What do the golf swings of Ernie Els, Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk have in common? Regardless of their swing style or unorthodox shape, their impact condition is successful and repetitive.
Traditional golf club heads allow you to toil for years with marginal impact conditions providing undesirable results. In fact most golfers get nervous standing over a perfect lie in the middle of the fairway. They would rather be in the first or second cut of rough where they can fluff up the lie (winter rules) and get under the ball. After all, that’s the secret to getting the ball in the air, right?
The basic principal behind the Tour Striker is to teach you (force you actually) to strike the ball with a descending blow, while applying a forward shaft lean at impact. What the Tour Striker does is eliminate any thought or impulse you might have to try and get under the ball.
The Tour Striker and Tour Striker Pro training club are cast from 433 stainless steel. The vibration dampening logo affixed within the back cavity reduces shock on miss hit shots while developing ball striking skills. By just hitting balls with the Tour Striker your impact position will become closer to Tour quality. The Tour Striker is guaranteed to increase your lag and improve your ball striking.
The Tour Striker comes in several models. The Original Tour Striker is geared towards mid-to-high handicap golfers (10 and above) and slower swing speeds (under 90 mph with driver). The Tour Striker Pro is designed for dedicated practitioners of the game with higher swing speeds and a handicap of 10 or less. The Tour Striker Pro X, has a much smaller sweet spot, and is made for the highly skilled player who wants the challenge of not only leaning the shaft forward at impact, but also hitting the direct center of the sweet spot.
The Tour Striker is available as a 56 degree wedge, a 5 iron, and an 8 iron. There is also Tour Striker for women and younger players who wish to improve their game. Tour Striker’s are available in both right and left hand models.
The Tour Striker is designed such that the ball simply won’t fly high or straight unless you make contact with a descending blow and apply that forward shaft lean. The face of the club doesn’t have any grooves below the sweet spot making it even more difficult to make solid contact using a “sweeping swing.
The leading edge of the Tour Striker is greatly exaggerated. It is round, bulbous and does not forgive one iota. The Tour Striker may looks a little strange, but it is highly effective. My guess is that the first time you use the Tour Striker, the leading edge will make contact with the ball first. This is what typically happens when you hit it thin or more likely, try and get under the ball. The result will be a low stinger type shot or, because of the curvature of the sole, a shot that flies anywhere but straight.
I found that by starting with a short back swing and then a normal follow through, I was able to work up to a point to where I could take a full swing and hit it solid. Don’t get me wrong, it still took a medium sized bucket of balls to get to that point. When you do manage to hit it “pure”, the result is a beautiful ball flight that more than likely is typically longer than you have hit that club before. I know I was easily getting 120+ yards out of the 56 degree wedge. Hit it poorly, and you’ll wish you were hitting rocks.
You don’t have to swing the Tour Striker like a club pro; you don’t even need a good swing. If you can put the face of the club on the golf ball, the Tour Striker will allow you to work with what you’ve already got. If you can’t even do that, then lessons may be a better investment!
The Tour Striker is very good at creating muscle memory. Once you’ve mastered the club (OK, hit several good ones in a row), you’re likely to stop thinking about things like “descending blow” and “hands in front of the ball”. Muscle memory will take over and do what needs to be done in order to put the face of the club on the ball. Hopefully, this muscle memory will carry over from the practice range to the golf course, especially if you warm up with the Tour Striker before playing.
The Tour Strike comes with an instructional DVD, which is everything you need to get started with the club. I found the DVD very informative and the drills they do very useful and helpful.
For more information on The Tour Striker iron or to purchase online, keep watching The Golf Channel. Or, if a television set is not readily available, you can visit them online at www.TourStriker.com. PGA Professional Gary McCord offers up his views about the Tour Striker on the website.