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I have been interested in this training aid for some time and the recent blog post made me finally decide to invest in one. (Dan Mann is Canadian as well so that also means something).

 

Have any of you used it? Do you recommend the 8-iron or the Wedge? I am leaning towards the 8-iron, but most of the pics online show people with the wedge. Any major differences besides the obvious? 

 

Is there anything to the DST CR-10? The CR-10 is just a straight shaft with 10 degrees of forward lean caused by the sole. Billed as a 'transitional' club, I guess the idea is that it will help you mentally move from the curved shaft to your clubs. Seems a little unnecessary to me. 

 

Finally, does anyone here address the ball with as much forward press as the Compressor causes at impact or do you line up even with the ball and initiate the Compressor posture at impact.

 

If Dan Mann is reading, has it changed your address position?

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I have the wedge model and its part of my warmup routine. I have an over the top and out of balance tendency and this thing absolutely forces you to out a smooth, rhythmic swing on the ball. It also helps make sure your hands stay in from of the club head at impact.

 

You have to make a good swing or you're going to know it. You either shank dead right or you hit a week pop up that goes about 15 yards.

 

Can't speak for Dan, but it hasn't changed my address position at all.

 

 

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I purchased the 8i about one year ago. Posted an initial review also. I'll admit I've used it sporadically throughout the past year. Mostly on my patio off a mat. With the recent new posts for the DST I decided to put it in my bag this morning. I found DST to be very easy to hit. I can hit pretty much the same shots with my regular 8i. So, for me anyway I'm not so sure I've gained anything from it. Maybe if I practiced with it more I might feel different. I'll give it a shot later this morning on the practice tee.

Don't get me wrong... I like the club and think it will help many people. It makes sense really. I've joked with some guys before when I've had it out and said why not have a full bag of curved shafted clubs? Get one and try it for yourself.

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Yeah I want one of these I think I convinced my wife to get it for me as a Valentine's Day gift lol. I honk this will help be with my hip rotation issue.

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My address position hasn't changed even in practice. I'm neutral I guess you'd call it, maybe a hair pressed.

 

Regardless of setup, you still need to get your hands in front of the ball with the compressor or bad things will happen. This keeps me from swaying and focusing on turning. No more wandering head, no more flip. It's pretty much a do or do not aid.

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Dan here!

 

My address position hasn't changed even in practice. I'm neutral I guess you'd call it, maybe a hair pressed.

 

Regardless of setup, you still need to get your hands in front of the ball with the compressor or bad things will happen. This keeps me from swaying and focusing on turning. No more wandering head, no more flip. It's pretty much a do or do not aid.

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I bought both the wedge and 8 iron training aids last spring.  I use them both in my practice sessions and they work for my swing and game.  Between the two, I use the wedge most often, but then I also hit more regular wedges in my warm up and practice than longer clubs.  

 

A little background.  Two years ago my pro gave me a drill to improve my impact position and to help learn the feel of good contact.  I tended to get my weight too much to the right side and my hands even with or behind the ball at impact.  The drill involves hitting partial shots with my weight on the front foot.  Basically, I set up my weight 80% or so on the front foot, take a partial swing keeping most of the weight on the front foot and concentrate on solid contact.  The drill improved my ball striking dramatically. 

 

The problem with the drill is I can't rally take a full swing with it.  I started looking at the DST in hopes it would enforce the same skill, but with a fuller swing and  more natural set up.  I read all the reviews I could find and watched several videos on Youtube before I spent the money.  

 

One video was quite funny.  It showed a club pro trying the DST for the first time. He hit shanks on his first 10 or so swings and then finally got to hitting good shots.  My experience was the opposite.  I hit the club well the first time I tried it.  With it, I replicated the position I learned using the drill, but with a full swing.  For set up, I use the same set up as a regular shot, but with the hands forward.  

 

I no longer do the drill; I hit shots with the DST instead.  When I was working on the drill, I would do numerous repetitions to get into the correct position.  With the DST, I hit fewer shots, and spend much less time working on that part of my game, but with better results.  I will often include the DST in my normal club rotation:  I'll hit a wedge, grab a hybrid, then hit the DST, then grab a wood.  If I find myself getting into old habits, I may concentrate on the DST, but it doesn't happen very often.  

 

Over all, the DST is one of the few training aids that works as advertised and will definitely stay in my practice bag.  (One other such aid is the Orange whip).  

 

The clubs are pricey, but worth it to me.  YMMV.  As for which one to get, they both work.  The wedge is easier to hit when starting out.  The eight is closer to the "middle" of the bag. I hit a lot of wedges in practice.  If you concentrate on longer irons, the 8 iron may be better for you.  

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Took mine out this morning but quickly had to put it away. The grip was so hard and slick I couldn't hang on to it. I'll re-grip it this week and give another try.

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Thanks jbil. I searched Compressor but didn't come up with much. I did think that was odd given this crowd. I think I will go with the 8-iron since that is my go-to warm up club.

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$100 for this thing compared to $90 for that Golf Slot Machine thingy -- this one is a comparative bargain...

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Interesting DST news coming from this weekend.  Both Hideki Matsuyama and Danny Willet are DST Compressor users, and both won on the PGA Tour and European Tour respectively.

 

It's the 4th time in the past 12 months that DST users have done the double -- winning on both tours the same weekend.  In total, it's now 36 PGA/Euro tour wins for DST users, plus one victory on the LPGA tour.

 

More news to come, he said cryptically.....

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So can anyone speak to whether there is any merit to the DST CR-10 clubs?  My second question is whether this really is an improvement to the Tour Striker.  I already have the Tour Striker 8 iron and wedge and know this is an area I need to work one.  I have interest in the compressor but really want to know if it is an improvement or not before shelling out any more money.  

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Mulliganman here's my take on both clubs.

I've had a Tour Striker 7i for several years. I've used it off and on during this time. For me personally It's a much harder club to master. My DST is an 8i model. It's a piece of cake to hit. I've heard some say they shank the DST. I never have. I can hit clean pure shots with the DST over and over all day. Not so much with the Tour Striker. With the TS if you don't get a good shaft lean into the ball it ain't going nowhere. No so with the DST. I will say this.... after using the TS for a while on the practice tee and then switching to my normal club I feel more of a difference/improvement. I like the DST because it's easy but I might by a small margin give the Tour Striker a slight edge because your either deliver the club to the ball with proper hip rotation and forward shaft lean or you skull it.... or worm burn it. I can miss hit the DST and still pull of decent shots. But not with the TS.

You should still consider buying a DST if you're interested. It's a good training aid and I think you'd like it.

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Mulliganman here's my take on both clubs.

I've had a Tour Striker 7i for several years. I've used it off and on during this time. For me personally It's a much harder club to master. My DST is an 8i model. It's a piece of cake to hit. I've heard some say they shank the DST. I never have. I can hit clean pure shots with the DST over and over all day. Not so much with the Tour Striker. With the TS if you don't get a good shaft lean into the ball it ain't going nowhere. No so with the DST. I will say this.... after using the TS for a while on the practice tee and then switching to my normal club I feel more of a difference/improvement. I like the DST because it's easy but I might by a small margin give the Tour Striker a slight edge because your either deliver the club to the ball with proper hip rotation and forward shaft lean or you skull it.... or worm burn it. I can miss hit the DST and still pull of decent shots. But not with the TS.

You should still consider buying a DST if you're interested. It's a good training aid and I think you'd like it.

Thanks for weighing in on the two. I have been confused because the official review on this site suggested the DST forces a proper pivot that the Tour Striker doesn't. So that's kind of why I am trying to see if the DST really brings something to the table the TS doesn't because I have invested a decent chunk of change in the 2014 TS 8 iron and PW. It is interesting that you said you have a much easier time with the DST. Another thing I've been wondering about is why are there so many Tour players using the DST and not the Tour Striker?

 

Yes, I hit my fair share of worm burners and skulls. I have used the clubs exclusively during range sessions. I always find it amusing at looks I get sometimes like man does this guy suck....

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Thanks for weighing in on the two. I have been confused because the official review on this site suggested the DST forces a proper pivot that the Tour Striker doesn't. So that's kind of why I am trying to see if the DST really brings something to the table the TS doesn't because I have invested a decent chunk of change in the 2014 TS 8 iron and PW. It is interesting that you said you have a much easier time with the DST. Another thing I've been wondering about is why are there so many Tour players using the DST and not the Tour Striker?

 

Yes, I hit my fair share of worm burners and skulls. I have used the clubs exclusively during range sessions. I always find it amusing at looks I get sometimes like man does this guy suck....

The tour use of the DST is the main reason I am looking at it more seriously than the TS. It looks like there would be a difference between the wedge and the 8-iron. There is more curve in the wedge shaft relative to its length. More shank prone?

 

Most folks seem to have the wedge (at least based on MGS photos and folks on this forum). I was initially going to go with the 8-iron, but have been rethinking it since the wedge would be good for chipping practice too. 

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The tour use of the DST is the main reason I am looking at it more seriously than the TS. It looks like there would be a difference between the wedge and the 8-iron. There is more curve in the wedge shaft relative to its length. More shank prone?

 

Most folks seem to have the wedge (at least based on MGS photos and folks on this forum). I was initially going to go with the 8-iron, but have been rethinking it since the wedge would be good for chipping practice too.

 

Did not know that more people here have the wedge. I would have figured the opposite. Yeah what accounts for the Tour Use for the DST especially when you have a poster in this thread saying it is much easier to hit than the Tour Striker? Are you aware of many opting for the CR-10 clubs too?
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