With the arrival of a new grandson my mind starting thinking way ahead to low impact training sessions in the back yard. In searching about I discovered this product that turns out to be perfect for the task and way more.
These foam practice balls are “full featured” with:
- Alignment stripes for consistent setup and alignment
- Standard golf ball size
- Soft foam is safe for use indoors or outdoors
- Comes as a 12-pack
Besides all that, you can take a full wail at these suckers and they only go about 30 yard max. Even though you are hitting a foam ball the ball flight is, unlike those airy wiffle balls you played with as a kid, surprisingly familiar as they replicate the spinning parabolic flight of a sand or pitching wedge to a T. The stripes help with setup and alignment and make the spin imparted very evident for good feedack. They even have a convenient cool mesh bag for storage, transport, and containment during your practice regimen.
Back to the original goal of creating a backyard Approach Practice Course (APC), it opens up great creative possibilities for the budding course architect or simply the entertaining Grandpa. Seemingly extraneous lawn art or an inverted plastic step stool can be used to create the perfect green complex with all the tactical bells and whistles.
In this live loop you can see the realistic ball flight off the 3/4 swing of a 53 degree Ping SW with the drop and stop spin leaving me a little recovery from just behind Scooby Doo left. Not being an official USGA event, the square grooves have been “grandfathered in” and are perfectly legal.
Safe for indoor and outdoor use, I imagine a plush rug and a pool table in the basement rec room would make for a nice alternative winter golf destination.
This is not a serious investment at $11.99 from a number of sources on the World Wide Web and, with Amazon Prime delivery, you could be setting up your own short game extravaganza in just a few days. I highly recommend the investment for improving your short pitching game and nurturing the golf skills of your kids and grandkids.