Review of "Longridge Airflow Balls"

published 24/11/2016 | danielclark691
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Pro Very cheap, can't hit them far, can't do too much damage.
Cons Will never simulate fully a real golf ball.
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"Take your anger out on these balls!"

Longridge Airflow Balls

Longridge Airflow Balls

First impressions

If you enjoy a game of golf then the chances are you will spend a lot of time practicing. Playing on the golf greens around me generally involves the pitch and putt, though if you play the full 18 holes on a golf course you wouldn’t want to turn up without practice, as you could soon be hated by many as you hold grown men up taking your 15th shot on a single hole. Practice is important, but enjoyment is more important to me, though you can enjoy practicing, and there is nothing more satisfying swinging hard at a golf ball. Fortunately, with the Airflow practice balls you will not need to walk far to retrieve them, but with the pitch and putt you are not likely to hit the ball very far, so you rarely get the chance to take a real swing at the ball.

You will not want to spend a lot of money on practice equipment, though there are a lot of people on golf courses with a lot of money, and this is an expensive sport to take part in, or at least it can be if you wish. Course fees can be eye-watering, and then you have all the equipment. Still, if you can buy cheap practice equipment that can improve your game, why wouldn’t you?

My experience

There are 2 main types of practice golf balls, aside from just using your old match balls. If you want to practice in an enclosed space it is wise not to use proper golf balls, and your options are either a foam practice ball that is red in colour with a band of coloured stripes around the centre, or you could opt for the Airflow plastic balls. Using these dedicated practice balls you have a few things on your side. Firstly, you obviously have the safety aspect. If you are practicing away from the golf course then I am sure the space will be limited, and you don’t want to be spending your afternoon retrieving stray balls. The reason for using these practice balls is that they have a lot of air resistance, and the holes not only make them very lightweight, they also slow the balls down, minimizing the distance they travel. This is handy, as you will still be able to perfect your swing, but the ball will not travel a great distance.

These balls are designed specifically for practice, and you would never use them during a match on a golf course. They would work as a huge handicap, as they will only travel a few yards, nothing near the distances you can hit a real golf ball. You do not need to ever worry about losing these balls, though if you do you will not be too annoyed as they are very cheap to replace.

Obviously you are not going to get a true feel for your shots during practice, and these balls are only really designed for technique and not accuracy. The balls are very light but also durable, but they won’t be able to simulate the flight of a proper golf ball, but that is the attraction of them.

I haven’t stood on one of these Airflow practice balls before, but if you did you would probably destroy it. I don’t know how easily they would spring back into shape, but my opinion is that the hard plastic wouldn’t be the same again, but at the low cost I don’t think that this matters too much.

Price and availability

To give you an idea of the kind of price you should be looking to pay for this product, Amazon have a number of sellers offering this product for around the £3.50 mark for a dozen balls. This is a reasonable price, though there are even cheaper deals on sites such as eBay.

Final thoughts

If you are working on your putting on the green then I wouldn’t imagine these balls would be much use to you. I suppose you could use them for indoor use with kids’ plastic golf clubs. They would be great for indoor use, and you wouldn’t be able to do as much damage as you could with a real golf ball. These balls are designed to improve your stroke and to allow you to swing your arms without doing too much damage. You will also find that you will not be forever retrieving practice balls as these ones won’t stay in the air for hundreds of yards, more like dozens.


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Product Information : Longridge Airflow Balls

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Product Details

Long Name: Airflow Balls

MPN: PAAFW12

EAN: 5060035120260

Manufacturer: Longridge

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