The creativity and ingenuity of some golf entrepreneurs and designers never ceases to amaze me. Case in point is Pitchfix’s ability to create cool new variations of the oldest and most over-invented product in the history of sports, the green repair tool.
The Pitchfix Twister is a very unique departure to regular green repair tools, sometimes called divot tools though I don’t know why. Rather than the standard two-fork, flat unit, this device features three forks in a triangular orientation. The user inserts the Twister in the ground and twists, thus the name. A great and necessary feature is that the forks are retractable. The forks are retracted by, you guessed it, twisting the unit.
An extra bonus is a nice ball marker which attaches magnetically to the top of the unit.
The above mentioned ball marker is logo-ready for custom branding. This is a great merchandising possibility for golf clubs/courses.
The Twister is available in eight vibrant colors.
On The Course
I must admit the first few times I tried the Twister I was afraid to twist too hard for fear of breaking the forks. They are flexible but extremely strong. I eventually gave it as hard a shot as needed and never bent or broke the forks.
The repair job done on the greens by the Twister is very nice. You can hardly tell there was a ball mark at that spot, especially when you get the hang of the proper technique.
Twisting the unit back and forth to produce the forks, then retract them, is almost as fun as playing golf.
I love anything that helps make the game better. Smoother greens equals better golf and Twister does a fine job of making that happen. The retractable action is cool too. The colors are very vibrant and stylish.
On super hard greens it can be difficult to get the twister in the surface, and twisting is even harder. Then again, with greens that hard it is not likely that the ball would be producing much of a pitch mark.
When in the pocket the unit feels a bit bulky. Flat repair tools certainly win this contest. Pitchfix says it is not much different than having a golf ball in your pocket, which is true. But I don’t golf with a ball in my pocket.
The Pitchfix Twister does a fine job of repairing ball marks on the greens and does so in a very cool retractable format.
Pitchfix also makes a great switchblade green repair tool. Check out the Hooked On Golf Blog review of the Pitchfix switchblade divot tool.