Buying Guide: Shopping For The Best Golf Nets (2017)

Whether a professional, frequent player or beginner, every golfer needs to practice their swing to maintain accuracy and strength. One of the best ways to do so is with a cage and catching net. This equipment can prove essential to success in the sport. Since it is impossible to play actual rounds every day, having a net to catch practice balls is necessary. Users stand at the practice tee and swing. The net safely captures the ball, keeping the golfer, bystanders and property safe.

The problem many have is not knowing what type or size they need. Some decide that a “ready to use” product is best. They want to be able to use the net as soon as it arrives. Others opt for the “put it together” variety that requires assembly.

Size is another factor. If used at home, the significant other may not appreciate a gigantic net in the backyard obstructing the view.

Always remember that those who became great at the game, from Arnold Palmer to Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods practiced their swings vigilantly. Anyone who wants to take their play to the next level needs to get in regular practice swings.

Even people with no desire to play professionally, collegiately or for any other serious matter, should realize that appreciation of the game increases along with ability. Having a practice net and cage available will help in this regard.

Do-It-Yourself vs. Ready Made

As might be expected it costs more to buy a ready-made golf net. These fully-assembled devices make it easy for amateurs, in particular, to get started. On the other hand, getting a do-it-yourself cage set can save money and present an opportunity to learn more about the equipment.

With or Without Frames 

Beginners may want to have frames out of fear of errant shots. They can be anxious about missing the net, having the ball break a window, strike a bystander or get forever lost in the bushes.

Target Nets

This is extremely heavy-duty equipment placed in the front of standard nets. Golfers use the target net to focus on sending shots in a certain direction.

A Common Available Feature

Coating can be added to protect the net cage from sunlight. Green and black are the most common colors used to fight the corrosive nature of ultraviolet rays.

Important Considerations

1. Size-a large cage unit can result in significant material costs for those putting it together themselves.

2. What is included-always inquire if the actual netting is part of the package. It is common for unknowing golfers to buy a cage device, only having to make an additional purchase later.

3. Location-consider where the equipment will be located. Golfers who go out of their way to purchase a really large cage and net may find it being a burden. Having to forgo outdoor events in the backyard because of the unit can be a problem.

4. Climate-people living in areas with significant rainfall or cold weather will find outdoor cages and nets are not the best for them. Instead, a smaller indoor unit is probably better.

Purchase a Net Unit Today

Armed with this knowledge, it is time to purchase a golf net. With time, a golfer who practices regularly should witness appreciable gains in playing level.

Top 10 Best Golf Practice Nets for Home

TRAINING AIDOUR RATING
Rukket Haack Golf Net
Rukket Haack Golf Net
4.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)
Callaway Home Range Practice System
Callaway Home Range Practice System
4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)
Rukket Pop-Up SKEE-GOLF Chipping Target
Rukket Pop-Up SKEE-GOLF Chipping Target
4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)
RUKKNET Original Pop-Up Golf Net w/ Ball Return Feature
RUKKNET Original Pop-Up Golf Net w/ Ball Return Feature
4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)
SKLZ Quickster Chipping Net
SKLZ Quickster Chipping Net
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Ajillis 3-in-1 Golf Practice Set (Mat Driving Net Chipping Net and Bag)
Ajillis 3-in-1 Golf Practice Set (Mat Driving Net Chipping Net and Bag)
4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)
Rukket Portable Driving Range 3 in 1 Golf Set: Practice Net, Chipping Target and High Quality Tri-turf Hitting Mat
Rukket Portable Driving Range 3 in 1 Golf Set: Practice Net, Chipping Target and High Quality Tri-turf Hitting Mat
4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)
The Net Return Pro Series Multi Sport Net
The Net Return Pro Series Multi Sport Net
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Dura-Pro 10x10x10 Commercial Grade Golf Cage/Golf Net
Dura-Pro 10x10x10 Commercial Grade Golf Cage/Golf Net
4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)
Hank Haney 39 Chipping Basket
Hank Haney 39 Chipping Basket
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
*rated by us based on value, quality, and performance

How to Care For and Use the Product Successfully

Used properly, a golf net cage will provide years of service. First, it is always important to ensure that the actual netting, which is where the ball will land, is a safe distance from the frames. If the netting is too close to the metal bars, there is a threat of rebounding.

People and property can be damaged by hard-hit balls. Many beginners start off using plastic balls until they build up their accuracy and confidence.

What Is A Sunday Golf Bag?

Golf is one sport in which it offers the player top physical exercise and a decent cardiovascular workout. Golfers know better than anyone else that they can carry a load of unnecessary equipment that they never use, but have just in case they need the item. Compare a golf bag to a woman’s purse. It is because of the heaviness of a standard golf bag that golf carts, golf cars, and caddies are available.

Golfers are trending towards a peaceful Sunday golf game. Golfers who opt for a Sunday game are taking only the necessities with them to play the game. Some golfers have their usual golf bag and an additional bag just for that Sunday game, thus called the Sunday bag.

This one to two strap golf bag made of a lightweight material compresses easily and is folded down to fit into smaller spaces. There are no dividers or numerous zipper sections or cooler sections on these bags to increase weight. These bags accommodate, at best, no more than nine clubs.

All golfers agree that any bag weighing up to four pounds empty is not too much to take around the course. Golfers, as a rule, carry Sunday golf bags and use no stands or carts. The majority of golfers opt for a Sunday bag with a stand that collapses to keep the bag from getting wet or soiled by laying it on the grass, and the additional weight is not enough to make any great difference when carrying.

Affordability and light in weight are the primary goals for a Sunday golf bag. You want the material to be durable, lightweight, yet rugged. By light weight your bag should not weigh over four pounds, empty. Some golfers need the assurance that when they enter the course, they have all the clubs they might need, thus prefer their Sunday bag accommodate a full set of clubs.

The purpose of a Sunday bag is not to rely on a cart or golf car. At most a Sunday bag should have a simple stand to keep the bag off the wet grass. The golfer is going to need the bag to have one or two carry straps. The bag must be collapsible to accommodate small spaces in the car or at home. The Sunday bag has a lot less storage space than the regular golf bag. However, it should have at least one secure pocket for your keys, wallet, and cell phone. It is also ideal if the bag comes with a cover for ease in traveling and storage. The manufacturer should have a variety of colors to choose from because this is an important option for many golfers. To find a Sunday golf bag with all these features may be difficult to impossible to find.

You may or may not find a Sunday bag offering all of these options. However, you will find a Sunday bag that has many more pros than cons to meet your needs for a peaceful Sunday round of golf. No, a Sunday golf bag is not meant to have all of the options of your regular golf bag, but it does meet your need for a quick impromptu game of golf. The ideal Sunday golf bag with the following is a golfer’s dream.

Where to go for a swinging good golf holiday in Europe

Listen up all you golf fanatics! We’ve got the top five courses you need to take a swing at right here. From the most difficult to the most picturesque, these five European courses are on par (pun intended) with the best from the US. So book a buggy, grab your plus-fours and get ready for tee time! Just keep in mind that if you’re packing your best clubs, you should probably take out some golf insurance to protect your best assets.

Most Popular: Club de Golf Alcanada, Mallorca
Voted the best golf course in Europe for a sixth time by 1golf.eu, this 18-hole course is a regular star in golfing magazines and guides. Designer Robert Trent Jones created the 18-hole course with the philosophy of “easy bogeys and difficult pars”. Not one for beginners, its 58 well-placed fairway bunkers and challenging greens will have intermediates working up a sweat. Built in an ‘environmentally sensitive’ area, you’ll be surrounded by pine trees, olive trees, wild birds and curious animals as you nail that hole in one.

Most Famous: St. Andrews, Scotland

The Old Course at St Andrews is the world’s oldest course and considered by many to be the “home of golf” – it was on this course itself that the first game was played in the early 1400s. Look out for the infamous 10 ft deep Hell Bunker and Road Hole Bunker which have dashed the dreams of many a golfing great. Try your luck and make it over the iconic Swilcan Bridge on the 18th to follow in the footsteps of sporting legends.

Most Difficult: Royal County Down, Northern Ireland

Another contender for the best golf course outside of the US, the Royal County Down is also one of the toughest. Think narrow strips of fairways, deep bunkers and notoriously difficult blind shots… You’ll definitely need a caddy for this course. Oh, and that’s without the wind factor – the strong breeze from Dundrum Bay will do its best to blow you off course. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Most Picturesque: San Lorenzo, Portugal
For a more scenic route, head to San Lorenzo, perched high up on the Algarve coast. Created by US architect Joe Lee, this world-class course is consistently ranked as one of the best courses in the world. Laid out in a figure-of-8, the first hole is a tricky par 5, giving you a taste of what’s to come. Hole 6 is a difficult dog-leg requiring both accuracy and precision, while the 12th is equally tough with a deep chasm running alongside the fairway.

Most Unusual: La Jenny, France
Established in 1993, La Jenny is definitely one of a kind: it’s nude. Golfers can shed their clothes and putt away au natural at this secluded resort on the west coast of France, while taking in the beautiful ocean views and rugged mountains. Admittedly, it’s not a big course – there are only 6 holes and covers 9 hectares, but it’s definitely one for the brave. So, who wants to get back to nature?

Golf can damage your hearing

In a recent article in the British Medical Journal ear specialists have claimed that golfing can damage your hearing…..I said,”CAN DAMAGE YOUR HEARING!” The doctors’ suspicions were aroused when they treated a keen golfer (3 times a week for 18 months) who had unexplained tinnitus and reduced hearing. Further tests confirmed that his symptoms were similar to those experienced by people exposed to loud noises.

Based on their findings the doctors are warning keen golfers that they could be damaging their hearing. The cause of the damage is thought to be the noise associated with the sonic boom heard with modern thin-faced, Titanium clubs. One Driver singled out for particular mention was the King Cobra LD Driver, which received a lot of negative feedback on the noise it generated (read my own comments on the Cobra Driver from way back).

Despite having come in for special attention, it turns out that the King Cobra LD Driver was not the worst offender. In a series of further tests with a professional golfer, the sound levels at impact were measured for a series of popular drivers including Callaway, Nike and Mizuno. The Ping G10 came top of the class with an ear shattering 130db.

The researchers conclude that golfers should consider wearing ear plugs for their own protection. Oh great! on top of all the criticism for our choice of clothing, we’re now going to have the piss ripped out of us for wearing earplugs – there’s no justice.

Having said this I’ve got my eye on a neat pair of bright yellow, industrial ear-defenders, although I haven’t bought them just yet as I’m hoping they’ll come down further in price, during the January Sales.