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The Precision Impact training aid attempts to force your hands into a professional-looking impact position by restricting the right wrist. Not a training aid I would recommend.
You don’t have to spend every Sunday watching the PGA Tour to know what is commonly meant by a “Tour” impact position. From magazine tips to slow-motion swings on TV, we’re bombarded by images of players with their hands “in front of” the golf ball at the moment of impact. The Precision Impact training aid seeks to help more golfers find that position by literally forcing the right hand into it. I tested it to see if it works.
Set Up & Ease of Use
When you unbox the Precison Impact, you’ll find the device and a bag full of extra bands. There’s a card in the box that implores you to watch a video (find it HERE) before you use Precision Impact. The video is just under 14 minutes, which is way too long. Skip the video and click the “Download Instruction” link above the video instead. The video covers putting the thing on and swapping pieces, which is all in the instruction PDF.
If you move on to the “Drills & Routines” page, you’ll find several more videos. Skip “How It Works” – I’ve just saved you another four minutes. In the “Drills & Routines” box below that, start with the “Setting the Club” video to get some ideas about how to use the Precision Impact. These six videos are each under two minutes, and they’ll give you a fair idea of the device’s uses.
Putting on the Precision Impact isn’t difficult and doesn’t take long. Loosen the two large velcro straps, slide your arm in, and tighten them up. Depending on the type of shot you’re hitting, you may also need to tighten some velcro straps on your fingers.
Let me start out positive: I understand what the Precision Impact is trying to do. By stopping the right wrist from going into flexion in the downswing, it aims to promote more body rotation. For players who throw their arms at the ball rather than turning, this is a worthy goal.
Now on to some hard truths. First, the Precision Impact is trying to stop you from creating speed. Yes, Tour players have their hands “in front of” the ball at impact with many clubs, but they are not restricting their wrist movement. In fact, they are doing everything they can – including flexing their right wrist – to put every bit of speed into the club head.
My understanding of the wrists’ movements was verified by a golf instructor who is at the cutting edge of golf science. This person said, “The wrists should have gradual change in both flexion/extension and deviations, not to mention the path that the grip takes…is anything but planar.” In short, this instructor did not agree with what the Precision Impact is trying to do.
On a methodological note, I do not like the approach that the Precision Impact uses for creating change. In my opinion, trainers that force players into certain positions are less effective than those that teach players to create those positions for themselves. With the Precision Impact, the player is always fighting the device rather than internalizing the new feel. An example of my preferred approach is the Tour Striker (review HERE). This club doesn’t force any motion or position but leaves the student to create it for themself.
Per the creators, the Precision Impact can be used with every club in your bag which does boost its longevity. With the elastic bands on the fingers, players can chip and putt with the Precision Impact.
I do like the Precision Impact as a putting trainer if a player’s goal is to remove wrist action from their stroke. In this instance, the “click” of the Precision Impact setting acts as feedback that the right wrist has extended.
It’s also worth noting that the Precision Impact is small, light, and comes with a carrying bag. This makes it easy to store in a golf bag.
The Precision Impact retails for $129 which is slightly above average for a training aid. Given my judgment that it is not an effective trainer, I do not find it to be a good value.
As with any training aid, there will be players who find benefit from using the Precision Impact. However, due to the fact that it operates contrary to what the best players are doing, this is not a training aid that I would endorse. If you have problems with throwing your hands at the ball and not rotating your body, I would suggest a lesson with a good teacher or a screening with a trainer to see if there are underlying physical issues.