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The putting edge of technology

1.15am 11th April 2006 - Corporate

If you’ve ever wanted to liven up putting practice and involve the whole family, the latest technological revolution to be showcased at the London Golf Show later this month will be ideal.
TopPutt, manufactured by Watford-based World Golf Systems Group, is a natural progression from the company’s TopGolf system which has revolutionised driving ranges. In just a few years the TopGolf concept has captured the public imagination to such an extent it has expanded to the USA and the Far East.
With computer chips in each ball, TopGolf players receive instant feedback on how far they have hit a shot and are allocated points based on distance and accuracy providing a system of scoring which enhances the overall experience and offers a competitive edge not found elsewhere on driving ranges.
Now the company is set to break the mould again with TopPutt, a putting system utilising similar technology – and it will be seen for the first time at the London Golf Show from 27-30 April.
TopPutt is fast, fun, interactive and an addictive indoor putting game, consisting of 10 balls per game. The objective is to score a maximum of 700 points by hitting as many numbered and brightly coloured holes as possible within a carefully-designed artificial putting green utilising state-of-the-art technology.
It is both compelling and competitive, with the on-screen information providing clues to each player on how to achieve the highest possible score and bonus points. TopPutt adds an additional ‘pressure putt’ on the final ball by hitting a strategically placed prize hole – and a number of exciting prizes will be on offer each day at the London Golf Show.
World Golf Systems’ sales development manager, Gary Smith, explained, “The London Golf Show is an ideal vehicle for us to demonstrate TopPutt and for us to gain experience in managing it on site – it is, after all, the first time it will seen. We’ve already had interest from several large organisations keen to see how it would work at their events.”
TopGolf has signed licensing agreements in around a dozen additional countries with its original game and there is every likelihood that TopPutt will be the latest innovation to be included in those centres.

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