By Guest Writer
on 9.21.09

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Slow backswing, push the club away, rotate the shoulder, club face square at impact… to an amateur golfer there can be so many things going through the mind during the golf swing that it becomes both frustrating and intimidating. Can’t there be an easier way to get the ball into the hole with the fewest swings? The makers of Sonic Golf thinks so.

Hit the jump to see how Sonic Golf works and to learn how it can help your game.

The folks behind Sonic Golf have found that representing the complex movement of the golf club with sound is the easiest way of transforming all of those convoluted thoughts into a simple, easy to duplicate golf swing. When we break down this game love (and hate), the swing comes down to three principles that are so basic; rhythm, timing, and tempo. The problem is this: replicating those on every golf swing. That’s where Sonic Golf is genius, as just by swinging the club on its natural plane, your golf swing becomes a sound that allows you to hear were your swing does or doesn’t have rhythm between backswing and downswing, the tempo of the swing, and when the swing has reached its highest speed (hopefully at impact with the ball).

vijay-bag-1It’s worth noting that we’re not the only golfers to have seen the value in the Sonic Golf approach. None other than reigning FedEx Cup champ Vijay Singh is a Sonic Golf user. He’s renown to have incredible practice work ethic, so for him to endorse a training tool is pretty strong.

This author took immediate feedback from his tests of the Sonic Golf system. Most obviously, it allows me to hear how short my shoulder turn and backswing tends to be. Hearing how quick the tempo was when taking the club back helped me to realize the impact it was making on my full swing. Since using Sonic Golf, I have been able to make subtle changes to my swing, creating a full shoulder turn with solid tempo (no more rushing the club back) and generating the most club head speed at the impact with the ball. The best part of all is the consistency that I’ve developed. Other than when I strike the golf ball, my swing has always been intangible to me. Yes, I could feel the swing but that was all. With Sonic Golf, not only can I feel the swing, but now I can also hear when my swing has the right tempo and timing.

I’m not a scratch-golfer and I don’t get to play as much as I’d like to. Just like most of you, there are days that I play and feel like I’m a decent golfer and then there are days I think my four year old could best me by eight strokes. Lessons and daily range time would stretch my budgets for both time and money. Still, I love the game too much to give it up. Sonic Golf allows me to practice using my own clubs right in my backyard and still get great feedback. Then, when I do make it to the range, I can use it there as well hitting balls while listening to the auditory clues.

To be sure, the Sonic Golf unit doesn’t come cheap, but it costs no more than a few lessons with a pro. You can practice in your backyard, take it with you to the range with you, or warm up with it right before you tee off in that foursome. It just might change your game, and it will definitely be around to help you tune up long after the pro has moved on to his next problem child.

Cost: $299

Check our video review below to see my comrade Dusty show off the components of the Sonic Golf system and to see (and hear) it in action.

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