How to Build a Golf Practice Net

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Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world. Enjoyed by all ages and skill levels, golf can be exceptionally fun one moment and frustrating the next. Tiny variations in a golf swing can produce dramatic changes in the ball's direction. The key to finding and maintaining the perfect golf swing is lots of practice. Unfortunately, driving ranges can be expensive and inconvenient. Having a golf practice net at home is the ultimate solution to this problem, and building your own is both fun and affordable.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 Schedule 40 PVC pipes, 12 feet long, 2 inches in diameter
  • 2 Schedule 40 PVC pipes, 8 feet long, 2 inches in diameter
  • PVC pipe cement
  • 6 Schedule 40 PVC pipe elbow fittings, 2 inches in diameter
  • Poultry netting, 3 feet by 50 feet
  • Nylon cable ties
  • 2 bags of sand, 50 lbs each
  • Attach two 8-foot PVC pipes to one of the 12-foot PVC pipes using two elbow fittings and PVC cement. The result will be a short U shape.

  • Attach the remaining three 12-foot PVC pipes together using two elbow fittings and PVC cement. The result will be a tall U shape.

  • Attach the two U-shaped assemblies together using two elbow fittings and PVC cement. The short U shape is the horizontal base; the tall U shape is the upright frame. The finished result will resemble a bookend

  • Cut strips of poultry netting and stretch them across the frame, fastening them with nylon cable ties. You'll find poultry netting packaged in rolls that are 3 feet in width. Cut lengths of the netting to stretch horizontally across the frame, leaving them in the standard width. Start at the top and work down along the back of the tall frame, creating a netted pocket. Overlap the strips by about 8 inches.

  • Position the net so that no houses, automobiles or high-traffic areas are behind it. Errant balls can be unpredictable and dangerous.

  • Secure the net by placing one 50-lb bag of sand on top of each leg of the practice net's base.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can make your net bigger or smaller simply by reducing the diameter of the PVC pipe. For large nets, use a thicker pipe and consider adding extra layers of poultry netting.
  • Be careful when working with PVC cement. It is highly flammable and the vapors can be toxic. Work in a well-ventilated area away from open flames and heat sources.

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