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Fling Golf: A new take on traditional golf (2019 PGA Show)

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Welcome to Fling Golf, a cross between lacrosse and golf, which describes itself as “The Future Of The Fairway.” GolfWRX learned about this innovative take on our age-old game at the PGA Show’s Demo Day.

So, what the heck is Fling Golf? The game itself can be played on any golf course, but instead of hitting the golf ball with a traditional golf club, players use a “New Swarm FlingStick”, which you use to hurl the ball and shape every shot from tee to hole.

Before we go into the details on the FlingStick, let’s take a quick look at how Fling Golf works.

As previously noted, any golf course can be used to play the game, yet unlike traditional golf, there is no need for a cart, as one FlingStick is all you need. A standard golf ball is all that’s required to accompany the FlingStick, and concerning distance, according to the company, you’ll be knocking it out there 100 yards within five minutes of using your FlingStick, while with practice, 250+ yards is on the table.

Who knows, maybe in 20 years there’ll be a debate in Fling Golf over whether or not the ball needs to be rolled back.

A baseball grip to hurl your shots is recommended, as is taking a few steps (Think Happy Gilmore) to get the most out of your swing. The scoring system in FlingGolf is the same as traditional golf, while players receive a 1-stroke penalty if your ball lands in a bunker or water hazard, if it’s out-of-bounds, or if you lose it.

The FlingStick

The FlingStick features a grip and shaft much like a regular golf club. The difference is in the head, which features both “The Channel” and “The FlingNotch”.

The Channel is what you’ll be using from off the tee and for approach shots, while it’s also the area of the head that you use for touch shots around the green.

The FlingNotch is your trusty partner on the greens. With the ball in the notch on the side of the FlingStick head, you then push or pull the ball, depending on your preference, towards the hole.

There are three different FlingSticks currently on offer – The Launch, The Stinger and The Ballistick. Prices for the FlingStick’s range from $109-169 and are available to purchase at FlingGolf.com.

And if you’re wondering about the rules, well, refer to this handy guide.

 

 

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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12 Comments

  1. Nagah

    Jan 25, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Can you fling it 330 yards ?

  2. Funkaholic

    Jan 24, 2019 at 9:28 am

    This is stupid, I hope it dies faster than disk golf

  3. TONEY P

    Jan 23, 2019 at 11:38 am

    It’s a good idea, golf courses will benefit from New people being exposed to options of using facilities. And it will nice to have an option other than golf ?.

  4. Steve Maultsby

    Jan 23, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Make shaft collapsible and longer— nice ball retriever !

  5. daniel e bratlie

    Jan 23, 2019 at 9:56 am

    A course in the Lake Degray State park has had this for a few years. A great way to get new golfers into the sport, and get more revenue for courses. I played it and it was fun, but the better part is, I golfed while the wife and daughter played Fling golf along side me. That part is AMAZING. I can def see this picking up steam, if nothing more than the reasons I mentioned.

  6. Blade Junkie

    Jan 23, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Hardly new … the YouTube channel for this has been live since 2014 …. and they have a grand total of 74 subscribers … LOL

  7. Tom

    Jan 23, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Boy, those look great for flinging my dog’s poop over the fence…

  8. Fergie

    Jan 23, 2019 at 12:04 am

    At least the rule book is easy to memorize.

  9. Dumb ideas

    Jan 22, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Get rid!
    We already have Jai Alai.
    Don’t need this

  10. Cm

    Jan 22, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Dumb da dumb dumb dumb

  11. Cdub

    Jan 22, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Never!! Horrid idea.

  12. 1

    Jan 22, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    NOPE!

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Brooks Koepka’s winning WITB: 2019 PGA Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M5 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft

Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), Mizuno JPX 919 Tour (4-PW)
Shafts: Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 Raw (52-12F, 56-10S); Vokey SM4 TVD Raw (60-08M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Image c/o Vokey Wedge Rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT T10

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (Midsize) with one wrap of 2-way tape and one wrap of masking tape

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Bettinardi releases military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served

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Bettinardi Golf has unveiled its limited-run military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Veteran Golfers Association.

Limited to 250 pieces worldwide, the new release from Bettinardi features a unique full tactical F.I.T. Face over Honeycomb face milling which is designed for extra soft feel at impact. The neck, bumpers, and sole of the flat-stick features engravings inspired by military insignias used in the army.

Handpainted in a military-themed “sniper” navy, gray and white color scheme, the putter is milled to 355 grams from Soft Carbon steel and comes with a matching Made in USA headcover and a red Lamkin Deep Etched Cord grip.

 

The BB8-Wide Armageddon putter costs $550 and will be available to buy at Bettinardi specialty dealers around the globe on May 23, and online in the Hive on Bettinardi.com.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jjfcpa who asks fellow members what their preferred choice of club is when their ball is in thick rough. A variety of irons and hybrids are mentioned by our members who delve into the discussion of course management.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • RainShadow: “For me, that sot would be a 7 iron, open the face a little and play a runner up to the front of the green. Open face will help a bit with getting stuck in the grass.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “Club choice depends on whether you’re willing to accept a bogey or whether you insist on making double.”
  • ChipNRun: “I would try a hinge and hold action. Take a half swing with plenty of hinge action and punch down on the ball with limited follow-through. Use the big muscles of the shoulders – you don’t want to hurt yourself trying to muscle it. Probably choose something between a PW and a 7i. You’ll need to hold firmly with L hand, so the grass doesn’t wrap around the hosel and deloft the club face.”
  • kcd38: “If it is 200 plus from the green and a decent lie, hybrid. If it is less than 200 from the green and sunk down a little, I usually go with my 8 iron and play the face slightly open knowing the grass will grab the hosel and shut the face. Definitely need some speed to get out of the thick stuff.”

Entire Thread: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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