Tour Striker Smart Ball Review

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50 Words or Less

The Tour Striker Smart Ball is a “better mousetrap” version of a couple classic golf drills.  Very useful and affordable.

Introduction

You don’t need to spend much time on the range before you’ll find a golfer putting a glove under one of their armpits or pinning a ball between their forearms.  These classic drills can be seen everywhere from your local range to the PGA Tour.  The reason?  They work.  And they’ll work even better when you use Martin Chuck’s latest training aid, the Smart Ball.

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Set-Up & Ease of Use

The Tour Striker Smart Ball consists of a small inflatable ball and a lanyard.  The ball clips to the lanyard easily, and the ball can be used either inflated or deflated, depending on the drill.  Changing the length of the lanyard is easy.  All in all, the Smart Ball couldn’t be much easier to use.

Effectiveness

There are three primary drills that the Tour Striker Smart Ball is useful for: the ball between the arms, glove under the right arm, and glove under the left arm.  The question, then, is why do you need the Smart Ball?

Let’s address the “glove under arm” drills first.  One small benefit of using the Smart Ball is that you don’t have to bend over to pick up your glove after each swing.  This isn’t a game changer, but it’s always nice to remove a hassle from your practice session.  The more important thing that the Smart Ball does is enhance the feedback you get when you lose your connection.  The golf swing happens so fast that it’s easy to lose track of when your arm flies loose.  With the Smart Ball, not only will you feel the ball drop out of your armpit, you will also feel a little tug on the lanyard letting you know that your arm is disconnected from your body.

The Smart Ball offers even more benefits for the “ball between arms” drill.  You still get the benefit of not having to pick something up after each swing and getting more feedback, but you also get a ball that’s perfectly sized and not too heavy.  There are literally dozens of devices that you can do this drill with, but many of them are too big, too small, or too heavy.  If they’re too big or small, they ruin the structure of your arms and defeat the purpose of the drill.  If they’re too heavy, they introduce an unwanted influence on the swing which compromises the drill.

All in all, the Tour Striker Smart Ball isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, just perfect it, and it does that job very well.

Longevity

The longevity grade for the Tour Striker Smart Ball is mixed.  On one hand, the uses for it aren’t as varied as many of the other Tour Striker training aids.  On the other hand, the drills it does are truly elevated by the Smart Ball, and the Smart Ball is really small and easy to keep in the bag.

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Value

At $40, the Tour Striker Smart Ball is very affordable and a worthwhile purchase for anyone who uses its drills regularly.  For a coach, this is a no-brainer purchase.

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Conclusion

If you’re one of the tens of thousands of golfers working to fix the structure of your arms, do yourself a favor and pick up the Tour Striker Smart Ball.  This simple training aid makes classic drills easier to do and more effective.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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3 Comments

  1. Matt, thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you like the Smart Ball. -Martin

  2. I have one of these. Makes the practice on arm structure more precise and productive. Most people think their arms don’t break down but they do, and this shows you where in the swing you are getting loose. Added thought I use: Squeezing the ball between my forearms also helps me relax my grip at the same time. Since too much grip pressure is my No. 1 flaw, it has really helped and I am getting a nice smooth release now. Using this even with slow half swings is a great warmup that really helps contact.

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