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The Fighting Golf Impact Improver is a training aid that allows you to swing indoors without a net.
As a Chicagoan, I’m constantly on the hunt for training aids and other golf devices that can be used indoors. The Fighting Golf Impact Improver fits the bill: it’s a velcro-like shield that slides over the club face and “catches” red “Impact Balls” to give you feedback on impact location. Is this the solution for golfers who can’t install hitting bays in their homes?
Ease of Use & Setup
Using the Impact Improver is simple – slide the “Strike Shield” over your club face and hit the “Impact Balls.” That’s it. Couldn’t be easier.
I slid the Strike Shield over a number of different types of irons and wedges without issue, but a “Facilitator Tool” is included if you have problems getting the shield over a thick top line.
The Impact Improver works exactly as described. The velcro is uber-sticky – if you find any part of the face, the ball will stick.
One thing that I noticed when using the Impact Improver is that the feedback is not very precise. With impact tape, you get a mark that’s smaller than the size of a ball. This, combined with the feeling of the ball hitting the face, allows you to precisely locate impact. With the Impact Balls, the whole balls stays on the face, plus there’s no impact sensation, so you get only a general idea about impact location.
Despite the lack of precision, I think the Impact Improver is quite good. Most golfers have no idea where they’re striking the ball, so getting their strikes roughly into the center will be a huge improvement. Additionally, the Impact Improver is a great tool for working on the types of drills Adam Young lays out in The Strike Plan.
The Impact Improver is a one-trick pony. It tells you where the ball hit the face, period. Because you’re not getting any feedback on face angle, club path, or ball flight, I can see some people getting bored with it after a while.
Value is where the Fighting Golf Impact Improver really stands out: it’s only $40 (support PluggedInGolf, buy it HERE). $40 is the cost of a few buckets of range balls, so it will provide good return on investment after only a few sessions. Beyond that, it allows you to practice when you otherwise couldn’t, which is invaluable.
Whether you’re trying to keep your sanity during the winter or cure yourself of the shanks, the Impact Improver can be a part of the solution. It’s not a perfect training aid, but with its very reasonable price, it’s something most golfers should think about adding to their arsenal.