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FYI, I saw on another forum where some guys were going to Wal-Mart and buying one of those baseball hitting trainers and using it for the same purpose as the Orange Whip -- but getting it for a whole lot less.

 

 

Just passing it on.

 

 

 

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FYI, I saw on another forum where some guys were going to Wal-Mart and buying one of those baseball hitting trainers and using it for the same purpose as the Orange Whip -- but getting it for a whole lot less.

 

 

Just passing it on.

 

 

 

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This is what I'm talking about:

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That is the one I was talking about in post #5.

Now it is in its own thread. :)

http://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/545-diy-whip-trainer/

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does anyone actually have one of these? I was looking at Sac's DIY and Robs driveway marker idea.

 

Anyone know the weight of the counterball near the hands?

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do you have a swingweight scale by chance? If not...in your best guess....would you say that it weighs about the same as a golf club?

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do you have a swingweight scale by chance? If not...in your best guess....would you say that it weighs about the same as a golf club?

No scale, sorry.

It definitely feels a bit heavier to me. good weight though, no real extra effort, it just helps me feel where the end is.

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The Orange Whip Trainer is a great training tool. It's a little too highly priced. They could have made more money selling twice as many of them at $80 or so, instead of the seemingly "STANDARD" prices of $110-$150 that basically EVERY training aid sells for these days.

 

I do think it's worth the purchase price though. NEVER seen a better training aid for tempo in terms of immediate-feel feedback. It also teaches loading on the downswing by maintaining wrist cock... NEVER seen a training device that could teach you that at all... let alone without you even REALIZING that it's forcing you to load.

 

It's also doing a lot more things. It stretches you out, and also works out core muscles in a very golf specific way... now there are other ways to make a club do that... in this situation, the Orange Whip is not unique.

 

But the fact that it will teach you tempo, a strong downswing position, make you more flexible AND strengthen golf-specific muscles ALL AT THE SAME TIME!?!??? There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that does all these things.

 

The only important caveat here is that you must learn HOW to use it. I don't know if it comes with an instructional DVD or not, but it certainly should. Used properly, it will make ANY golfer better in a lot of ways.

 

Maybe you can find one on eBay for a cheaper price or something... but I highly recommend it. I personally feel that I'm less likely to have lessons to give if people were buying this thing on a large scale.... so, forget that... DON'T BUY THIS THING!

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i thought the item was over $100 and would it be the same to use an old club shaft and attached a rag at the bottom?

 

Nope. The orange ball on the end really aids in feeling lag. A rag wouldn't accomplish that.

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Just wanted to throw a shout out for the ORANGE WHIP as the best training aid i've come across! If you haven't heard of it you sure will soon. The whip is a very flexible rubber shaft, with an orange weighted ball attached to the end of it, it shallows out your plane and prevents you from coming over the top, while doing a fantastic job of stretching out both your back swing, and follow through. Check' em out on Facebook, or your local shops- very inexpensive, and worth searching out.

I agree. Orange Whip is a great tool to help me with my tempo.

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Just wanted to throw a shout out for the ORANGE WHIP as the best training aid i've come across! If you haven't heard of it you sure will soon. The whip is a very flexible rubber shaft, with an orange weighted ball attached to the end of it, it shallows out your plane and prevents you from coming over the top, while doing a fantastic job of stretching out both your back swing, and follow through. Check' em out on Facebook, or your local shops- very inexpensive, and worth searching out.

Yep, I agree. I bought one at Demo Day at a Durham golf course two years ago and it is a GREAT tool for both smoothing out your swing and warming you up. You can also use it as a muscular exercise tool by constantly swinging the whip in both directions if you were transitioning from a right-hand to a left-hand golfer on each swing from either direction.

 

Try doing that at full tilt and you will be surprised how few it will take to tucker you out until you build up endurance. I also found that by swinging in both directions with equal effort started to help me get rid of back pain. My doctor told me later during a checkup that I was more balanced muscularly by doing so, so the backbone would align properly more of the time. Who knew?

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So I just purchased one of these and felt it necessary to dig up the old thread.

 

In another thread I chronicled how I put together a DIY whip trainer from a baseball hitting stick. After owning the actual Orange Whip for a couple of weeks, please ignore the DIY version. It is not even close to the same tool.

 

I was skeptical about shelling out $109 for a swing trainer. To me that is a couple of lessons with the pro or 1/3-is of a new cool putter. However, after watching videos at the Orange Whip site and Facebook page, I was convinced that the Orange Whip could help me with my swing between lessons. As I heard from my instructor over and over, my issue lies with tempo. Nice slow takeaway and then swinging as fast as I can at the ball. I know what I should be doing, but the Orange Whip helps me feel it. My other issue, also related to tempo, is swinging over the top. The whip makes it possible for me to really feel the difference between the correct inside path and the incorrect OTT one. It also seems to help me get off of my right foot better (another cause of the OTT). This is the first time that I can actually say that I know what the swing should feel like.

 

So far, what I have been doing is swinging the whip at home (only one broken thing) while it has been raining. Basically taking very small swings, concentrating on turning my body to move the whip and not my arms. Gradually I increase swing length until I am taking full, in balance swings. If nothing else, I figured it was a good way to stretch during winter. Then I took it to the range.

 

At the range, I used the whip to warm up and then started mixing in whip swings with driver swings. The driver is the club of death for me. Basically when I can hit the fairway, I can shoot pars. When I am missing with the driver, which happens a lot, I am shooting to save double. The Golfshot iphone app was very helpful in letting me know this, BTW. What I noticed on the range that day was that I was hitting the driver more consistently, especially on the first swing after using the whip. After hitting 4 or 5 balls with the driver I would fall back to the old crappy swing again. Use the whip, hit the driver better again. I have only been a couple of times to the range with it so far, but it seems to really be making a difference. Maybe it is a honeymoon period thing, but for me it seems promising.

 

So if you have that gift card to the local golf shop and are looking for Winter golf fun (and maybe beyond) pick up an Orange Whip. For me, it seems money well spent.

 

Anyone else feel the same way? Anyone have good drills to share?

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Anyone have good drills to share?

 

 

I think there's a place for negative reinforcement, but I really don't want to be whipped for a bad swing, regardless if the whip's orange, green, or whatever...

 

LOL

 

In all seriousness, sounds like a good idea. I like sticking a shaft (or dowel rod) in the ground at about a 45* angle and making swings, being mindful not to hit the shaft. That's helped me come into impact from the inside out. If I go astray, I'll add a towel or headcover under my arms.

 

There's a drill I read in Golf magazine I like to call "The Cheek To Cheek Drill". I can't remember off the top of my head who wrote the article. The premise is, if you have a cart bag (I'm pretty sure a stand bag would work, also) stand it up and take your address with your rear a few inches away from the bag. From there, you just touch the bag with your right cheek (I'm flipping this around for you righties) on the backswing and with the left cheek on the throughswing. I get that "turning in a barrel" feel, which helped me transfer my weight more efficiently.

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