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  • ironcatironcat the cat  549Members Posts: 549
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    I've ordered one, will update when I've used it for a bit. I don't have many issues shallowing the club but do suffer from a chronic inside takeaway and goat humping so interested to see if this helps. My swing is very inconsistent. Handicap 5.7

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  •  Dave D Dave D  4021Members Posts: 4,021
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    After chatting to Chris (Schnee) and Pusb365 i decided to bite the bullet. Ordered mine in the UK yesterday lunch time and arrived about 10am today, brilliant service. Can't wait to get cracking with it. Will report back.

    I shallow well but through moving my hands quite 'out' in transition. i also suffer with narrow backswing and lack of rotation. Hoping this will continue to help me work through these issues

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    Driver: Taylormade M2 10.5* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 62g
    3 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero 15* w/ Hzrdus Yellow 6.5 76g
    3 iron: Srixon ZU85 20* w/ Nippon Modus 120x

    4-PW: Callaway X Forged '13 w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
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  • LowAndLeft32LowAndLeft32  180Members Posts: 180
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    @Schnee and @pusb365 would you guys be willing to share your thoughts on the PM with the group? Thanks.

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  • SchneeSchnee SOTABM Northeast 5539ClubWRX Posts: 5,539
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    @LowAndLeft32 said:
    @Schnee and @pusb365 would you guys be willing to share your thoughts on the PM with the group? Thanks.

    Absolutely. I wanted to grab one since I saw it and met Martin at the PGA show this past January. I waited because I was playing well during tournament season and didn’t want to upset the apple cart.

    Im a person that tends to get open too early, so then I stall rotation and have to save it with my hands. Basically my left arm gets too far out at P5 and then I stall and lose speed.

    I’ve gone through the first couple protocols and it definitely makes me want to rotate better. The resistance in the backswing gets me in a great position, and then in transition the club really wants to shallow. I dont struggle much with shallowing the club, but I do leave the face a bit open. The planemate makes me want to relax my arms and let them drop. From there I want to close the face hard and then rotate.

    Basically it makes me sequence properly in order to hit it solid. Be prepared, you will hit some terrible shots at first. It’s pretty much pass/fail :) Take your time and do the protocols.

    It really shines once you take the belt off. The clubhead feels heavy and the shaft feels super light. For me, the clubhead wants to stand straight up or slightly across the line, then shallow aggressively in transition. This is great because I can play some really good golf from an upright or across the line backswing but if I’m laid off I’m cooked.

    Build quality of the product is great. Very well made. The belt is nice and thick, and the Velcro is very grippy. The bands are easy to connect on and off and the club connector has two size holes/slots depending on if you’re hooking it on to the club toward the grip or clubhead.

    Initial results are very good. I think Martin and David have a real winner. I’m not a huge training aid guy in general but this is a great guideline for finding a swing that fits you. Start slow and follow the protocols. Don’t rush into it. I did that just to see what would happen and it was very difficult.

    Worth the $ IMO.

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  • LowAndLeft32LowAndLeft32  180Members Posts: 180
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    Great review @Schnee. Much appreciated. Im getting closer to pulling the trigger.

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  • Dsevans8Dsevans8  294Members Posts: 294
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    Worked on Day 4 protocol last night... this focused on the shallowing of the shaft. Again I can't stress enough how important it is to watch the videos and really try to understand what it is that you are trying to accomplish with each protocol. Also I am finding it invaluable to continue to work on the things that I did in the previous protocols also. I think that for me this is where the PM is really helping. It is making it easy for me to get in high value reps with great feedback. I know that I am performing things properly, and this is helping me feel proper sequencing and rotation. I just put it on at night while I watch TV and work on the drills.

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  • dhc1dhc1 NYC 901Members Posts: 901
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    At first glance and not having the product, it would seem very helpful for golfers who don't sequence correctly. As @Schnee stated, it's probably pass/fail. I also think that the first protocol where one learns how to turn hips while keeping it taut would be an anti-EE move. Make sense?

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  • pusb365pusb365  651Members Posts: 651
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    Glad to hear you've ordered one Dave, good luck!

    @LowAndLeft32 said:
    @Schnee and @pusb365 would you guys be willing to share your thoughts on the PM with the group? Thanks.

    I posted my early impressions towards the top of page 6 :smile:

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  • ChazbChazb  932Members Posts: 932
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    I must be doing something wrong as I’m only using the short band every now and then a snap fades appears (shank) and it drives me crazy.

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  • airjammerairjammer  1133Members Posts: 1,133
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    is the band coming into contact with your right arm or arm around impact?

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  • ChazbChazb  932Members Posts: 932
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    I will have to check but I don’t think it does.> @airjammer said:

    is the band coming into contact with your right arm or arm around impact?

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  • emoemo  864Members Posts: 864
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    I ordered one this morning and already received tracking number

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  •  Dave D Dave D  4021Members Posts: 4,021
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    I am seriously impressed with this bit of kit, granted ive only had it for 24 hours but will give my early thoughts. The training aid seems incredibly well made from high quality materials, not cheap and flimsy. At first it feels very odd when you first take the band off, pusb365 said it almost felt like your arms were moving at address and it totally does.

    I did the day 1 protocol but obviously couldnt resist doing some full practice swings. I hit a few balls without the aid in my net last night and this morning and am amazed at the changes it has already made to my backswing.
    Already I'm a lot wider and it also gets my clubface squarer at the top as a result. Which tells me normally i'm narrow because i'm so wristy but get too much extension in my right wrist which then shuts the face at the top.

    One thing i do find odd is that it almost becomes hard to feel the shallowing move once the band is off. Not in a bad way per say, but it's so obvious with the band on that it almost feels like you aren't shallowing with it off, which could be a bit disconcerting for some.

    Am off on honeymoon tomorrow so going to take it with a small weighted club and run through the protocols each day (Without hitting a ball obviously) and see how it goes.

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    Driver: Taylormade M2 10.5* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 62g
    3 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero 15* w/ Hzrdus Yellow 6.5 76g
    3 iron: Srixon ZU85 20* w/ Nippon Modus 120x

    4-PW: Callaway X Forged '13 w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 50F, 54S & 60L - DG wedge flex
    Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab #7 34"

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  • LowAndLeft32LowAndLeft32  180Members Posts: 180
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    So I couldn’t resist. I pulled the trigger on the planemate. Interested to see what happens.

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  • Slim1Slim1  25Members Posts: 25
    Joined:  edited Sep 18, 2019 10:13pm #196

    I just took the plunge as well. It should be delivered around next Monday. I took the free shipping but now wished I opted for the 2 day. Oh well.

    I used to be a reliable 3--5 handicap. Hurt my shoulder and played maybe 12 times the past 3 years. Now that I can play again, I've turned into a 10 handicap and honestly I can't play to that anymore. I shoot 82-88 most days. I broke 80 once this year so far. I think when I played a lot I could mask my swing faults and "time" my way through the swing to keep it manageable, but now not so much........I have turned into a fat hitting iron machine especially from 60-80 yards out. I know I'm too steep and over the top and I can pull hook it with the best right now. I haven't been able to correct it on my own. I hope this helps!

    I've been playing around with a few of the protocols in my back yard without the device and am please with the initial results. I will post an update when it comes. I have enjoyed reading the positive reviews so far.

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  • airjammerairjammer  1133Members Posts: 1,133
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  • MaineMarinerMaineMariner  514Members Posts: 514
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    Mine arrived today! A few early thoughts:

    (1) It took me far too long to figure out how put the belt on. It turns out that's because the strap part was packaged upside down. Once I flipped the strap around, it was fine.

    (2) Naturally, after doing two or three reps of little pitch shots, I just wanted to take it for a full spin with full iron swings. I wouldn't recommend that. My swings were pretty ugly. I think I just wanted it to direct me to the right positions, but obviously it's not that easy.

    (3) When I had some more time, I tried the first day of the 7 day protocol in my backyard hitting pinecones. 30 finishing position swings, then 30 with small backswing swings. Even without golf balls, I can feel the effects already. It felt great, frankly. This is an encouraging start.

    (4) The real fun is when you take the bands off and try to replicate the same small swings on your own. The "invisible hand" feeling is bizarre and very, very cool. Also I could basically immediately tell it was working. It's hard to put into words, but even without trying to consciously change my swing, I can tell something's different.

    After my first few full swings, I was thinking about being the first to put one of these things on the BST. But after doing the first day's protocol, I'm totally ready to dive in to the rest of the training. I think I'll do the first day a couple more times to really ingrain the feels before moving on.

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  • ruffellprefleyruffellprefley  2039Members Posts: 2,039
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    anyone use this w graphite iron shafts? does the clip to the shaft wear the graphics at all or is there some kind of rubber/vinyl protector in the clip?

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  • ChazbChazb  932Members Posts: 932
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    I have graphite irons but have not tried it on the graphite irons.I have some different wedges in a steel shaft so I use them.When I advance to a longer club I will buy a used five iron in a steel to use which I can pick up pretty cheap.

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  • SchneeSchnee SOTABM Northeast 5539ClubWRX Posts: 5,539
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    @airjammer said:

    Martin and David seem to agree that my move is looking great with the help of the planemate!

    I love That it’s making me regain some feels I had in my swing before I hurt my wrist a few years ago (and was at my best handicap).

    It’s syncing up my armswing and my pivot and making my swing nice and compact.

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    Winter grounds him"

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    Taylormade M3 HL Mitsubishi Tensei Blue 
    Titleist 818 H1 Mitsubishi Tensei Blue
    Titleist 714 AP2 4-PW Tour Issue S400
    Vokey SM7 50.12F, 54.14F Stealth S200
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  • jamiejamie  1165Lefty Boomers Posts: 1,165
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    @Schnee said:

    @airjammer said:

    Martin and David seem to agree that my move is looking great with the help of the planemate!

    I love That it’s making me regain some feels I had in my swing before I hurt my wrist a few years ago (and was at my best handicap).

    It’s syncing up my armswing and my pivot and making my swing nice and compact.

    Move looks great!!

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  • peepeepeepee  88Members Posts: 88
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    I think this is an excellent training aid. Its ideal for working at home . I've spent most of my time chipping and it works great. It gets me into a good p2 without having to look back, then shallow slightly and turn.
    Worth the money imo

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  • GoGoErkyGoGoErky  1806Members Posts: 1,806
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    @ruffellprefley said:
    anyone use this w graphite iron shafts? does the clip to the shaft wear the graphics at all or is there some kind of rubber/vinyl protector in the clip?

    Don’t clamp it too tight and it won’t be an issue with graphite.

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  • Swisstrader98Swisstrader98  3599Members Posts: 3,599
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    Are most of you guys using this as an indoor training aid or at range or both? Northeast weather about to turn so looking for a winter training program.

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  • peepeepeepee  88Members Posts: 88
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    @Swisstrader98 said:
    Are most of you guys using this as an indoor training aid or at range or both? Northeast weather about to turn so looking for a winter training program.

    Both

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  • dhc1dhc1 NYC 901Members Posts: 901
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  • ShipwreckShipwreck  3956Members Posts: 3,956
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    @Chazb said:
    I have graphite irons but have not tried it on the graphite irons.I have some different wedges in a steel shaft so I use them.When I advance to a longer club I will buy a used five iron in a steel to use which I can pick up pretty cheap.

    The clamp also has a rubber liner on the inside of the two clamp sections. Should be no problem w/ graphite shafts.

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  • Dsevans8Dsevans8  294Members Posts: 294
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    Glad to see we are getting more interactions from some of the other users for this thread. I am finishing up my protocols tomorrow most likely, but continue to find myself doing them over and over. What I love is that if I have even 10 minutes I can strap on the belt and work on some swings inside or outside, with or without a golf ball. I'm just trying to ingrain patterns and feeling into my golf swing. The PM causes you to ROTATE which I found so helpful. Also it helps to sequence your swing, and it shows you where you need to focus. I have noticed that for me, I need to focus on rotating through the shot and not letting the arms out race my lower body. I think this is a great tool for players of all abilities.

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  • juggernaut0629juggernaut0629  1038Members Posts: 1,038
    Joined:  edited Sep 19, 2019 4:06pm #210

    Seems the biggest issue people have with this device is the price. Coupled with the uncertainty of whether it will help their swing or not. The TourStriker items to me, for what they actually are, seem to always be double the price of other similar devices. Why does a tour striker impact bag cost $70 when others are $20 or less? Should a few straps of Velcro & plastic cost $162 ? How long Will it last without breaking? One has to find the value in it. If the product helps the golf swing for the buyer, it's definitely worth money. Other devices from the past have created a lot of skeptics. People are always looking for that magic device that's going cure their swing flaws. It's definitely a lucrative market. With this device, A pga lesson or 2 is about the same cost. I bit the bullet myself & currently waiting for it to arrive. We will see what happens. I've tried only a few swing aids in my life. I've got 1 of those pvc swing plane guides = still in the box it shipped in. And the Rocco Mediate endorsed V Harness....which was used 3x.
    I tend not to get wrapped up in training aids. But need something to occupy my time during the long northeast winters.

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  • MaineMarinerMaineMariner  514Members Posts: 514
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    The price thing is an obvious hangup, and it was for me too. But when a lesson is going to cost me around $120 for 60 minutes, and I only get that 60 minutes, I consider this thing a pretty good bargain if it's actually effective. The last two lessons I paid for were really not very good, unfortunately, and I got nothing of lasting value from them. If this device acts like a lesson in my backyard, available any time I want it, I'll be pretty happy forking over $165 for it.

    Some notes on the quality: it's definitely more than a few straps of Velcro and plastic. The belt part is some pretty hefty, substantial-feeling material, almost like a boxing belt, and the rail is made of some sort of metal. The whole unit definitely SEEMS like quality stuff. My biggest concern is with the part that clips to your club. I felt like I had to screw it on pretty tightly for it to not move, so I'm a bit worried that I'll eventually strip the screw hole.

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    Callaway Big Bertha Fusion, Aldila Rogue M-AX 75
    Callaway Rogue 3 Wood, Project X EvenFlow Blue 75
    Srixon Z H45 3 & 4 hybrid, Kuro Kage Black
    Srixon Z 565 irons, 5 - AW, Nippon Modus 3 Tour 120
    Callaway MD3 S Grind 54 deg.
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