JUNIOR GOLF INSTRUCTION...OFF THE GOLF COURSE: Thanks to the almostGolf ball, you can now teach kids golf most anywhere. This is revolutionary because in the past, (only 4 years ago) kids seldom learned golf because 'kids don't have cars', and few parents can afford the time, money and travel to bring their child to a dedicated facility on a regular basis.
THE FIRST ALMOSTGOLF COMMERCIAL 2006: These were exciting times. almostGOLF could finally get on the Golf Channel and show our stuff. Yes, the commercial was very 'Golfy' but it did the trick. It was also the first time we worked with Dave Pelz, legendary teacher to the pros. It had a very powerful effect because no one had ever seen anyone hit a golf ball over a house or into a pool.
BACKYARD GOLF HAS COME OF AGE: Perry Wright of Manhatten beach, CA and his buddies created a nice, tight 9 hole course they play nearly every day. It's not a long course by any means. There are only a few holes you can take full swings on. It's really a target golf type course designed for low scores. It's kind of like billards meets darts and golf all in one. It's a lot of fun when you come home from school or work and only have an hour to spend having fun.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY ALMOSTGOLF OPEN 2008: This was a highlight of the 2008 college golf tour. We were able to design, create, then play a 9 hole course right through the Auburn University campus. With the famous Auburn Football stadium looming over nearly every hole, players were able to hit shots over buildings and off elevated tees. It was a great way to bring a golf event onto campus. Best of all, the event raised money for the Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta. So all the player entry fees went to charity.
WE WON THE TIVO AWARD FOR LEAST TIVO'D COMMERCIAL OF 2007! We launched the spring 2007 season with two commercials showing people hitting around their yards, parks, schoolyards etc. AND WE WON A TIVO AWARD! One day we got a real paper letter that said basically that people actually stopped forwarding through their commercials to watch Dave Pelz and others hit over a house and into a pool. It also might be that everyone yerns to play golf around the neighborhood, but have never been able...until now. Thanks Dave. This is the ultimate golf training aid!
THE PUMA OPEN 2008, Tustin Ranch, CA: THE almostGOLF HAIL MARY SHOOTOUT: This is definately something you've never seen before in golf. Since the real golf ball has to be the most dangerous object on the planet and the wiffle golf ball is the only ball in the world that doesn't work, we thought it would be nice to introduce a whole new way to play golf by adding catching. This was definately the hit of the event because no one ever saw it coming and the truth is, most recreational golfers play more than one sport. I was shocked at how many players dove for balls and really went for it. Nice duds or not, there were some serious diggs for the ball. Hats off to Puma golf for putting on such a great event as well as our other sponsors Astroturf and Function drinks.
THE BEST NEIGHBORHOOD/BACKYARD GOLF TOURNAMENT IN THE STATES: John Meschewski and his family put on the most amazing backyard golf tournament I've ever played in. It's got cut fairways and greens, shots over houses, pools and streets. The best part is that the neighbors contribute both to course design and construction of the course. This is truly a shining example of a neighborhood charity fundraisers and it's raised over $50,000 in the last five years.
CAL POLY POMONA ON-CAMPUS SHOOTOUT: How to introduce golf onto a college campus: We are learning alot about how to bring golf onto campus and the steps needed to make it effective, safe and tranctionable. Step one is to create a fun modified driving range experience so players and passers by can check out 'golf on campus' and see that its fun, safe and accessible. Then create a small almost - golf course of maybe five holes for those who want to take the next step. We found everyone had a blast and they now want us back to create other events.
THIS IS THE SECOND COMMERCIAL THAT WON THE TIVO AWARD FOR LEAST TIVO'D COMMERCIAL OF 2007! We launched the spring 2007 season with two commercials showing people hitting around their yards, parks, schoolyards etc. AND WE WON A TIVO AWARD! One day we got a real paper letter that said basically that people actually stopped forwarding through their commercials to watch Dave Pelz and others hit over a house and into a pool. It also might be that everyone yerns to play golf around the neighborhood, but have never been able...until now. Thanks Dave. We are the ultimate play and practice golf ball.
THE ELEVATED 'ROOF TOP' GREEN: Welcome to a new way of playing golf and creating your own 'golf course' by hitting up onto parking garages. The first step in any parking garage golf foray is to get up onto the parking garage itself. Then you can begin working your way down.
In many cases, you will find places to hit that are stories above the tee box. Here you want to pick a club that will get the ball over the parking garage wall at the apex of its flight. If you pick too lofted a club, you will flight high and short. But then, if you are afraid that you won't make the distance, you may hit too low a club and end up hitting into the third floor and missing the top flooer all together. In all, getting onto the garage is no easy task.
LMU ALMOSTGOLF OPEN 2006:The LMU Open was our first attempt at true almostGolf art direction and 'player flow'. As a result it was a blast to create. We went a completely different direction from the first LMU event we produced a few years ago. That event wandered through the campus. This event took 'Golf' to a whole new level of spectator involvement by tightening up the course into the 'sunken garden' area of campus (4 acres) and creating what we like to call a 'Stadium Golf' course where all the action takes place within a pretty confined 'stadium' environment and central clubhouse. In fact, we sandwiched the clubhouse with two incoming holes (7&13) and three outgoing holes (1,5,10) so it was kind the 'control central' hub of a wheel. You really can't do this with real golf balls because they are massively dangerous and go way too far. But with an off-course safe golf ball, everything changes.
THE ROOF TOP ELEVATED TEE BOX: This is definately not a shot you've seen on any traditional golf course. The tee box is on the fourth floor and the green is right below your feet on the third floor. This is a shot where home court advantage and course knowledge make all the difference because you need to know exactly where you need to hit the ball so it ends up rolling down the ramp to the center of the green. Not an easy task.
UNLV CAMPUS DRIVING RANGE: We found an almostGolfer in our midst. We set up the UNLV event very much like CAL POLY POMONA with a modified driving range with several hitting bays and a small course for people to get their feet wet. But this time we took one more step forward. I met a kid who's father had purchased the almostGolf golf ball the first year we were in business. And as my new found friend was plucking 60 yard shots into a water hazard without even trying, he explained how he had played for at least 12 hours the first day he got our balls. He even created his own almost-golf course. I was blown away by his skills. He out classed everyone with a golf club that day. I guess he proves the point. Practice makes perfect.
THE NEW WAY TO PLAY GOLF FOR FREE: If you are tired of having to schlep to the closest golf facility just to hit a bucket of balls or practice in the short game area, almostGOLF balls are the answer. Now you can play or practice golf anywhere and on your own terms. Since the almostGOLF ball is neighborhood safe and has real golf ball feedback, practicing or playing golf is as close as your own backyard or neighborhood park. Best of all, they make golf convenient, easy and massively less expensive than traditional golf. Save some money and try playing around your neighborhood. And don't be fooled by other foam practice golf balls or wiffle golf balls that don't perform. There is only one off course safe golf ball that works...the almostGOLF ball.
ALMOSTGOLF FACTORY TEAM DEFEATS USC GOLF CLUB IN A SQUEEKER: The first almostGolf tournament of the 2008 season saw a battle between almost-Tiger Woods and the USC Golf Club. It came down to the final fountain shot where Tiger made the shot and sent fans flying into the fountain.
Off-COURSE GOLF DESIGN: HOW TO DESIGN YOUR OWN SYNTHETIC WATER HAZARD: Who says you have to be a Golf Course or landscape architect to create a stunning water hazard...especially if the water hazard is placed around your schoolyard, park or neighborhood. Here is a quick and easy primer on how to either use the existing water features you have on your almost-golf course or create your own synthetic water hazards to up elevate the course or competition.
THE BADLANDS SHOOTOUT: Las Vegas NV. This was our first on-the-golf course competition using the almostGolf ball. This was a warm up round event for the CGA Collegiate National Championships in Vegas. We created a course around the practice greens and tee boxes. Some shots were from the back tees, over trees and to a pin on a practice green. It was pretty much the marriage of darts, meet pool, meets golf.
GOLF TRAINING TIPS #2: HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN 'GOLF COURSE' AROUND THE PARK: If you are tired of the kids, job, neighbors dog...what-ever...and you need a half hour to just hit balls. Why not create your own 'golf course' around the park, a schoolyard or neighborhood. I created my golf course around Lincoln Memorial Park using the almostGolf ball. All you need is are some balls, an almostSHAG to reduce neighborhood divot damage, and the club of your choice. It's kind of like the disc golf of golf. It's seemingly 'extreme' golf, but it's really pretty un-extreme. This is definately something you can't do with a golf ball.
USC ALMOSTGOLF OPEN 2007: The USC Open is our first legit tournament on a college campus using our ball. The recreation director, Mike Munson even played. We played two rounds of 9 holes. The holes consisted of targets and greens. Of course all water hazard and Cup-O-Sand hazards were strictly enforced. It turns out the winner Mark Maier was an special walk on guest of our long standing almostGolf National Champion, Kevin Conroy. Sorry to say, Kevin did not fair as well coming in somewhere around the middle of the pack. Second place went to a youthful Perri Wright.
GOLF TRAINING TIPS #1: THE ULTIMATE BACKYARD DRIVING RANGE: This alleyway parking lot driving range came about because I had to learn how to play golf and prototype the almostGOLF ball at the same time. I have to be honest, I saved a ton of money and developed a pretty good golf swing without a whole lot of stress. To learn more check the entry in our golf blog