July 12, 2021 4 min read 2 Comments
Today, July 12th, 2021, makes seven weeks that I’ve been playing FlingGolf. I discovered FlingGolf on May 15th, 2021, when the inventors, Alex Van Alen, and John Pruellage, pitched the sport, on my favorite television show, Shark Tank. As I sat watching with my wife, I looked at her and excitedly said, “I am getting one of those!” meaning a Fling Stick. You see, I’ve not been able to play golf since 2012 when an accident at an old job caused me to need an operation on my right shoulder, where 3 pins were inserted, to repair a piece of broken bone. I’ve never regained full mobility in that shoulder, making it impossible to perform a golf back swing. Nine years later, I was looking at a product that would get me back on the fairways, and I was excited. I ordered my Fling Stick that evening, before the Shark Tank episode ended, and as such, it arrived at my home on May 22nd, 2021, only one week after that Shark Tank episode. I immediately hit my local driving range with it, and to my surprise, I wasn’t very good at first. In fact, I wasn’t even flinging 100 yards. I refused to give up though, I wanted to play this game, and I was determined to improve as quickly as I could.
I watched countless FlingGolf videos at FlingGolf.com and on YouTube. What I was struggling with was walking/stepping/running into the fling. I had never done anything like that, and it was an odd thing to get used to. Wanting to play, and not just fling on a driving range, I began playing at my local Par 3 course, Beaver Bend, Par 3. I’ve written about Beaver Bend multiple times. It’s an 18 hole par 3 course that consists of 18 holes anywhere from 81 yards to 34 yards. At Beaver Bend I wouldn’t have to fling very far, but I could play full games, and figure out how this all worked. As I played as much as I could at Beaver bend ($20 to play all day!!) I kept visiting the driving range as well, practicing the long flings, until I could finally step into my flings. I was flinging over 100 yards consistently, in fact usually hitting 150 yards.
July 12, 2021
Thanks so much guys! I’ll do another like this again in several more weeks or so.
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Shaun A Walton
July 13, 2021
Awesome post and great story! Fling Golf is truly one of those things where it’s like “dang, I wish I’d known about this soon. But I’m glad I know about it now because it’s an absolute joy to play”. Love it!