As i have mentioned before when doing putting reviews - it really is the key to becoming a good golfer. Most players after a lot of practice can get the ball on the green after 4 shots, tee to green, the game can become very simple, after that it can be anything but. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing all your hard work over the hole going to waste with a 3 putt which ruins your card. With this in mind there are a number of products out there to improve your putting game, and this cup, is just one of them, so then, just how good is it?
How does it work?
The cup is a very simple design, made of metal, it has ridges going upwards in order to mimic the pace of the ball. These mean that when you hit the ball too hard, it will run through, just as you would on a real golf course. This is good and makes it better than the auto returner i have reviewed before, as you can quite literally smash the ball at the hole and it will go in, which would not happen in real life. This is more realistic, and ensures that you get the pace on the putt right.
What are its drawbacks?
In my opinion, there are many, which is a bit of a shame, and it has nothing to do with the actual design by Longridge, it is just the entire concept. I am a traditionalist and still believe you cannot mimic putting conditions in your house. A carpet will not run at the same pace, same lie or have similar characteristics as the green at your local golf course - this makes it a bit pointless to me, but it is not actually the fault of the product. If you put this on an actual green, it would be very helpful, but if you're on a green, why not just aim at the hole!
The good thing about this is it is only about £3, this means that you can pick one up dirt cheap if you just fancy the noveltly aspect of it, which i think is where this product has its value.
Bit of a novelty product for me.
I have been playing golf since I was a kid. Back in the old days it was just a simple game of pitch and put. In the last ten years or so I have taken the game a little more seriously. I now have a full set of clubs and go out playing as much as I can over the summer months. While I certainly don't see myself as a great player, I can usually hold my own over 18 holes. From tee to green I'm a decent player, however, one area of my golfing game that I have never been very good at is putting. This is where the Longridge metal putting cup comes in. It helps improve a golfers putting!
The idea is pretty simple. The Longridge metal putting cup is designed to mimic the features of a normal hole that you would find on any golf green. So you can use this in your living room. The cheap version of this would simply be a cup. However with a cup you can only putt from one direction, plus if you hit your putt to hard you risk chipping your cup. So the Longridge metal putting cup is a great alternative.
The design of the putting cup is pretty simple. It's just a series of metal tabs that lean out. As you ball rolls over a tab it tips it up and traps the ball in the centre. If you hit your ball to hard it will simply roll through the cup and not go into the imaginary hole. This is good as it means you have to try and get the pace of your putts just right as well as the direction or line. The putting cup is light weight so it is easy to carry around if you are travelling anywhere. You can use this one your carpet or out in the garden.
As to whether or not this has really improved my putting, I am not overly sure. I must admit when I do use it I do soon get bored. Putting golf balls across the carpet is not really my idea of fun. I can't really blame this one the Longridge putting cup, it's just the fact that using it can be a bit tedious. If you have lots of patience and don't mind putting for hours on end then this would be ideal for you. It's good because if you have a big enough space to practice in you can simple place the cup in the middle of the room and leave balls all around the room, then you can put from different angles and directions. One thing I don't really like about the cup is the fact that when you sink a putt you have to go and bend down to remove the ball. You can get more than one ball in at once but if you make a few putts you have to walk over and remove the balls.
The Londridge putting cup is certainly good value. You can pick one of these up online for around £3. You may even be able to get one a little cheaper if you shop around. So although I soon got bored of using this putting cup it is pretty good value and there is nothing really wrong with it. If you are tired of putting balls into a cup, then this may well be for you.
This is one of those sporting gadgets that I have in the office to play every now and then when I need a break. I originally received it as part of the office 'Secret Santa' along with a couple of golf balls. Now I'm not a keen golfer by any stretch of the imagination, and at the time I didn't even own a golf club, but a few days later I did manage to pick up a putter club for £2 in a car boot sale.
Looking on the web, these putting cups are really cheap, ranging anywhere from £2 to £4. The idea is that you place it on the ground somewhere and then knock (or putt as I believe the official golfing term is) golf balls into it from a distance. The cup itself is a sort of flat metal plate around which you have a series of hinged metal petals (8 in total) and the whole lot has been finished in a green anodised finished. Each petal smoothly hinges inwards so that as the ball hits it from the outside, the petal rolls inward with the ball, and then deposits the ball in the centre of the ring, and then falls back upright again preventing the ball from escaping from the ring. Since the petals surround the ring, it is possible to putt the golf ball into it from any direction. You can then walk up, retrieve your ball and play again.
In use, I've found this best to play on a flat carpet indoors. Grass outside is ok, but I've found that you really need to push the cup hard into the ground in order to create a smooth run onto it for the ball. But inside, it is very good and addictive and I kind of set myself challenges bouncing the ball off a chair leg or a wall in order to achieve the putt (just in case there happens to be any walls or chair legs on some random putting green somewhere that I need to play on!!). The petal action is very smooth (if a little noisy) and so far, after nearly a year of use, it still looks good.
To balance the review, it is only fair to point out any negative issues. The first is that the centre cup can fill up fairly quickly (if you are a good shot), which results in the balls sitting against the inside of the petals. This then stops the petal tipping inwards with the ball, which often means that the ball either shoots over the top of the cup or just deflects off sideways. The other issue is that you have to go up to retrieve your ball and to empty it afterwards. Now I suppose that's not too much of an issue because it is what you would do on a golf course anyway. But when you are doing it time and time again, and you can't just flick the ball out with your club, it is a little bit of a gripe.
In summary, this is a cheap well made item that will improve your golf putting technique, and it does become a little addictive as you challenge yourself again and again. I also find it to be very therapeutic in the office when I need a break.
So balancing the pros and cons, I'll give it a 4 star recommendation.
The Longridge metal putting cup is one of a large range of slightly different devices which are designed to help improve golf putting.
These devices are most commonly used indoors, on a carpeted surface, and although they do not give the exact same feel as a putting green, they will help to improve technique, and give a good general feel of the weight of the golf ball, and the force required when swinging the putter, which offers important practice in the pressure of holing that all important putt out on the green!
This particular design from Longridge, does just that.
It is a metal flat bottomed dark green piece which sits on the floor, and has hinged green flaps surrounding the outer edge. The idea is to hit the golf ball using your putter, and if the ball travels on aim towards the cup, the ball will hit the hinged flap, which will pop the ball into the centre of the cup, which is covered in a green baize like material.
I have had mine for about 18 months now, and it is still in good condition. The flaps still swing up and down freely, and have not been damaged from the balls crashing into them, and the green baize inside the cup still looks in good condition. I find these kinds of little gadgets are great if some family come round to visit our house with young children, as it will keep them good for a while, as long as all fragile items are removed from the surrounding floor areas!
In my opinion there are many positives and negatives of the various different designs available, and the best way to practice is to get out on the green, but for a cheaper way of practicing, and a way of avoiding the Great British winter weather conditions, these little things are better than nothing!
Compared to other similar devices, the Longridge putting cup is a slight let down to me. It is a little noisy as the ball hits the flap (assuming you are on target!), meaning that this annoys my partner if I'm using it in the room where she is trying to watch TV, or speak on the phone!!
Another issue for me is that there is no ball returning feature, meaning that the cup is full fairly quickly, after about 3-4 balls have hit the target, depending on how they fall into the cup. Once the cup is full it stops the flaps from working, and so the cup acts as more of a ramp, and so a lot of time is spent walking over to the cup to empty it, although I suppose this is true of a putting green!
However on the plus side, there is no need for batteries, it is a little cheaper than other designs, and the fact that it is in the shape of a hole gives a more realistic feel to the putting experience, especially when the ball is not quite on the perfect line, and it short of wobbles across the edge of the flaps. It is also easy to move around due its light weight, and the small size of the unit makes it easy to store away.
The cost of these does vary a little from retailer to retailer, but they generally fall into the £3 - £5 range.
Thanks for reading.
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Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer once said "Putting is like wisdom... partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience" - and whilst it's best to accumulate said putting experience on a real putting green, experience can also be gained from the comfort of your own home with the Longridge Metal Putting Cup.
Get in the hole!
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Although its title would suggest that the device is something you could potentially drink from, the putting "cup" isn't really a cup at all - its a flat trap with raised sides which flatten when a golf ball rolls over them. The device is covered with a green felt which I guess is supposed to represent grass - but it's not very convincing grass, as it's the wrong shade of green.
Price & Availability
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The putting cup can currently be purchased for only £2.99 online, which is especially good value for money considering the fact that it's predominantly made from sturdy metal. There are actually a couple of Longridge Putting Cups on the market, with this version undoubtedly being the premium - the other doesn't feature the felt finish, and isn't as aesthetically pleasing. The device is nice and light, and can be moved around with a minimum of effort.
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In practice, the Longridge Metal Putting Cup works really well - pop it down on the carpet at the other side of the room, and it can be used as an effective training aid. Although it physically doesn't react in the same way as a real golf ball falling into a real golf hole, it will undoubtedly help judgement of distance and putt weight, as a ball will have to be hit at the correct speed for the putting cup to accept it inside. When you manage to sink a putt, the clatter of metal is fairly loud - but it's a pleasing sound.
The felt on the device attracts dust fairly quickly, but it can be vacuumed off without any problems - actually, the cat vomited on my one (twice) - but it was cleaned without any lasting damage!
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All in all, the Longridge Metal Putting Cup is a great little putting aid at an especially reasonable price. I've personally used many carpet putting holes over the years (sounds a bit dodgy!), and this particuar version is certainly in my top three - highly recommended.
I recently reviewed an electronic automatic putting returner and having been dissatisfied with its use and lack of relevance to the actual method of putting I sought something else and came across this and have to say its been ideal!
The product is designed as a putting aid for budding golfers to improve, swing, control, speed and confidence when putting. Obviously, being primarily intended to be used indoors its nigh on impossible to recreate the conditions of a green but this comes as close as you can get. The base is a flat piece of metal with flaps around the top. The hinges around the top are intended to act as the outer rim of a hole so if you don't get your put right it will drop. It's a very good idea and works far better than the other auto return tuners which feel nothing like putting.
There is not a great deal to say about this. It works well as it helps improve putting line and speeds as best it can. You could take it outside and I have used it in my garden once of twice but it only really is meant for use on flat surfaces indoors. It cant do miracles in making you an excellent putter after a few weeks of use and you will still need plenty of hours on the actual greens but as I said it can help improve factors of your game.
Its slightly larger than the normal hole on a green which isn't ideal and holds four balls meaning once four puts are made it needs emptied. This is not a major problem but is worth mentioning.
Its cheapo and retails at around £3 making it a very cost effective, handy tool for improving basics of the putting swing and line.
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A simple but effective Practice "Putting aid" designed primarily for indoor use ( Great for the Carpet ), but could be used just as effectively outside, on a Putting green, or similar flat and well manicured surface if you so wish. It is just a flat plate of Metal with hinged Leaves all around its edge, designed to simulate a Golf hole.
Now what's it like in use?
It couldn't be easier, put the plate down on the ground and Putt the ball towards it. If you hit a good, on line Putt the ball rolls over the Hinged leaves and "Drops" into the hole, if you hit a poor, or off line putt, it doesn't drop, or it "Lips out"- Just like the real thing.
Now don't think that this will improve your putting overnight because it won't, it is just a simple aid to use when practicing your putting. If you have a Lousy putting stroke before you use it you will probably have the same Lousy stroke after using it. If you have a bad Putting stroke, see a PGA pro before buying this....
What it does do well though is to give you a little extra interest and pressure when practicing. See how many in a row you can hole from a specific distance, that sort of thing. The other good thing is, at least with a fixed target you can see how consistently well, or bad! Your aim and speed is.
If you need / crave that competitive edge when practicing, as I do, then this is a useful aid / toy.
Only one, once you have holed four putts in a row, you have to bend down and empty it, oh well we can't have everything.
For less than the price of a couple of ProV1s this is a great bit of kit which will give you hours of Fun and frustration. You never know, it just might help your putting as well.