At All Sport Systems, we continue to work on our products to create the best simulated golf experience possible. One of the key factors to improve your experience is having a screen that provides good color contrast and as smooth of a surface as possible. Regarding color contrast, we have spent years perfecting our standard and high definition screens.
Standard screens are fabricated from a high-brightness, heavy duty mesh fabric and come with a 1 year warranty.
High Definition Screen
High Definition screens are fabricated from a tightly woven non-mesh fabric and produce the brightest picture with the best contrast.
Our HD screens provide the best possible picture whether you choose our standard 4.3 projector or one of our HD projectors. See below a side by side comparison of how our High Definition screen compares with our standard screen material. HD Screens come with a 6 month warranty.
SideRite™ Tension Kit
To further improve picture quality we have developed the SideRite™ tension kit to provide just the right amount of tension to the screen so that it will hang evenly while at the same time allowing the screen to rebound after ball impact.
The SideRite™ Tension Kit consists of integrated black flaps along the sides of your screen, which cleanly hide side grommets and tension cables. The tension cables attach to the side poles of any enclosure and allow you to place adequate side-to-side tension on your screen via the side grommets so as to remove waving or wrinkling in the screen. The high quality commercial grade black fabric also dresses out the sides of your screen nicely.
Pictures of the SideRite™ Tension Kit above are shown with the ShotDefender™. The ShotDefender™ saftey guard hangs via a tension cable about 6 inches in front of the screen mounting pole. Any shots hit toward the screen pole will be deflected by the ShotDefender™ Safety Guard and will not return toward the golfer. The high quality commercial grade black fabric also dresses out the top of your screen nicely.
Special Note: The ShotDefender™ will drop down from the top of the enclosure approximately 8″, reducing the visible area of the screen. In a similar way the SideRite™ tension kit covers approximately 3″ on each side of the screen.
The SideRite™ tension kit comes standard on the MicroBay™. It is available as an upgrade on the MiniBay™ and SuperBay™ enclosures and comes free when you select the BlackOut™ upgrade. Click here to see pricing and to order.
Screen size compared to enclosure size
At All Sport Systems, our golf enclosures are listed according to the outside dimension of the frame. This guarantees your enclosure will comfortably fit within the space you have designated for your simulator. When deciding what size enclosure to order keep in mind that the side netting on the MiniBay™ and SuperBay™ requires at least 12″ clearance from side walls or other objects and the MicroBay side netting requires 24″.
In order for the screens to fit correctly within the enclosure, they are made 4″ narrower and 1″ shorter than the width and height of the enclosure. So a 12′ wide by 9′ tall SuperBay would have a screen 11’8″ wide by 8’11” tall. Additionally, the visible area of the screen is reduced based on options you select. For example the ShotDefender™ will cover 8″ of the screen along the top and the SideRite™ tension kit covers approximately 3″ on each side of the screen (a total of 6″ of the screen width).
Will the projected image fill the screen?
Projected images from the projectors will rarely completely fill the screen. This is because projectors are limited by their native resolution. When determining the size of your screen keep in mind that projectors typically produce images in either 4.3 aspect ratio or 16.9 aspect ratio. Aspect ratio is a means of expressing the ratio of width to height of the image in terms of pixels. A typical 4.3 image will have a resolution of 1024 wide x 768 high where as a typical HD projector will have a 16.9 aspect ratio with a 1920 wide by 1080 high image. Each aspect ratio will appear differently on the screen.
What is the best resolution/aspect ratio for your screen? This can best be determined or demonstrated by reviewing the diagram below. Although many prefer and want HD projectors, you will see that with narrower hitting bays the 4.3 aspect ratio will fill out the screen more completely than the 16.9 aspect ratio. In terms of overall screen coverage the 16.9 aspect ratio works best with screens more than 12 wide, and the 4.3 aspect ratio with screens 12 wide and narrower. At All Sport Systems, we carry a 4.3 native resolution projector as well as 16.9 HD projectors. Choose the projector with the best fit for your size screen. Although all of our projectors have the ability to produce both 4.3 and 16.9 aspect ratios keep in mind that using a projectors native resolution will always produce the brightest and best quality image. For best image quality, order a projector with a native resolution that best fills your screen.
Why can’t I just make the screen shorter? Although from an appearance perspective you may be tempted to order your screen shorter, it is not practical to build hitting bays less than 8 feet tall due to the increased danger of hitting balls over the enclosure. Where spacing permits, All Sport Systems recommends having hitting bays and screens at least 9 feet tall, and no less than 8 feet tall in low ceiling situations.