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The deWiz Golf Swing Modifier provides clear, instant feedback to help you make improvements to your swing. Wonderful app that lets you use deWiz in a variety of ways. Newest feature allows you to measure your swings during a round.
I’m a harsh judge of training aids, but with endorsements from five major champions, the deWiz Golf Swing Modifier had my attention. This simple-looking device is based in the science of motor learning, utilizing a Learning Stimulus to help golfers improve their swings. Can deWiz really provide “less guesswork and more consistency” like it promises? Let’s find out.
Set Up & Ease of Use
When I unboxed the deWiz Golf Swing Modifier, I found the wristband, a charging cord, and two small booklets. I was a little thrown by the lack of buttons or display on the wristband, but I followed the instructions, charged the wristband, and downloaded the app.
Once the wristband was charged and I had created an account on the app, everything worked seamlessly. The wristband turns on with one push, connects quickly, and – most importantly – stays connected throughout your practice session.
Everything in the app works quickly and intuitively. The app walks you through your first session in a way that’s helpful but not annoyingly slow. You start in the Discovery mode where you make swings and simply receive your data and learn your numbers. This is the perfect intro to seeing all that the deWiz Golf Swing Modifier is capable of before you get into the other modes.
Finally, it’s worth noting that the deWiz Golf Swing Modifier is light and comfortable on the wrist. The rubber strap fastens securely with three pins, so you don’t have to worry about it moving during the swing.
A training aid is judged on the quality of the feedback it provides, aiming for timely and clear like the Putting Fork [review HERE]. The deWiz Golf Swing Modifier excels in this regard, providing instantaneous feedback that cannot be misunderstood.
Within the deWiz app, there are three modes: Discovery, Practice & Learn, and Challenge. In Discovery, you’re seeing your swings and your numbers (above). This shows your hand speed, transition, tempo, and length of backswing below a 3D video of your swing.
Practice & Learn mode is where the work gets done. You can choose to practice your Transition, Tempo, Length of Backswing, or Distwedges. Once you select your “topic,” you set the parameters of the practice. An example of those parameters could be a backswing that’s between 47 and 50 inches long. To make things spicy, turn on the Learning Stimulus. Now, if you make a backswing that’s outside the parameters, you get a shock through the wristband. The shock comes through instantly at the intensity that you choose, from barely noticeable to curse-inducing.
What makes the feedback in Practice & Learn mode so valuable is that it’s instantaneous. You aren’t going to make a swing, pick up your phone, then realize the swing wasn’t correct. The instant that your swing falters, you know it. Also, the ability to dial in the swing you want, and the acceptable level of performance, is unlike almost any other training aid. A newer golfer can be happy making any move that’s less “over the top,” but a low handicap player can prescribe a very tight tolerance.
Challenge mode currently has one option: deWiz Distwedges Challenge. In this game, the app generates different backswing distances, and your goal is to match those as precisely as possible. After ten swings, you’re given a score from 0-100 representing your accuracy. This mode is fun and addictive.
Adding even more depth is the Insights page on the deWiz website. Log in to your account, and you’ll see a full-screen display of all your data from your entire training history. You can look at overall trends or filter it down by club or date. Additionally, you can compare your data to deWiz’s ambassadors – Vijay Singh, Annika Sorenstam, Henrik Stenson, Bryson Dechambeau, and Yuka Saso.
Overall, I think think the deWiz is great. You can use it to fix a huge variety of swing flaws: from hooks to slice, too quick to too lazy. You do need a little swing knowledge to set the parameters properly, but deWiz has loads of instructional material on their website to help you understand the device, your swing, and your data.
Several factors give the deWiz Golf Swing Modifier excellent longevity as a training aid. First, it’s versatile: you can use it to address a variety of problems. Second, it’s a device you can go back to even if you’re not trying to “fix” your swing. Once you’re happy with your swing, you can set up monthly appointment with deWiz to check in and make sure you’re staying on track. Finally, it’s fun to use. The app is seamless, and Challenge mode is something I can see myself doing regularly for both enjoyment and improvement.
Also, deWiz continues to add new features to the app which will only increase the device’s longevity. Just before this review was published, they announced an On Course Mode which will capture data while you play. This could be a game changer in terms of understanding the difference between your best and worst shots. Vijay Singh used this mode during a tournament round, and you can see some of his discoveries HERE.
The deWiz Golf Swing Modifier retails for $699, and it comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. Buy it HERE.
At this price, the deWiz is clearly aimed at only the most serious golfers. I think this is a great device, but the cost is substantial. I would recommend it only to golfers who put real effort into their practice.
The deWiz Golf Swing Modifier is one of the best and most unique training aids that I’ve reviewed in ten years at Plugged In Golf. If you’re dedicated to perfecting your swing, the deWiz is almost a must-own, and it will only become more valuable as they continue to expand the app and perfect the On Course Mode.