If there’s one thing I need almost as much as a round of golf at Augusta National Golf Club, its practice. The problem with my now very busy schedule along with the months of winter when there is snow on the ground, is that I can’t go to the driving range very often. So I get rusty and my golf muscles atrophy. Fortunately this past winter I had a new golf practice net from Rukk Net by Rukket, setup in my basement. I was able to make some full swings with real golf clubs and real golf balls in my house over the winter. I can feel the benefits this spring already! Lets take a closer look at Rukk Net’s golf practice net.
When setup, the Rukk Net is seven feet high and about 10 feet wide, roughly five feet deep. There’s an outer net for the frame and an inner net which catches the balls. When properly setup (not on long grass as in my video) the net will return the ball back to the player hitting the shot!
The net sets up in, just estimating here, 3-5 SECONDS. Teardown is a bit more tedious, clocking in at perhaps around TEN seconds, unless you include stuffing it into the included carrying case, then the teardown is a whopping 20-30 seconds. In short, it is about the quickest and easiest setup and teardown of anything you’ll ever have.
Hit Balls In The Basement, Back Yard, Parks….
When in its carrying/storage case the net is about the size of a big drum cymbal. It is flat and easy to store. As mentioned I had it setup in my basement, even with eight foot ceilings. I couldn’t swing drivers because the club would hit the ceiling, but I could hit wedges and short irons. The unit could easily be taken anywhere and setup quickly for practice on the beach, the park, the back yard.
Here’s a video showing two types of shots into the net. Some question if the net is tall enough to catch high lofted shots. The first two shots in the video are my 56 degree sand wedge. The next two are my driver. Bear in mind this is a golf net demonstration, not a golf swing clinic! Enjoy my granny swing…
At $199 retail and a street price of around $179, the usefulness of a practice net can pay for itself quickly. Around here a bucket of 30-40 balls is $8 and a jumbo is $10. Two weeks or practice at 50-100 balls per day on the rang would pay for a Rukk Net. Beyond that would be gravy. The benefits to one’s game and confidence are an even bigger payoff.
Rukket’s golf net would make a great Father’s Day gift for the golfing father in your life.
Usually I post videos of my buddy, the director of golf at my home course Guy Lester, in trouble to give him grief. In this particular case he tried something I would have never thought of to get himself out of the horrid “plugged golf ball under the lip of the bunker” situation. Instead of opening the blade to his sand wedge, he turned the toe down. It was a brilliant shot which not only got on the green (the main goal), but settled to about five feet!
And to cap it off, he was playing with a broken foot. That’s dedication to golf!
One of the funnest parts of the PGA Merchandise Show is seeing how creative and unique some of the golf products are. Case in point today is a tiny little 36 second video I shot at the Bag Boy Golf booth. This video shows the top of the “Revolver” bag, which of course, revolves. In fact, the whole body revolves. So if a club is on the other side of the bag, you just turn the top so the club is easier to access.
I miss Payne Stewart. What a player and what a person. Part of the uniqueness that was Payne Stewart was his apparel style. Knickers, sweaters, caps… the traditional look.
While at the PGA Merchandise Show last month I visited a booth of a new company which makes that sort of traditional style golf apparel. A very new company, Kings Cross makes classic golf knickers and apparel, right down to the shoes. Check out my video below and stay tuned as I’ll be doing a review of some Kings Cross apparel…when the snow melts.