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The Speed Stik is a training aid designed to increase your swing speed. Also combats an early release or “flip.”
There’s no easier way to sell training aids than to promise golfers more distance. The Speed Stik is not short on promises, claiming an increase of 20 yards or more. We put one to the test to see if it could back up those promises.
Ease of Use & Setup
There’s no set up required for using the Speed Stik, something I always appreciate in a training aid. Furthermore, there’s not a great need to watch the instructional material. Take it out of the box and swing away. That’s it.
There is one adjustment on the Speed Stik: a knob that controls how tightly the Force Adjustable Magnet holds the Bullet Slider. If you’re a slower swinger or someone who releases early (“flips”), you’ll want the lighter setting. As you swing faster, you can move to the higher levels and still get the slider to release from the magnet.
There’s no question that swinging a club fast and doing it often will boost your club head speed. I also think that the Speed Stik’s noisy “release indicator” is better than most others that I’ve tested. If you can get rid of your flip and add a few MPH of club head speed, you’ll see significant distance gains.
The one caveat I have is that the Speed Stik (or any similar trainer) alone will not maximize your distance gains. If you want to get every bit of distance you can, you need to consider a comprehensive approach that includes fitness (learn more about that HERE).
A final note: the reminder grip on the Speed Stik is shorter than a normal grip. I have reasonably big, but not gargantuan, hands, and the top of my left hand is completely off the grip, as you can see above.
In terms of longevity, the Speed Stik is no better or worse than any other swing speed trainer I’ve used. The Bullet Slider does add a little novelty, but not a huge amount. The bottom line is that if you’re not committed to improving your swing speed, buying the Speed Stik isn’t going to fix that.
The Speed Stik retails for $99. This is equal to or a bit higher than other similar training aids. The Speed Stik is effective, and distance is king, so I think this is a reasonable value.
While you shouldn’t expect overnight results, the Speed Stik can definitely be an important part of a speed-enhancement program. The Bullet Slider is one of the more effective lag trainers that I’ve used, and the adjustable magnet provides a good way to measure progress.