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As our summer comes to an end, I was wondering if anyone of you guys have used the Tour Striker Smart Ball to improve their game. What Pros and Cons did you get out of it and overall thoughts? 

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Following this. I have the planemate but this sounds great to help keep the body connected.

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I really like Martin Chuck's content and training aids, but have a very difficult time swallowing a nearly $45 price tag for a ball on a lanyard. There are various generic versions (I have one and have used it), and a DIY version would be pretty simple.

I think the concept of the Smart Ball is helpful, perhaps better than the various bands (or shirts) for holding the arms together. In general, I think it's better for a training aid to resist the correct motion, forcing you to do the correct motion in response, than to force the correct motion, where you're resisting the correction. In this regard, having to hold the ball in place is better than having a device that holds your arms in place.

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22 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

I really like Martin Chuck's content and training aids, but have a very difficult time swallowing a nearly $45 price tag for a ball on a lanyard. There are various generic versions (I have one and have used it), and a DIY version would be pretty simple.

I think the concept of the Smart Ball is helpful, perhaps better than the various bands (or shirts) for holding the arms together. In general, I think it's better for a training aid to resist the correct motion, forcing you to do the correct motion in response, than to force the correct motion, where you're resisting the correction. In this regard, having to hold the ball in place is better than having a device that holds your arms in place.

So is this a two fold answer. The ball helps because the force of holding the ball helping maintain that feel. As well, i think you indirectly also commented here on the planemate, which has you resist, resist and then relax the band.  In both cases, I am assuming you mean these are both good training aids?

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10 minutes ago, rbsiedsc said:

So is this a two fold answer. The ball helps because the force of holding the ball helping maintain that feel. As well, i think you indirectly also commented here on the planemate, which has you resist, resist and then relax the band.  In both cases, I am assuming you mean these are both good training aids?

Sorta. I have a PlaneMate and intend to use it heavily this offseason. But in an ideal world, the PlaneMate would actually pull the shaft steeper, which would force your body to learn how to shallow, rather than forcing you to do the correct move.

To be clear: I'm not at all saying that training aids that force you into the correct movement are bad. But I increasingly favor aids that press the opposite direction.

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8 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

Sorta. I have a PlaneMate and intend to use it heavily this offseason. But in an ideal world, the PlaneMate would actually pull the shaft steeper, which would force your body to learn how to shallow, rather than forcing you to do the correct move.

To be clear: I'm not at all saying that training aids that force you into the correct movement are bad. But I increasingly favor aids that press the opposite direction.

Makes sense. I wonder if you can backwards use the planemate, and get it to pull steeper. I know then you likely cant swing through since you'll get caught up but it could teach the feel.

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3W: :callaway-small: Epic Flash SZ with HZRDUS Yellow 6.5 UPRT or PXG 0311X HZRDUS Smoke Black S 2.5* upright

3H: :Sub70: 939X UST proforce V2 black F3 hybrid soft stepped XStiff UPRT setting

4-AW: PXG 0211  with KBS Tour Stiff 2.5* up 1/4" long Unofficial Review

Wedges  54*,60*: :ping-small:  S Tour KBS Tour Stiff 3* up  **Testing :cleveland-small: Zipcore Tour Rack 54/full and 58/mid**

Putter: :odyssey-small: Toulon Las Vegas Stroke Lab  34"

Ball: :Snell:or KSigs or :taylormade-small: TP5 pix 2.0

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I have one and I swear by it: I don’t use it as much anymore, but it does keep my arms and body working together. If you live somewhere that doesn’t allow for year-round golf it’s great for getting your swing back in shape. But it’s also easily DIY’d and at a certain level/handicap you won’t need the lanyard anymore.


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Yes, I like it.  Works great for practicing the chipping and pitching motions, rotating the chest and torso through the ball with the arms extended.

I have tried to use it for full swings, I just don't have the flexibility to keep it all together.

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Just bought a $15 knock off on Amazon. I've been putting a red solo cub turned sideways to replicate the feel and I like the motion it generates. 

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I have both the PlaneMate and the SmartBall.  I agree with @GolfSpy MPRthat it is on the expensive side, but since I got mine for Free 99 I was okay with it!

As to the ball's effectiveness, yes, definitely.  Like PlaneMate it is effective at teaching you to keep your arms and body in sync, and it especially effective at correcting folding arms in the backswing or chicken wings in the through swing.  That said, I find PlaneMate to be a lot more effective overall, so if you're choosing between the two PlaneMate is the choice.  My two cents...

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