I had the opportunity to demo the BirdieBall and BirdieBall strike pad, and wanted to share with everyone my thoughts.
The BirdieBall comes with 12 “Balls” and a strike pad. The BirdieBall looks like a piece of PVC pipe, about 1 5/8″ in diameter and 1 5/8″ high. They are designed to fly between 25 and 60 yards depending on the club used.
BirdieBallÂ® by Birdie Ball Inc. is the best golf training aid invented this century! That’s a bold statement, but golf coaches and PGA golf instructors around the world agree, and have voted it the PGA, Product of the Year in Orlando! It is a limited flight practice golf ball without limited feel. True feel with a long hang time, golf ball-like, trajectory! But it only flies 40 yards, so you have your own backyard driving range. Take a full swing. Draw it Fade it. Grab a buddy, get 40 yards apart and hit them back and forth. You wont believe the turbine sound created by the high rate of reverse spin. It’s very durable, in fact Pro Series Birdie Balls wonâ€™t break like perforated practice balls or wiffleballs.
Use the StrikePadâ„¢ to simulate taking a divot. It is a cambered polymer pad designed to replace conventional golf mats and turf pads. The cambered surface of the StrikePad creates an air cushion at impact. The Strike Pad will not grab the club. This protects your leading elbow by reducing jarring that happens when hitting off of other golf pads. The StrikePad deflects down at impact and follow through, and then rebounds back in the blink of an eye.
Look and Feel
Obviously, these things do not look anything like golf balls. However, you’ll get over that quickly. To hit one, you are to put them up, like a soda can near the top of the strike pad. If you did not see what you were striking, you’d definitely think it’s a real golf ball. They do feel very similar.
The StrikePad appears to be a very inexpensive way to take the shock of the ground out of play. It’s basically a piece of plastic with a big bend near the top of it, leaving that portion hovering about 1 1/2″-2″ off the ground. When you strike down on the ball, the plastic gives, like you were taking a divot. While it does the job, it does not feel like a real divot. The good news is you are not required to hit BirdieBalls off the StrikePad for them to work. You can strike them off any mat, or even the grass.
The BirdieBalls do fly between 25 and 60 yards, depending on the club hit. I’ve hit them with a 5 iron and a PW. I was able to carry the 5 iron about 50 yds, while the PW went about 32-32 yards. They definitely come off the club like a real ball. When you look up, the ball is up into the air. They make a turbine like sound when they are flying perfectly (when the ball is struck nice) which gives very good feedback. They fly surprisingly high, and when I look up after striking them, they are in the right “trajectory window” if you know what I mean.
I contacted BirdieBall to discuss the warranty and durability of the product. They explained that the warranty on the standard Birdie Balls is one year. The Pro Series version of the product is warrantied for 3 years and is recommended for people with higher swing speeds. Should you actually break a Pro Series version of the ball, they will replace it with three balls apparently. So if you are interested in the BirdieBall, certainly do not let the durability weigh too heavily on your decision. Sounds like they have an outstanding warranty program and customer service.
I think the BirdieBall concept is outstanding, and I really did enjoy demoing this product. I think it has a lot of potential. While I was striking them, I was thinking how I could set up a little course, like they describe on BirdieBall’s website. I thought it would be a fun way to show my daughter (she’s 2 at the end of the month) how to play, while being able to get some practice in during the evening.
So if you’re looking for a little winter practice or a Christmas gift for that golf addict in the family, be sure to check out some of BirdieBalls!