Hey gang, just wanted to post an idea for those of you who are getting antsy in the off-season, and need a convenient environmentally safe way to practice. Ever worked on your swing hitting magnolia fruit?
These are truly nature’s golf balls and the idea came to me a couple years ago after I had bought a hitting mat and Callaway driving net and became frustrated with the deployment. I discovered the net was a pain to keep setting up and taking down, and it didn’t behave well on windy days. Plus, when the ground froze, you couldn’t get the tie down metal stakes in. Just a poor labor intensive solution.
I took a look around and realized I have fruit bearing trees in my yard, including several black walnuts and a 50-foot magnolia.
My magnolia doesn’t accent the property like the many on Magnolia Lane at Augusta, but it is a beauty and she drops fruit pods from October to December which I have harvested over the past few years.
If you’re like me, you often wonder what different objects would behave like when struck with a golf club, and maybe you have tested your ideas from time to time. So I tried out these fruit pods and they work perfectly. They come complete with a stem (tee) that dislodges on contact, and can be placed directly on the ground or fit neatly into a rubber tee on a driving range mat. They weigh about the same as a tennis ball and are constructed solidly enough that they will not break when hit with a driver. A well struck magnolia pod will fly about 75 yards and of course, will biodegrade over time so there is no clean-up. Just find an open space and hammer away! Here’s a demo:
Finally, a word of caution; black walnuts (green shell when they drop in the fall) explode upon contact despite their solid feel. Avoid at all costs. I hit one last year and after the disintegration, was covered with green juice that stained my clothes badly. Maybe the nut from inside the shell would be a better play; I’ll try that next.
Try this out and I’ll bet the next time you’re in the produce aisle of your grocery store you’ll start viewing the spherical shaped fruit and nut offerings in a different light. Good luck!
10 thoughts on “Off-season Biodegradable Golf Practice”
No magnolia fruit here but I have used pine cones.
I should have stated for those in the mid Atlantic or south. Thanks!
Pretty darn cool!
Thanks Vet. I’ve got a large bucket of them in the garage ready for the winter.
That’s a big yard
Pete, most of it is golf course beyond the fence. Thanks! Brian
Thats my problem, tee shots soaring majestically over the fence.
Pete, you need to get to work with the magnolia fruit pods and pretty soon you’ll be movin’ that pill down the center of the fairway 🙂
Too funny. I guess you and I could use snowballs! I have to say I am impressed by the many unique ways golfers find to keep playing in the off season.
Been whacking three per day as long as my patio is clear of snow. Thanks! Brian