New this year at one of my three home courses are some bunker rakes with rounded handles. See image below:
Rounded handle good for many reasons - click to enlarge
I can think of several ways this handle is better for golfers or the course:
1. The handle doesn’t leave six foot long imprint in the sand, keeps bunker more pure
2. The handle is easier to grab when accessing the rake
3. The handle won’t stop a golf ball from rolling. Ball will roll under it.
Divot tool on spring loaded retractable belt mounted cable - click for more images
Golf inventors have so many ideas and gadgets that I could spend the rest of my life reviewing all of the ones which have come in to HOG Lab. The divot tool (sorry, green repair tool) has been reinvented more times than the wheel.
Another reinvention to the divot tool list is the Divot Up. This is a fairly nice divot tool, attached to a retractable and spring loaded cable which mounts on the player’s belt. This is great for those middle aged Harley dudes who like to attach their keys to their belt I suppose. Or perhaps the golf gadget addict who has everything else already.
The product is manufactured well and is very sturdy. The tool does in fact do a good job of fixing ball marks. Included with the green repair tool is a magnetic ball marker which can be customized.
Would any serious player wear this? Probably not.
Dream54 keeps putter square and stroke on straight line - click for more images
For those of you who want to keep your blade square, and also keep your putter on a perfect straight line during the putting stroke, here’s an aid which may help.
Dream54 Putting Aid
Industrial Putting Technology is the maker of the Dream54 putting aid. This aid features two bars which attach to two different stand options. The first option sits on top of the ground or your floor in your house. The 2nd stand option is a set of spikes which you can put into the putting green to mount the unit for practice on a real surface.
A guide unit mounts onto any putter with the main wing sliding between the rails. Once setup, about a minute or two, you can work on the “straight back and straight thought” stroke and also keeping the putter face square.
Once again, due to snow I can’t get out on the course today. The next time I do hit the links, I plan on taking my first test drive with the new Bushnell “neo” (yes, all lower case) pocket golf GPS.
Bushnell neo golf GPS - haven't put it in play yet, but it is already in my list of top new cool golf gadgets for 2011! Click for more images...
This thing is smaller than my Canon camera, which I always carry with me in my pocket. The rounded corners are nice when it is in the pocket. The unit comes with a belt mount too.
The unit does NOT require a subscription or fee to use either, which is nice.
If I had the job of reinventing the wheel, there’s one guy on this planet I’d hire to do the gig. That would be Jeremiah from Frogger Golf. Jeremiah seems to know what it takes to make an every day product better, and has the guts to go and and make the darn thing. After all, Frogger didn’t invent the club brush, but their BrushPro is the best. They didn’t invent the golf towel, but their Amphibian Towel is the best…
Frogger HOP! Green Repair Tool
So why not reinvent the most used gadget in golf, or at least what should be the most used, the green repair tool?
The new Frogger HOP! Green Repair Tool - click for more Frogger images And by the way, why do people call these divot tools? You don't fix divots with green repair tools...
How does Frogger
reinvent the wheel make a green repair tool better?