Golf Ball Tender Helps Protect From Frayed Cups Resulting From New USGA Flagstick Rule
HOLLAND, MI – Millions of recreational golfers, and even some on the professional tours, have taken full advantage of the USGA rules change last year that allows putting with the flagstick remaining in the hole. The one big benefit is that it has helped speed up play.
One unforeseen pitfall of the new rule, however, is that cup edges are becoming frayed because players are reaching into the tighter space for their golf balls. But now there is a solution.
The Golf Ball Tender is a pliable disk that attaches to the stem of the flagstick, resting at the bottom of the cup. Players simply lift the flagstick to retrieve the ball. The Golf Ball Tender is not visible until the flagstick is pulled from the hole. What’s more, Golf Ball Tender helps protect the green from damage caused by carelessly dropping the flagstick on the green, and also acts as a guide when replacing the pin in the hole.
“The rule has increased pace of play but often at the cost of crisp edges on the hole, especially when you consider that nearly 50% of golfers now putt with the flagstick in,” said Larry Koning, inventor of the Golf Ball Tender. “In addition to indirectly encouraging players to reach down with two fingers, the new rule increases the frequency of players attempting to “pop” the ball out of the hole by yanking out the flag. These harmful techniques cause damage, which negatively impacts the experience for subsequent players. The Golf Ball Tender makes ball retrieval faster and more convenient, easier for elderly and enhances pace of play as the new rule intended.”
Golf Ball tender is made of a soft rubberized pliable material that will not damage the greens, unlike other products on the market. It fits all flagsticks and snaps on in seconds. No disassembling of the flagstick is necessary.
There is one other important benefit resulting from using The Golf Ball Tender. Players no longer have to bend over the retrieve their ball from the cup.
“Back problems are common among golfers,” said Koning. “Bending over to get your ball out of the cup adds to this problem. With our product, that issue is eliminated.”
The Golf Ball Tender is available in custom colors. A set of 18 costs $215. For more information or to purchase a set, visit www.golfballtender.com, or call 800-471-1345.
Golf Ball Tender
616-392-5926, Ext. 104