Product Type: PGA Tour Golf
Newest Review: ... 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 concen... more
No, it's not a large fishing net!!
PGA Tour Perfect Touch Chipping Net
Member Name: Randal
PGA Tour Perfect Touch Chipping Net
Advantages: Quick and easy set-up.
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.
Summary: Great device for golfers to practice their chipping shots.