Precision Impact Training Aid Review

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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.

Introduction

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.

Effectiveness

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.

Longevity

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.

Value

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.

Conclusion

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.

Matt Saternus
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21 Comments

  1. Charles DeVerna

    Good Man…nice to see an objective comment about the abundance of golf gimmicks/products.

  2. All I can say is it completely transformed my game. I went from flipping so badly I got very little distance with all my clubs. Then used it and struck I like a pro – compressing the ball with most my shots – incredible!!

  3. Matt Saternus

    FYI: The above comment from Mike is from the Precision Impact’s inventor.

  4. willie boyd

    What I’m trying to say do it fit Lifthand Golfer

  5. Mike Manley

    Matt is correct. The comment by Mike is from myself, the inventor. I can only say I developed this excellent product because I had a terrible time with flipping my wrists. Several PGA pro’s told me I was doing it, but as hard as I tried to stop it, I simply couldn’t do it. I NEEDED to get the feeling of not flipping to understand how it felt, and this product did it for me. When I first used it, it felt felt like I was going to miss the ball completely because it felt so different. But instead, I absolutely crush it (with driver). I could hardly believe how beautifully I could hit the ball. It was at that moment I knew I could help out other golfers with the same problem. While I cant swear it will work for everybody, it completely transformed the way I played the game. I do however, get tons of emails thanking me for the product.
    I’m sure Matt is very good at what he does, but he’s missed the mark this time.

  6. Allan Pedersen

    Maybe the device is encouraging you to rotate and feel what it would be like to be in the right position at impact. So the invention is taking care some part of the swing but it misses that little integrigal part calling release since it does not unlock.

  7. Yuni triasish

    very good and more informative resources, thanks a lot

    • One of the number one flaws of any amateur is flipping their wrist at impact and not rotating the hips through impact. The Precision Impact not only promotes a better impact position but also helps to rotate through impact. I personally disagree with the comment that the Precision Impact prevents the release. The straps for the fingers are flexible enough that a full release is obtainable. The mild restriction that the finger bands create, actually builds for a better release when the Precision Impact is not worn. If used for the right reasons it is a very effective training device. I am not paid or compensated in any way by the company that creates this device.

  8. Todd Bondy

    I have a tendency to lose my wrist angles at impact and a chicken wing after. Hence, I decided to buy this device out of pure desperation after trying all sorts of devices including an impact bag, tour stiker ball, lag stick, lag shot golf club, etc etc. It just arrived in the mail today and I have been messing with it in my office. I will be taking it out to the range later today. My impression so far in my office is one of hope. I need to get the “feels” first and then use that on my own with my swing. I am definitely getting the feels with my limited time messing with it my office. I am hopeful!

  9. John La Pensee

    Run to your computer and order one ASAP. This device will change your game forever. My friends were laughing at me while I was on the range warming up after only 2/3 practice sessions. They aren’t laughing anymore. About half of them have ordered it and love it. It takes about 50 balls to get used to it, but it teaches you too many things to mention here.

  10. Many years ago Greg Noman came up with what he called “The Secret”. The idea behind it was exactly the same as the Precision Impact, except it was immediately setting the right wrist at setup. I found it very uncomfortable as it would only connect over the index finger and after a few shots it was putting too much strain on the finger joint. However I could clearly its benefit in training the right wrist and I certainly did hit more solid shots as it prevented the flip. I still have it today. The Precision Impact looks far more comfortable as it appears to loop over 2 fingers. Very tempted to buy it, if it was a bit lower in price.

  11. I bought one recently and has really helped. I get what you are saying about it not allowing a full release. A lot of instructors have students do things to the extreme and then modulate back. Once you take it off you naturally have more release but you will have learned to create shaft lean and turn thru the shot.

  12. Matt, thanks for the review. I’ve read a lot of your equipment reviews and appreciate your opinion. Reading this review, I’m curious if you hit balls with the Precision Impact? Your opinion seems to be based on your opinion that it’s not in keeping, methodologically, with how you (and the cutting edge golf pro instructor you mention) view the golf swing rather than a genuine test drive of the product. You never mention any details of what happened when you tried it. I have no affiliation with this device and don’t own one. I was thinking of buying one which prompted me to search for reviews. In summary, your review seems to knock it’s premise but doesn’t offer any feedback with your experience of actually using it.

    • Matt Saternus

      Nick,

      Yes, I hit balls with the Precision Pro. I found it uncomfortable and unnatural, but I felt the more important point was that it’s trying to get you to do something that you shouldn’t be doing, hence my focus on that point. Even if it were comfortable and wildly effective, it would not be a trainer that I recommend.

      -Matt

  13. Hitesh Patel

    All these aids look good on paper but I was checking the reviews after being recommended by Clay @ TSG. Seems I’ll stick with our Pro at the club as he makes little changes to improve my ball-striking, coupled with focused practice, I’m getting better. After a bad round, in desperation one turns to improving overnight, that’s where one googles for aids…. It’s a minefield. Good luck to all

  14. Can you get replacement parts?

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