Being a resident of Wisconsin, I need not say more of the upcoming dilemna now that Fall is here (Winter not far off). I've decided on a project that would benefit my golf game... To convert our garage into an Indoor Driving Range!!! Just to keep the swing loose during the 'white fairways/green' months.
Anybody who have any ideas??? Suggestions??? I've already insulated the walls, no dry-wall yet. Thinking of buying a hitting matt and net. How about some low-end simulators? Thanks for any help.
That all sounds very cool! I would google some pics and see if any cool set ups come up...if it were up to me I would make it a man cave with a bar-double tap of course!, dare I say flatscreen TV, simulator of course!, mat and net...if you wanted paint the walls the scenery of your favorite view from a tee box. Depends how much you want to spend and energy you wish to put into it but it sounds like a lot of fun!
I'm going to agree with Chris on this, go with the man cave. I would have the bar (stocked of course) along with stereo and the TV would only be on the Golf Channel. (or whatever match is on) Also, make sure there is netting in between where you're hitting and your TV/ Bar area is. You can go with the simulator, but if it's just to keep your swing loose then you really don't need something telling you how far you're hitting. (you already know that)
Thanks Chris and Madison. That would be the last objective, to put up a bar and entertainment area. That would be sweet. For the meantime; net, mat and simulator(?) first... although the basement could be the 'man cave'...
Thanks for the advice Brad. Spot-on on the hitting net, it should be sturdy. I see you don't recommend the ones we see on those major golf stores. I was thinking on getting one... I'll check out your recommendation. Hopefully this project of mine pushes through...
I have a 20' x 60' workshop/building with a 15 foot ceiling as part of my marine services business. It is full of woodworking equipment, tools, a boat, etc. In any case it was pretty full, so it was difficult to dedicate a large area for my golf practice. So, what I did was to buy a very good mat---one with which you can hit down on the ball and it will absorb the shock like turf---and set it up at one end of the shop. ((Cost nearly $375.) Instead of using real balls, I use AlmostGolf balls. These are fantastic practice tools. They mimic the characteristics and react like real balls, but fly about 1/3 as far. More importantly, they won't damage anything so no net is required. You can tell far more about the quality of your shot by hitting these balls straight out into the shop than you would be able to tell hitting real balls into a net 8 ft in front of you (unless you have some sort of launch monitor). You can chip, pitch and make full shots with all clubs and get a real feel for the quality of the shot, as opposed to normal, everyday cheap rubber practice balls. The AlmostGolf balls cost about 10 bucks a dozen. I even use them outside in my yard during the season because they mimic the flight of a real ball so well. I hit driver into the woods behind my house with no worry about ricochets back into my house.
My shop set up allows me to keep my swing fresh all winter here in the northeast. I hit balls virtually every day.
I too have thenetreturn pkg. there are none others like it! spend the extra bucks on this system. It is the best on the market.