Training aids are funny things
Dan writes, “For every one that’s actually useful, there are 20 or 30...or 300 that are, to be kind, ineffective.
Seriously, there’s a lot of junk out there.
But what if I told you there’s a training aid used by over 240 PGA and European Tour professionals? And that those professionals claimed 34 victories since it launched in January 2015?
And how about this: the list includes 27 Majors winners, and 5 of the current top 10 players in the world.
One of whom is Jason Freaking Day.
The genesis of a good idea
Nine months prior to Dan’s recent post he headlined his introduction to the DST Compressor, “What's that curved thing you're hitting? Does it actually work?” And then proceeds to provide some background to the creator.
“The DST' Compressor's inventor, Bertie Cordle, was a professional golfer until illness forced him to walk away from the competitive side of the game. With his playing career over, Cordle's curiosity took over. He undertook what proved to be a three-year study into the bio-mechanics of ball striking. His primary subjects, Moe Norman, Lee Trevino, George Knudson, and Ben Hogan.
We're talking about 4 guys who could really strike the golf ball.
As Cordle analyzed their swings, he found a single common denominator; their impact positions.”
Dan writes, “His (Bertie Cordle) aha moment came while reading through Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamental of Golf.
"The front page illustration was drawn by a man called Anthony Ravielli showing Hogan at impact and in order to demonstrate that the shaft was moving quickly Ravielli drew the shaft multiple times. Importantly his hands were leading the club face through the ball at impact. I was staring at this image one day and wondered what would happen if the grip stayed where it was and I connected it to where the last club head was…….. the shaft would be curved! That was the lightbulb moment. I thought if I could prove that a shaft develops this curvature when it’s under its maximum load during impact and I can make a club that replicates that shape, then I’ve cracked it."
Henrik Stenson is one of the many people now using the aid and here’s a link to a short YouTube clip entitled, “Henrik Stenson uses bowed club to warm up at Cadillac Championship”
Link to Dan Mann
Quote of the day
"Hitting the ball pure and accurate is more rewarding than hitting it far. Don't forget that, ever."
– Moe Norman