Rukket ( ... lf-net-pro). It's a pretty ingenious product in that it has an overhang that acts as a mini-cage. It has caught pretty much everything I've thrown at it, save for a few really stupid shots with a 64W. The downside is that I wore a hole in it in about 3 month of use. But, Rukket was great about it. Since they do not yet have replacement nets available, they just have me a whole new system! I presume I'm going to wear another hole, and ideally, there will eventually be replacement nets available.

As for using a the net in practice, I have it set up in my (ex)garage with JNPG projected in a 12 foot image on the wall I'm facing. It's not as realistic as a good impact screen setup, but it works for me right now at least.

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Re: Nets

Postby clevited » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:37 am

Awesome stuff. So I take it this net might not be suitable for people that practice driver a lot? Supposedly, net return is very durable, we need to marry the two designs or something.
I have also heard archery netting is great stuff but you have to build your own overhang.

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Re: Nets

Postby captnkrusty » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:46 pm

I have the net return pro with the side barriers and really like it. The side nets have definitely saved a few holes in my walls. The only problem that I have had with it, is shots missing the top of the net. Usually happens with the higher lofted clubs, but I hate to say it, but I did sky a 3 wood into my ceiling. I have to stand pretty close to the net to make sure everything stays in it.

So, I am now looking at building an eclosure and would like some advice from those that have built there own. What is a good width and heighth, and a good depth?
I want to be able to swing all my clubs without worrying about shanks and sky balls.

Also, what materials seem to work best?

Thanks for the help!


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Re: Nets

Postby clevited » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:20 am

I draped a heavy net over top of my sim bay. It keeps those rogue balls in check!

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Re: Nets

Postby JayS007 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:55 am

Thanks for all the info on here......I use Carl's Net system and built my own frame out of metal EMT great. I experimented with all types of setups then finally just did it myself....see video here of my system.

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Re: Nets

Postby Zmax » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:32 pm

Nice setup Jay.
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