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I know, I know ... it's an Optishot2 and not a trackman or GC Quad or even a skytrak.... but, it's relatively inexpensive, would be fun during the winter and looks pretty simple to build.

I've gotta try this!

https://rogueengineer.com/diy-golf-simulator-plans/

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That is exactly what I did. Lots of fun during the off season or rainy days. Takes a bit to dial everything in but it works well. Projector is key don't skimp there. I built a similar platform too.  I suggest going to the Optishot website and review system requirements and lighting so you don't have any surprises.

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:titleist-small: Driver, TSi1 10* Stiff Flex

:taylormade-small: 3 Wood, SLDR  HL 17*  R Flex

:taylormade-small: 5 Wood, SLDR 19* R Flex

:cobra-small: 7 Wood, F6 22.5* R Flex

:Sub70: 939x 5 hybrid

:Sub70: Irons, 699 Pro's S Flex (6 - AW)

:Sub70:  JB Wedge 56*

:cleveland-small: Wedge, CBX 60*

:odyssey-small: Putter, Marksman Fang 35"

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Great stuff.  An aerospace engineer... guys already got street cred 🙂.  He mentions that the screen built in this instruction is for foam balls only.  I wonder if he has an option for real ones?  

@Tom the Golf Nut, can your set-up handle real balls?

:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver 

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:srixon-small:  ZX5 Irons 4-AW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:EVNROLL: ER5v Putter  (Evnroll ER5v Official Review)

 

 

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10 hours ago, fixyurdivot said:

Great stuff.  An aerospace engineer... guys already got street cred 🙂.  He mentions that the screen built in this instruction is for foam balls only.  I wonder if he has an option for real ones?  

@Tom the Golf Nut, can your set-up handle real balls?

Probably because they built the screen so close to the wall.   To hit real balls there should be a 12"+ gap between the net/screen and the wall.  And if you hit enough shots a ball will eventually go through.   MGS headquarters has gone through a few,  but those nets are getting hit into a lot. 

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Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  to 16.5* w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype        
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 5-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter:  logo-horizontal-black.svg Directed Force 2.1

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11 minutes ago, cnosil said:

Probably because they built the screen so close to the wall.   To hit real balls there should be a 12"+ gap between the net/screen and the wall.  And if you hit enough shots a ball will eventually go through.   MGS headquarters has gone through a few,  but those nets are getting hit into a lot. 

If I were to invest in this DIY, I'd most definitely want capability to hit real balls. I wonder if anyone makes a screen specially designed for golf LM use?  Even a standard screen with a reinforced bullseye area would be good.

:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver 

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:srixon-small:  ZX5 Irons 4-AW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:EVNROLL: ER5v Putter  (Evnroll ER5v Official Review)

 

 

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Here is an article on screens from MGS, I'd definitely go this route.  https://mygolfspy.com/carls-place-impact-screens-the-real-deal/

Also if you are going to put in the work to build a setup like this I would highly recommend building it not specifically for just an optishot.  The platform, screen, netting, any sort of cage type structure that you build should translate to a different launch monitor setup as well.  If down the road you want to upgrade to a skytrak or more you don't want to have to rebuild half your setup.

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5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :cleveland-small: 5i - gap Launcher CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 CBX & 58 Zipcore w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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17 hours ago, fixyurdivot said:

Great stuff.  An aerospace engineer... guys already got street cred 🙂.  He mentions that the screen built in this instruction is for foam balls only.  I wonder if he has an option for real ones?  

@Tom the Golf Nut, can your set-up handle real balls?

Yes I can hit both.

I went the inexpensive route. I got a king size white sheet over a canvas drop cloth. Then behind these is carpeting from when I removed the carpet from my daughters room and put in Pergo. All these are suspended from the celing. No bounce back. Ball hits and drops. Sheet $20.00, drop cloth $30.OO, carpet free. This has held up for a few years already. If any sagging occurs wash and dry the sheet or spend $20 on a new one. Still have the originals up.

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:titleist-small: Driver, TSi1 10* Stiff Flex

:taylormade-small: 3 Wood, SLDR  HL 17*  R Flex

:taylormade-small: 5 Wood, SLDR 19* R Flex

:cobra-small: 7 Wood, F6 22.5* R Flex

:Sub70: 939x 5 hybrid

:Sub70: Irons, 699 Pro's S Flex (6 - AW)

:Sub70:  JB Wedge 56*

:cleveland-small: Wedge, CBX 60*

:odyssey-small: Putter, Marksman Fang 35"

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5 minutes ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

Yes I can hit both.

I went the inexpensive route. I got a king size white sheet over a canvas drop cloth. Then behind these is carpeting from when I removed the carpet from my daughters room and put in Pergo. All these are suspended from the celing. No bounce back. Ball hits and drops. Sheet $20.00, drop cloth $30.OO, carpet free. This has held up for a few years already. If any sagging occurs wash and dry the sheet or spend $20 on a new one. Still have the originals up.

I like the way you think!

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:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver 

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:srixon-small:  ZX5 Irons 4-AW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:EVNROLL: ER5v Putter  (Evnroll ER5v Official Review)

 

 

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Thanks, I can get creative. Impact screens are expensive and don't hold up long enough.

:titleist-small: Driver, TSi1 10* Stiff Flex

:taylormade-small: 3 Wood, SLDR  HL 17*  R Flex

:taylormade-small: 5 Wood, SLDR 19* R Flex

:cobra-small: 7 Wood, F6 22.5* R Flex

:Sub70: 939x 5 hybrid

:Sub70: Irons, 699 Pro's S Flex (6 - AW)

:Sub70:  JB Wedge 56*

:cleveland-small: Wedge, CBX 60*

:odyssey-small: Putter, Marksman Fang 35"

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9 hours ago, fixyurdivot said:

If I were to invest in this DIY, I'd most definitely want capability to hit real balls. I wonder if anyone makes a screen specially designed for golf LM use?  Even a standard screen with a reinforced bullseye area would be good.

as people have mentioned,  there are lots of screens specific for LM use.  The problem is that the ball generally hits the same spot over and over again so they wear out.   Lots of options out there and they can be inexpensive.  

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Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype        
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 5-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter:  logo-horizontal-black.svg Directed Force 2.1

Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330, :taylormade-small:TM-180, :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, Bellum Winmore 787, :seemore-small: mFGP2

 

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1 minute ago, cnosil said:

The problem is that the ball generally hits the same spot over and over again so they wear out.

Oh. Well then, in my case, no problem 😆.

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:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver 

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:srixon-small:  ZX5 Irons 4-AW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:EVNROLL: ER5v Putter  (Evnroll ER5v Official Review)

 

 

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18 hours ago, fixyurdivot said:

Oh. Well then, in my case, no problem 😆.

Kind of like how i never have to worry about caving in my driver face from repeated impact in the same location. I spread out the impacts over the face to increase lifecycle of my drivers.

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This is an old thread but I want to revive it with one of the most cost effective indoor putting DIYS out. It also saved me from the treachourous Erie winters, lol. I paid around $100 for a 15' roll and it rolled surprisingly super pure as advertised. I even chalk line on it and being a D1 player, I seriously feel like I'm on an outdoor putting green getting the most out of my practice. To the build the base costs $150-200 for a 4x 15' build. Heres the DIY i used for the project    https://camrygolf.com/indoor-putting-green-diy-build-plan/  

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Sure, all would like a reasonably priced simulator.  What direction should I go?  Here is where I believe the things are headed.  An I phone app that works.  Not how, not yet, but hold on.  One is on the way.  

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OptiShot 2 is the most affordable. Other sims cost thousands more. You will need a platform to use with it. And do not expect Trackman like results. It is fun though. Here is my full review:

 

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On 1/31/2022 at 4:56 PM, bjm1208 said:

Best DIY impact screen directions I’ve found:  https://gunghogolf.com/articles/diy-impact-screen-enclosure

Optishot is good for hitting balls and playing courses.  Mevo+ or Skytrak if you want metrics to work on your swing

I used this for my enclosure, it turned out great.

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Driver: :cobra-small: Speedzone Xtreme 9.5*
Mini Driver: :taylormade-small: Oringinal One 13.5*
Fairway: :cobra-small: Speedzone 5 & 7
Fairway: :callaway-small: 2004 Big Bertha 9 & 11
Irons: :cobra-small: Speedzone 7-GW
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX2 54* & 58*
Putter: :ping-small: Heppler Fetch
Ball: :srixon-small: Q-Star Tour Yellow

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For the price the OptiShot 2 looks great. The stats are more than adequate - Club speed / face angle / path / contact. I can hit it a long way but I need to learn to control path and face angle. I can hit balls all day long at the local driving range fitted with Trackman and not have a clue about those stats. Nice trace line on the screen - but what caused that flight?

Nige
"A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing"
Driver:    Ping i25 9.5 dialled down to 9.0 
Wood:     Slazenger 3 wood
Hybrid:   Ping i25  17*
Irons:      Ping i25 4-SW stiff shaft Green dot (factory adjusted - I only live an hour away)
Wedge:   Cougar Tour Touch I 50*    
Wedge:   Cleveland RTX 588 58*
Putter:   Wilson Staff Infinite THE "L" 
Balls:      Srixon Distance (based on personal testing - work best for my game)
Other:    Shot Scope - can't live without the data! 

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I enjoy my Optishot. I was originally going to get Skytrak as part of my setup when we finished our basement. I had a spot all picked out in the unfinished area of the basement. Of course when everything was finished my sim area was much smaller than I had envisioned.  I decided real balls were not really a safe option. Reviews for Skytrack and accurate results with foam balls weren’t very encouraging. It seemed like $2000 for less than accurate readings didn’t excite me a whole lot. I decided to give Optishot a shot. I did a lot of research. Found a way to tape my driver so it read my driver as well as the rest of my clubs. Played with the distance settings a little and it a pretty good simulation of what I do on the course. It gets me through the winter and it’s helped my game all for around $700 with the mat and net.

D- Tour Edge EXS 220

3w- Adams Tight Lies 2 16

Hybrid- Cobra F8 19 degree 

Utility- Sub 70 699 U  21 degree

Irons- Sub 70 739 5-PW

Wedges- Sub 70 286 50+54, Tour Edge 1 out 58 degree 

Putter- Cleveland Huntington Beach soft # 11

Ball- Titleist Tour Soft

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