It has been said many times that the greatest equalizer in golf is the short game. Length off the tee is great but if you can’t close the deal around the green you are no better off then the person who hit it 40 yards shorter but can clean up with their short game. Putting is the one part of golf that a person of any skill level can excel at. It doesn’t matter the strength, height, age, or gender of a person when it comes to putting instead it is all about practice and patience. At The Hackers Paradise we are always listening to our readers and asking them tools they think would best help them with their game or what item they would most want us to review. At the very top of the list was help with putting, ways to practice putting all year long, and where they can find putting greens for their home. Well, that is where the Tour Links putting greens comes into play.
We contacted Tour Links per the request of our readers to review their putting greens and they gladly agreed. They are so confident in their product that they were happy to supply one of their Standard 4’x10′ putting greens. Below is some information and specs on this particular green.
From the Company:
With 40 square feet of putting surface, this all weather green is a golfer’s dream come true! The first full size putting green that creates quality practice for golfers of any skill level. With room enough for two, the 4 x 10 delivers everything an enthusiast of the game demands. Club speed turf with adjustable breaks, and two regulation cups and pins are standard. The 4 x 10 green is ready for use in any indoor or outdoor space. Molded from high impact polymers, the patented design makes installation a snap. Elevate your game to a new level with Tour Links!
Item Description: 4’ x 10’ Putting Green
Part Number: PG-10PP-1
Assembled Length: 116.00 inches 9 ft – 8 inches 2.9464 meters
Assembled Width: 47.50 inches 3 ft – 11 ½ inches1.2065 meters
Assembled Height: 3.25 inches.08255 meters
Assembly Time: 15 Minutes To Assemble; 1 Person Required
Number of Packages: Arrives in (2) boxes plus (1) tube of turf.
Parts Included: Panels – (6) Straight Edge Panels; (2) Outside Radius Single Curve Edge Panels; (2) Outside Radius Double Curve Edge Panels; Turf – (1) Putting Turf; Accessories: (2) Cup Filler Plates; (2) Cups; (2) Pins; (2) Packs of Contours; (2) Packs of Hardware; (6) Packs of Bump Rail Clips; (1) Instruction Manual Pack with Decals
Materials Composition: Panels – Polypropylene Copolymer (Recycled Materials) Turf – 100% Polypropylene with Natural Rubber Latex Back
Care Instructions: Clean panels with a soft, damp cloth. Carefully sweep or vacuum the turf. When rolling up turf for storage, roll loosely with the green side out. Never crease the turf. For outdoor application: If unit will not be in use for an extended period of time, roll the turf with green side out, and store turf and accessory pieces indoors. If moving the assembly, use at least two people.
Warranty: 3 Years (Turf); 5 Years (Panels & Accessories)
The first thing I want to touch on is assembly. The company claims that assembly can be done in 15 minutes. Once all the items arrived we decided to put that claim to the test. I should start by saying that the two people putting this together, myself and a colleague, are not the most handy people so we expected assembly time to be triple what the company suggested. We laid all the parts onto the floor and realized that it’s just a big puzzle. Getting the pieces to slide together was fairly easy for the first side, however, adding the second side was a little more difficult but nothing a little bang with a hammer didn’t fix. After all the pieces were snapped together we got out the electric screw driver and placed the screws in the specified location and dropped the cups into the precut holes. After that we put the pre-cut turf on top and we were done. There are some minor steps in between but that is mostly putting stickers on the flag stick and connecting the rod to the cup, all very simply and take just seconds to complete. The assembly from start to finish took us about 20 minutes but as mentioned earlier the two of us are not very handy so overall we were really impressed with just how quick and easy it really was to put this putting green together.
Once everything was put together the next step was to take the two foam contours and place them under the turf to create breaks. This is such a fantastic feature because these contours can be changed as many times as you would like to create different breaks in the green. For people who have trouble reading breaks in a green this feature will be a life savor for your putting game. The other test we had to perform right away was durability because an indoor/outdoor putting green is great but if it breaks when two people are standing on it then it’s really useless. So we got up on the green and did the unthinkable, we jumped up and down. We were pleased to see that this putting green did not move an inch, did not crack or break, and still looked brand new.
The real test began once we started working on our putting. The company says with just 15 minutes a day you will see major improvements with your putting. Our goal was to try and putt at least 15 minutes a day and since this was within arms reach of us everyday we found ourselves taking several 15 minutes breaks during the day to putt around. The turf rolls so true and is made of the highest quality materials. Putting the breaks in certain places can make some putts seem impossible but the challenge of sinking that putt is too much fun.
In the short time that we have had the Tour Links putting green my putting stroke is a million times better, my confidence on those 10′ and in putts is so much higher, and I sort of have a new found love for putting. This was the one part of my game that I struggled with the most and I always found it a hassle to go to the putting green. I was always embarrassed to practice in front of a large group of people because my putting was so bad I didn’t want others to judge me. Now I am confident in my putting abilities, especially from 10′ and in and I really do have the Tour Links putting green to thank for that. Between the vast improvement in my speed control and putting stroke I have gone from four putting many holes to consistently 2 putting every hole. In my last two rounds that I played I sunk a 25′ and a 30′ putt that I would have never been able to do before.
The Tour Links putting greens are not like those twenty dollar roll up putting greens you buy at your local sporting good store this is a high end, high quality item that is more like a piece of furniture that will last you a life time. Some might feel the price tag is a bit steep but if you have the means and the space and you truly have a passion for golf then this putting green, or any of the standard and customized putting greens from Tour Links, is an incredible investment. For more information on this style or any of the other styles available you can visit their website here.
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