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DIY Golf net: anyone else built one?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

After researching the internets for out of the box golf nets, I've come to the conclusion that I will be better served to build my own.  The house is on a zero lot line, and the only place this will work for me is in the back yard and I have to include the pool and patio.  I sketched out a diagram and did some additional research and came up with the follow:

  • 10 x 15 golf impact grade 3/4" netting
  • 1-1/2" PVC
  • 50' #8 nylon rope
  • 5/8" fish eye bolts - 

 

I bought the netting online for $79 and all the hardware at Lowe's for $54.  I plan to build a T-frame out of the PVC, and will position the entire net over the shallow end of the pool width wize. I will extend the netting so that about 8 feet run vertically with the remaining 2 feet to serve as a ball drain and keep as many balls as possible out of the pool.  

 

thoughts?

post #2 of 22
What's the rope for? Is that to attach the net to the PVC?

What about using cable ties/zip ties?
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by CraiginKSA View Post

What's the rope for? Is that to attach the net to the PVC?
What about using cable ties/zip ties?

yes it is for attaching to the PVC.  I thought about zip ties, and may go that route at some time, but plan to cut the rope to length and make easier adjustments as needed.  From what I have read, the actual tension in the netting as it applies to being fixed to the frame will impact how the ball 'deadens' upon impact.  Ideally i'd like to be able to control the ball drain and plan to somehow use the netting at the bottom to 'irrigate' the ball to one side or the other and somehow trap it.  I'll take photos as I go along and eventually post to www.instructables.com

post #4 of 22
PVC will work fine i think. If a golf ball hits it and it cracks, you can just cut out the cracked part and replace it with a new piece and two couplings.

What are you using to hold it up?
post #5 of 22

I'm not the ultimate cheapskate, but pretty close.

 

I cut 7 saplings and made two tripods with 6 of them and used the 7th as a cross piece between the tripods. Then I drape a piece of heavy, fleese lined neoprene over the cross piece. Works like a charm. Cost? 5 bucks.

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

I'm not leaving this thread in the lurch; rather I've been painfully watching the netting track across country from Oregon to Texas via UPS tracking and it is supposed to finally arrive by End of Day tomorrow.  Since our evening 'couples' plans fell though I'll probably be out on the patio by floodlight assembling everything.  Depending upon how the ball reacts to the net, I've already devised two possible alterations with some left over PVC I have. Here is the base frame unassembled

 

 

post #7 of 22

Here's my DYI net and a "Real Feel" mat.  I screwed eye bolts into the top of the carport and then used small bungees to secure the netting to the poles.  Working very well:

 

 

post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 

sweet!

post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 

final net.  Good loose fitting promotes the ball deadening pretty much on impact.  But range balls will occasionally bounce off the frame after it drains and bounce out onto the patio.

 

 

post #10 of 22

How much did this end up running you?

 

My parents bought me a set when I was a teenager and I immediately shanked a ball, missed the net, hit a neighbor's house, and never used it again.  I just couldn't feel comfortable because I was always afraid that I would shank one and break a window.

 

Edit: Nevermind, I reread the original post and saw the prices.  Looks nice!

post #11 of 22
Nice setups guys! Those are really well done.
post #12 of 22

Great job,professional looking

post #13 of 22

Looks like a pretty good set up!  I gotta admit I went the cheap route.  All I did was install a couple hooks in the ceiling of my garage and hung a king size bed cover from it.  I fire balls into it every day and works great!

post #14 of 22

I like the water hazard! I used my son's lacrosse goal and draped a painter's drop cloth over it. It worked like a charm. 

 

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post #15 of 22

I just got laid off from my job last week so with no money and a lot of time on my hands, I designed and built a golf net out of a couple blankets and some netting using PVC tubing and fittings I had around the house.

It measures 7'x7' and folds up to 4'x5'x 5" thick. It works well for all clubs from pitching wedge to driver.

I can video tape my swing while in the garage listening to music and out of the sun. I'm using rubber mat for my "turf" for now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by stanster 65 View Post

I just got laid off from my job last week so with no money and a lot of time on my hands, I designed and built a golf net out of a couple blankets and some netting using PVC tubing and fittings I had around the house.

It measures 7'x7' and folds up to 4'x5'x 5" thick. It works well for all clubs from pitching wedge to driver.

I can video tape my swing while in the garage listening to music and out of the sun. I'm using rubber mat for my "turf" for now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry about the job.  Nice setup though!

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post #18 of 22

Looks like you need to patent that design - and start selling it!! c2_beer.gif

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