The key to a better golf swing – Swinkey

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Everyone has a chronic problem (or two or three) in their golf game.   For some, it’s the dreaded yips, while others struggle big time with slicing off the tee. For me, it’s alignment. I am forever offline when I go to hit my ball.

My pre-shot routine is pretty standard. I go into my “think box” behind the ball, find a small target way out in the distance, find a natural marker (dirt mark or blade of grass) just ahead of my ball that lines up with my target, step into my “play box”, making sure my feet are parallel to the line made by my ball and the marker I chose, do one practice swing, look up at my target again and then and hit the ball.

I am sure I have everything “just right”, but more often than not, I’m just wrong. I can’t tell you the number of times my coach, Ginny, will stop me just before I hit the ball and say, “Drop your club along your toes…Now step back behind the tee box and look where you are aiming.”   Oh dear…

The other issue I have in golf is coming over the top. I don’t slice the ball usually (because I overcompensate with my hands on the downswing), but it doesn’t go as far as I’d like because I don’t get the right to left spin on the ball.

Ginny has given me some helpful tips to solve this problem – e.g. reminding me to hit the ball at “5 o’clock” and practicing my downswing very slowly to really feel it and create that muscle memory. She’s even had me pretend I’m going to send the ball to Ichiro in right field, but actually hit it towards the 2nd baseman (yes, I like baseball).

These two issues plague me more than most and I’ve often wondered if I should get something to help me while I was in Maui in November. Well, I found the right swing aid for me. It’s called the “Swinkey“.

The Swinkey an ‘all in one’ toolbox of training aids that you can carry in your golf bag.  It includes:

  • A weighted fitness pole
  • Alignment aids
  • A putting stroke trainer 
  • A club protector

It even has a camera monopod on the top so you can set up your video camera on top of your golf bag. No more lugging around my tripod.

The Swinkey fits in your bag like a club, sitting a bit higher than your driver so you don’t have to worry about your clubs being broken by over-zealous baggage handlers.  Given the shape of my new travel bag when I got to Maui, I am happy I had the Swinkey in there. What is it with luggage handlers?!  Sometimes I think they fancy themselves as training Olympians, using our bags to practice javelin or hammer throws. 

Anyway, during my 3 weeks golfing in Maui, I used my Swinkey to warm up every day.  I started by swinging the weighted pole.

It made a cool swishing sound and felt great – much better than just swinging my driver or a couple of irons around.  I also used it to balance myself as I stretched out my back and legs.

Once I was warmed up, I set up the alignment poles and practiced with my 7 or 8 iron – making easy shots that got me swinging easy.

When it came time to work on my “draw”, I stuck one of the alignment rods into the ground on an angle so that when I swung down on the ball, I was forced to keep my club inside the rod.

The first few times I tried it, I whacked that rod right out into the range.

Haha…I knew then, that I had the perfect tool – instant feedback without even looking at my ball.

The Swinkey also offers some useful putting tools as well.  I didn’t really practice putting while in Hawaii, but I definitely plan on using these tools now that I am back at home.

Now… I have made some pretty stupid impulse buys off the Golf Channel over the past few years, looking for the perfect training aid.  So before trying the Swinkey, I was pretty skeptical.

But I have to say, the Swinkey surprised me. It really is a great “all in one” tool for any golfer of any caliber.

Prices for different models range from $69-$119.  Swinkey is a great Xmas gift for your golfguy or golfgal.  It even comes in lots of different colors, including one with the Canadian flag on it (a friend of mine has that one).

And if you want one for yourself, just leave the Swinkey website open on your partner’s computer.  I find that works every time! 😉

Golfgal

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7 comments

  1. this looks like a strong training aid, thanks for bringing it to our attention. As you know Gayle, at Sweet Spot we are all about that TARGET ALIGNMENT” so it makes sense to me. Keep up the good work with your suggestions, they’re always helpful!

  2. Thanks Brian! And I love how it all fits together in the weighted pole. Very compact, easy to use and easy to travel with.

    I think it would be a great compliment to your wonderful SS clubs. You can get it in pink too 🙂

    Cheers
    Gayle

  3. Hi GolfGal,

    I first learned about the “think box” and “play box” last summer. Since using it and understanding on course psychology it has had a huge improvement to my game. I would recommend all your readers use the think box and play box system.

    Thanks
    EB

  4. Hi Golfgal,

    You wrote: “The other issue I have in golf is coming over the top. I don’t slice the ball usually (because I overcompensate with my hands on the downswing), but it doesn’t go as far as I’d like because I don’t get the right to left spin on the ball.”

    My first post of 2011 will begin with a little poem that begins like this.

    My divots fly left
    But my ball goes straight

    It sounds like you are a frequent practicer. My theory is that, without periodic lessons and constant practice, amateur golfers will always revert to the natural tendency to swing “over the top.” If you are still having difficulty with it, what chance do occasional golfers have to perform an inside-out swing? Literally no chance.

    Over the Top Golf is the only place where you can learn to do it right. Five set-up changes and your own swing will produce a straight shot that has a low trajectory and runs a long way.

    Please feel free to read my blog at http://overthtopgolf.blogspot.com

    Frankie C
    http://overthetopgolf.com

  5. My PGA friend just posted some tips on his blog about similar issues.

    Check it out:

    http://lowerscores.blogspot.com/

  6. Hello Golfgal,

    The simple golf swing is by far the most difficult move. I had trouble with it from day one 🙂 Your article is very informative and there are some new points for me and I will give them a try. Will leave a feedback how things are going with your tips.

    Thanks
    Sabrina

  7. Hi,

    its looks like a strong training aid,

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