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The Power Flex Swing Trainer is similar to the popular Orange Whip but less expensive. Heavier head. A good tool for swinging at home.
The Orange Whip is one of the most popular golf training aids ever made, and success always inspires imitators. The Power Flex Swing Trainer is built on that same idea – flexible shaft, heavy head – but it takes thing up a notch with a substantially heavier head than the Orange Whip. I tested one to see if it could fulfill the bold claims it makes.
There’s no set up required here, just pick it up and swing it. The extremely heavy head and flexible shaft force you to take an exaggerated pause at the top of the back swing and start the downswing with your body rather than throwing your arms down.
Power Flex claims a number of benefits: more power, perfect tempo, and better mechanics. I think all of these are true to some extent with some caveats. Swinging Power Flex will likely give your swing more power compared to doing nothing. If you want the most efficient way to maximize speed, I’d recommend SuperSpeed [review HERE], but that’s a larger commitment of time, effort, and money.
With regard to better mechanics, Power Flex is talking about starting the down swing from the ground up. When swinging this very heavy head, you have no choice but to do that. My caveat is that this head is so much heavier than your golf club that I have concerns about whether your Power Flex swing will carry over to your “real” golf swing.
The final claim, “perfect tempo,” is the one I have the most issue with. If you swung your real golf club as slowly as you have to swing the Power Flex, you wouldn’t hit the ball out of your shadow. Again, I would generously interpret that Power Flex is referring to the idea that you’re “finishing” your back swing and starting the down swing with your lower body. In that regard, yes, Power Flex will probably do the job, but I dislike that they’re trying to oversell this element.
As a tool to swing at home when you can’t get to the range, I like the Power Flex quite a bit. Keep it in your garage, pull your car out, and get some swings in during the winter.
Power Flex also promotes the idea of keeping this in your bag as a warm up tool, but I like it less for that. First, swinging slowly to warm up is not a good idea if you want to hit the ball far. More importantly, if you’re a walker, this weighs way too much to lug around.
The Power Flex Swing Trainer retails for $70. This is meaningfully less expensive than the Orange Whip at $110. As something that can keep you connected to golf during the off season or times when you’re busy, I think it’s very worthwhile. However, if you’re expecting it to completely change your golf swing, I would lower your expectations.
The Power Flex Swing Trainer is a solid tool to have around when you need to get some swings in but can’t get to the range. It will help to ingrain the idea of starting the swing with your lower body, though you still need to be conscious of that idea when you switch back to your regular clubs.