Any idea if there are already online stores in Europe that sell the Smart Ball?
Got mine today and was messing around with it indoors. As expected. It's like the ball drill I already know I like, but no chasing it around when I drop it. As I said, I've never hit balls on the range with the ball in place because I don't want to throw it down range somehow. Keeping my arms together on the takeaway is probably the single best swing thought that I use on the course, so having something to reinforce that helps me. It probably costs less than $5 to make in China, but I'm okay paying the price because it works for me. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who would rather spend the time making their own to save $25 though.
I'm looking forward to taking it to the range, and will try to report on the session if I remember. Also, one thing that I haven't seen it advertised for is putting, but it's good to use for that too.
I got my Smart Ball a few weeks ago and have had a chance to use it for a few practice sessions now. My big swing issue is working the takeaway way inside, having my arms trail way behind my pivot, and doing an early flip. The Smart Ball (or any ball between the arms) is really a continuation of a swing thought that works well for me, which is to keep the forearms together in the takeaway. It definitely seems to be making some improvements to my swing. I've hit some shots on the range that were just towering, so high that I figured they must be a flip, but traveling more than normal distance (my swing normally results in lower iron shots).
Very pleased so far. The other day I had my best practice session that I can ever remember having. Haven't gotten to the course as much as I'd like. The times I have played I was hitting the ball better overall, but got sunk by a few bad penalties and short game blow ups. Playing 36 this weekend so we'll see if it continues to work magic for me.
Is it better than any cheap nerf ball that is rigged with some rope? Possibly not. But the lanyard to tether it to me is the only reason I use it on the range. Otherwise I'd live in fear of throwing the ball down range. It's also real easy to inflate/deflate, so it's light and portable. Will live in my bag for the time being. To me, it's been worth the $35.
Went on the website to order the Smart Ball today, said it was out of stock. Put my info in to be notified when ready, but wanted to see if you may have any idea as to when they might be ready for sale?
BTW: One of the better training aid ideas I've seen in a while!
Ordered two days ago and got the smart ball to practice today! Very fast shipping. After spending 30 minutes practicing amd getting used to it, I'm falling in love with this ball already! I can feel that my flip/chicken wing is slowly disappearing when I try to keep both arms straight while holding the ball (wrists feel more difficulty to flip) and it's harder & feel awkward to just wack at the ball with my arms without properly rotating my body. One thing I really like is that I can adjust the diameter of the ball by blowing just enough air into it. This ball seems to be something I cannot go to the range without from now on.
One thing I'm concern is that I thought someone said this is intended to help in 9-3 swing only, but somehow I can and keep pulling a full swing with it. Will it mess my full swing up if I hold it all along the way?
Rynocks.....Good on ya mate! I keep threatening to get one, but other priorities keep coming up. 30 yard "fade" eh? If it were me, I would have to call it by the other "s" word. /wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
Just received mine today and went to the range with it. I'm about a 15 handicap, been playing on and off for almost two years, have taken a couple of lessons but nothing that was really eye opening. I've been playing a 30yd fade lately and have been wanting to get rid of it. I've always had trouble with any iron longer than a 9i and if I'm not on my game, then it's shank city.
This thing is pretty awesome. I know it's a bit much to pay for what it is, but it's convenient, light, and will deflate to fit easily into my bag. I took a 7i out to the range today. My hits without the ball were slices or shanks to the right...very frustrating. Once I put the ball on, it was a different story. Towering shots down the middle, and any shots that I missed went left with a slight draw. Like others, I could only get a 9/3 swing out of it, but that's alright. It was a night and day difference.
Every 10 balls or so I would switch the ball in and out. By the end of my bucket, I was starting to really feel that connection and could simulate it without the ball about 30-40% of the time. Another thing I really got out of it was hitting solid, well struck shots. I'm a sweeper by nature and don't consider myself a good ball striker, but this thing got me hitting down on the ball a little more and the feeling was oh so sweet. My only gripe was that I didn't get this thing sooner.
Question for Martin:
I also have your Tour Striker Educator which I purchased in hopes of getting more distance. Could you provide a good training regimen for using both of these products in one session? What should I focus on when using the ball and what should I focus on when using the educator? Do you recommend using these in the same day or should I split them into separate sessions? Any help would be great..thanks!
Just got the smart ball. How do it get started and build a swing?