Down Under Board Review

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The Down Under Board is a training aid developed by Bradley Hughes, formerly a player and currently a teacher on the PGA Tour.  A very effective way to engage your lower body, create a stable base, and fix many common swing problems.  One of the best trainers I’ve tested in years.

Introduction

I’m tough on training aids.  I think that most over-promise and under-deliver.  Not many trainers get great reviews from me, and even fewer become part of my regular practice routine.  The Down Under Board, however, has not only earned my strong recommendation, it’s a tool that I’m using on a near-daily basis at home and on the range.

Set Up & Ease of Use

When you unbox your Down Under Board (DUB), you’ll see that it’s a pretty simple device.  It’s a plastic board, approximately an inch tall, 10.5 inches wide, and the length is adjustable from 14 to 18 inches.  Before you take it to the range, I’d suggest watching the instructional video HERE.  It’s just under 14 minutes, and it gives you a good overview of how to use the DUB and what you’re trying to accomplish with it.

When you take the Down Under Board to the range, the first thing you’ll need to do is set the length.  Take a normal stance, then get a little wider, and then slide the board between your feet and tighten the screws.  The DUB comes with wing nuts so you don’t need tools to adjust it.

Finally, I strongly recommend that you take time to warm up your lower body before using the Down Under Board.  In my first session with the DUB, I did everything wrong: went in cold, squeezed too hard, swung too hard, and the result was a pop in my left hip.  I was lucky: I’m in good shape, and the pain went away pretty quickly.  I could imagine someone who doesn’t have strong legs sidelining themself by doing the same dumb things I did.

Effectiveness

The genius of the Down Under Board is that it cleans up a lot of swing issues without making you think about them.  By simply pressuring the board between your legs, you’re going to have a more stable back swing, you’ll rotate better through the downswing, and you won’t stand up through the shot.  It also allows you to feel more relaxed in your upper body.

In using the Down Under Board, I really felt my flaws.  I’ve gotten pretty good at using my lower body correctly in the back swing, but I have a habit of “jumping” too early in the downswing rather than rotating.  When I had the DUB between my feet, I could feel the difference between right and wrong.  The sensation of keeping my bottom “back” and having room to swing my arms was very rewarding.  It also shifted my impact location from on the heel to more consistently on the sweet spot.

I started to get concerned that I was fanboying on the Down Under Board, so I had two other people test it: Matt Meeker and my older daughter.  Meeker was equally impressed: he reported that he was more stable in his back swing and that his swing felt more powerful.  My daughter is a beginner who, like many kids, jumps all over the place during her swing.  This leads to a lot of whiffs and frustration.  It took literally two swings with the DUB before she was consistently hitting her driver on the center of the face and enjoying the game more.

Longevity

One of the first things I look for when evaluating longevity is how easy it is to keep the trainer handy.  The Down Under Board won’t fit in your golf bag, but it can live in your trunk without becoming a burden.  If you prefer to use it at home, it can easily lean against a wall without bothering anyone.

Another plus for the Down Under Board is that it can be used in every facet of the game.  From driving to putting, having a strong base is a fundamental that never goes out of style.  On the negative side, the Down Under Board isn’t particularly fun to use – there’s no “gamification.”

Personally, I’m using the Down Under Board at home every day when I’m making practice swings, and I’ve brought it to every range session since I got it.  I don’t use it on every swing, but it’s always in arm’s reach if I start to get sloppy.

Value

The Down Under Board sells through their website HERE for $109.  If it’s not clear by now, I’m a huge fan of the DUB, and I think it’s something that every golfer ought to try.  You can use it in every facet of your game, so I think it’s a great value.

Conclusion

I’ll say it one more time: I’m a huge fan of the Down Under Board.  This is a truly universal trainer that any golfer can benefit from.  I had to go back to the middle of 2017 to find a training aid on this level [Putting Fork Pro 2.0 HERE].  If you’re willing to put in some work, the Down Under Board will help you improve your game.

Visit Down Under Board HERE

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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21 Comments

  1. I’ve been working with the DUB(s) for 2 months now. I bring them with me to every range session and to warm up pre-round. It took me one range session to get comfortable using the product. My ball striking has improved greatly and I’ve added power and distance throughout the bag. Within a month of using the product, I won 2 tournaments and shot my all time best score. I get questions about the board(s) all the time while using them and know of 2 other Members at my club who have purchased. Highly recommended!!!

  2. Jim W Rosteck

    It appears that you have to make a purchase before you can watch the instructional video.

    PS I get the feeling you like this product 😀

  3. Matt — I have followed Bradley Hughes’ You Tube teachings and he has some interesting theories. When he first introduced this concept, he used a block of wood to achieve the same purpose — then decided to commercialize this, which hey, is fine with me. I first tried this with my wedge game to slow down my legs and stay “centered”. The results from 100 yards in were quite telling — and positive. I am struggling with considering the DUB for full swings, however. Proper footwork, especially relearning to lift my lift heel on the backswing as a senior player is important to me now. I am just not sure this device will encourage a flat footed, lack of weight-shift swing, so I am looking at this with some caution. What do you think??

    • Matt Saternus

      Steve,

      Obviously I can only speak for myself, but the DUB has not inhibited my weight shift one bit.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Jared D Wallace

    I have been looking at this for a few weeks and trying to decide which board to buy if I needed all three. So glad he came out with an adjustable board. Thank you for your review excited to get mine in a few weeks.

  5. Okay, just saw the GBox last night and now this today … What is this? Did everyone make or modify training aids during Covid? lol. Seems simple with lots of rave reviews. Doesn’t ship until Nov 15.

    • I also trust you, Matt, having followed everyone on this site for several years.

      I ordered a Down Under Board this afternoon.

      Thank you.

  6. I’ve been following you for a long time and trust you, so I’m ordering
    the down Under Board,
    Cheers
    Joe

    • Matt Saternus

      Joe,

      I can’t express how much that means to me. Thank you for your trust. I hope you get as much out of the DUB as I have.

      -Matt

  7. Matt I am totally in your camp on your reviews , so I purchased one before reading anymore about it
    Thanks again,robin.

  8. Matt,

    Can you speak any further about the content/lessons?

    Not to be contrarian, but is there anything about this that couldn’t be easily replicated DIY? Seems like a pretty basic item (I do not mean that as a slight), and one that you could spitball a homemade version easily.

    For the Planemate, for example, I assume the drills and such are part of the value. Curious if there’s anything similar here. Otherwise, I’ll probably just make my own.

    Love your site and work. Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Chris,

      I’m not sure there’s much more for me to say about the video that wouldn’t be giving away Bradley’s work, which I don’t think is appropriate.
      I don’t particularly disagree with your point about doing a DIY version, though I would say that’s true of the majority of training aids.

      -Matt

  9. Matt

    Would the DUB benefit golfers of all levels?

  10. Marvin Cantos

    Matt,
    Like a few have said, I have followed you for awhile and if you think it’s worth trying, then I’m on board and will buy one as well.
    Thanks,
    Marvin

  11. Matt, I have just started using the DUB . I have noticed my swing has gotten shorter but still the same distances or more BC of better strikes. Have you noticed a shorter backswing? Just curious.

    • Matt Saternus

      Jimmy,

      That’s very interesting. For me, the backswing piece was already somewhat “in place” because of my work with Rick Silva, so I didn’t notice a big change there. That said, I can definitely understand how your swing would be (or at least feel) shorter if you’re “bracing” the back leg more.

      Best,

      Matt

  12. I’m thinking about buying it down under board will it work if you flare both feet? Also does it put more stress on the knees Or low back?

    Thank you,

    Al Vermeil

    • Matt Saternus

      Al,

      You can use the adjustability to fit your foot flare. There’s nothing about the DUB that will stress your knees or back, it’s just a board between your feet.

      -Matt

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