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Greenstick sales begin to grow

THE South Cheshire-based golf club professional who last year developed a piece of golf equipment he hoped would ease the pain for thousands of senior and disabled golfers, is starting to reap the rewards for all his hard work.

Alsager Golf & Country Club pro Richard Brown invented and designed a pitch mark repairer on the end of a retractable pole to save on bending down. He’s now sold hundreds all over the world as well as being a supplier for the On Course Foundation, a charity that supports the recovery of injured service personnel and veterans through golf.

He’s also hoping to team up with Foremost – the UK’s largest golf retail group.

“They’ve been very popular with senior golfers too,” said Richard. “The feedback has been fantastic and of all the units I have sold, I’ve still not had one returned as not working.

“There is still nothing similar out there on the market and they have a price point that makes them an ideal birthday or Christmas gift.”

He first came up with the idea five years ago when he played behind a fourball of seniors and noticed they were not always repairing their pitch marks.

“I realised it must be because some of them were finding it difficult to bend right down so when I got back into the pro shop I forced a normal pitch fork into the bottom of a broom handle and the idea was hatched,” Richard explained.

He needed a locking system and found something very similar in a ski pole. The stick simply clips onto a golf bag when not in use.

“It’s all made up of just five components, but they do say that some of the simplest ideas are the best ones,” added Richard.

It can be altered in length to suit the individual using it.

Richard manufactures the Greensticks himself from a unit near the Alsager club.

He said: “The average number of ball marks made on greens per round is eight per golfer. Assuming only 130 rounds are played each day on your course, your greens receive 1,040 impressions daily, 31,000 per month or more than 374,400 per year!

“Are you wondering how to make a putt under these conditions? Repair your pitchmarks, preferably with a Greenstick.”

The Greenstick costs £24.99 (including P+P). For more details or to purchase, visit www.seniorgolfuk.co.uk.­