Low bounce balls and why we use them

Low bounce balls

There’s always one. Sooner or later someone rocks up on the minigolf course and inexplicably feels the need to wallop a minigolf ball as hard as they can with their putter, just to see how far it will go.
This is a bad idea because a) it doesn’t do much for safety and b) minigolf is a game of precise control and finesse that takes place in the confined area of the putting green.
But there will always be excitable individuals who attempt to make what they fondly hope will be 200 yard drives off the tee for no reason other than to have fun. With a full-bounce ball this will not end well – our budding Rory McIlroy will probably never see the ball again, and if they do it will be as they try to retrieve it from an old lady’s hat, a pond, or from behind a pane of freshly-shattered glass.
These people are the reason we provide special low bounce balls with our minigolf kits. They bounce perfectly well off the foam bumpers and obstacles, but just enough to make for an enjoyable game. When sensible, non-maniac players have got used to the speed of the low bounce balls on our putting surface, they can make controlled shots and enjoy the game.
Low bounce balls
Now you’re probably thinking, ‘Is this a low bounce ball or a regular ball?’
Want to try a 200 yard drive?
Make my day, punk!
Let’s look at how golf balls have evolved to get bouncier, just so we can say that our low-bounce balls deliberately reverse hundreds of years of history.
The first golf balls were made of wood. They were terrible, but nobody knew it yet because modern golf ball manufacturing techniques hadn’t been invented yet and they didn’t know any better.
The next generation of ball (17th century) was a stitched leather case stuffed with boiled feathers. They must have resembled a little hacky sack and were also rubbish. Notwithstanding, the game remained popular.
A breakthrough came in 1850 with the solid gutta percha ball, and then – finally – rubber-cored balls appeared on the scene in about 1900. The Open Championship winner of 1902 used a rubber-cored ball and that pretty sealed it as the standard ball from then on.
Modern balls consist of a liquid or solid rubber core wound with highly elastic rubber thread and encased in a dimpled, injection-moulded plastic cover. That makes them super bouncy, unlike our low bounce balls which, as the name suggests, have as much bounce in them as a bog-snorkeler’s hair.
What's inside a golf ball
Here’s a video of someone sawing various types of golf ball in half, just to see what’s inside, basically. We applaud this endeavour because it’s weird and interesting.
 And have you seen the other balls we sell? Airflow balls, foam practice balls, lake balls, floating balls, flashing balls, exploding balls (honestly!), novelty balls and more. Check them out here!

Crazy Golf – an abbreviated version

C is for Crazy Golf

In crazy golf the crazier the hole layout the better!  Our portable and interlocking course allows a number of hole layouts.  Whether you go for the standard straight or the dog-leg hole layout, a number of larger formations can be achieved.  If you like puzzles then you can get crazy with our course components!

Portable Crazy Golf courses by Putterfingers
Portable Crazy Golf courses by Putterfingers.co.uk

R is for Rules

Yes there are crazy golf rules!  You must not deliberately strike another’s balls with your putter (or another player of course!) The highest score per hole is 7.  If the ball hasn’t reached the hole by the 6th shot, a 7 should be recorded  on the scorecards.  The only other rule is have FUN!

Crazy Golf should be fun!
This little lady is celebrating her hole-in-one!

A is for Adventure Golf

Adventure Golf courses come in all guises – dinosaur and pirate themes, Lost Worlds and Pharoahs, blacklight courses or glow in the dark courses as they are sometime known.  Adventure courses are defined as a non-standard minigolf courses, with wider fairways and undulating greens.

Playing the adventure golf course at Legoland Windsor
Playing adventure golf at Legoland Windsor

Z is for Zig Zag

Well let me off here, not many golf related words begin with ‘Z’ so this is the best I can find!  We have a hole layout for a zig zag and of course playing the lines of the course often require a ‘zig zag’ style rebound to avoid and obstacle or reach the hole.

The S-bend hole using interlocking astro grass tiles
The Zig Zag hole layout on a 9 hole crazy golf course

Y is for Yardage

Whilst we usually work in metres at Putterfingers HQ, yardage can vary with our modular components as you can interlock as many of the astro grass tile together as you wish.  Here’s our Shelley attempting a 6 yard putt:

The 5m Challenge using Putterfingers interlocking crazy golf course
Our Shelley attempting a 6 yard putt

G is for Golf Gear

Whether you play off a handicap on an 18 hole course or you are starting out with some putting, golf is a sport for everyone!  Getting the right gear is important for any sport.  Rubber Headed Putters are best for crazy golf as they won’t damage the fairways or obstacles if you get a bit carried away with your swing!

Crazy Golf Rubber Headed Putters
Crazy Golf Rubber Headed Putters

O is for Obstacles

Each crazy golf hole has a different obstacle to challenge you and this is ultimately what makes the golf crazy. Don’t be distracted by the bridges, windmills, water hazards or volcanoes.  Common obstacles on outdoor courses include windmills with rotating sails.

Rotating Windmill Obstacle
Rotating windmill obstacle. Credit: www.hamandeggerfiles.blogspot.co.uk

L is for Low Bounce Balls

Crazy Golf needs low bounce balls, of the dead variety….. A normal flight golf ball can cause all sorts of problems on the putting green and to other players!

Low Bounce Balls are perfect for Crazy Golf

F is for Flags

Without the flags how would you know where to putt?  The Flags can be steel coated that stake into the ground, or free flying in the wind, dependent on the hole sizing.

Flags are used on the crazy golf course to identify hole numbers
Steel Golf Flags stake into the crazy golf course

Our top tips for enjoying a game of crazy golf

Crazy golf can be a difficult skill to learn, so practice makes perfect.

Try not to take it too seriously!

Remember the taking part is just as important and if you do fall short with your score – be a graceful runner up!

Avoid all distractions and keep focused.

And of course – HAVE FUN!

Putting the crazy into golf at the launch of new VW Golf

A mini golf weekend to launch the new Volkswagen Golf was held with one of our portable crazy golf courses at Jacksons of Jersey,

Jackson are the Channel Islands premier motor group and recently purchased one of our portable mini golf courses for use for a series of events run at their car dealerships in Jersey and Guernsey.

Play around in the new VW Golf - Crazy golf event at Jacksons, Jersey
Launch of the VW Golf tied with Crazy Golf event run by Jersey car dealership

Scores in the crazy golf competition were recorded, with the best ones winning a new iPad and the Nintendo Wii console respectively.

Jacksons sales development manager Neville Davidson said:

‘The Volkswagen Golf in an important car for us. It’s a very popular family car and we wanted to ensure that the whole family could get involved and enjoy the launch of the seventh-generation model.”

Mixing crazy golf with the launch of the new VW Golf
Golf Event at Jacksons car dealership in Jersey. Image courtesy of Jacksons of Jersey.

While our portable mini golf course cannot compete with the new VW Golf features that include touch screen and media devices, our courses are robust have interchangeable astro grass tiles to create the formation of holes you wish and are safe to use in any indoor or outdoor environment, thanks to our range of safety rubber headed putters and low bounce balls.

Do you have an event in mind where you would like to hire one of our portable crazy golf courses?  Please get in touch if we can help.  We have many happy clients that have hired from us in the past.

Happy driving and putting!