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.

TheRopeIt.com



[ comments ]
KVSmith59 says:
I like it !
6/16/10
 
dc8ce says:
It's like a paddle ball, but golf-ier? I'm game.
6/16/10
 
elhacker says:
And when does Newton's law smack you right in the forehead?
6/16/10
 
chaka says:
nice!
6/16/10
 
Kurt the Knife says:
@hacker.
I 'spect thats why it has the length of non-elastic line.
6/16/10
 
Josh says:
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.
6/16/10
 
activesense says:
How would it react to a big slice?
6/16/10
 
bortass says:
@Active,
If you slice it, the ball goes your normal distance
6/16/10
 
Ben Crane says:
Pretty slick until the rope snaps from fraying you didn't catch in time
6/16/10
 
dave0498 says:
Hmmm.... not sure about it... but I'd like to give it a try. Sign me up!!!
6/16/10
 
mba799 says:
wouldn't the weight of the rope and screw in the ball make the flight change from an actual golf shot?
6/16/10
 
jbird2011 says:
Seems like a good way to practice in the back yard.
6/16/10
 
eventHorizon says:
or just get a net so you can hit all your clubs and not have to chase the rope/ball every time.
6/16/10
 
stringbean79 says:
$20 for the whole thing? Must not be a ProV1 on the end of that rope ;)
6/17/10
 
Clint24 says:
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?
6/17/10
 
kingsolo says:
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.
6/17/10
 
nickp says:
Looks awesome to me and I'd love to try it.
6/17/10
 
Eddy Whitaker says:
sweet
6/17/10
 
birdieXris 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.
6/17/10
 
birdieXris says:
Wait, no it doesn't - so says the lengthy fine print.
6/17/10
 
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.

Matt
6/17/10
 
Scott Shields says:
That would be awesome, I want one!
6/17/10
 
HotBacon says:
I don't think this one has legs. Or if so, only until the first inevitable lawsuit.
6/17/10
 
greendevil says:
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.
6/17/10
 
ElGalloGigante says:
I could use one if only to help groove my swing. Pretty cool.
6/17/10
 
inok11 says:
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...
6/17/10
 
Kickntrue says:
@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.
6/17/10
 
jkalal1961 says:
look good to me I would love to try it!
6/17/10
 
Bryan K says:
So what happens when I just miss and my club catches the rope?
6/17/10
 
Blakevt says:
Interesting, Count me in for the contest
6/17/10
 
dukedsp says:
I would love to give this a shot.
6/17/10
 
kristoff32 says:
Love the video.
6/17/10
 
Zepo1a says:
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:
itching
vertigo
dizziness
tingling in extremities
loss of balance or coordination
slurred speech
temporary blindness
profuse sweating
or heart palpitations.

Do not taunt Rope It Training Aid.

Zep--
(with apologies to Saturday Night Live's Happy Fun Ball. :))
6/17/10
 
golfmapper says:
This would be great, I live right next to a busy road, nothing like yelling fore at the cars.
6/17/10
 
Banker85 says:
why not...
6/17/10
 
mjaber says:
Why do I picture myself hitting a duck-hook with the driver and strangling myself with the rope?
6/17/10
 
mjaber says:
@golfmapper... if it's a Kia do you have to yell "FORTE... FORE!!!"?
6/17/10
 
Shankapotamus says:
I bet that thing wouldn't last 10 swings. Prove me wrong by giving one to me.
6/17/10
 
GolfGeek69 says:
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.
6/18/10
 
dannyjones says:
i want a rope it! bet i could rip that rope with my 85 mph driver swing.
6/18/10
 
erikro says:
would be fun to use with a dog
6/18/10
 
munk24 says:
Whoops
6/19/10
 
URMA says:
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!
6/20/10
 
Barroomhero says:
Wow this would really help me not put a ball through the car windshield!!!!
6/21/10
 
Jakpenn says:
Interesting. contest entered.
6/21/10
 
golfgirl says:
I want a Rope-it... just please don't include the pitchman.
6/22/10
 
matthewtam88 says:
[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!
6/23/10
 
cmuidiot says:
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.
6/23/10
 
MReda says:
The Rope It vs. Net bit.ly/bQfOpi
7/8/10
 
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