I’ve said this so many times but I just keep having to say it. The creativity and ingenuity of golf inventors and entrepreneurs is unparalleled in any other industry. Once again I’m astonished at the R&D which has gone into another golf training device, the Gyroswing.
What is the Gyroswing?
The Gyroswing is a scaled down golf club with a freakin’ gyroscope in it! Yes, a golf club which has a gyroscope built into the head. The club is a training device which helps players groove the proper swing plane.
What is a gyroscope?
A couple of definitions:
- A rotating mechanism in the form of a universally mounted spinning wheel that offers resistance to turns in any direction.
- A spinning wheel which by virtue of its construction can spin at a very high speed to enable anything attached to, to maintain a steady position.
the 20,000 RPM (revolutions per minute) wheel spins inside the head and creates a resistance to changes in direction off its axis. When changes in direction do occur, the device then tends to strongly want to go in that direction. This is most noticeable when cocking and releasing the wrists.
The sound the Gryoswing makes reminds me of those ancient, gigantic and noisy hard drives of years past. Remember how you could hear them spin up and spin down and how they had that whiney noise?
You don’t actually hit balls with the Gyroswing. You just use it to get the feel of a good swing. It helps show you when the head is changing directions. This is especially useful for people who “cast” their clubs, which is one of the biggest problems most amateurs have. Casting causes slices and loss of power. The Gyroswing lets you know when you cast.
One thing the Gyroswing has helped me with is releasing my club head. I’ve gotten jammed up and had a little left arm chicken wing issue. The Gyro helps me work on that release and as a result even helps me get to a better finish. The finish position isn’t right if the release isn’t right.
Yellow & black
One cool feature the Gyroswing has I may incorporate into other clubs for practice purposes. The club shaft has two colors, black and yellow. The top half of the club is black and the underside yellow. As you are standing over the club at address, you see black. At all phases of the swing you should see that same black side. If you see yellow at any time, you know the club is out of position. This is a very simple, yet very useful for troubleshooting your swing.
Rick Smith DVD
The Gyroswing includes an insstructional DVD with a few lessons on how to use the Gyroswing with the famous golf coach Rick Smith. Gyroswing aside, many of the drills Rick goes through are usefull by themselves.
The Gyroswing gets its power from six AAA batteries. As you can imagine, the Gyroswing is a battery eater. So the thoughtful people who make the Gyroswing include six AAA rechargeable batteries and a charger!
There are a few more pictures of my Gyroswing in the Hooked On Golf Blog Gyroswing Gallery.