My DIY Indoor Driving Net

Well, after long last, I had a few hours to build my article regarding my indoor driving net. It is something I have always wanted and I used it for the first time on 22 December. Since I have only used it a couple of times, but come February I will be trying to use it daily. Regardless, the following are my adventures of building my indoor net.

To start, I needed to gather some supplies. They were not much and I was surprised at how in expensive this net really was. Here is the list and relative cost.

  • I received a 10′ x 15′ Dynamax Sports Golf Net/Barrier for Christmas in 2018. I never had a chance to put it up until late 2019. It cost about $100 dollars Cdn today. But, I am pretty sure it was on sale for $60 at the time.
  • 4 pieces of rebar approximately 6′ in length. These were $7 each at my local hardware store. One piece I cut in half for the sides.
  • 5 hooks I bought at the discount store. they cost 5 dollars total.

Tools were simple as well. All I needed was a hacksaw to cut the rebar piece in half. Of course, I wore safety glasses and leather gloves to avoid any issues with the metal filings.

I cleared an area for my driving net. I select the back left of my garage because it was the only area that was open enough for this project. Additionally, it is near the wood stove for needed heat when practicing. Another important note is that my ceiling is 10′ high in the garage.

DIY Driving Net location in my garage.

Step 1. I took the net out of the packaging and spread it out on the floor so I could inspect the net for damage. There was none.

Dynamx 10′ x 15′ driving net.

Step 2. I place the hooks in to my rafters. These just screwed in and I was able to place them in by hand. I used the rafter distances as a measurement and as such my net is 3.5′ x 8′ x 3.5′. The measurements worked out perfectly.

Step 3. I Strung the net on the hooks. As you can see below, the net was pretty bunchy at this time and needed to be stretched.

Step 4. I then weaved rebar along the bottom of the net. This takes patience and time, but is worth the results. Be careful at this point not to force the rebar in the net holes as it will damage the net by rubbing.

DIY Driving Net with rebar installed.

Step 5. Let the rebar stretch the driving net. This did not take long and I was hitting balls within 10 minutes of installing the rebar; it also formed my net naturally. As you can see, the sides are important to prevent any golf balls from flying around in my garage.

DIY Driving Net Stretched and formed by rebar.

The bottom picture with some of my golf clubs was to demonstrate the actual size of my DIY driving net.

The clubs are for spacial awareness of the size of the DIY driving net.

All the while during construction, I had a fire going in my wood stove. It is a must have for me because it is the only heat source in my garage. It takes about 20 minutes to take the chill off of my hitting area.

Lastly, on my birthday, I set up my DIY mat (from two years ago) and started hitting balls for the first time. I am only about 10′ from the back of the net and I have all the room I need to make full swings without worrying about hitting anything with my clubs.

I did make two modifications after construction. First, I needed to place mats inside the driving net on the floor. The cement was two hard and the balls would bounce all around, so I needed something to deaden them after falling from the net.

Second, my DIY hitting mat is just a bit too small. I will be adding 2′ too the back and top of the mat very soon. It works right now, but it is a bit tight for the longer clubs.

I can hit any club into the net. The rebar helps keep the net tight enough to absorb the energy of each shot. I even hit driver and had no challenges. Additionally, the net is close enough to the floor so that if I hit a really poor shot, my ball will not go under the net.

Well, there you have it – my first DIY Indoor Driving area. I am very happy with the result and look forward to hitting many balls into this masterpiece. This practice area will definitely help keep the rust off my swing so I am ready the moment the golf courses open in April.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

5 thoughts on “My DIY Indoor Driving Net

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  2. Looks like you’re all set to go. I did have couple of thoughts on some minor improvements to consider though. Rebar is extremely abrasive. To make your net last longer, I suggest replacing it with pvc pipe. With just two elbows you can join them after weaving them in to hold the box shape at the bottom too and if you think you need more weight, add some dirt or just slide the rebar you already have inside before attaching the elbows though that might add some noise. Maybe wrap an old rag around it at both ends and the middle to stop that.

    The same goes for the top. Right now, you have just 5 points of connection which looks like it works really well but those points will receive the bulk of the stress. If you weave pvc through the top, your hooks can grab on the pvc instead of the net and extend the life of the net by spreading the stress across the entire top instead of just those 5 points.

    Also an old sheet and more pvc could be used to make a top for the “box” of the net. Stitch that around the top edge of the net cutting 5 small slits for where the hooks pass through. If you use enough pvc for a 4 sided box and use just enough material to keep it fairly tight, you can stand close and even practice your flop shots safely without worry of hitting your ceiling.

    As for your hitting mat, I don’t know how long that kind of carpet will last, but it’s probably nicer to hit off of than artificial turf it. I remember having to clean the grren plastic off the bottom of my clubs every time I used the mat my neighbor had. It cost around 400 dollars US and was really nice to hit off of, but it sure was a pain having to scrape off the plastic. Your carpet seems a better idea.

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    • Kevin,

      Thanks for the suggestions. I used materials that I had around the house to start with. The PVV piping is a good idea. As far as a hitting mat goes. The might be stage 2 depending on how much I use the indoor net. Trying to keep costs down at first.

      Cheers Jim

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