What are they good for?
Target Discs (referenced as TD1 or TD2) were developed to help golfers improve their game by improving touch and feel for shots on and around the green. Using our Target Discs enables the golfer to practice shooting at a readily visible target to help improve the accuracy and consistency for the different golf shots they hit.
Target Disc can be used on the golf course for practice, (not during an actual round) at the driving range, in the backyard or in the home. Use our Target Discs to improve your putting, pitch shots and chipping.
In your putting practice, place one of the larger discs TD1 on a golf green, closely mown area in your backyard, or on a carpet or floor in your home. Since the disc is the same size as a golf hole you are, in effect, putting at the same size target as you will encounter during a round of golf. Our target disc therefor provides you the same visual cues you can expect during your round when you have to make a putt. One way this is particularly helpful is when you want to practice longer putts where the percentages say you may not necessarily make the putt, but you want to putt your ball close enough to the hole that you won’t 3 putt.
If you are trying to practice on a crowded putting green, our TD1 disc enables you to find an open spot, set the disc where you want it, and practice just as you would to one of the cups otherwise being used.
Also, if you are having problems with a particular type of putt (uphill, downhill, breaking one way or the other) you can place the target disc on a portion of green where you will have this particular type of putt and practice the putt in a realistic setting using the disc as your target. You will note that the target disc will not damage the green in any way, and that using the disc allows you to go off by yourself where you can concentrate on what you want to do without a lot of distractions from other golfers who may be using the green. As your putting improves, you may want to start using our smaller target disc TD2 to help improve your touch even more by giving you a smaller target at which to aim.
Many greens are so contoured that a putt, particularly one from any distance (greater than 10’-15’) may have a considerable amount of break. The question then becomes one of where to aim your putt so if a break that will allow to wind up near the hole, if not go in. To practice these type putts, you can use either disc TD1 or TD2. What you do is estimate where you want to aim your putt and place the disc at that spot. Now putt your ball at the disc and see where it winds up. Putt a number of balls at the disc so you get a fair representation of what your ball is going to do. If your putts wind up near or in the hole, you should now have a sense of where to aim your ball for this particular putt. If your putts, however, miss by a greater margin than that with which you are comfortable, adjust the position of the target disc based on the pattern of your finishes and try again until you are comfortable with where you should aim to make the putt or keep from 3 putting. In many instances you will be amazed at where you will actually need to aim as compared as to where you initially thought you needed to aim.
Do you tend to leave your putts short? If you do, try this. Place our target disc TD1 some distance past the hole at which you are putting, and on the same line you would use to try and sink the putt. Now, forget about the actual hole and putt to the target disc. Since the target disc is beyond the actual hole, you should be striking your putt slightly harder to get it to the target disc. As you putt, adjust the distance the target disc is beyond the actual hole until your putts start to fall in the hole or stop at it (Remember: while you don’t want to be too short, you don’t want to be too long either). Since target disc TD1 is the same size as the actual hole, its presents you the same visual cue as the cup itself.
In chipping, the object is hit a ball through the air a short distance from off the green, with the ball landing on the green and then rolling to the hole or cup. To develop feel or touch, a golfer may use a number of different lofted clubs with the object being to land the ball at a particular spot on the green and then see how far the ball rolls after it lands. Because clubs have different lofts, the ball will roll farther or shorter after it lands when chipped with one club than when it is chipped with a club having a different loft.
To help refine one’s touch or feel, a golfer wants to land their ball at approximately the same spot on the green each time regardless of which club they are using. Instructors often tell the golfer to pick a spot on the green (a patch of grass of a different color than that of the surrounding area), or put a tee or ball marker in the ground where the golfer wants his ball to land. While these work, because they are small in size, it is easy for the golfer to lose sight of them, particularly as they practice chip shots from farther off the green.
Simple Golf Products™ target discs TD2™ are of a size that is easy to see even at great distances from the green, thereby giving the golfer an easy target to see. This is even more so because our discs are made of highly visible colors. You will also appreciate that you can use our TD1™ disc for this type practice. However, even though either size disc could be used, we recommend the smaller disc because it presents a smaller target.
A golfer can also use both size discs for this practice. Now, the golfer places our disc TD2 where he or she wants to land their ball on the green, and our disc TD1 at the spot where they ultimately want the ball to roll to a stop. You can also do this, if you want to practice in your backyard, basement, or family room.
Chippoing PracticeA pitch shot is a longer shot typically hit from a distance farther away from the green than from where chip shots are hit. One form of practice is the same as for chipping as described above. That is, the golfer places our smaller target disc TD2 on the green where he or she wants their ball to land, and our larger target disc TD1 at the spot where they ultimately want the ball to stop.
On the driving range, the golfer places our target disc TD1 a desired distance away from where they are hitting balls, the target disc then being the target where he or she tries to land their shot. To practice a 20 yard pitch shot for example, the golfer simply paces off twenty steps (each step being about 3 feet) and places the target disc TD1 at the that spot. Since the disc is the same diameter as that of a cup, the visual appearance to the golfer will be essentially be the same as hitting to a hole on the green.