REVIEW: Tour Striker golf swing trainer

REVIEW: Tour Striker golf swing trainer

The average golfer has a hard time compressing the ball at impact, but there are typically two culprits why: a lack of swing speed and poor club position at impact.

Even if you can't swing over 100 mph (with a driver), you can still get the most out of your physical ability if you're able to get in the right position for maximum distance at impact. That proper position is with the hands ahead of the club, hitting down on the ball, while taking some of the loft off the club taking into account hand position and natural shaft bend. However, simulating that feeling, especially if you don't typically get to the proper position, is tough.

That's what the Tour Striker golf swing training club is designed to help players feel, and it does a great job.

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The Tour Striker, which comes in a pitching wedge and a 7-iron, has everything a typical golf club does, except the club head looks very strange, particularly the face and sole. The face has a small hitting area, with an immediate rounding off to heighten the club's leading edge. The club's design is such that, if you don't make impact with a slightly forward shaft lean to deloft the club, you won't make good impact with the ball. That could mean you pull the ball low and left. You could pop it to the right with a shank, even off the toe.

The 7-iron is more forgiving than the 48-degree pitching wedge, with a lower leading edge and a larger "sweet spot" for impact. The wedge is more difficult to hit properly because it's used in so many precision shots where crisp, solid impact is a must.

It certainly takes some adjustment to the Tour Striker. It obviously looks really small and seems almost impossible to hit at first. However, after a few swings, the feeling the Tour Striker is trying to promote is clear. The next step is getting to the right position at impact. After about 10 balls, I was grooving with the pitching wedge, hitting it as far as I would typically hit my normal, gamer pitching wedge. Of course, not every ball was perfect, but it was a great reminder of hand position at impact. That's perfect for practice or warming up ahead of a round. Then, when it's time to use your normal clubs, the club heads feel like they're absurdly oversized -- even for a blade.

The Tour Striker golf swing training club comes in right- and left-handed options with a True Temper uniflex steel shaft. At $89, it's a great deal.

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