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  • Fold up Garage Sim V3 - UK - Par2Pro Stealth / SportScreen

    I’ve been golfing in my garage for a little over 4 and a half years. In this time I’ve been continually evolving my setup - with this being the third “restart”. I have 2 other build threads kicking about on this site. My V2 build thread can be found here: https://golfsimulatorforum.com/forum...e-simulator-uk

    Here’s a photo of my 95% complete V3 build - which this thread talks about. I use the new Par2Pro “Stealth” setup.



    Here is a photo of my V2 build that I’ve upgraded from…



    And here’s a photo of how I started - my V1 build…



    Let me start off by saying there was absolutely NOTHING wrong with my V2 setup. It worked perfectly for about 2 1/2 years. I still get messages every so often complimenting me on that setup, thanking me for writing about it, and asking for advice. Thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to read my rant!!


    Here is how and why I changed to the V3 setup…

    The issue I had with V2 was about the space around me. I felt like I was having to change the swing of my driver due to things behind me. It was subconsciously eating at me knowing that I ‘may’ catch the shelves on my follow through. I’ve only ever done it a handful of times, but it made me change my indoor swing... which then effected my outdoor swing!
    I’d been thinking about changing it for a while, and then I read that Par2Pro were collaborating with ‘The SportScreen’ to make a golf solution. I spoke to Cory about it, and he gave me a price for the SportScreen / SQHQ - modified to go with my existing HQ drapes.
    It seemed reasonable ( a lot for shipping to UK! ), but it seemed a good solution. I could have potentially done it myself cheaper, however I’d rather pay a bit more and be sure it was going to all integrate together.

    The theory was that I could fit the SportScreen in front of my garage door. It rolls up within 15 seconds, and only requires me to clip 2 bungees onto it, then close my drapes. Overall setup time - less than 2 minutes. This means I can go widescreen, and also have significantly more room to swing. My previous setup would take 15-20 mins to put away. It was pretty much permanent, with me retracting it 5 or 6 times a year when going on vacation. It protruded just a bit too much to get the cars in... and even then, I’d be scared a dirty bumper left a big mark on the screen!

    The Stealth Screen seemed like a simple solution, but with a lot of work ahead of me. The downside - all of my current setup revolved around me hitting at the back wall. I’m now hitting at the front door, so everything needed to swap around.
    My garage needs to be a garage 95% of the time as well as a part time golf sim room - so I have to work round my current storage requirements. The PC needed to be at the other end, my bikes moved from one side of the ceiling to the other, and I had to move some lighting. I had a TV on the wall for watching when playing - which also had to move, along with all aerial / electrical connections, as well as my network sockets.

    Doesn’t sound like much - but a lot of hours went into re-shuffling everything!
    Some additional shelving brackets were purchased and everything was carefully rearranged to make the best use of the available space.

    Then I had to disassemble my existing setup. It was amazing how it took me weeks / months of planning and labour to put this all together, and it took a matter of hours to come down!! I did it with a lot of care to make sure nothing got damaged or touched the floor and got dirty. I managed to sell the extra bits on to another forum member to recoup some of my costs. (Screens / backing net / ceiling net and frame). A fraction of what I’d paid, but better someone getting the use of it than it gathering dust in my loft.

    My 2 wooden beams for holding my frame and ceiling net came down, and were modified to be a single one for the SportScreen to go onto. This would ensure that it got screwed into something substantial rather than the drywall on the ceiling.
    Once it had all been taken down and repositioned, I had to fill in LOADS of holes in the ceiling and repaint it as it was a total mess!

  • #16
    Originally posted by JV17 View Post
    p3eps Man, you should be setting these up for a living! V3 looks incredible... Nice work!
    Thank you! Hopefully this is the last one I do

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    • #17
      Hi p3eps

      Wonderful job here. My compliments!

      I'm in the process of building a new home and am trying to come up with a combination sim room as well as a home theater.
      So important to keep the look pretty stealthy and clean.


      So a couple questions if you if you don’t mind.

      1. Do you feel the screen is both durable enough as well as able to show a pretty high quality movie on? Understand it’s not exclusively a theater.

      2. Do you feel I need the protection above? You mention the shorter irons hitting the ceiling. Reason I ask is that I can hide the screen in the ceiling...since it would be built into the house. But not sure how I’d hide that part of it.

      Thanks so much !

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Osubucks999 View Post
        Hi p3eps

        Wonderful job here. My compliments!

        I'm in the process of building a new home and am trying to come up with a combination sim room as well as a home theater.
        So important to keep the look pretty stealthy and clean.


        So a couple questions if you if you don’t mind.

        1. Do you feel the screen is both durable enough as well as able to show a pretty high quality movie on? Understand it’s not exclusively a theater.

        2. Do you feel I need the protection above? You mention the shorter irons hitting the ceiling. Reason I ask is that I can hide the screen in the ceiling...since it would be built into the house. But not sure how I’d hide that part of it.

        Thanks so much !
        Thank you for the kind words!
        In answer to your questions...

        1. The quality of the screen material is definitely good enough to watch a movie on. The downside is that it’s only attached at the 2 bottom corners, and might not be perfectly flat after whacking balls at it.

        Personally, if I wanted to use the same room / projector, I would have 2 roll down screens - one behind the other. One would be the SportScreen with an impact screen on top, and the other would be a specific projection screen. If you get a projector with a bit of zoom, you could quite easily make that work.

        2. I regularly had balls bouncing off my ceiling when playing a round of golf. 8, 9, PW, 50, 54, 58... all bounced upwards for me. That’s over 1/3rd of my clubs... and probably ones you’re hitting most.
        To me, the ceiling protection was 100% necessary.
        There are better looking ways of doing it, and you could have it with white material to stop it being so obvious?
        Speak to Cory @ Par2Pro for ideas, as he’s done setups in peoples homes that are permanently on display and have to look nice.
        Mines a garage, so as long as it doesn’t look hideous, I’m not too fussed!

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        • #19
          Great advice.
          I have an idea about doing a tray around the outside of the room.....but instead of using drywall, I’d use a white/soft ceiling tile.
          If I can find something that would absorb the impact and drop down it may work.

          Also.....good idea on separate screens.

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          • #20
            Thanks for posting all of the great info and detail, p3eps!

            Fantastic job. It has provided me with a lot of inspiration to get moving on my project.

            A few questions:

            What resolution is your projector running? your dimensions are about 16:10, so i would guess 1920x1200?

            I'll only be able to go with a 10' wide screen, and am trying to figure out the best resolution/aspect ratio.

            also, did you special order the impact screen with the velcro to attach the drapes?
            and did you special order the drapes with the velcro?

            thanks for any insight.



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            • #21
              Originally posted by jc523 View Post
              Thanks for posting all of the great info and detail, p3eps!

              Fantastic job. It has provided me with a lot of inspiration to get moving on my project.

              A few questions:

              What resolution is your projector running? your dimensions are about 16:10, so i would guess 1920x1200?

              I'll only be able to go with a 10' wide screen, and am trying to figure out the best resolution/aspect ratio.

              also, did you special order the impact screen with the velcro to attach the drapes?
              and did you special order the drapes with the velcro?

              thanks for any insight.
              Thank you... glad it’s proved useful.

              I’m running a standard 16:9 resolution. I guess 16:10 would fill that little gap at the top a bit better, but 16:10 projectors cost a bit more. I also have my ceiling protection hanging down, so I can’t see the top of the image anyway.
              In Post 3 above, you can see the first picture shows the grid - and how far up the screen my 16:9 image goes.

              My screen was specially made with Velcro on the sides.
              My drapes were made by Par2Pro a few years back and stuck to the side of second (V2) build screen. I thought getting Velcro on the edges of the V3 screen would let me re-use them without having to find an alternative side protection. The drapes cost a lot of money, so it made sense to re-use them.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by p3eps View Post

                Thank you... glad it’s proved useful.

                I’m running a standard 16:9 resolution. I guess 16:10 would fill that little gap at the top a bit better, but 16:10 projectors cost a bit more. I also have my ceiling protection hanging down, so I can’t see the top of the image anyway.
                In Post 3 above, you can see the first picture shows the grid - and how far up the screen my 16:9 image goes.

                My screen was specially made with Velcro on the sides.
                My drapes were made by Par2Pro a few years back and stuck to the side of second (V2) build screen. I thought getting Velcro on the edges of the V3 screen would let me re-use them without having to find an alternative side protection. The drapes cost a lot of money, so it made sense to re-use them.
                How much were the drapes? I don't see them listed for sale on the p2p site.

                And what material is your ceiling protection?

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by jc523 View Post

                  How much were the drapes? I don't see them listed for sale on the p2p site.

                  And what material is your ceiling protection?
                  You’d probably have to email them for a quote for the drapes. They did 2 versions... standard and HQ. I went with the HQ. They are really heavy duty, and have weights in the bottom to stop them moving. I think you could probably hit a ball full force at them, and they’d barely move! They cost $1235 plus $275 shipping back in July 2016.

                  Ceiling protection is a very fine net... and is also from Par2Pro.

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