PostHeaderIcon Retrieving Discs from Water

It can take time to retrieve a disc thrown in the water, and at the Wells Branch disc golf course, there is water along many of the fairways. What you need is the right tool for the job. Enter the JPLANN Compact Golf Ball Retriever.

This handy tool is only 19 inches long, but it extends to 6 feet 7 inches, making the pools at Wells Branch accessible with a flick of your wrist.

Compact Golf Ball Retrievers are sold at local stores, but the "compact" versions seem difficult to locate in stores. You can, however, order one online from Amazon.com for around $14 After you order one, you might want to modify it by sawing the circular ball retriever into the shape of a small hook that can be used to grab under the edge of a disc for easy removal from water.

Happy golfing!
Brian

Here's a look at the Wilson compact golf ball retriever with the ball-holding circle still attached. Here's a look at the Wilson compact golf ball retriever with the ball-holding circle still attached. The Compact Golf Ball Retriever
Here's a look at the compact golf ball retriever with the ball-holding circle still attached. (If you look closely, you can see I've actually made the cuts, and the circle is already disconnected.)
Heres a look at the final disc golf retriever in compacted form. Its just 24 inches long. Heres a look at the final disc golf retriever in compacted form. Its just 24 inches long. After modifications, you will have a disc golf retriever.
Here's a look at the final disc golf retriever in compacted form. This model used a Wilson Compact Golf Ball Retriever, which is no longer available. It was 24 inches long vs. 19 inches for the JPLANN Compact Golf Ball Retriever.
A hack saw works great to cut through the plastic. I recommend using a vice to hold everything steady so you can use your hands to hold the pole part of the retriever in one hand while you saw with the other. A hack saw works great to cut through the plastic. I recommend using a vice to hold everything steady so you can use your hands to hold the pole part of the retriever in one hand while you saw with the other. Tools used in the modification: Hack Saw, Vice, and File
A hack saw works great to cut through the plastic. I recommend using a vice to hold everything steady so you can use your hands to hold the pole part of the retriever in one hand while you saw with the other.
This photo gives you a good idea of the cut you will be making. This photo gives you a good idea of the cut you will be making. A smooth cut
This photo gives you a good idea of the cut you will be making.
Here's a look at the discarded part of the ball retriever circle. Here's a look at the discarded part of the ball retriever circle. The discarded part
Here's a look at the discarded part of the ball retriever circle.
I used a metal file to shape the plastic smooth and remove ragged edges. I used a metal file to shape the plastic smooth and remove ragged edges. Finishing touch
I used a metal file to shape the plastic smooth and remove ragged edges.
Fully extended, the retriever is 9 feet long Fully extended, the retriever is 9 feet long The retriever's full reach
Fully extended, the retriever is 9 feet long. Note: This was the Wilson Compact Golf Ball Retriever (no longer available), whcih was longer than the JPLANN Compact Golf Ball Retriever which I now use that is 6' 7" long.