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How Are You Finding Your Tour Striker?

Poll Results: How Are You Finding Your Tour Striker?

 
  • 50% (3)
    Love it – Really Enforces The Impact Position
  • 16% (1)
    Great Aid – Only if you get the Pro version
  • 16% (1)
    Good Aid – Still use it sometimes
  • 16% (1)
    Gathering Dust Somewhere
  • 0% (0)
    Sold
6 Total Votes  
post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
How Are You Finding Your Tour Striker?

The whole premise around the TS is that you must have a forward leaning shaft is order to get the ball off the ground.

- Nice ball flight = great impact position/ forward leaning shaft/ hitting down on the ball
- Worm burner = poor impact position/ flipping

I purchased the Tour Striker 8 (entry level). It’s a wonderful moment when you start hitting nice high shots and you think you’ve cracked it.

Unfortunately it’s not quite as simple as that. My initial optimism waned significantly when my pro recorded me hitting a good shot and I saw that I was still flipping.

My gut feeling is that it’s a pretty good training aid, but not quite as good as it’s made out to be. It will punish a bad swing but won’t force you to get into the perfect impact position. i.e. It doesn’t do what the infomercial tells you it will do
post #2 of 14
Thread Starter 

I have now purchased the TS 7 Pro which is apparently harder to hit with. My plan is to get my Pro to record me and see if it’s possible to ‘cheat’ with it as well.

 

It may be that a ‘fat’ shot off a mat causes the ball to lift slightly meaning that a flip can still catch the sweet spot?

 

Interested to see how other people are getting on with their Tour Strikers?

post #3 of 14
I have a TS 7 iron, the easy one not the pro.

I barely use it now i must say. I won´t say it doesn´t work, but i was expecting a greater impact on my ball striking.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by lugonza_2001 View Post

I have a TS 7 iron, the easy one not the pro.

I barely use it now i must say. I won´t say it doesn´t work, but i was expecting a greater impact on my ball striking.

 

I think I have the same version and tried using it when I first got it but it is now gathering dust...I might give it another shot, but I felt that I was swinging way different with it than my regular clubs- way more fat shots.  The lie angle is standard compared to +4 on my irons so it both feels and looks different at set up.  Does anyone know how much I could safely have it bent?

post #5 of 14

i have the 7 pro, way too hard for me to hit off grass.  i can hit it off the mat but grass is a debacle.

post #6 of 14

I have the TS #7 Pro, had been after one for an age but couldnt swallow the price new, got mine of the bay in mint condition.

 

I hit it off pretty hard mats, not a lot of give in them, and I find there is no way to cheat it.

 

Not too bad a ball striker to start with but I really wanted to find out what would happen using a TS.

 

I would say I was hitting appx 30% of the shots ok, right off the bat. To increase this percentage it forced me to shorten my swing slightly, stay more connected, and definitly ensure PP#1 (base of trigger finger) was in the mix. That was quite hard for me, as I'm definitly a swinger of the club not a hitter, but I soon realised that I can mix in some PP#1 pressure and not lose my "swinger" feel.

post #7 of 14

Helps me. Not for everyone.

 

I let my buddy hit mine on the range. He has had a very nice swing for many years. I told him to just hit balls and if they get airborne then he made a good swing. First seven balls were great, straight, high balls. Not one low shot in the bunch. He handing it back to me and said, "I don't get it."

 

For me, before most every round I hit some with the 7-pro. Some mornings they all go great -- just like my buddy. Other mornings I worm burn a bunch and know I have a little something to fix before moving on. I'll hit with that TS until I'm hitting them well. When I'm hit every shot well with my TS, I know I'm going to have a great ball striking day. Conversely, it can create a crisis of confidence if I never get consistent before a round. I then make sure I do some short chipping before teeing off because it is likely to be a scramble day.

 

Since my new tennis elbow issues, I do not beat lots of balls with the TS off hard ground. I try to make every one count. Too hard on my elbow to hit ball after ball with divots. It is possible that my TS and very hard range ground may have contributed to my tennis elbow so, be careful.

post #8 of 14

I don't use it very often. Very easy to get in the air. 7 Pro.

 

Good tool for a lot of people though.

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by iacas View Post

Very easy to get in the air. 7 Pro.


That's because you're the Rainman of golf...
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by iacas View Post
 

I don't use it very often. Very easy to get in the air. 7 Pro.

 

Good tool for a lot of people though.

 

 

Eric,

 

Why do you think that its very easy to get in the air? Do you mean for you personally or for the average golfer?

 

Do you think that it's possible to hit a good shot with it without a forward leaning shaft?

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by GlasgowsGreen View Post
 

Why do you think that its very easy to get in the air? Do you mean for you personally or for the average golfer?

 

For myself, and because you can flip and still get it airborne just fine.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by GlasgowsGreen View Post
 

Do you think that it's possible to hit a good shot with it without a forward leaning shaft?

 

You bet. But if they made it any tougher almost nobody in their target market could hit it at all.

post #12 of 14

I love mine....started playing this game in Dec 11. Grabbed the 8/56 wedge set and really used the 8 to get my swing in decent shape. Gotta use the wedge one more and want to pick up the pro 5 (IIRC) to challenge myself. Have finally started getting in the 90's fairly consistently and want to get better. From my low amount of experience I think it's great aid in terms of forcing you to hit correctly. Usually use the 8 to warm up prior to a round.

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by iacas View Post
 

 

For myself, and because you can flip and still get it airborne just fine.

 

 

You bet. But if they made it any tougher almost nobody in their target market could hit it at all.

 

 

I think this sums it up perfectly.

 

Personally, I've recently changed my swing path and have been hitting a lot of fat shots. The TS is just what I need just now as it's a lot less forgiving and is forcing me to hit the ball first (or at least a lot nearer to the ball!).

 

However people should be under no illusions that a good shot with a TS requires the hands ahead of the ball and a forward leaning shaft.

post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

Note - I found that the ball placement on the mat makes a difference. At my range the mats are quite supple at the most common place that people hit from due to wear and tear.



 



When I moved the ball back to the other side of the mat where it is slightly more solid I found it a lot harder to hit. It may be that the softer side of the mat is allowing the TS to get under the ball even with a flip?

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