The BirdieBall spins exactly like a
golf ball - that is why it flies exactly like a golf ball, but for a shorter
The reverse spin around the BirdieBall's center of gravity,
created with the loft of the club (the larger the loft the higher the spin
rate), is similar to a golf ball. All that is required is that the
BirdieBall be struck when in the upright position.
When a golf ball "fades" or "slices",
its axis is tilted for a right-handed golfer, from left to right. When
it "draws" or "hooks", its axis us tilted for a right-handed golfer, from
right to left.
The BirdieBall behaves similarly.
The non-dimpled, straight sides
resist flight. The radius on the leading edge and the aerodynamic,
open center encourage flight and lift. The oscillation between the
two, as it rotates from air brake to airfoil., makes the turbine
sound. The lifting aspects help it hang in the air, the braking
aspects reduce the distance it travels. The combination of the two
provide a short flight, long hang time device.
"You know what its
like playing golf all day...you feel like playing golf...and now you
can...swing away...in your own backyard...thanks to a new invention."
--Vic Lombardi - CBS 4 Sports Anchor, June 03 during US Open, Olympia
The StrikePad is quite simple. It is
a cambered, flexible polymer spring. It saves lawns and parks from damage.
It protects clubs from damage caused by rough mats or the ground. It reduces
jarring of arms and shoulders at impact. Beginning golfers can easily square
the club and cannot hit the ball "fat". StrikePad simulates taking a divot
and rebounds in the blink of an eye. It can be placed on any surface
including asphalt, concrete, dirt or grass. Further, the StirikePad does not
need to be anchored in place. StrikePad does not grab the club and has very
little friction. As a result the club slides freely and leaves the pad in
"At first I was
very skeptical...We started hitting them and we're getting instant
feedback. So we dais let's hook some-they hooked, let's slice
some-they sliced. It was instant."
--Tim Pratt - Director of Instruction, Applewood Golf
The BirdieBall has remarkable,
satisfying flight. It flies just far enough to show ball flight.
BirdieBalls fly about 40 yards.
came along at precisely the right time for THE FIRST TEE program...great
on the short golf courses, for instruction and we love hitting them."
--Tom Woodard, Director of Golf, City and County of Denver