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First time post. Fell down a Youtube hole and found out that home made courses are a thing I know quite a few tour pros have them in the their backyards but he first couple of these tracks were built by amateurs. One is out in the desert and the other looks like it’s round a collection of backyards. And just to show how it can be done with loads of cash here’s coach Dave Pelz’s with his backyard set up - which looks amazing . It got me thinking If money were no object what would be on your dream homemade course? Would it be super hard, bunkers deeper than WW1 shell holes? Would you even bother? Personally if I had the land and the cash I would in a second.
So for our facility downtown, Golf Evolution, I've built a few PVC ball pushers. Previously I'd made two for the general area, and a "special" one for the regular area. One of the regular area ones has always been too upright, and so when someone recently cracked our "special" ones, I re-did both of them so that we now have two special ones, and one standard one. What makes the "special" ones special? Why, they have a dynamic lie angle! They're even reversible, so instead of pushing, you can pull balls back to you! Here's the pusher (or puller!) in action (pulling not shown): This contrasts with standard pushers because of the special pivoting joint in the middle, which allows you to push from any angle with a 180° range of motion (or, technically, 360°, but the ground tends to get in the way when you try to move the handle below horizontal). Here's a closeup showing the hinge: Making these is pretty simple. Here's what you need: 2 five-foot 1" diameter (inside) PVC pipes 3 PVC end caps 2 45° PVC joints 2 1" PVC couplers One 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" x 1" PVC T-Joint PVC adhesive (primer recommended) A pipe cutter (a little blade you spin around and tighten to cut the PVC) Note: You may wish to change up the dimensions. For example, you could make the angled sides 8" and add the 4" to the 1'10" horizontal "arms" or the vertical part that you hold 8" longer if you wish. The above are not the dimensions of the PVC Pushers that I've made, but I think I used 8' pipes originally, and I didn't really measure much, I just bought a bunch of PVC and made up the dimensions as I went. Instructions: 1. Cut the PVC like so: 2. Assemble the PVC like so, using common sense for the elbows (between the 1'10" sections and the 1' sections), coupling (on the ends of the 1'10" sections), and end caps (they go on the 4' and 1' sections): The arms of the elbows look like this: 3. The internal joint will look a bit like this (with the side arms cut off - this is from the pusher that someone hit with a ball and broke): The 1.25" x 1.25" x 1" PVC connector goes "over" the middle of that (you have to assemble only one side of it). Where the 1" connector is that connects to the handle, there's a little internal ridge that prevents the pusher arms to slide completely through. The coupling basically acts as a stopper, so you want the middle section in the photo above to be wide enough to accommodate the connector piece's internal ridge, but not so wide that it's sloppy and has too much lateral movement. You want the ends of the coupling joints to stay inside the connector piece. In the end it looks like this: (This joint has a little bit too much side-to-side wiggle room. Were I to do this one again, I'd likely shave an inch off the middle piece. It was probably almost five inches wide. In reality it should only be 1/4 to 1/2" wider than the width of the connector, as the internal ridge is only about the width of the 1" connector side.) 4. Let everything dry: You can see one more "dynamic lie angle pushers" in the background as well as the old static lie angle pusher. 5. Celebrate and push (or pull) some balls!