T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Rukket golf net means there's no excuse not to practice
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Monday, June 03, 2013 | 11:13 a.m.
Ask anyone on the golf course, "So, how often do you play?"
More often than not, the reply will be, "Well, not as often as I'd like."
It doesn't matter if you're talking to the weekend hacker, or the guy who plays 30+ rounds per year. We all love golf and no matter how often we play, it's not enough.
Plus, with busy work schedules and family, it's often difficult to even find time to get to the driving range.
Thanks to the folks at a company called, "Rukket," however, now the driving range can come to you.
Rukket are the makers of the RukkNet Golf Net. The company introduced its net at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show, but at the time had no inventory to sell. Rukket returned to the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show -- this time with product to sell -- and it didn't last long.
When you see Rukket's net, it's easy to understand why.
Let's face the facts: arguably the biggest issues with golf nets are flimsy frames and low-quality netting (you know, if you catch one just perfect, it might rip right through the netting).
Rukket solves this problem. Not only that, but you can take it literally anywhere.
Here's how the company describes the net on its site:
The RukkNet is simple and fast to set up and take down, generous in size, durable, light-weight, and versatile. It pops-up instantly to let you practice multiple sports anywhere. Use one practice net for golf, baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer and football. Use it indoors or outside, in backyards, basements, garages, on patios, at practice fields, or league games.
The RukkNet is ideal for perfecting your swing before the next trip to the driving range or golf course. The ball returns after each shot so no more bending down or having to carry a bucket of golf balls. Stay in position and find your groove. Correct repetition is the key to a great golf swing. Also a great tool for warm ups before a round.
The RukkNet is made from high quality netting and a durable spring steel frame (no more fiberglass poles). The net is double stitched and built of the heaviest materials available. In other words it is built to last. Carrying case is thick canvas with double zippers for long life, capable of carrying a hitting mat, golf balls, attachments and a golf club, it also has a thick comfortable shoulder strap for long hikes to your favorite practice spot. Very portable at 14 lbs. Folds flat into a 32" diameter.
The RukkNet now comes with a 4-ply, knot-less ball returning net. No more mesh like cheaper golf nets. Knot-less netting allows the power from each impact to disperse efficiently and will not wear out or get holes. An added benefit of the heavier inside netting is the ball is returned with more force.
This is the ultimate in ball returning technology. As usual it attaches using T-bars that fit into large grommets attached to the frame. We have yet to find a tougher system.
The RukkNet retails for $199.99.
And good news, too, for those of you looking to improve your short game at home. One of the many attachments Rukket offers for the RukkNet is the ChipIt! ($29.99). It simply attaches to the RukkNet with T-bars and provides three holes to chip into. It can be adjusted to various heights so you can practice virtually all the short-game shots you'll encounter on the course.
For more information on the RukkNet and all the products Rukket has to offer, visit www.rukket.com.
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