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Max writes –

“It’s getting near Christmas time and I needed to prepare some Christmas gifts for my parents. Since my Dad does not get much time on the golf course these days, I figured I could make a training aid he could use at home to keep his swing on path.

Since I didn’t want to spend 50 bucks on the golf training aid, so I decided to make one real quick.”Link & photos.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Oracle1729 says:

    Why not explain what the device does? You emphasize that you’re cloning a $50 device for $5 but you never say what it does or why it’s even worth $5. Even following the link doesn’t give any useful information about what they guy is trying to build. It takes some real talent to write a how-to without saying what you’re doing.

    Following the link from the link to the original $50 product explained it, but it’s kind of silly to force your readers to do that.

  2. philliptorrone says:

    oracle did you:

    -watch the video? (i did, i don’t play golf but i see what he did).
    -post your question on his site? (he has comments)

    he’s more likely to respond and update the how-to over there, than here right?

  3. zedomax says:

    Ah, try this:

    http://zedomax.com/blog/zedomax-diy124-swing-analysis/

    The product basically allows you to stay square through the impact of your swing (you have to try to get both LEDs merging right around impact).

    Also, you can check the path of your swing since the high output LEDs leave a trace while you swing. This is great for your home when you are not on the golf course.
    And can really help beginners to get their swing on square and hit the ball straight…

  4. wai_xing_ren says:

    Any ideas on classier case/connector materials?

  5. Coolinventor says:

    Hello,

    I am the inventor of a patented and entirely unique golf training aid.

    It would be greatly appreciated if you could provide me with information

    regarding the services of locating potential licensee(s).

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Todd Hambly: Inventor http://www.lasergolfball.com

    Inventor

    Seeks Licensee

    For the Development

    And Marketing of this Patented Golf Invention

    -LASERBALL-

    The only Golf Training Aid IN THE WORLD

    That Projects a Laser-Dot From the Putted Golf Ball

    And turn any room/office floor into a golfers heaven

    http://WWW.LASERGOLFBALL.COM

    LASERBALL: it’s the only golf training aid in the world that projects a Laser-Dot from the Putted Golf Ball. Using the LASERBALL requires nothing but your favorite putter. Simply putt the “real” golf ball as you normally do- and presto! An instant Laser-Dot verification of your golf balls “precise” putted location/trajectory. That’s right! This means no more “ball chasing”, or dinged-up walls/furniture (or the Dog/Cat chasing your putts). This is because the Laser-Dot travels – Not the Golf Ball. Simply reset and putt again!… and again!

    The LASERBALL comes with colored, free-standing targets. Simply place the targets at any desired distance/location from each other – and putt away! How accurate is it? When testing the LASERBALL with a “mechanical-putting-machine”, the representative Laser-Dot does not deviate more than 2″ inches for a 100′ foot putt from the “intention” of the “mechanical-putting-machine” ( or, ½ inch @25 feet). So! If you really want to know just how accurate YOU are? Then the LASERBALL is your ticket!

    Why is the accuracy of the LASERBALL so valuable? Why do golfers need to know their “true putting accuracy”? Answer: Reading the greens for Undulations, Speeds, Obstructions, etc, is an entirely separate and secondary skill from “pure linear putting accuracy”. I.e., all golfer’s must master this “prerequisite accuracy” (control) in order to get the golf ball where YOU want it to go(point-A), before the ground messes it up. Therefore, just as a “sharpshooter” cannot evaluate his “pure linear shooting accuracy” (ability) on a moving truck, or in high-winds. Neither can a golfer scrutinize his/her putting accuracy on “faulty-grounds”, or on the Moon.

    DEDUCTION WATSON! :

    Therefore, by removing the “ground’s effect” upon the golf ball during putting practice. The golfer is then able (perhaps for the first time) to “see” what has otherwise been “obscured, or hidden” by the ground (how well you really putt). Finally, the AGE OLD question can be answered: “Is it my putting that SUCKS?” or ” Is it the ground (and/or my ability to read it) that SUCKS?” Simple deduction.

    Summary (follow the bouncing ball):

    1. The best training for putting is – DOING!

    2. The best form of evaluating one’s putting is – SEEING what you’re DOING!

    2. SEEING only what YOU are DOING to the golf ball (not what the ground does to it) – PRICELESS!

    The LASERBALL also doubles as an “addictive” multi-player GOLF GAME! (putter-grabbing! and disputes! Not included). Such games as OUT and AROUND-THE-WORLD (adapted from popular basketball games) are two favorites.

    There are many other Feature & Benefits. There are several versions: Left & Right-handed ready. And L/R-handed Quick-adjustable (smaller, but with greater room for addressing the golf ball).

    Please contact:

    Todd Hambly: Inventor

    Hambly4@verizon.net

    609-698-7521