DIY Stance Mat Instructions
How to build your own stance mat inexpensively
STANCE PLATFORM 1
Anyone can build a stance platform easily and inexpensively, using a minimum of tools. I went a slightly more expensive
route by building mine as a 5’ x 4’ which required 2 sheets of plywood. If you look at the pictures, there is one that shows my stance with a driver that also shows an orange level which is placed at 4’ to give an idea of the size of a 4’ x 4’ platform.
Go to a local building materials store ( Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc) and purchase one sheet (2 sheets if you are going with my larger dimensions) of 1/4” x 4’ x 8’ door skin plywood and one sheet of 2” thick 4’ x 8’ styrofoam insulation board. For convenience, ask them to cut the plywood and styrofoam into 4’ x 4’ pieces (again, if you are going with my larger size have them cut the 2 sheets of plywood and 1 sheet of styrofoam into a 4’ x 5’ size). Bring them home and place the styrofoam between the 2 pieces of plywood.
Next, take your golf simulator and set it on top along the length as pictured to use as a guide to mark a line along the length of the plywood.
Take a normal stance with a wedge lined up in the center of that simulator overall area and be sure you are comfortably on the platform. Mark the spot where the face of the wedge sits.
Now, take your driver and take a stance as though the ball were located at the mark made where you previously set the wedge. Be sure you are still comfortable with the stance.
Place your golf simulator on the top surface so the tee hole is directly over the mark made previously and draw an outline. IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE ONE OF OUR SOFT SHELL COVERS, MAKE AN ADDITIONAL ALLOWANCE FOR THE EXTRA SIZE OF THE COVER. ALSO, ADD 1/4” TO THE FRONT LINE OF THE CUTOUT AS YOU WILL WANT TO GLUE A PIECE OF PLYWOOD ON THE FRONT OF THE FOAM TO REINFORCE THAT AREA SO THE GOLF SIMULATOR DOES NOT DIG INTO THE STYROFOAM!
Remove the top piece of plywood and take a saw (even a hand saw will work as this cuts easily) and cut out the rectangular opening in the top plywood. Place the plywood back down on the foam and square it up to use it as a template to mark the foam. Now mark and then cut the foam to that same size. DO NOT CUT THE BOTTOM PIECE OF PLYWOOD AS THAT WILL ACT AS A BASE FOR THE ENTIRE PLATFORM.
You can now take the small cutout piece of plywood to cut a strip to glue to the front of the foam opening to protect it from the simulator movement.
Next line up the foam with the bottom piece of plywood and glue it to the bottom piece. Then line up the top piece of plywood with the foam and glue it to the foam. Finally glue the strip of plywood to the front of the foam and shown in the picture here.
Now you can glue or tape (double sided) carpet to the top of the platform if you want and finish the edges any way you want - perhaps run the carpet down the sides to create a finished look.
Finally, take your golf simulator and place it in the cutout area. Odds are it will be low. If so, simply use small pieces of plywood, or even cardboard to shim (raise) it up so it is perhaps 1/8” above the rest of the stance platform. I suggest it being slightly higher in the event you hit a shot where the club is still descending at the end of the simulator (doubtful that this would happen but just in case). This would help keep the club from hitting the front of the cutout area.
With respect to glue for adhering things together, I suggest using either the cartridge tubes of urethane (like they use to glue paneling to walls) or even a white glue. Just be sure that the glue will not eat into the styrofoam.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at
as I will be happy to offer suggestions and help in any way I can.
The stance platform I built was 4’ x 5’ but for reference, if you look at the orange level outside of my back foot, it is positioned as if the stance platform were 4’ x 4’. This is more than enough space for me. If you have any questions about the size of platform you should build, I suggest that you take some string and lay it out in the shape of a 4’ x 4’ square, place your golf simulator in a spot similar to where mine is and take a stance with both a wedge and a driver to see if it is adequate for you.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR 4’ X 4’ STANCE PLATFORM
(1) 4’ X 8’ X 1/4” SHEET OF PLYWOOD - CAN BE CUT IN HALF BY MOST STORES
(1) 4’ X 4’ X 2” SHEET OF INSULATING STYROFOAM (MOST STORES WILL CUT 4 X 8 IN HALF FOR YOU GLUE TO GLUE PLYWOOD TO STYROFOAM
OPTIONAL ITEMS INCLUDE INDOOR/OUTDOOR CARPET TO COVER TOP OF PLATFORM
PLEASE NOTE: Any damage resulting construction or use of this platform are the sole responsibility of the user. We assume no liability resulting from the construction or use of this stance platform.
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