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The Rypstick speed trainer is an all-in-one system with eight weight configurations. RypRadar is easy to use, consistent, and highly visible. A great tandem for those looking to add speed and distance.
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Whether you’re an elite player staring down the possibility of a new, shorter golf ball or an amateur trying to hit it past your buddies, we’re all trying to get longer. In the last couple years, numerous trainers have emerged trying to help you on your distance quest. In today’s review, I’m taking a look at the Rypstick speed trainer to let you know if it’s bringing anything new to the speed party.
Set Up & Ease of Use
The Rypstick separates itself from the category leader, SuperSpeed [review HERE], by requiring just one “club” for all your training. At the head, there’s a very clever mechanism (above) where you can slide in up to three weights and lock them in without any tools. There’s also a counterweight that can be screwed into the butt of the grip. Changing weights is much faster and easier than with the Slingshot trainer [review HERE].
Rypstick provides four levels of training protocols on their website. At each level, there are clear explanations of every exercise. For the first two levels, training consists of 54 training swings and 5 “real” swings. Even with substantial breaks between sets, a session shouldn’t take more than about 15 minutes.
UPDATE: Since writing this review, Rypstick has released an app. The app features all the protocols with video tutorials on every drill. More importantly, it’s a place to track your workouts and your progress. The app isn’t mind blowing, but it’s a nice free addition that will remind you to keep training.
Using the RypRadar couldn’t be much easier. Install some batteries, push the power button, and place it about four feet in front of where you’re swinging. You have the option of switching between KPH and MPH as well as turning a voice on and off. It’s also capable of storing your last ten swings.
If you want to get faster, the Rypstick provides the tool and the training to do just that. The club is well-designed, and the training protocols are solid. Whether you’re new to speed training or not, they have a system that can work for you.
There are eight possible weight set ups for the Rypstick thanks to three removable head weights and a counterweight. Without any weights, it’s 270 grams and below A0 swing weight. Each head weight adds 30 grams and creates swing weights of B3, D1, and E8. The counterweight is 60 grams, making the max weight a hefty 420 grams. Rypstick’s current training protocols only utilize 0, 1, or 2 weights, though Level 4 suggests the third weight for those feeling capable of it.
Finally, the Rypstick comes in a range of lengths, from the 45″ Mens model to the 38″ Indoor version. That shorter option is great for people with limited space or ceiling height.
The RypRadar has become my favorite speed training radar. What I like best is the big, easy to read display. Also, it rarely misses a swing or produces a weird number.
If you’re going to speed train, I think that having a radar is nearly essential. First, it shows your progress. It also holds you accountable to giving max effort. Without the quantitative feedback, it’s easy to coast during training. Additionally, it will help you understand what actually makes your swing fast. You may have a cue that feels fast but is actually slowing you down. Finally, it gives golfers a needed dose of realism by letting them know that they’re not going to have their A+ speed every day.
As I say about every speed trainer, the Rypstick is a fitness tool. It’s not going to do the work for you. I think the weighting design is very clever and easy to use, but it’s not going to be the difference between you doing the work and not. I do, however, like the feedback of the RypRadar for boosting the enjoyment of training.
The Rypstick trainer retails for $199. RypRadar sells by itself for $99. You can buy them together in a package for $283, which I would strongly recommend. If you’re going to purchase Rypstick, please buy it HERE to support Plugged In Golf. Use code PLUGGEDIN to save 10%
Comparing Rypstick to other speed trainers, the price is identical. For me, it comes down to whether you’d prefer to store or carry three separate sticks or just one.
RypRadar really has no competition, and I would recommend it regardless of what system you use. The PRGR Black launch monitor [review HERE] is a quality device, but it costs over twice as much. In fairness, it also does more, but if you want something purely for speed, I like RypRadar.
For its ease of use and clever weighting system, the Rypstick has become one of my favorite speed trainers. I like that they have multiple levels of protocols for players at different places in their speed training journey. Finally, if you’re going to speed train, the RypRadar is a near must-have for feedback and enjoyment.