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I bought these initially to use as toys for my dogs as they were so cheap but didn't realise they were foam (d'oh, I need to start reading things properly before buying them!) so they're now in my step son Taylor's toy box at my house for whenever he comes to see me with my boyfriend. Incase you're wondering why I didn't use them as dog toys the awnser is simple - they would be a waste of money as they would be ripped up in minutes by even a small dog so are therefor a choking hazzard and should not be used for that purpose unless ofcourse your dog does not chew on toys (unlikely lol).
I bought these balls in a pack of six from Amazon for a reasonable £3.19 with free delivery and according to Amazon the RRP of the six pack is £5.95. The balls are practice golf balls, meaning they are the size of a golf ball but are much softer and have a prettier design (red with various coloured stripes on the middle). The softness comes in handy for small children, or anyone who wants to practice golf but doesn't have a back garden, or maybe if it's too rainy to practice outside you can use these indoors without the worry they'll smash your TV screen etc.
As said before these are used as toys for Taylor, and they actually do look like toys so it doesn't look odd when he's playing with them, infact in my opinon it'd look a bit strange a grown man practicing golf with these because of the design but then again as they are practice balls they will be mainly used in the privacy of your own garden/house so it doesn't really matter. The balls are smooth and the foam is quite firm compared to a few other foam balls I have owned in the past and they're a little harder to squash/squeeze - they aren't as squishy as alot of other foam balls. Despite this, they're very lightweight so whenver I am playing with Taylor with these he doesn't struggle throwing the ball because they're so light and because they're the size of golf balls they are a handy, more managable size for him.
The balls can be rolled, thrown, etc and act well when playing catching games with Taylor as I don't need to worry about throwing it too hard at him or him throwing it in my face etc. When playing in the garden they can get a little soggy and absorb moisture when it is damp or rainy but they soon dry out. One of them went really manky though as it rolled into a dirty puddle and I chucked it in the bin straight away as it smelt and I doubt the smell could be easily gotten rid of.
The balls aren't very bouncy at all so aren't ideal for an alternative to a bouncy ball, however if they hit the wall, cieling etc they do bounce off and cause no damage which is a big positive. If you do buy these for a child though i'd be wary of chewing. Taylor's 3 but is in a chewing phase at the minute and has taken a chunk out of 2 of them which I put straight into the bin as they were flaking and mishapen.
These are very appealing balls to small children because they are so easy to throw and catch etc due to the light, soft material and Taylor loves the bold colours. Because they are bright red they are easy to spot after throwing them so they don't get lost like alot of other small balls I have owned in the past have.
Ofcourse these can also be used for golf practice but I do not have any personal experience with this, I don't think these particular balls would act as a great golf practice ball though because it is so much lighter than the real thing, but like I said before it's a good alternative to a golf ball when practicing inside. Overall for the price I am happy with the balls (as is Taylor), and would reccomend them (but not as a dog toy!)
If you want to practice your golf and don't have a garden, using a real golf ball indoors leaves the potential for a smashed window or two. Some may say that this added danger provides an degree of excitement, but from my own experience I've found that it can be quite costly! Luckily, there are a few soft practice balls on the market which are designed to be used both indoors and out, in theory minimising any damage to the furnishings. I've already taken a look at 'air practice balls' in a previous review, so today i'm testing Longridge's Foam Practice Balls. In terms of the price, a six pack of the balls costs a reasonable £3.95 from Amazon - I feel that this offers good value for money considering the fact that the balls are hardwearing and unlikely to break.
Design & Appearance
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As the product's title suggests, the balls are made from a fairly firm foam, and are roughly the same size as a real golf ball. Predominantly red in colour with a striped multicoloured band running round the middle, the balls look a little more like a child's toy than a training aid - however, the colour makes the balls easy to find, especially if you're using them out in the garden. The band also allows you to see the amount of spin you have imparted upon the ball, which is useful for detecting whether or not you're hitting across the ball when striking. If you're not interested in golf, these balls can be used for kid's catching practice - and due to the fact that they're rather light, the cat similarly loves chasing them round the floor.
Using the Balls & Final Word
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The main difference between these and the plastic air practice balls (apart from the colour and material) is the fact that these foam ones fly through the air in a manner which more closely resembles that of a real golf ball. The trajectory is pretty accurate for short range pitch shots, and they're also less affected by the wind when used in the garden. Best of all, these certainly won't smash windows, although they are weighty enough to knock over ornaments. No, they don't replicate the feel of a real golf ball (they're obviously a lot lighter), but they'll allow you to practice your ball striking, and are perfect for those who are new to the sport of golf. For chipping indoors they're great (especially from the floor onto the sofa) - just don't take any divots out of the carpet!
I am ashamed to say that this particular item I find myself reviewing is not actually something I purchased, but something we now own due to my son (then only 3, but still no excuse!), had managed to pilfer this from his nursery, and squirreled it away in his toy box!
The product in question is - "Longridge foam practise ball".
After reading the product description on www.amazon.co.uk, I was surprised to find that these are actually practise golf balls, designed ideally for shot practising rather than distance, as these are design to be short flight only.
To us this is simple an effective light ball, ideally sized for a smaller child's hands, making it easier to pay roll or catch with, without hurting the kids hand, or even your body as children do tend to "lob" things at that age!
Within the pack you get 6 balls, which are currently being sold for £3.83, with this being part of a "super delivery" meaning no postage costs.
Each ball is red in colour, with a band of rainbow stripes around the centre, which in fairness Is probably what attracted my son to it in the first place!
This is a light foam construction, that is ideal for throwing and I would imagine chipping (golf wise!), that doesn't really have much bounce to it, though after finding out what they exactly are I can now understand why!
These are marketed as ideal for golf practise for not only adults but also children too, though why anyone would trust a child with an implement that could be used as a club is beyond me, just give them the ball!
Any downsides, well apart from the fact that this is foam, and was pinched from a nursery, there is the potential for chunks to either flake out of the ball, or in our case be chewed from the ball, though thankfully he has well and truly passed that stage (he is 6 now!), with ball surviving reasonably unscathed for this long.
From a golfing point of view (and some of the recommendations via amazon) these are a good training tool for golfers, but from my point of view are good light balls, ideally sized for a child's hands, that (with adult supervision!) can held there hand to eye ball co-ordination, recommended!
Thanks for reading x