Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 4, 2005 15:40:36 GMT -6
Hello fellow tossers!
I suppose that I'll be the first for a review, so here it goes. I was introduced to this game by my neighbors who had a set with a slight variation on the lower rung. On the left and right side of their lower rung, then had a small PVC hook extruding which they called a 5 pointer. It was challenging to hook, but a nice added feature.
I set off to build myself a set by scouring the web for details and quickly noticed that info. on this game was scattered everywhere. So, I decided to gather anything and everything link wise together and put them on my camping/yard/outdoor games page (which is no longer since Tossing Games came online). With that done, I couldn't agree on building just one set, so I built 2. One being a patriotic version and one an Irish version. Both took forever and a day it seemed to paint, since the white of the PVC wanted to keep showing through my plastic spray paints. The bolas where another challenge all together, since I didn't want to drill all the way through the balls seemings it made the bolas look cheap. So, I opted with the hot glue/inner screw method sunk flush with the ball which worked like a charm. I spray painted the balls too to match the ladders and sprayed them with enamel to protected the painted balls even further.
After playing with the sets, I had noticed tha they were smaller than my neighbors, so that even made them more unique. My scoring was 2,3,1 from the top down since the middle rung was the hardest to hook. I decided to market these, but quickly realized that Ladder Golf, as some call it, was patented. So, I changed my mind in that aspect. Needless to say, after doing the math for materials and time spent to build these, it wouldn't have been profitable. Personally, I don't think my fingers could have taken too much more spray painting anyway.
I acquired a set of the orginal patented Ladder Golf game too and I must say that if you can, then get the wooden set. They are of a VERY high quality and I would recommend them to anyone over all of the PVC knock off versions. The bola balls are about 13" apart compared to my PVC sets bing 18" apart. I found them to be more controllable throwing wise, but my wife seems to differ and likes the longer lined bolas. To each their own I guess. Needless to say, I don't need 3 sets, so the 2 PVC themed sets will go to my family members as a gift. Get your wooden set at www.LadderGolfGame.com today! You won't be disappointed!
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 18, 2005 12:00:29 GMT -6
"Probably used 50,000+ years ago in pre-history, as a weapon of entanglement. After dropping his prey, the hunter would rush forward with a fire hardened spear to finish the prey off. It migrated with tribes. World wide the most factual history is with the Tehuehches, of Argentina, who used it to hunt Rhea. It was made famous by the Gaucho's rounding up horses."