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     Anyone ever seen this for sale? I like the idea, wear it around the neck on a strap, keeping it between your forearms during the entire swing until impact. I've seen the straps to keep your arms together. I even received an Email from Revolution Golf, selling a larger soft ball, which you inflate, on an adjustable lanyard. You can also keep it deflated under your arm, like the glove drill. Yet you never have to bend over to keep picking it up when it doesn't work. Yet this is $35. Unless I figure out to make my own, if I am not lazy.

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Tennis Ball and a Name Tag Style Lanyard ... go for it.

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Made my own today using my kids mini mini soft football and put a string in it and adjusted it to my stance.. I practiced with it for about an hour or so, and can already see how it is helping me maintain my connection and helping keep the swing shorter.

Question, is there any ruling against using this kind of aid between swings?
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Made my own today using my kids mini mini soft football and put a string in it and adjusted it to my stance.. I practiced with it for about an hour or so, and can already see how it is helping me maintain my connection and helping keep the swing shorter.

Question, is there any ruling against using this kind of aid between swings?


From USGA.ORG:

 

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14-3. Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Unusual Use of Equipment

Except as provided in the Rules, during a stipulated round the player must not use any artificial device or unusual equipment (see Appendix IV for detailed specifications and interpretations), or use any equipment in an unusual manner:

 

a. That might assist him in making a stroke or in his play;

 

 

 

Decisions:

 

14-3/10

Use of Training or Swing Aid During Round

 

Q.During a round, may a player make a stroke or a practice swing using a club with a weighted headcover or "doughnut" on it, or use any other device designed as a training or swing aid?

 

A.No. The player would be using an artificial device to assist him in his play in breach of Rule 14-3, but see also Decision 4-4a/7 for use of a weighted training club.

 

14-3/10.3

Use of Rod During Round for Alignment or as Swing Aid

 

Q.During a stipulated round, a player uses a rod to check his alignment or his swing plane. What is the ruling?

 

A.The player is disqualified under Rule 14-3 as the rod is unusual equipment and such use, during the stipulated round, is not permitted.

 

Carrying the rod is not, of itself, a breach of a Rule.

I think that the device is "unusual equipment" or an "artificial device" and that it is not allowed during a round.

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