Jim and Laura Dye have created The Tip Top Cove. It’s a fun and challenging game for people of all ages.
If you are confused about how to pronounce this name, the correct pronunciation is “Tip Top Coven”. We first met Jim and Laura in May of 2020 in Chicago, IL, where they had just finished their debut album. Then, I bought and reviewed it; it became a raving success in music blogs across the nation.
But the concept of The Coven was born when they were asked to sing a duet with a local celebrity golfer on a course. The golfer was so impressed with them, he invited them back to his luxurious abode for dinner, and a private performance. (that’s when the whole “Private Performance” thing came about) The Coven decided to take this as an invitation to join him for a fun night of golfing.
To my surprise, and to Jim and Laura’s delight, The Tip Top Cove is not a game for kids. However, there are enough challenge and energy to satisfy the adult in all of us. The golfer and his friends would have been entertained by Jim and Laura, too.
My son has not yet discovered The Tip Top Cove. While we didn’t teach him how to play, we can still enjoy the game with him. I teach him how to shoot an arrow, and then I aim it at the target, and send it into the ground; then we shoot at the targets.
But it’s easier for him to use a target on the table and have his target friend make it fly. (It also makes a great desk toy!)
For younger kids, the game involves a number of clubs. An 18-inch plastic ball, several small plastic balls, and several small cardboard targets are available.
The most challenging part of The Tip Top Cove game is learning how to hold your club properly. To shoot the targets, you must place the club at the same height above the ground as the top of the target. The best way I know to do this is to imagine you are laying the club on the ground, and holding it level. Then, you can slide it over the surface of the ground to hit the target.
Another important thing you need to know about The Tip Top Cove is that you can move your club up and down a bit to make it hit the target. One way to do this is to hold the club between your knees while you raise the club over your head a bit.
Another way to make it more challenging is to move the ground around a bit before you make your hit. All of these are things you learn in a couple of lessons. At this point, most people who play The Tip Top Cove start to think it’s just like Tiger Woods or Luke Donald’s training camp.
I’ve played a few rounds of The Tip Top Cove with my son, and it’s pretty easy to score high. Most of the time, the golfers do enough to make you laugh, but some of the swings aren’t quite straight, and there are a few misses.
The tip of the iceberg in terms of fun golf games is The Tip Top Cove. For many of us, we’ve played golf games where we had to decide whether to get on the mat to fight to see who could hit the nearest one or the furthest one, but in this game you can play with a friend, and you can use a pen or pencil or another object as a prop, and you can vary the distances between the target you’ve chosen. And best of all, you get to see your friends in action too!