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#1 GolfSpy Dave

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 03:54 PM

Swinkey: The Golfer’s Toolbox – REVIEW
An Official MyGolfSpy.com Review
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The Golfer’s Swiss Army Knife
When is the last time that you have completely emptied out your golf bags? Not “bag” but “bags”. You know, the one you take the course and the others that are hiding in the garage filled with golf goodness. If you are like me, the search for a good swing has filled those bags with multiple training aids. The sad truth for me is that many of those training aids spend most of their lives in the garage. It is just too much of a pain to drag a bunch of them to the range each time. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have on training tool that takes the place of the ones in the garage and is easy to take with you to the course? Enter the Swinkey.

If you take a bit of time to cruise through the Swinkey website, you will see that there are dozen’s of ways that you can use this tool. It can help with conditioning, stretching, alignment, ball position, swing plane, putting alignment, grooving your putting stroke, camera monopod, club protector, and so on. While this list is impressive, for the Swinkey to be a useful tool for the golfer it doesn’t just have to do these things, but do them well.

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Once again, the system that I am using to rank the training tool will be based upon the PGA guidelines for teaching professionals.
Specifically, these five criteria:
  • Validity: Is the device designed for something really important to success in the swing or the game?
  • Reliability: Does the device provide consistent results when used in the same manner?
  • Simplicity: Is the device easy to use and understand by the instructor and the learner?
  • Durability: If the teaching aid is used regularly, is it made well enough so that it won't require early replacement?
  • Cost Effectiveness: Are the product's benefits worth the price?

The Swinkey that I have in for review is the AimPoint model. This model has a AimPoint specific wrap that adds features that allows one to practice putting using the AimPoint charts and techniques.

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Validity (20 Points)
Is the device designed for something really important to success in the swing or the game?
This category is almost laughable to score. Just look at the list of things that the Swinkey does. One could argue that a monopod is not relevant to the golf swing. Although, someone who has tried to film his or her swing while balancing a camera on some foreign object may think otherwise. The Swinkey addresses more components of the swing than any other tool that I have encountered.

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Validity Score: 20/20

Reliability (20 Points)
Does the device provide consistent results when used in the same manner?
The Swinkey is very easy to use correctly. Take a look at these photos of the Swinkey set up to help with ball position. All you need to do is take the metal stakes and alignment sticks out of the Swinkey and slide one of the alignment sticks through the hole in the center of the Swinkey.

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For me, this has been a great help with ball position, which tends to wander a bit during my unassisted practice. The results are consistent because it is not that complicated to use. Even with so many different uses.
Reliability Score: 20/20

Simplicity
Is the device easy to use and understand by the instructor and the learner?
One of the great things about the Swinkey is that in spite of it doing so many different things it is simple in construction. With the exception of the elastic putting cord, everything fits inside of the Swinkey. You just unscrew the top and take out the components that you need for whatever you are working on. What could be simpler than just swinging the Swinkey as a weighted club?

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The cool thing about even this feature is you can change the weight by removing various numbers of rods and spikes from the inside of the Swinkey. Super simple. Even setting up the more complicated configurations for plane drills is not that complicated. Take out the spikes, stick them in the Swinkey, then stick the spikes into the ground. Easy.

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Simplicity Score: 20/20

Durability
If the teaching aid is used regularly, is it made well enough so that it won't require early replacement?
I don’t anticipate the Swinkey wearing out anytime soon. There are no moving parts. The materials used in construction are high quality. Obviously, a strike into the alignment pole or the [Swinkey itself with a club can do some damage. But outside of that accidental impact, I really don’t see how you can wear this thing out. One other nod to quality for me is that fact that the grips on the end of the Swinkey are manufactured by Pure Grips. Their grips are known for their longevity and definitely enhance the longevity of the Swinkey.

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Durability Score 20/20

Cost Effectiveness (20 Points)
Are the product’s benefits worth the price?
The basic model of the Swinkey sells for $99.99 with the AimPoint version selling for $119.99. The AimPoint version comes with a different wrap and an additional cord and stake that are used with the Aimpoint drills. (If you are interested in the AimPoint drills you can see them HERE.)

Being that not everyone has taken the AimPoint class, I will stick with the standard version for value scoring. It seems like all of the training aids that I review cost about $100. I paid that for my Orange Whip. Tour Strikers run about that price. Where I think that Swinkey stands out though is when you explore all of the different things that the Swinkey can do. Here is a quick shopping cart that I put together from a major retailer just to match the weighted club, alignment sticks, and the putting alignment components of the Swinkey.

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You can easily jump above the price of the Swinkey if you start buying other tools to match the Swinkey's functions. Couple this with the durability/longevity of the Swinkey and the pricing is very spot on.
Cost Effectiveness Score 20/20

Total Score: 100/100

SUMMARY
So the scoring of this review suggests that the Swinkey is the perfect training tool. Obviously the Swinkey won’t give you a perfect swing. However, I have never seen another tool that is as versatile as the Swinkey. It does a whole bunch of things and it does them well. I feel confident in the scoring and after you buy and use your Swinkey, I think that you will agree with me.
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 04:10 PM

Very interesting device......If I had one, I would not have time to play as I would be using the Swinkey to warm up!

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 03:44 AM

One question, does it work off of matts well?

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 03:16 PM

One question, does it work off of matts well?

It does work well off mats. Not so well for the configurations where you have to drive the stakes into the ground, but fine for everything else. It was extra helpful for the ball position on the mat because there is no divot to use as a reference point.
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 09:41 PM

@GolfSpyDave This is one of the best Swinkey reviews I've seen since I picked up my first Swinkey a few years ago. In order to give the readers of this review a look at a custom Swinkey versus the AimPoint, I've attached these four photos of my personal "Swinkey Stealth" that I had Brian include the putting option (extra stake and rope) found in your AimPoint edition. I have two other Swinkey's that had Lamkin grips initially and as everyone is finding out, these Pure grips are becoming one of the most popular grips and rightly so.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 09:56 PM

Awesome! Thanks for the extra photos. The Swinkey is still the training tool that goes to the range every time. Since the review, I have been using the monopod ability quite a bit. What a great tool!
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:47 AM

As you said in your review, most people wouldn't see the benefit in having the camera mount/monopod feature but once you've used it, you'll see the benefits; having the ability to capture video whether it's capturing swings or you're doing reviews is a huge asset.

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