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My instructor swears by it. I ordered one, but its on backorder.

 

I am trying to figure out why it is illegal to use in competition. It is just like somebody wearing a wrist band (or tape) if they have a sore wrist.

 

You could tape your wrist really tight, and it would be close to the same thing as the glove.

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I got one of these last year. Inside the back side of the glove, there's a 2-piece plastic stiffener that's held together with a rivet. The pieces pivot to guide your grip, so there's a lot of resistance in one plane (the up-and-down bend of the wrist where you cup your palm) and very little resistence in the other planes (the side-to-side wrist break direction). It won't stop you from cupping your wrist, but you will definitely feel it which is how you'll get better. The glove closure is above your wrist (more than 1") higher than normal so it has leverage on your hand.

 

You couldn't simply tape your hand this way. If you taped your hand directly, you'd lose the wrist break as well as the cupping. If you taped a splint on the back of your hand, you still would restrict the wrist break. The people who made this glove were pretty clever about how this was done and it works really well. But the fact that it's a directional guide like this is probably why it's not legal for USGA play.

 

The only problem for me was that my wrist cupping was really coming from swing plane problems in the backswing - clubhead was ending up in the wrong place on top, so I couldn't come down with neutrality. So, the glove helped me be more cognizant of the problem, but only to the extent of highlighting the issues with my turn. I guess I'm waiting for "The Swing Tunic" with shoulder and waist guides! On days when my takeaway was proper, you totally don't feel the Swing Glove; on days when I didn't have it together it's a very noticeable resistance.

 

I've noticed that The Bionic Glove (an unrelated product) is also not USGA sanctioned. This is suprising to me as it seems to mostly be a different kind of padding on the palm, and there's no directional guides in that product.

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I've got one of these things and they do work great for people who have an improper wrist release but it's not a magical cure-all for other problems. If you get flippy with your hands, cup your left wrist at the top of the swing or cast the club or anything like that then this is a great training aid.

 

Like anything else...you've got to have some knowledge of what it's designed for and how to use it. It does come with a DVD that should help.

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