How Are You Supposed To Keep Your Head Still At 20,000 RPM?
I’m an avid golfer with a dirty little secret. I hate practice. Unfortunately, this puts me at a philosophical impasse with my game. After all, not everyone has the discipline of GP’s managing editor, a stalwart range-rat capable of spending all day banging balls off of Chelsea Piers, or the natural grace and athleticism of resident GP sportsman, P. Tuttle (whose fame resulted in mid-90’s Callaway putter design). Thus, my well documented inconsistency is proof that golf is a fickle mistress who requires no end of sacrifice from most of her would-be lovers.
That being said, it’s no surprise that golf training aids and techniques have been around since the beginning of recorded human history. Training clubs are some of the most effective tools to use for grooving a sweet stroke, as they seek to engrain the muscle memory required to execute a repeatable swing. After all, golf is about doing the right thing over and over and over again. I’ve used other training clubs in the past including the famed Medicus and Momentus, thus I’ve got a good base of experience from which to claim that the Gyro Swing by Sklz is just about the coolest swing aid ever. Read my review after the jump.
Basically, the head of the Gyro Swing conceals a powerful gyroscopic motor which, when activated, resists any and all attempts to swing the club off-plane. By firing up the Gyro Swing and working through some simple swing drills, you can begin to program your body to swing the club as it’s meant to be swung. The club seems to have a mind of its own, and its Newtonian dogma is much better at overcoming my swing faults than I alone would otherwise be. In the past, I’ve never been much on the technical aspects of my swing (grip it and rip it, maybe), so even a short time with the Gyro Swing has given me a much greater sense of the clubhead’s position throughout my swing. I look forward to seeing the full-blown benefits, once I thaw out and emerge from my long winter’s rest.
The Gyro Swing comes complete with a set of rechargeable batteries to power its tach-busting innards, as well as being fitted with a helpful training grip and two-tone shaft for visual feedback. The Gyro Swing would make a great tool to tune your game over the frigid off-season. Being a short club, you might even be able to swing it indoors, depending on your degree of lankiness and the ceiling heights sported by your dwelling. Ultimately, the goal is to get your swing out of your head and into your hands. To that end, working with the Gyro Swing might just mean that you’ll need all that mental real estate to tabulate the hefty winnings from your next friendly go-round.