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Orange Whip review: Warming up or working out, a winner for golfers

This trainer works to keep the swing on plane, stretch your out, work on tempo and work those golf muscles.

My experience with golf training devices is next to none. I've always seen them as a gimmick and I'd prefer to simply practice by hitting golf balls at the range. But when I was offered the chance to try out the Orange Whip, I figured it was worth a try.

The first thing that appeals to me about the Orange Whip is that it resembles a golf club. It's extremely flexible and it's relatively heavy, so from the start you realize that you're going to need proper form to get this thing swinging properly.

I was under the assumption that it was a training device designed to help you stretch and warm up for a round, and also to keep the golfing muscles active and in shape when you can't get to the course. There are a series of three moves on the Orange Whip site that advise you how to stretch and rotate. I found that the weight and whippiness of the shaft really helped get a good rhythm on the side-to-side torso twist, although the one-handed swing felt more geared toward gaining swing speed that it was toward stretching.

But that's when I started to realize that there's more to the Orange Whip than I first thought. When I moved on to the full swing, I could really feel the loop in my swing and how far off plane I was swinging. I'm a low single-digit handicap, so I can usually tell when my swing has gotten out of whack. But with the Orange Whip, I could actually see the problems. It also helped me find and identify my "stop point" and how far I should be taking the club back. Lastly, and probably more important because of my long-time demon of being too quick, the Orange Whip has been fantastic at helping me feel the proper pause at the top, as I transition from backswing to downswing.

The Orange Whip has been a winner for me in four key areas:


  • Stretching: I'm able to warm up in a hurry, and if I can't hit balls before a round, a minute with the Orange Whip and I'm loose.

  • Tempo: The Orange Whip keeps my swing from getting too quick, especially at the transition.

  • Swing Plane: The flexibility of the Orange Whip provides visual evidence of the club getting off plane.

  • Muscle Memory: I plan to keep the Orange Whip handy for the winter months, when I can't get outside.




Conclusion:

I've been using the Orange Whip before a round of golf and as part of practice sessions for two months now and I'm sold on it. As a full-service training aid that is rooted in the actual golf swing, the Orange Whip is a winner.

 
 
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