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DIY Golf Simulator With OptiShot

DIY Golf Simulator With OptiShot

DIY Golf Simulator With OptiShot – We’re gonna be building a golf simulator. Let’s get started, so this is the Optishot with retails for about 300 bucks, and it’s about the lowest cost decent golf simulator sensor that you can buy. And it’s got a line of infra or line of sensors in the front and the back of the tee. And basically, that measures your club speed coming through the ball, as well as your club angle and swing angle.

DIY Golf Simulator With OptiShot

DIY Golf Simulator With OptiShot

So, that’s gonna calculate the flight path of the ball. The problem with this sensor is:

  1. You’re already an inch above the ground.
  2. This surface right here is nothing like an actual fairway. So, when you take any kind of divot off of this surface, it’s basically like hitting the club against a hard plastic surface.

The nice thing is that after a little bit of research, I was able to stumble across. I believe it’s pronounced arsène golf. They actually make premium turfs that will actually accept the tee, and they’re very close to an actual fairway. So, what we can do is, we can rip off the manufactured version of this. He’s got some velcro and we can stick this guy onto our Optishot.

DIY Golf Simulator With OptiShot

DIY Golf Simulator Preparation

Tools Stance Pad Materials Screen Materials
  • Drill/Driver
  • Circular Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Heavy-Duty Stapler
  • Office Stapler
  • Utility Knife
  • Pencil
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hearing Protection
  • OptiShot 2
  • JagManJoe Turf Upgrade
  • 2″ Foam Board Insulation
  • (2) 1/4″ Plywood Sheets
  • Rug Pad
  • Carpet Pad Adhesive or Spray Adhesive
  • Outdoor Rug (Turf lookalike)
  • Heavy-Duty Staples
  • Projector
  • (6) 2x4s lengths depend on screen size
  • 3-1/2″ Wood Screws
  • 1-1/4″ Washer Head Screws
  • 6″ Bungees
  • Projector Screen
  • Office Staples
  • Heavy-Duty Staples
  • Batting
  • Black Fabric
  • Double Faced Tape

Now, we do have to go in and do a little bit of programming to the actual system. Since now, the playing surface is a little bit higher, and we have to compensate for that through the actual club strengthen, and whatnot but there are details on all of that that come with this turf. And he gives you an estimate on how to dial in those club strengths essentially. Now, we’ve got an even taller surface, so what we need to do is, we need to create a stance pad, and what that’s going to do is that’s gonna elevate the whole surface.

We’re gonna make a 4 x 6 foot stance pad that will accept this sensor. That’s basically this will it into, and then this will be completely flushed with the top of the sensor. So, in order to make that lightweight, it’s easy to move around, we’re gonna use 2-inch rigid foam insulation. That’s going to give us a nice & solid surface to stand on. However, it’s still going to give us that lightweight platform, so we can easily move it in and out of where we’re gonna be playing.

So, now we’ve got our turf, our premium turf here, and this is like I said, so it’s very realistic compared to a normal fairway even such that you can actually set a tee in the turf versus this one, which obviously, they’ve got to have a little stand for the tee. All right, so, I’ve got 2 pieces of rigid, or actually 2 inches of rigid foam insulation, and then I’ve got 2 pieces of quarter-inch to illumine. And what that’s going to do is, I’m going to take one and one’s going to be underneath, and then the other is gonna be on top to help protect that rigid foam insulation from being collapsed or damaged over time.

rigid foam

What I’m gonna do in order to cut these down all to the same length is, I’ll get my circular saw out, I’m gonna line everything else nice, and straight on one end, and then I will cut the other end at 6 feet down, and that will cut enough through the rigid foam that it will make that line and then I can finish that off with the utility blade.

All right, this is carpet pad adhesive, and I’m gonna use it to glue everything up. It’s probably not exactly the right product I’m supposed to be using for this application, but we’re gonna put some of this down here, then we’re going to set our foam on top of that. And then, we’ll do the same with the other piece of plywood.

make stance pad make stance pad
make stance pad make stance pad


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