Rope It Golf Training Aid
By Kickntrue on 6/16/10
The Rope It is about as simple as a training aid comes. In fact- you could probably make one yourself, but for $20 (and free shipping) why spend the effort?
The actual product is pretty simple... take a Bungee-cord, tie it to a screw which you put into a golf ball. Add an extra strength cord to the bungee for additional length - and BAM- you've got the Rope It. The purpose of the product is to let you hit full shots with your irons in a limited space, but with the ability to see the first 60 feet or so of actual ball flight (versus hitting into a net). Even people will small yards have 60 feet to spare, right? When you compare it to a hitting net or other backyard options- it really is a cheap alternative with almost no setup.
It's actually a pretty decent idea though I think the designer should have figured out solutions to two small issues to improve on the execution of their product. First- you can only hit a 6 through 9 iron with it. Anything else (higher or lower) would be outside of the safety specs of the product. I can get over this, but there is just something about the idea of hitting a full driver directly at my neighbor's house that makes me feel like I'm missing out on something. Secondly, and this is odd to me- they don't actually provide the "stake" you would use to put the Rope It into the ground. That seems like a pretty vital omission and forces extra work on the part of the consumer to use the product.
At any rate- check out the cheesy video below. It may actually be my favorite part of the product. It's drenched in "TV Pitchman" to the point of irony. It's $20 and I have to give them credit for including shipping in that price.
As oober's would expect with a product like this- we have a couple to give away- so drop a comment and you're "in" our drawing. We'll pull 5 winners at the beginning of next week.
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I like it !
It's like a paddle ball, but golf-ier? I'm game.
And when does Newton's law smack you right in the forehead?
Kurt the Knife says:
I 'spect thats why it has the length of non-elastic line.
I can't wait for the inevitable youtube video of an attempted prank gone wrong with one of these. Perhaps if I win one, I'll be the one posting said video.
How would it react to a big slice?
If you slice it, the ball goes your normal distance
Ben Crane says:
Pretty slick until the rope snaps from fraying you didn't catch in time
Hmmm.... not sure about it... but I'd like to give it a try. Sign me up!!!
wouldn't the weight of the rope and screw in the ball make the flight change from an actual golf shot?
Seems like a good way to practice in the back yard.
or just get a net so you can hit all your clubs and not have to chase the rope/ball every time.
$20 for the whole thing? Must not be a ProV1 on the end of that rope ;)
What kind of ball is tied to the end? It looked like one of those rubber balls. And what happens if the rope does break?
I'm thinking put the ground stake on the opposite side of the strike surface from where you stand & hit away. Then you just reach down & pull the rope to get the ball back. Only get 30' of distance though, but I'm sure a bimini twist knot & some 550 cord would extend the reach of the rope. Might would replace the stock rope with 550 cord anyway for the sheer safety aspect.
Looks awesome to me and I'd love to try it.
Eddy Whitaker says:
DOes it have any warranty or guarantee not to break? i see this being bad news as i smack one and the rope breaks/screw strips loose and the ball goes flying into the neighbor's house.
Wait, no it doesn't - so says the lengthy fine print.
Matt F says:
Order now and you'll receive a second one for the cost of shipping and handling...only $23.99!! :) Sign me up.
Scott Shields says:
That would be awesome, I want one!
I don't think this one has legs. Or if so, only until the first inevitable lawsuit.
Wait a minute. AB, you said only a 6i through 9i can be used with it. Then why does the infomercial show the guy numerous times using a fairway metal? Hmmm.
I could use one if only to help groove my swing. Pretty cool.
Funny, they show the swings, but never show the guy pull the string to put the ball back on the mat. I guess that part is not that exciting...
@all - All good questions, comments and points. I was asked to write the review and tried to do my best to be positive but fair. I think it's a pretty scary product too, from a liability standpoint. I'd be afraid to use this product if I wasn't hitting into a wooded area. It is a REAL ball... but not a brand name.
look good to me I would love to try it!
Bryan K says:
So what happens when I just miss and my club catches the rope?
Interesting, Count me in for the contest
I would love to give this a shot.
Love the video.
Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly, and children under 10 should avoid prolonged exposure to Rope It Training Aid.
Caution: Rope It Training Aid may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds.
Rope It Training Aid's ball contains a liquid core, which, if exposed due to rupture, should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at.
Do not use Rope It Training Aid on concrete.
If Rope It Training Aid begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head
Discontinue use of Rope It Training Aid if any of the following occurs:
tingling in extremities
loss of balance or coordination
or heart palpitations.
Do not taunt Rope It Training Aid.
(with apologies to Saturday Night Live's Happy Fun Ball. :))
This would be great, I live right next to a busy road, nothing like yelling fore at the cars.
Why do I picture myself hitting a duck-hook with the driver and strangling myself with the rope?
@golfmapper... if it's a Kia do you have to yell "FORTE... FORE!!!"?
I bet that thing wouldn't last 10 swings. Prove me wrong by giving one to me.
It would be interesting to try out. I would be worried that the ball would become detached after a while from the screw holding it to the rope. That is a lot of force for it to contend with over and over again. I also noticed them using a fairway wood in the commercial, that is lawsuite material right there.
i want a rope it! bet i could rip that rope with my 85 mph driver swing.
would be fun to use with a dog
My husband has been using theropeit since the late 90,s. He goes through 1 about every 9 months. You MUST replace as soon as you see it is showing wear.It is used nearly every day and sits outside at all times. It is designed to NOT come back and hit you. Just make sure you have the space to hit in. Clearly you should not hit with a tangled line. If you set up correctly you can not hit the rope and hurt yourself. Most people have a 2 1/2 lb weight or some heavy thing, laying around doing nothing. I think it had a very positive effect on our family. Because my husband stayed home to practice it cut down on cost of buckets and time to go hit them. He already plays a round of golf 2 or 3 times weekly. The kids learned about the game. When he is on call he can still hit balls. Love the dog comment! When our dog was on his run parallel to the path of the rope it, he thought he could catch it every time. Good memory!
Wow this would really help me not put a ball through the car windshield!!!!
Interesting. contest entered.
I want a Rope-it... just please don't include the pitchman.
[quote] It would be interesting to try out. I would be worried that the ball would become detached after a while from the screw holding it to the rope. That is a lot of force for it to contend with over and over again. I also noticed them using a fairway wood in the commercial, that is lawsuite material right there.
Snap and hit your neighbor!
I'm too lazy to chase the ball after I'd hit it. I'd have to send my dog out there or my 2 year old son to play fetch.
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