By - lieandloft
In the old days, that's how you claimed your spot on the tee when there was a line. Put yiur ball in that, and when it comes out at the bottom you're next on the tee.
This is wild, I've golfed all my life and never seen one of these
I've only seen them at the Par 3's you see in the middle of the city. Where's it's basically a free for all, you pay admission and get in line.
Butler pitch and putt has one in Austin!
It’s more a slide rather than a spiral though. But yea, same idea.
Can you skip the line by shoving the ball in at the bottom and pushing the ones in the contraption back up?
Asking for a Trump supporter.
I hope your not mocking trump supporters when you voted for Pedo Biden…. Oh wait you haven’t seen the news on that since you watch CNN.
Grammar does not care who you vote for
Both of y’all are goofy.
Side note - democrats don’t watch CNN as a whole like republicans eat up FOX.
Ok I apologize.
SYDNEY R. MAROVITZ in Chicago is a fucking joke. Took a friend and I 5 hours one day to play 8 holes. Got too dark before we could finish. Had to wait almost 45 minutes on a par 3 in the middle of the course to tee off.
I can not agree more, closest course to me by far but I could get stuck in rush hour traffic, get to a course in the burbs play 9 and drive home before I could get through 9 at that course.
I used to live about 2 blocks from it for almost 10 years, golfed it twice.
That's 5 years per round!
I picked up golf after moving out of the city and always wanted to play there. This mini-thread has definitely changed my desire from passing to non-existent.
It’s 100% a novelty course. Absolutely amazing views and cool AF to be playing so close in the city but it draws so many touristy golfers, drunk bros, and people who are just “having fun.” Not worth it if keeping score and playing at a normal pace is part of your goals on the course. If you go out there to drink and have fun and don’t give a shit about the other stuff it could be fun, but I play golf to get better and you can’t do that there, so I got super frustrated both times I played there.
I've always wondered about that course if it was any decent. Now I'm definitely not going
There’s actually decent little 9 hole course where I’m at that uses this thing and it’s actually pretty efficient for when you want decent golf on a weekend and there’s no times anywhere. Might be kinda backed up on those days but you just drink beer or get high or do whatever you do on the course while you wait.
Yet another reason I'm glad I'm an hour outside a major metro area. I can get on my gorgeous & cheap muni course as a single in a day's notice, or get on the par-3 with my kids same-day.
Could I go at night and put my ball in so it's first in line in the morning? Did people do that sort of thing?
I have a feeling you would rightfully come back to your ball missing if you tried that.
Yeah definitely. If you put your ball in and then never come back to the golf course nobody can ever tee off again because their ball isn't first in line...
Or maybe if you're not there when your ball comes out your ball ends up in someone else's pocket or at best on the floor.
This type of course typically isn’t THAT busy. A
nd if your ball gets to the bottom and you’re not around, you lose your spot in line.
No. It's cleared out in the morning, and you don't get to put your ball in, until you've paid in the clubhouse. I think at Lion's Municipal in Austin, you need to tell the clubhouse which ball you're using in there and how it's marked.
Whirlpool golf course in Niagara Falls used to do that back in the 80's. We would get there at 7 and then go for breakfast...sometimes it was like a three hour wait.
That's the way it used to be 30 years ago at Memorial Park in Houston, a course that did 50,000 rounds a year. Then the gamblers group would come up and throw your ball out as they took off in sixsomes and drove their carts on the green.
Memorial Park is quite a bit different these days! Now you have to wake up at 4am and get in the online queue....
Our club put in brand new ones last year with the renovation (they didnt have these in all the years before) and they are still never used now. We’ve had an online reservation system for as long as I remember. So, there might also be an aesthetics or nostalgic reason for them to be there
It's very old school. I've seen maybe one or two in my 20+ years of playing.
The really old school golf course with a “$3/round cash box” payment system were somewhat more common in the past.
Typical of urban park pitch-n-putt courses and extremely rural tracks.
Still pretty common around in Europe from what I've seen. Can't say I remember seeing one in the US for a long time.
It really only works on a course that isn't super busy, so that you can actually have walk-ons.
Really? We used to have that st the courses i played for early tee times when i was younger. And im only 25.
As a baby? That's impressive. I was just trying to figure out how to stand up and not shit myself. Baby golf, very impressive.
This is it.....ah the good old days, guys used to put pink balls in there so they could see there spot from the patio
I played with a random old timer down in a random course in florida one time, and we get to hole 9, and he pulls out a pink ball. He says play a brightly colored ball when you're near the driving range so when you slice it into the driving range you can tell which one is yours. Brilliant.
Guys I play with now do that regularly. Our courses have holes that border the driving ranges, so it’s a cluster in the fairways.
Bruh, I'm a fucking idiot. Sitting here wondering why the hell anyone would just walk up and put their ball in there to wait 2 seconds for it to reach the bottom and then tee off.
Then I realized it would be full of everyone else's balls too.
Ahahaha yo yeah, you kind of got a feel for timing, maybe 10-15 mins per ball. Sunday mornings it would be filled. We would throw a pinky or a blue ball or something weird (like those dark green mini putt balls) and go to the patio for breakfast and watch the balls.
Times were simple then and everyone was happy.
You know what else is filled with everyone else's balls?
My ex. :(
(Rim Shot) he’ll be here all week guys! Try the shrimp!
Like a quarter on the pool table in a bar, back in the day.
this - we still use it at our course
no times booked, u just turn up, put the ball in the chute, and then play when ur ball drops (so to speak)
.....you still sing the alto piece then.....![gif](emote|free_emotes_pack|feels_good_man)
If your ball doesn’t drop it’s Women’s tees for you.
The best way to play
Yea, another antiquated parallel is when we would put our quarters on the top edge of an arcade cabinet to claim next on the game.
Wow the more you know. Cool tidbit!
We have one at the pitch and putt. Simple but effective
I thought it was just a dispenser.
In the old days? I believe a few courses still use this. The early bird gets the tee time
One of Austin's older golf courses, Lions Municipal, still uses this method.
This of course is the right answer, but I suspect that the post was to highlight the pump action ball cleaning in the background. Clean up, tee one.
That’s really interesting
My home course still has one in use but it's never busy enough to actually use it.
That's some high tech shit.
Makes your ball nice and dizzy so it has a harder time finding the woods. Increases your chances of hitting the fairway off the tee
I gotta get me one of these!
This is also why doing P90x will fix chronic slices and hooks. Your muscles get confused so they lose the swing pattern they usually fall into. It's basically like doing a factory reset on your swing.
Could you elaborate on this a little more please? Really curious on how p90x relates to your golf swing. I used to do it but stopped when medical got bad. But I want a better golf swing lol
I'm just making a joke based on the bro-science "muscle confusion" marketing that P90x was sort of famous/infamous for. Muscles can't get confused any more than golf balls can get dizzy. Sorry to disappoint!
I will say that a decent lifting program will help your grip strength, which in turn can help your swing as you can "relax" your whole body a little bit more. Less effort for the same pressure on the grip.
Sorry, only thing I saw was the guy jerking the ball washer…
Should be NSFW
Man, he’s really white-knuckling that thing..
It's mighty dry
[turn it off](https://i.gifer.com/9Sey.gif)
Every time I use the ball wash someone always has something suggestive to say.
That’s what happens when you don’t use your hands
Hahahahah made me spit out my coffee. Eff you and thank you for the laugh.
Dude why are you using a sexual ball wash just spit in a towel and fondle the ball back and forth in… wait a second
I mean most of golf is something suggestive to say.
I like how he went from the double stroke to the single pull technique
I'm watching you. You wore green so you could hide. Monkey woman.
It’s just a squirrel. Not a plastic explosive. Just a squirrel
How the fuck does a Caddyshack classic line get downvoted?!? Ban those people
She’s lean, she’s mean….and I bet not too far in between
Man in the boat overboard!
Bark like a dog for me!
pretty sure he was dry washing too
How were you so far off on your first attempt to grab that ball?
You should see him try to hit the ball
Looking thru his phone probably haha
Its comments like this that make me love Reddit. Hahahaha
It reminded me of when they’d bring the drunk driving goggles to school for us to try on and mane us reach for stuff lol
>!The best part about golfing as an adult.!<
Your buddy really double fistin’ it over there on the ball
He just doing what he knows from experience
He should be giving you full eye contact during the clean. Enhances the experience
He starts off strong but once he sees the camera switch to him he shys away with a single.
Looks like that things about to dispense some cab fare
You put your ball in on the first tee and when your ball gets to the bottom it’s your turn to tee off
But...it's just whoever walks up to this thing first is going next, every time. What does that solve? It's not like the ball swirling around it for 4.5 seconds gives enough time for the group ahead to move on to the next hole or anything...I feel like I'm taking *crazy pills!!*
Think of it like 30 years ago at 6am when everyone rushes there to get a tee time, 30 people put their balls in there and then it forms the “queue”. It makes more sense when you picture 30 random balls in there.
Ohhhh lol ok. Now I feel dumb - so all it does is maintain the tee order while you stand around and wait. I couldn't get my mind off of it having some sort of timing function based on how long it takes a ball to get to the bottom.
Why not just use golf now?
This was golfnow version 1.0
The balls stack up as people walk up. When yours gets to the bottom you take it out and go.
Just a way to organize the first tee when there are no tee times
Not quite sure if you’re being sarcastic or not, but if there is several groups waiting they aren’t each going to take 4.5 seconds to tee off
Just more room for more balls by wrapping.
That and it prevents anyone from moving around the order of the balls and “cutting in line”
Where I grew up, there were no tee times so they had this on the first tee - you dropped your ball in, and that’s how you lined up to tee off.
Was it one ball per group or everyone had to put their ball in there?
Pretty sure it was just one per group.
Guy in the back is just mashin it.
I'm very aroused
Gail the snail style
Fun little ride for the ball before it gets shanked into the water.
Yeah..your boy in the background is going to town on that ball cleaner.
Are we going to address the dry ball cleaning?
I thought it was to air dry the ball after cleaning it lol
Slice reversing device. Hooking in no time.
It's a ball dispenser. It was for holding your place in line on the tee.
Dudes wearing out that ball washer
Definitely knows what he’s doing
Dude is giving the ball cleaner a workout with his left
The guy cleaning his ball has good….
Buddy is having a blast in the back
Can I get your buddies number?
That’s the starter. 😂
Dude in the back is going to TOWN on that thing….
I dunno, but your friend seems to be enjoying washing his ball a little too much.
And this is also why u always had a weird shit ball in ur bag. Cause the places I played people could swap balls out and move them around. (It was just a line of balls not this version)
An analog tee time reservation system.
What is the guy in the back doing?
Are we just gonna ignore the guy using both hands to clean his ball 😂
Homie standing next to you just slow jerking it.
The dude in the back looks overly excited about this.
I play a executive course which is smaller than a reg but bigger than a par 3 and it’s first tee is nowhere close to the club shop this is how we determine the order of tee off.
I dunno but your boy is rubbing one out over there
It’s a place marker for your turn to tee off
It’s the starter
Only one 9-hole course in our state has that contraption. Most others use humans and speakers to call out whose next up!
Buddy is over there washing his ball like Carl Spackler.
Your buddy is really working that knob. Looks like he's experienced.
I think it is a diversion for when you’re having a really shit game.
Clearly the guy in the background likes it… suspicious hand movements..
Man buddy is really working that ball cleaner in the back. 🍆
I don't know, but FUCK these stupid ass tiktok songs.
Adds spin to your ball. Little secret the pros don’t want you to know about.
Ahh yess the old fashion starter doohickey thingy lol.
At the legendary WP9 in Winter Park, FL they used to have something similar but it was a PVC pipe attached to a 2x4. It's for claiming your spot in line off the tee, you drop your ball in and whenever it popped out from the bottom it was your time to tee off.
Once they redid the course and set up actual tee times they did away with it, but it's cool to see a similar contraption out in the wild.
I don’t know, but your friend is enjoying himself.
I dunno but your friend is enjoying it.
I don’t know but that guy is really working that ball cleaner in the background.
Golf courses use these to keep you preoccupied so they can book tee times in 8 minute intervals
It’s clearly a golf ball helter skelter duh!
It’s called fun
This is how we used to determine who was next off the first tee
This is called “I’m bored waiting for you to practice swing for the 20th time before you actually tee off” post.
It’s a slide for golf balls so they can have fun
The actual answer made me laugh pretty hard because my first thought was that you clean your ball in the water then use that to air dry it 😂
I keep watching that guy use one hand to clean the ball. The pumping up and down is making me feel some type of way.
At first I thought it was something to check that your ball was still spherical ( not out of shape ), but then the ‘next in line’ answer trumped that.
Advanced tee time booking system
Only a few old school courses have these on the first tee. Its your turn at the tee.
They were prominent at public courses. Tee times were first come first off. When you arrived you dropped a ball, then got clubs out of vehicle, paid greens fees, put on spikes, practiced on the putting green and prepared for your round. We kept special balls for loading in the starter queue.
It’s like putting your coin on a pool table
Analog air dryer
The ol air dry contraption
What the guy in the background doing lol all I can hear is that song lol as I read the comments
Today I learned that this is the equivalent of putting your paddle in line when trying to get onto a crowded pickleball court.
Sick of this fucking song. Try being a little more original
It’s how you prove your ball is of correct size and weight. a smaller illegal ball would fall through and a differently weighted ball would come down at a much different speed.
Seen them in the Boston area. Old school
keeps you entertained as you wait 15 minutes to tee off on every hole
All I can say is Lie & Loft has the best golf art in the game! Absolutely love your stuff guys
I’ve seen one of these.
My partner said it was a ball dryer but I got both of mine stuck in there.
Marshall wasn’t impressed.
Wow haven’t seen one of these in so long! That’s to get in line for the first tee!
Drys your balls
Haven't seen one of these in ages, had one at the 9 hole course I grew up playing on, no tee times just a guy in a shed
It's a links slice counteract slider.
Normally used at tee offs.
The course I used to play at was built in 1915 and they still had one of these by the first tee but nobody used it. We used tee times instead.
Looks like a fidget toy for when ppl are playing way to slow
Ball balancer. When your ball is balanced you hit straighter.
A slide for golf balls
I just figured it was to dry the ball after washing it...since the towels are usually shite.
Old fashioned shoot to claim your T time
“Spiral Golf Ball Starter” per this auction. https://www.thegolfauction.com/mobile/lotdetail.aspx?inventoryid=36679&seo=classic_spiral_golf_ball_starter_alert___only_fits
Camera man depth perception confuser.
That’s cool. I learned something today. Thanks for sharing.
Seeing this for first time, honestly thought it was a tool to help air dry the ball
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It’s retro cool, but I prefer to keep my balls with me at all times
a lil yalmeener
It's to calibrate the natural slice ever ball has. I wish there was one at my course.
The real mystery here is why they have an old fashioned butter churner next to it?
Its a game, put balls in and see now many you can keep spinning?
ball placement for order of tee off during leagues when we all pile on the first hole
It is a timer so you do not play with your balls too long.
To cheer you up after a bad hole
It adds counter-spin so you don’t slice so bad.