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Written By: Chris Conley
How often do you get to the driving range? With a 21 month old, beautiful little girl at home, a full time job and taking care of the house, finding time to go to the range and practice is difficult to say the least. I am guessing most of our readers have a similar situation, life is busy and we aren’t paid to golf so how do you improve your game when you can’t be at the course practicing? The great teacher Hank Haney says to take 100 practice swings a day, you don’t even have to hit a ball, just practice getting into the correct positions. I think this is great advice, however actually hitting a ball even if you can’t see the trajectory helps with the follow through in my opinion; taking practice swings with out making any type of contact at the impact position just doesn’t feel right. Rukket has the answer, a portable, easily set up and broken down golf net where you can hit actual golf balls into at full power.
The Rukket story is one like you haven’t heard before, and it all started in 2008, the founder of Rukket lived in Manhattan’s East Village in a tiny apartment and little money. He wanted to practice his game, but driving ranges in Manhattan are hard to come by and expensive to say the least. He found a foam golf ball and would hit it into the wall in the courtyard of his building over and over again. This triggered the idea of a portable golf net with a ball returning system, so the golfer could practice and not waste time picking up balls after hitting a few shots. The name Rukket was born as a play on words, from the word Ruckus, because of all the problems the small company, funded on personal savings, would have in it’s first few months getting a demo put together. The first 500 nets produced, were all unusable because of a manufacturers defect, and almost bankrupt the start up company, but they fought and at the 2012 PGA show they had a working demo to show everyone. The feedback on the nets were great, and by the 2013 PGA show, they came with stock to sell and left with none left. Big name club makers were using Rukket in their boths to demo the newestdrivers on the market, because of the durability and ease of set up of the Rukket golf net. Words to live by, by Rukket’s Founder, “Rukket is a small company funded by personal savings. We depend on each and every one of our customers for our success. We are dedicated to creating unique and functional products, products that help you to do what you enjoy to do and hopefully improve in the process. Every Rukket product has undergone extensive testing before we are able to bring it to you. While nothing is perfect, and its much more difficult to be a leader, we will keep trying.”
Growing up I had a few different baseball nets, that you could pitch into or use as a backstop if you didn’t have a catcher; everyone of these would cost a good deal of money and would be rusted and worn out in one years time. The biggest reason was that they didn’t fold up or dissemble easily, they stayed outside in the weather, rusted and the nets dry-rotted. So when I was looking for a net to hit golf balls into in my back yard, I was leery of the same thing happening; I stumbled upon Rukket’s website and watched the video (posted below) about how easy it is to set up and take down. I was sold! The Rukknet comes in a convenient carrying case, and sets up in minutes, including putting the anchors in the ground you can set the net up in about a minutes time. In my opinion the brillance of the net is how quickly you came disassemble and clean up after your practice session, you can break down the net and put it back in it’s travel case in under a minute as a well; the net simply folds over itself and snaps into the shape of the carrying case, no awkward folding or bending at all. The Rukket frame is made of a spring steel, which folds and bends easily while staying very durable, no more fiberglass rods with the spring string in the middle like tents and other golf nets on the market. The netting and mesh material is all double stitched for extra durability and the ball return net is made of a 4 ply knot-less material that can with stand the highest of swing speeds; in other words Dustin Johnson couldn’t rip a hole in this net.
I was thoroughly impressed with this net, I have a nice fenced in backyard but it isn’t huge by any means, so being able to take the net down easily after use is great and a space saver. The net is very durable and if you had to leave it outside and set up it would last a lifetime, but the ease of dis-assembly means you don’t have to leave it set up. One great thing about the net is the accessoriesthat ruckket offers, you can easily turn the golf net that dad or mom love into a pitching target for the kids called the “Pitch It” attachment, there is also an attachment called “Chip It” which offers targets to practice your short game. This net assembles and disassembles with ease, comes with a great carrying case to allow you to practice anywhere and is very durable, if you can’t get to the range on a regular basis, break this out at night after the kids go to bed or on your lunch break and get those 100 swings a day in the Hank Haney recommends to improve your game.
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More About the Author - Chris Conley
Chris is the founder of Average Guy Golf, he plays at an 11 handicap and has recently changed from TaylorMade to an all Ping line up, besides his Xenon putter. Chris who is 34 started, playing golf when he was 15 and one Mr. Eldric Tiger Woods hit the scene and made golf popular. He has a daughter who is 4 and loves going to the golf course, and practicing with her new Pink golf clubs that Santa brought her. Chris's goal with the site is to make your next round more enjoyable regardless of your score.