Orange Whip - Worth It Or Skip It?

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  • caseydrafter64caseydrafter64 Mad Hatter of Hackers Members Posts: 16
    I have an Orange Whip, and I love it, when I use it. I have also found that it has helped with my sequencing, making sure my lower body starts the the downswing. I also think the extra weight of the Ball helps with overall flexibility in the back swing and follow through. I think this is one of the best training aids around.
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  • Jacob MacJacob Mac Members Posts: 1,764 ✭✭
    larrybud wrote:


    How would you guys compare it to the SKLZ Tempo trainer? Seems to be the same thing for 1/2 the price.



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    In my experience, it is a stiffer and it is not counterbalanced. I prefer the OW, but if I didn't have bday money burning a hole in my pocket, I am not sure if I would have bought the OW.
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  • esanz248esanz248 Members Posts: 153
    JosephGolf wrote:


    Thought we were talking about the GD AD DI!
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  • esanz248esanz248 Members Posts: 153
    Jacob Mac wrote:

    larrybud wrote:


    How would you guys compare it to the SKLZ Tempo trainer? Seems to be the same thing for 1/2 the price.



    http://www.amazon.co...d=ATVPDKIKX0DER




    In my experience, it is a stiffer and it is not counterbalanced. I prefer the OW, but if I didn't have bday money burning a hole in my pocket, I am not sure if I would have bought the OW.
    Same here. I've got a Dick's gift card from my bday and prob the only reason I'd consider spending that much.
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  • dlygrissedlygrisse KansasMembers Posts: 13,312 ✭✭


    Big fan! I use it when I can't play or feel my swing is getting out of whack. Agree that it is expensive, but I like how it grooves my swing. I even bought the smaller, hickory model to swing in the basement.
    Seems if you took and old shaft cut it in 1/2 attached a string or chain on it, attached a tennis ball or two to the end you could essentially make the same thing. I own several training devices, the thing to keep in mind with them is that none of them will solve all problems. Generally all training aids will help cure some specific flaw, if transition is the flaw then this one will probably help.



    A good example is the medicus, it doesn't get much love this day and age but if you have a quick snatchy take-away it is great. Bought one years ago and it really helped, I haven't touched it in years because I don't have that problem anymore.

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  • elviselvis Members Posts: 114


    Never heard of it before this, but it is interesting. That said, $109 seems steep.




    Try the Skills goldFlex. Same idea but about $59. I got mine for $30 on Ebay. I've used the OW and GF,I don't see a difference.
  • StampaStampa Members Posts: 191
    I bought an Orange Whip a few months ago. When I first started using it I didn't really understand how it was supposed to help. I am a little bigger guy and I felt like I could simply just overpower the thing. I could swing it back and through easily but it definitely felt off-plane and out of balance. Eventually I figured out you gotta let the shaft fully 'set' at the top, which kind of forces you to start the downswing with your lower body. If you rush the transition it will always feel wrong. When you let the shaft set it feels incredibly easy, smooth, and powerful. I think the Orange Whip is a great tool for taming a quick transition. And of course, it's a nice tool for getting loose.
  • dreich54311dreich54311 Account Hold Posts: 248
    I've never tried one. I could never figure out how it could possibly help me.
  • CwingCwing #TaylorMade TwistFace Experience 2018 Go Big Blue!!! 8x Champs. Who Dey !!! Go Bengals,Members Posts: 8,076 ✭✭
    edited Sep 12, 2013 #41
    elvis wrote:



    Never heard of it before this, but it is interesting. That said, $109 seems steep.




    Try the Skills goldFlex. Same idea but about $59. I got mine for $30 on Ebay. I've used the OW and GF,I don't see a difference.




    Same idea but not the same. OW is counter balanced and it makes a difference to me.
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  • amishamish Members Posts: 216
    Look for online coupons, especially at this time of the year. I got mine for 15% off. I do believe it has helped me.
  • KILLEDBYASHANKEDWEDGEKILLEDBYASHANKEDWEDGE 300 YARD DRAWS AND 10 LB HOOKS! Members Posts: 4,524
    These must be good, I watched an eBay auction for a used, dirty OW go for $80!
  • zebra2955zebra2955 Members Posts: 564 ✭✭
    On what website do you use this code puttdoc?
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  • Hogan1975Hogan1975 Love old flat irons Banned Posts: 1,686
    Orange whip..orange whip..anyone for a orange whip?
  • swingnmissswingnmiss Members Posts: 101
    zebra2955 wrote:


    On what website do you use this code puttdoc?




    Don't worry about the code, it's still much cheaper buying elsewhere like GG.
  • proroboprorobo Members Posts: 3,208 ✭✭
    I've got a question for the OW owners out there, did it drop your handicap at all (or at least improve your ball striking if putting is your score killer)?
  • sumo-sansumo-san Members Posts: 240 ✭✭
    I have had an Orange Whip for 2 years now and I use it on a pretty regular basis, swinging it between rounds in back garden as with a young family I don't get much time to practise, I get to play 2-3 times a week though in summer months so I do ok.



    My handicap has improved slightly in that time using Orange Whip and self diagnosis from mid-high down to mid. I have just had a couple of lessons with my local pro which has made the biggest difference, I am now very close to single digit.



    I feel the Orange Whip has definitely improved both my overall distance and ball striking, it helped me to turn better and feel the correct transition which has added length and consistency. I was still rotating hands too quickly, getting inside quick and across line at top, but my pro says that is because with my strong grip I was having to add loft to face on way back so I rotated hands early to do that.



    Now that I have neutral grip I am working on a more one piece takeaway which the Orange Whip is very good at helping with.



    All in all the Orange Whip with correct instruction is brilliant. I think there is a reason so many tour pros carry one and so many teachers have put videos on YouTube.



    If you use it solely by yourself it will definitely improve some aspects of your swing however combine it with a pro's advice and you may improve at double the pace because the Whip seems to allow you to slow the swing down and really feel the correct movements back and through.



    Hope this gives you an idea of what the Orange Whip has done for me. I also would love to hear more long term reviews of the Orange Whip and what improvements it has made to handicaps.
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  • StampaStampa Members Posts: 191
    prorobo wrote:


    I've got a question for the OW owners out there, did it drop your handicap at all (or at least improve your ball striking if putting is your score killer)?




    My handicap was in the 9-10 range at the beginning of 2013. I got the Orange Whip around July, and my handicap declined steadily. It is now 5.3.
  • northgolfnorthgolf Pork Members Posts: 4,033 ✭✭
    Stampa wrote:

    prorobo wrote:


    I've got a question for the OW owners out there, did it drop your handicap at all (or at least improve your ball striking if putting is your score killer)?




    My handicap was in the 9-10 range at the beginning of 2013. I got the Orange Whip around July, and my handicap declined steadily. It is now 5.3.




    What else have you been doing besides using the OW?



    Any practice, lessons?
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  • StampaStampa Members Posts: 191
    northgolf wrote:

    Stampa wrote:

    prorobo wrote:


    I've got a question for the OW owners out there, did it drop your handicap at all (or at least improve your ball striking if putting is your score killer)?




    My handicap was in the 9-10 range at the beginning of 2013. I got the Orange Whip around July, and my handicap declined steadily. It is now 5.3.




    What else have you been doing besides using the OW?



    Any practice, lessons?




    Yes, I've practiced somewhat regularly. About a bucket or two of balls per week, an hour or two or short game practice each week, and of course playing about 36 holes a week. I took one online lesson from Monte early this year before I got the whip. Monte told me my biggest problem was that my arms were stuck behind my turn, and I had some early extension. I just happened to buy an Orange Whip based on the good reviews, and it's helped me synch up my arms with my lower body. I've seen quite an improvement in my ball striking.
  • sweetswing22sweetswing22 Members Posts: 233
    davekzg wrote:


    would it help increase flexibility?
    yes for sure.
  • northgolfnorthgolf Pork Members Posts: 4,033 ✭✭
    Thanks for the reply Stampa,



    I understand you like the feel of the OW, but you practiced a fair amount as well. The question is how much of the improvement was due to the practice and how much was due to the OW, and how that is apportioned is a difficult question.



    I'm glad you found the OW useful.



    Three summers ago, I went from a 10.8 to a 5.2 just using the same practice routine you described but I did not have an OW at the time.



    I have an OW now and, while I enjoy swinging it, I have found no appreciable effect on my game.
    If I do this 11,548 more times, I will be having fun. - Zippy the Pinhead
  • northgolfnorthgolf Pork Members Posts: 4,033 ✭✭

    davekzg wrote:


    would it help increase flexibility?
    yes for sure.




    Yes, its weight does cause some dynamic stretching.



    That said, it is not as effective as stretching exercises - I am way more flexible after 8 weeks of doing stretches I've been taught by my PT than I ever was after 4 months with the OW.
    If I do this 11,548 more times, I will be having fun. - Zippy the Pinhead
  • StampaStampa Members Posts: 191
    northgolf wrote:


    Thanks for the reply Stampa,



    I understand you like the feel of the OW, but you practiced a fair amount as well. The question is how much of the improvement was due to the practice and how much was due to the OW, and how that is apportioned is a difficult question.



    I'm glad you found the OW useful.



    Three summers ago, I went from a 10.8 to a 5.2 just using the same practice routine you described but I did not have an OW at the time.



    I have an OW now and, while I enjoy swinging it, I have found no appreciable effect on my game.




    You're right, it may or may not have been due to the OW. I have been as low as a 6 without any training aids in the past. However, I've never hit the ball better, and I've had playing partners tell me I'm "swinging easy" or "swinging within myself". In reality my swing does feel a bit smoother, but it feels just as fast overall and I've gained distance with all of my clubs. For me, there is no doubt the OW is changing my swing, hopefully for the better in the long run.



    So, Northgolf, what part of your game is holding you back from getting lower now? Would you say ball-striking is a strength? In which case the Orange Whip may not help you as much as it's helped others.
  • DLiverDLiver Members Posts: 2,630 ✭✭
    I hate threads like this. Invariably, I drink the koolaid, buy the product, use it, find no benefit, and put it in the garage with the other "must have" training aids. LOL
  • PowderedToastManPowderedToastMan Members Posts: 3,953 ✭✭


    The original .... Or a cheap knock off? Check your bag, are you playing copies of quality clubs or name brand originals.



    If price is the issue please feel free to use "PuttDoc" as a coupon code for a little cost savings.



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    The "cheap knockoff" is in the bag of some PGA Tour pros. Charles Howell III has had a GoldFlex in his bag for some time now.
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  • northgolfnorthgolf Pork Members Posts: 4,033 ✭✭
    Stampa wrote:

    northgolf wrote:


    Thanks for the reply Stampa,



    I understand you like the feel of the OW, but you practiced a fair amount as well. The question is how much of the improvement was due to the practice and how much was due to the OW, and how that is apportioned is a difficult question.



    I'm glad you found the OW useful.



    Three summers ago, I went from a 10.8 to a 5.2 just using the same practice routine you described but I did not have an OW at the time.



    I have an OW now and, while I enjoy swinging it, I have found no appreciable effect on my game.




    You're right, it may or may not have been due to the OW. I have been as low as a 6 without any training aids in the past. However, I've never hit the ball better, and I've had playing partners tell me I'm "swinging easy" or "swinging within myself". In reality my swing does feel a bit smoother, but it feels just as fast overall and I've gained distance with all of my clubs. For me, there is no doubt the OW is changing my swing, hopefully for the better in the long run.



    So, Northgolf, what part of your game is holding you back from getting lower now? Would you say ball-striking is a strength? In which case the Orange Whip may not help you as much as it's helped others.




    In terms of ball striking, my irons and fairways are good but I had a tendency to pull/pull hook the driver a couple of times a round (loosing the club at the top of the backswing). I figured that one out in mid summer and I was hitting 68% fairways after that with my misses be maybe a yard or two in the rough. I could use another 10 mph in swing speed through out the set (105 driver, 82 six iron).



    I've been stalled at around a 6 for the past couple of years. One major problem holding me back has been injuries resulting from being out of shape from 30 years at a sedentary job and a 10 year hiatus from golf. In the middle of the summer, I has a string of 12 scores in a row the 70's (one a 2 over 73), then I sprained my left ankle while practicing. Came back three weeks later - it took me a couple of weeks of low 80's before I was hitting it well again and then I get hit with ITB band syndrome with my left knee and patellar tendonitis. The injuries were due to flexibility and joint instability due to supporting muscle weakness - I have been doing physical therapy for the past two months and will continue physical training indefinitely.



    Outside of the physical issues, my short game around the greens is terrible with up and downs at 28%. Sand saves aren't bad at 53% for the year, but I've been a lot better there. My putting is ok - I ended the year at 32 putts per round and under 2 putts per green in regulation - that would be a lot lower if my short game was leaving me under 5 footers instead of under twenty footers. I don't belong to a club, and none of the public courses in the area have a short game practice area worth using. Next year I'll probably play some twilight golf and use the course for short game practice.



    So, you are right - the OW really doesn't address my main scoring issues. My strength and flexibility issues were such that it would be unfair to expect the OW to address them.
    If I do this 11,548 more times, I will be having fun. - Zippy the Pinhead
  • jlojlo Members Posts: 609
    This is a much cheaper alternative.







    I made mine for under 4 bucks.
  • golfperformancegolfperformance Members Posts: 74 ✭✭
    If you use the Orange Whip correctly, you will feel the loading of the shaft on the downswing and as a result it will help you create the proper sequence of motion that great players have, It also has the additional benefit of physical fitness by conditioning the muscles as you swing and forcing you to maintain your balance. It is a simple device yet very effective. I recommend it to my students.
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  • talksalot81talksalot81 Members Posts: 255
    I have had one for perhaps a month. Overall, I don't know I am convinced. People are saying that it stops you getting quick... but how? I can swing it smoothly, but I can also take a lash with it if I want. Yeah, it feels a bit different but it doesn't stop it happening. I can still do most of my bad movements with the OW. To be honest, the only thing I can say for sure is that the weight of the OW mad me accidentally fanning the club open on the way back - once I realised it was possible, I could stop it but if you were not aware, it could catch you out.



    I am sure the OW is great but I think it needs to be used with a significant amount of thought. It does not stop many of the things that people claim, rather it can make you aware but you need to know what the various feelings you get actually mean.

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