My much better invention.
Come On Golf Inventors
By Kickntrue on 4/24/09
The winner of the "Best New Product" at the 2009 PGA Merchandise Show is RoboCup. Golf inventors need to think harder. The RoboCup is a unit that sits inside the cup at a golf course practice facility and automatically kicks the ball back to you after a make. Don't get me wrong, it's an okay product, though ridiculously priced at $50, but there is one HUMONGOUSLY obvious flaw (seriously, it's so obvious I'm not even going to say it). *See Editor Note/Update

A better product would be two tee like objects you put a foot behind the cup with a rubber band you make taut, so it can kick all your misses back. Remember the "Pitch Back" in baseball? I learned to pitch on that thing (33IP 10-2, 3.22 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 34K's as an 11 year old).

Come on people!! You're sinking your life savings into these inventions. You've got to be able to do better than RoboCup.

Ed Note/Update - Okay, I watched the whole video and I see that I am a borderline idiot. It comes with a little bar thing so missed putts go in and get kicked back. That is what I thought the flaw was. Still- they've never seen me putt or those bars would extend MUCH further. I still like my invention. I stand by my claim that someone should be able to come up with something much better to win "Best New Product" at the biggest golf show in the world.

RoboCup



[ comments ]
jabba9 says:
ok... i give up
4/24/09
 
klangdon says:
i don't think this is that bad. priced a little lower i would say its pretty solid. not surewhat the big flaw is...
4/24/09
 
mjaber says:
Can I use the rope during my rounds?
4/24/09
 
jerdman says:
Thats nice and all, but I can't sit there and practice the same putt over and over. Why didn't they add a sensor to clip to your belt buckle, so if you move it rotates and shoots the ball back in your direction. That should have been an 90s product, but not with the technology of today. and wheres the solar cells on it so we don't need to waste batteries, golfs an outdoor sport after all. "Come On Golf Inventors" sheesh
4/24/09
 
Kolt15 says:
-jerdman... haha thats what i was think when i was watching the video cause i go like all aroung the cup to get diffrent breaks and all.
4/24/09
 
Shankapotamus says:
I think this would keep me from noticing speed and how the ball dies around the hole. I'm sure good putters (I wouldn't know b/c I'm not one) want the ball to end up a foot or two past the hole when they miss. This thing requires the rope to sit right behind the hole.

On the flipside, what if I come up short? Are you telling me that I am expected to walk up and get the ball myself?

Last time I checked, one of the great things about golf was getting outside and getting some exercise. Maybe their next product will be a little robot that putts for you. Then, you can just sit in a lawn chair and do nothing.
4/24/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Now THIS is a solid product. It can be used by any golfer at every level, and can be taken to any putting green. One of the big differences between amateurs and pros at the top of the putting stats is their putting stroke, when they miss a putt it's more often than not a "mis-read". With us, it's a mis-read along with pushing or pulling the putt in the wrong direction. The guys on the tour that struggle with a flawed putting stroke are the ones you see changing putters and grips constantly (Sergio, Vijay and many others). This product helps you work on your stroke only, working on different reads and speeds is not what this is for. If I'm not mistaken, Tiger hasn't changed his putter since he's been on the tour, that's because his putting stroke is as close to perfect as it can be, when he misses a putt or has a bad day it's usually because he's having a bad day of "reading", not putting.
4/24/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Once you can rely on your putting stroke putting the ball exactly where you are aiming, that makes putting A LOT easier. That's why we've seen tiger make putts when he needs to, his stroke is pure, he kicks up his focus to get the read and speed, and it's lights out.
4/24/09
 
ToddRobb says:
And No, I don't work for RoboCup :)
4/24/09
 
unknown1111 says:
how lazy are we?
4/24/09
 
falcon50driver says:
Shankapot you hit the nail on the head, why don't we just watch someone else play, instead of going to all the trouble to chase the ball. When I practice putting, which is rare, I'll shoot 3 balls at one hole, pull them out and go on to another hole, usually trying every hole on the practice green once. I can't see anyone I know falling for these gimmics.
4/26/09
 
ToddRobb says:
merlin, "When I practice putting, which is rare"... really?!?!??
4/27/09
 
falcon50driver says:
Yes, any kind of practice is pretty rare for me. I probably could learn something if I did.
4/28/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Overall you would be a better player. Golf is WAAAYYY to hard to get better at without practicing. During the season I try to do "something golf" everyday for at least 10 minutes. Chipping, putting or practice swings with a weighted club which helps with flexibility. I know you're a busy guy flying all over the place, but you can spare ten minutes can't ya? With your scoring average, you could easily shave 4 or 5 strokes if you practice chipping and putting.
4/28/09
 
RoboCup says:
Every putt is a straight putt. If you can't putt straight - you can't putt. So standing in one position putting straight is a fundamental part of any good golfers practice routine. Go to the practice green on a practice day on the PGA tour and see how many pros practice the same putt over and over. You'd be surprised how many PGA Tour pros have requested a RoboCup. We can't just show up to a tour event and give product away to claim tour member usage. The PGA Tour will not allow you to go and fill the players lockers with stuff. However we have close to 200 tour players that have requested the RoboCup and are using it on the tour practice greens or at home.
6/13/09
 
RoboCup says:
Back to value of product - sure I can make it and sell it for less but you wouldn't be happy with it and it wouldn't last long. Just like a lot of stuff these days. But it would be cheap. Wait for the knock off product if you want cheap. The RoboCup gets more that 12,000 putt returns to a set of 4 AA batteries. Returns the ball to 14 feet or more depending on green speed. Works in practice depth or full depth cups as well as many of the panel green systems like Tour Links greens. I recently tested a unit to 175,000 putt returns before one of the limit switches decided enough is enough. I'll leave it to the golfers among us to decide if my product is worth what it costs but I can tell you the pros have decided and it's pretty much unanimous.
6/13/09
 
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