Post by Steve King (Admin) on Sept 21, 2006 6:29:18 GMT -6
Foam balls eh, hmmm, may not be heavy enough for flight. Rubber balls are the best if you want child safe bolos. Painting the balls can be easily done by getting some "Plastic" spray paint. This new technology allows one to spray paint plastics without having any chipping. Dangle the bolos over a stick or bar and spray paint them that way and put some tape over the rope so that you don't spray paint it too. 3/16ths" to 1/4th" nylon rope works the best. Better than shoe strings.
Thanks so much for making this available!!!! I played this a few years ago at a 4th of July party and everyone of all ages enjoyed playing. My grandkids will be to our house this 4th and guess what we are going to play? I can't wait to put it together....Pam
Post by playandahood on Jul 14, 2007 7:39:06 GMT -6
Hi myself and family have came up with a great way to play with a big family. We made five sets of bolos and painted them all different colors. If you like wrestling or anything you can make one pair gold and have a Ladder Golf Championship (I am The Reining Champ of Course). You Make a Spreadsheet on your computer putting all your family members names on it. Then you eliminate one family member and so on. We call it our Family Five Way.
Post by playandahood on Jul 14, 2007 13:17:51 GMT -6
If you want an exciting way of racking up points fast, try this. Sometimes the rope will wrap twice, and occasionally three times, around the rungs. If it wraps twice, multiply that rung's score by two. If it wraps three times, multiply that rung's score by three. This is a good way to teach multiplication to a smaller child.
I have a question about what the typical dimensions are of a ladder golf. I found plans that called for the rungs to be 3 feet wide each. I thought everything was fine, and then I put it all together and it seemed awfully wide. How long are the rungs supposed to be? The plans also said to start with an 18 inch height below the first rung, and 12 inches in between each rung. does this sound right? Thank you. I'm trying to get ready for a tailgate, and this is definitely taking up more time than necessary.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Oct 3, 2007 7:20:40 GMT -6
3 feet! Holy cow that's wide. Way too wide. That sounds like a laundry rack. Typically, the span should be about 20" (< 1 ft.) wide. From the ground to the bottom rung should be ~ 10", and the same span between all rungs. See here:
Now, ladder plans do vary, like the height from the ground to the bottom rung, but the width shouldn't be 3' wide for the true game. That's just too wide. I've seen some wide games before, like in some of these photos here:
I think I'm going to cut down the rungs to 24 inches, and the bottom to 12 inches. I knew that 3 feet was going to look too wide. Thank you. Let me know what you think of that plan, though. It calls for 3/8 rope, and 1" PVC, but I used 1/4 rope and 3/4 PVC. Overall, I am really looking forward to playing laddergolf at homecoming soon, but am disappointed with the plans in general.
Based on your Ladder Construction Plans (Version #2), is it 13" from the top of the one rung to the top of the second? Your diagram shows 12" from top of one rung to the bottom of the second. I'm guessing it is 13" from top to top and you are taking into account the pipe is 1". Thanks in advance for your response.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 24, 2008 11:19:35 GMT -6
The 12" is the length of cut of the each 3/4" PVC pipe that fits into the T's/Elbows, not the distance between each rung. You don't have to worry about measuring the distance between each rung, since if you cut each of the verticle 3/4" pieces to 12" each, the distance will be the same between each rung. Therefore, I would guesstimate after each 12" pieces sets into each T/Elbow flush, the distance between each would be about 12".
I scanned through this website a little bit, but did not find a version of ladder ball that my friends and I created last summer. The idea spawned from playing the normal 3' 6" ladderball at a campsite. We are all avid thinkers, tinkerers, and builders. So it began: 7' tall ladderball. We measured all the dimensions of the regular version, and basically doubled everything. Using 1.5" PVC instead of 3/4", we built it all from scratch. The design is simple to understand, and anybody with a basic handsaw and tapemeasure (and a basic understanding of measurements) can create this monstrosity. You will need some 1.5" t-joints, 45 degree elbows, and plenty of straight pipe. For the "bolos", we used tennis balls. To connect them, an "eye" bolt was poked into the ball, and washers and nuts secured it on the inside and outside. Of course, you will have to make an incision on the opposite side of the ball from the bolt hole, but it has little effect on the gameplay. The cord between the tennis balls was also doubled. I know that it sounds like it wouldn't play worth a crap...because we never thought it would work either. But when all was assembled, we placed the "ladders" 40' apart, and the tennis ball bolos played just like they should. All the physics are very similar, and it is twice the fun of the small version. Granted, small childern (usually under 12) find it very hard to throw the bolos that far. But for grown-ups, it's perfect. I would encourage all who read to give this a try, it's a summer's worth of fun!
Steve, Yes, the version in the video is getting warmer...but not close enough to call it a win. The one in the video is maybe 5' tall. By the looks of it, they used 1" instead of 1 1/2" PVC. If i get a chance, I will take pictures/video of our version and post to youtube, then link from this site. Hopefully you and the entire Ladderball club will be impressed! I think you will be.