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We were at a friend's house earlier in the year and I noticed that he had this strange net thing set up in the back garden. At first, I thought it was a bit small to be a football practice net, but then he explained that it was actually a golfing net which you can use to practice your golfing chip shots (and not a large fishing net as my son thought!!). We then spent the next couple of hours with the families practicing all sorts of golf chipping shots into this net, and enjoyed it so much that I bought one off of Amazon for our garden. At the time, it was just under £10, but such was the appeal of it that it has had fairly regular use from myself and the family throughout the spring and summer. There are various versions of this net, but they all work on the same principle. They are all around 20 inches across and made to be an instant pop-up design so that it creates a sort of large round wedge shape overall. The beauty of the pop-up design is that you can also then flat pack it when not in use, meaning that it is then relatively easy to store away without taking up too much room. The one we have also comes with some additional poles to provide a little more rigidity and stability to the structure. But where the versions differ is how the front area (or target) is set up. With this PGA Tour version that we have, you have 3 separate concentric circular targets created in the front netting. The first and largest target is basically the full front circular face diameter of the net. The second circular target is in the middle of this face and about half the diameter of the larger target. The third circular target is in the middle of both of these targets and is the smallest, being about half the diameter again. Each target is also clearly outlined in order to give you something to aim for. So the outer one has a black rim, the middle one a blue rim and the smallest one a red rim. Each of these targets also has a separate net pocket behind it, so that if you are chipping a load of golf balls at the various targets, you can then go up afterwards and count how many shots you got into each target. In use, the framework is quite sturdy and seems to be long lasting. I've hit the frame quite a few times with chip shots, to no ill effect, and the ball just bounces off. So despite extensive use throughout the spring and summer, and missed shots, it still looks good. The netting also doesn't appear to have suffered any problems. It has still maintained the shape and there are no holes developing in it. I also find that the 'game' itself can become a little addictive because there are the 3 targets to choose from, and you are continually trying to better yourself by trying to chip the ball into the centre target. And once you do 'master' a particular shot, you can then vary the distance or the angle of yourself away from the target to try and make it a little more difficult. Indeed, it did become a little bit of a gaming centre piece at a recent BBQ that we had as people formed up into teams and set scores against each of the targets. So 1 point for the larger target, 2 for the next and 3 for getting it into the centre target. In summary, whilst I am by no means a dedicated golfer, I have found that my chipping skills have improved throughout the summer by using this chipping net. It is quick and easy to set up, and can be easily played across any ground either individually or as a family or team game. So for the money, this is a bargain worthy of a 5* recommendation.
Golf is one of those games that to really practice you need to go out and find yourself either a course or a driving range. However, when it comes to practicing your shorter game there are a few methods you can use to practice. There is the old ball and a mug technique for practicing your putting or there is the chip into a bucket method. However, if you want a slightly more fancy method of practicing your chipping, you can purchase one of these nets. The PGA Tour Perfect Touch Chipping Net, this really is the best of the best when it comes to chipping nets. I once made myself a chipping net, it was pretty good, it consisted of a wooden frame and an old curtain, but when I used this PGA Tour one, I really saw the difference. This chipping net is designed to give you the ability to practice in the comfort of your own home, or simply in your living room. The idea of the net is that you chip balls into the net and this helps improve your chipping technique and your all round game. The net is quite a simple design but it has a few features which make it that much more enjoyable. Built with a frame of around 20 inches, this is a decent enough size and a fairly big target. However, to make it slightly more tricky there are two extra targets within the net itself. This means you can try and be more accurate and hit the dead centre of the net. The net has a good firm structure which means even if you hit the rim it should remain upright. The net can take the weight of quite a few balls without it falling over, so you can chip away merrily for a while until you need to retrieve your balls. If you manage to chip your ball into the centre of the net it goes into a different netting section so when you are checking how you have done you can see which balls went where. The all round design of the net is very basic but very effective. When I use this net I usually make it into a bit of a game. I give myself 10 points for the red centre, 5 for the blue, 1 for the outer and non for a miss. Then I hit ten balls and see how good a score I can get. This makes using the net slightly more fun and I like to compete against myself. I suppose if you have a friend you could each take a turn and make a competition of it. The PGA Tour net retails at around £13. If you shop around online you may even be able to find it a little cheaper. But for what the net is I think it is pretty good value. It has lasted me well and shown no real signs of wear when I've been using it, so again, this shows that it is a good value piece of golfing equipment. Overall I would say this is a very good little piece of practice kit, although it is never really going to be amazingly entertaining, it is a good sturdy practice net that should keep players entertained for a while. Chances are it will also help a player to improve their chipping game, I know my short game has improved over the last few years, so that is certainly a good sign!
Golf is such a frustrating game, the more you play the more the complexcities of the game start to take over your life and you ponder every shot and mistake. I tend to find that as the ball gets near the hole the game gets harder and harder so a booming a drive or a tee shot to a green I can usually manage but a tricky little chip from an hollow near the green and you can bet I'll fluff the shot and take three to get onto the green. So as with most aspects of golf there are supposed aids to making you a more complete golfer, chipping is ultimately a sense of place and touch taking in the variables of wind, green and shape of the hole. Chipping is a part of the game which tends to become easier the more a player practices, and because of this a tool like the chipping net sounds like an ideal piece of equipment to improve your game. The chipping net is as it says a net for catching golf balls, it has a target in the middle and is simply constructed by pulling up the outer circle and keeping it up by use of a piece of plastic. This gives a face for the chipping net and several targets, one the outer circle, an inner circle and finally the target which is the red lined circle. If the ball enters the circle then the net behind keeps the ball and the ball is easily retrieved. The net costs around £10 and takes up little space when not in use as it folds down to a meter square circle. But is it worth having? Well in my opinion it's a bit of a toy which gets used once or twice but tends to accumulate dust in the garage. Chipping is about touch and feel and to have a target is a useful one but in truth it has little help when on the course and trying to chip onto a green. The best aspect of the net is to get used to the flight and angle of the ball when it lands in the net, this gives a sense of the shot a player should be using when playing for real. I have had one for a year or so but I must admit I was given an old one from a local golf course as mine has a hole in the outer plastic net and to be honest I doubt I'd ever consider buying one because I've only played with it a few times at home. However, I have used the ones at the course many times as they give a player a chance to chip a few balls before the tee off time. So it has limited uses but it's not overly expensive and I guess extended use will improve your game.
Being an avid golfer I have reviewed a large number of "practice" aids whilst on this site and have been rather negative about most of them. From driving nets to putting aids I have never really been able to find a product that can be used off course that aids my game on it thus my purchase of such products has gradually decline. However, one item I have bought lately was the PGA Perfect Touch Chipping Net and my findings have been mixed. Chipping is one of the most fun and rewarding, as well as the most difficult, skills in the game and any help I can get the better. Too many times my chips have ended up barely making the green or skidding off to the other side. I decided to buy this net to help my control with the chipper and get some off course practice at this difficult skill. The item itself is a well made, mainly plastic, device as pictured above. It comes with "tent pegs" to fix the product to the ground with and a pole to strengthen it when erect. It easily folds down making it very portable and easy to store. Its been durable so far and having used it a couple of times a week for nigh on 3 months I have had no issues. The netting and poling is still in tip top shape. It takes mere seconds to assemble each time and before you know it you will be chipping away. The aim is simple, land your chip in the red circle at the centre of the net. You can make your own distances and drills and angles etc. Does it work? I have found I am able to chip into the net with ease but have seen no results on the golf course. Of course the net does not allow for a key skill in the chipping process, controlling the speed of the ball into the run on. I don't see how this product is of much use other than a bit of fun and getting used to swinging the chipper and perhaps a little bit of skill in judging power. Otherwise it is not ideal at all. At a tenner it may serve as a bit of fun to take out into the garden to pass time or as a bit of nifty competition with mates but at the end of the day if its improvements in chipping you are requiring more hours on the course are far better than this , even sticking a stick in the ground and chipping to it is a cheaper, more beneficial exercise. Also on CIAO
Those of you who read my reviews will know that I'm a fairly keen golfer. I think I've probably been playing on and off for around two and a half years now. My long game is pretty good, however, I struggle with my short game - when under fifty or so yards from the green. To try and combat this I purchased myself the PGA tour chipping net pictured above. I've had it now for around six months or so and I have to say it's not a bad training aid and can be purchased for around £10.00 from most sport shops. The basic design is such that it springs up in the air and stands about forty five degrees from the ground, meaning that it leans slightly backwards as you look at it. It has three rings or targets, which gradually decrease in size from the outside inwards. Each target has its own net or meashing which captures the balls once they have been hit into the target, however, it does not come with additional meshing, for example if you miss the net you'll have to walk and get it. Pro's: It's nice and cheap, which is something which cannot be said for most other golf equipment and at the same time actually improves your golf game. The short game is where most amateur golfers either score or lose points because they either sit the ball nicely on the green, completely under hit the ball so it doesn't even make the green or dramatically over hit the ball so that it flies over or off of the back of the green. It's all about touch really and this chipping net helps you to increase your feel. By increasing the distance to and from the net you can make shots more challenging, or you can even chip the ball so that it bounces neatly into the net. Con's: To be perfectly honest, it is quite small and I have hit many many shots over the top of the net. The chipping net is also incredibly lightweight and is prone to blowing across the grass in a reasonable strength wind. The last complaint I have with it is the fact that because of the design it is quite hard to get golf balls out of once you have been successful in getting them in, the meshing seems to get in the way and it can be quite frustrating. Overall, a good, cheap training aid, which in time will definately improve your chipping. Well recommended. Thanks for reading, feel free to comment. Beanie8844.
Of all the parts of my game, I truly despise chipping. Probably because i'm not very good at it. And if the strength of the PGA Tour Perfect Touch Cipping Net was measured on the improvement it made to my game, then this would be getting one star. However, a good workman should never blame his tools. Despite its' appearance, the device is a farily simple idea. It is essentially a dartboard for golfers. The idea being that if you can hit the center of the net with consistency, you will gain a better control of your chipping. Constructed from a flexible plastic tubing covered in polyester and a durable mesh net which seems to be well constructed and very durable. It has a diameter of 50.8cm (20") in which resides three targets. The center target circled in red, the middle in white and the rest in black. Of course the red circle is the smallest, but by regularly hitting it into that area, your chipping accuracy should increase. The net assembles itself through tension release and it can be used either indoors or outdoors. Should you decide to use it outdoors, you can affix it to your garden with the use of pegs that are included in the set. Weighing only 0.45kg as it does, you will have no option that to pin it down, even on the calmest of days. Retailing at the £9.95 mark, it will not break the bank, however the question remains about its' usefulness. For someone who has all the basics to their chipping game, then perhaps it will help to make them more accurate. As I inferred earlier, it hasn't really seen drastic improvements in my own game. Whether this is down to some major flaw or i'm just useless at chipping, I don't know. One thing I do know is that I need more help than a £10 plastic net can offer.
after months of listening to me go on and on about how poor my golf was when close to the green, my fantastic wife saw fit to buy me one of these. At first I didn't know if I should be greatful or insulted, but I guess the thought was there. When you open the box, you get a net folded into a small circle and held with a strap. You also get a bag containing two ground pins, similar to those used for camping, and a strengthening pole that comes in two pieces. The net itself seemed to be well constructed, and being a typical man, I had to use it straight away. I went to the garden, and removed the strap, only for the thing to open out fully and hit me in the face! It was now around two feet in diameter, and judging by my fat lip, it was quite sturdily made. The strap that held the net close, now doubles as the two holes that you insert the strengthening pole into. Simply push the two parts of the pole together, and put each end into one of the metal eyelets that are at the top and bottom of the strap. The net is now able to sit upright on the ground, but if you were to chip a ball in now, it would move. Therefore you push the two grounding pins into the ground hooking them over the bottom circle of the net, fixing it to the spot. The last thing that there was to do was to fix the smaller target net to the larger circle. This is done by using three popper style buttons, which when put around the frame, hold the target in place. Easy to set up, the net proved to be a useful aid. It will not make you better, but provides a target for your practive at home. You can structure your chipping practice around this, and make drills for yourself. Like everything else in the world, you need to keep at it, and you will notice the improvement that repetition brings. The net folds away easily and quickly, so if you have to dodge in out of a shower, you will not get soaked taking it down. The positives of the net are that it is simple both to put up (and down.), and also it is very easy to slot into your usual practice routine, and seems to be quite sturdy . On a more negative note is the force at which the net opens, when you remove the safety strap. I see it being a bit of a shock, not to mention very fiddly for older players. Also the popper style buttons on the target circle tend to pop out of place when you hit the target. This means that you are constantly having to put them back in. The net is a good addition to your training, but it is certainly not an essential buy. I find that using a hula hoop in the back garden is equally as useful. Basically the net looks the part, but as long as you have a target, then you can practice your chipping and pitching. Certainly the net is of sufficient quality, but I just don't know how necessary it is to own one of these. Still, its not too expensive at around a tenner, and it adds a bit of fun to your practice. If you are in the market for a chipping net, then this is the one I would suggest.
In brief, A simple straightforward item, what you see is what you get. A small collapsible net designed to help you improve your chipping, suitable for either indoor or outdoor use. Well that's the theory of it anyway. So what's it like in use? It couldn't be easier really, take it out of the box, spring it into shape, place it on the ground and attempt to chip your ball into it. End of story......... - Almost! Here comes the dodgy bit - WARNING..... When stored the net is twisted and folded into a small diameter hoop about a foot in diameter, secured with a strap fixing. This strap has to be released in order to allow the net to spring into shape and to attain its full size, just under 2 feet diameter. You need to be very careful when releasing the strap as the net springs VERY violently into shape. Once this has occurred, it's fine. Simply push a small pole into the back of the net for support and away you go. But be very careful the first time you use the net. Obviously after using it once, you are aware of the danger and it should no longer be a problem, unless you forget......... You will also have fun trying to twist and turn it back into the small size hoop in order to store it again, but you will soon get the hang of it, after a few curses all will be well. As per all other "Training" aids in Golf, don't think that this will improve your chipping overnight because it won't, it is just a simple aid to use when practicing your chipping. What it can do though is to give you a little extra interest and competition when practicing. See how many in a row you can pot from a specific distance, that sort of thing. The other good thing is, at least with a fixed target you can see how consistently good, or bad! Your aim and distance control is. I personally use a bowl of water instead of this net, at least when I hit the water I know the line and landing area of the shot was extremely very close to where I am aiming. Remember they are really the only two things you can control in a chip and they are the two things which count. The more skilled among us can control spin and flight but for most of you that is really of no concern. But it is great fun, have a laugh when you use it - just don't take the results too seriously. It's not particularly well made or robust but will give sterling service if you look after it. JUST REMEMBER THAT SPRING WHEN YOU OPEN IT OUT.