April 3, 2015
What a great product, rarely am I overwhelmed with something that sounds to good. I have been looking for a hitting net for my garage for a year. I've read so much, I was ready to just create my own with a good netting, and some of the contraptions I needed to hang one from my ceiling.
I finally just decided to try out the Rukk Golf net, and I am thrilled with it. It does literally take less than a minute to set up, get it straight in my space. I use a furniture pad on the concrete just to keep the bouncing balls from making too much noise. So my little setup includes all of that in the minute. I did get smart, and watched the video on how to fold up the net. I read enough concern that it wasn't intuitive and decided I didn't want to wrestle it. So, after watching the video, it also takes just another 20 sec to fold it up and bag into the bag. It is really amazing that you fold and unfold, there isn't any assembly.
So, you hit away, the net is plenty big enough to set your target spot (left, center of net or right). You can fool with it and have one ball bounce back to you, or set it up so they just collect at the foot of the net (which I prefer). I have been using for about one month. It is a great training device.
I purchased a quality hitting mat (4' * 5") so I don't use the thin mat that comes with the net. I suppose I will find a use for it, but a professional thick mat for hitting off my concrete floor is what will save my arms, my clubs and keep me grounded like I am at a real range. I wish every range I went to had a decent mat. If you can justify it, be reasonably that you are buying a great net for this money, don't give their mat too much credit.
I haven't used my net outside yet, maybe I won't ever. I thought I was just getting a jump on the season by hitting in the garage. Turns out, hitting into this net is a great practice time. See my advantages under the con comments.
Regarding outside use, I don't want to kill my lawn hitting off of it or standing on a lumpy mat. Since this review is about the Rukk Golf net, RBG had a price I couldn't refuse and the shipping was overnight and free (yes, without paying for premium shipping they still ship real quick in my area).
I don't know long term how the net will hold up, but read other reviews. The net is built with quality, double net lined so I don't expect to be hitting thru it.
Pros:Nothing to assemble, just unfold, then refold when you are done. It is as simple as the video and the instructions, but why read, WATCH the video. Why fight "I can do it on my own".
Quality materials, nothing like I saw visiting all the golf shops around (no one sold the Rukk net in my shopping around Baltimore MD.) I read enough that I believe this net will last a long time, but when the net needs replacement, it's available. I imagine if it sits in the sun for a few seasons it will have an effect on it. It is cheap but I found out it also isn't expensive. Besides, I don't mind paying for quality.
Cons:None for the net, but I have discovered plenty with my swing. The beauty of hitting into a net means NO distractions of watching your ball flight, just feeling and hearing the sound of a ball off your clubs. Driving ranges are very noisy and I have discovered different senses hitting in my own garage. I know when I just hit a quality shot, or just hit it thin or fat.