My name is Dennis Aramanda (older guy), and this is my son Larry (younger guy).
I am a 51 year old, father of four awesome kids, with my youngest (fifteen year old) son, Larry at home. I have been in IT / Software development / leadership for more than 30 years, and am a 5 year cancer survivor.
I started playing golf when I was 28. My mirror image twin brother and I would play every other weekend for quite a while and enjoyed the game. I even took some lessons from a golf pro to try and help me get some semblance of understanding how, so that I could get better.
It is a fun game, however I never felt really in control of my game. I loved the idea I could play golf with my friends, brother, and dad. The golf courses were always a nice way to get away from the grind, and enjoy some time without electronics.
After recovering from cancer treatments, I wanted to get back to golf as good exercise, but kept finding excuses not to play. I still have my clubs, a nice set of Pings, and my golf shoes are in the bag and ready to go, but I still would not go out with them. Not even to the driving range.
One day in late 2021, I watched an episode of Shark Tank which showed FlingGolf. I could instantly imagine getting back on the golf course and being able to throw a golf ball. I have never played lacrosse, but I knew I could do this and had to try. I sent a text message to my wife and let her know that I knew what I wanted for Christmas (which she had been asking me for many months). I included a link to the FlingGolf website for a FlingStick.
In short time, she had received the FlingStick, put a bow on top, with a tag and my name, making it clear that I was not allowed to touch until Christmas. I had to wait for more than two weeks with it just standing up next to the tree with a bow on it, beckoning to be tested.
That was the start of me finding all I could on how to play FlingGolf. I watched all the videos on how to throw long shots, short shots, and putting. I couldn't wait to pick-up the FlingStick and start flinging some golf balls.
Then comes December 27th. My son and I went out to the Driving Range. We took clubs and a FlingStick.
I was super happy to be able to test out the new FlingStick. Super fun to throw golf balls consistently. Larry was able to try golf clubs and the FlingStick for the first time.
After we were done and leaving the driving range Larry told me that the next time we go out, to just leave the clubs in the car and get another FlingStick.
A couple weeks later, with an additional new FlingStick, Larry and I went and played a nine-hole round at a local course. The first hole was OK. Second hole was much better. Third hole, we had extra waiting time for three normal golfers ahead of us. While being delayed, we had a good time talking and playing around on the tees. There was practice time for short ten yard flings for accuracy in the tee box back and forth.
We found that most of the wait-time for the whole course was due to normal golf players in front of us. The normal golf process of: picking a club, setting up to the ball, practice swinging once or twice (or more) before hitting the ball was thankfully now going to be a thing of the past.
Due to FlingGolf, we can now say that the slow pace that sometimes happens in normal golf is a "Non-Fling Thing." I have to admit that from my previous experience of feeling like "the golfer everyone is waiting on" to NOT being that, was/is Awesome!
We had been having a wonderful time and while walking up to the greens on the eighth hole something truly amazing happened. My son, who is very high functioning Autistic, was thinking aloud and sharing how he could see himself and one or two friends going by themselves to play FlingGolf.
You have to understand that this is the first time in his fifteen years that I have ever heard him talk about possible friends, and much less, doing anything with friends on his own. WOW! How great is that? A sport that he felt comfortable and confident enough in to play and enjoy, and even more so the inference of doing something with friends.
All I can think is three incredible takeaways from this FlingGolf journey I have just begun: 1. Getting my cancer-surviving butt into a sport that I know I can enjoy with friends directly or indirectly on the same courses. 2. Having a new experience to be able to share with my son (and other older children, and maybe grand kids) into the future. 3. Sharing this new sport with others that is putting the "Fun" back onto golf venues for me.
I really want to thank God for this happening, and Alex, Steve, and John for doing what they can with this awesome sport of FlingGolf.