Tour Striker Smart Ball Golf Connectivity Training Aid — We have all heard the golf swing concept that the torso and arms must stay connected and synchronized throughout the swing. To some extent, this is a challenging swing thought to understand physically and even harder to self regulate.
The Tour Striker Smart Ball Golf Connectivity Training Aid trains golfers to keep their arms and body connected. It is widely used by tour pros, teaching pros and amateurs to drive home this particular type of golf connectivity training.
Advantages of this type of connectivity training are:
Eliminates the dreaded “chicken wing” where the lead arm bends on the follow-through
- Encourages golfers to strike the ball from the “inside out”
- Helps golfers fully “get through” the full swing while lengthening and strengthening a complete body pivot
By design, the Tour Striker Smart Ball is quite simple to understand and use. It is a perfectly sized, 6 inch, inflatable ball that you gently “hold” between your arms, just slightly below your elbows, to ensure that your arms and body are synchronized as you swing. The Smart Ball is attached to an adjustable length lanyard so that the ball does not fall all the way to the ground if your arms spread too far apart.
Golf connectivity training with the Tour Striker Smart Ball takes some getting used to. Frankly, golfers who habitually “chicken wing” their arms, or are not correctly synchronized, will initially feel very constrained by the practice swings, and the Smart Ball will “fall” until they get the hang of the training. Over time, the “connectivity” will feel more natural, and golfers will learn how to rotate their torso and arms appropriately.
The best advice that we can give for adjusting to the Tour Striker Smart Ball Golf Connectivity Training Aid is to start slowly with chipping and pitching motions, then build up to 3/4 swings and then finally practice full swings. This gradual lengthening of the golf swing will not happen immediately nor without effort. But, with repetition, golfers will find that their swings will flow better, their ball striking will be more consistent, and their bodies and arms will work in unison.
As a bonus, the Tour Striker Smart Ball Golf Connectivity Training Aid can be used for another classic connectivity training drill. The ball can be deflated and then placed between your lead arm and body or following arm and body. With the deflated ball in place, the golfer would then practice hitting golf balls. As with the drill described above, this drill also helps train golfers to keep their bodies and arms connected. In the past, many golfers would use a towel or glove for this drill. The advantage of using the Smart Ball is that the lanyard will prevent the ball from falling to the ground.
Pros and Cons of the Smart Ball Golf Connectivity Training Aid
- Perfectly sized 6-inch ball for proper placement
- Adjustable lanyard to eliminate the hassle of fetching the ball when it falls
- The Smart Ball can be deflated for additional connectivity drills such as underarm training drills
- This training aid is widely used by tour and teaching professionals
- Golf connectivity training takes consistent repetition and practice. Initially, this practice will feel awkward for those who have swings that are disconnected
As a golfer works on connectivity, there are other complementary aspects of the golf swing that can also be improved. We recommend the SKLZ Gold Flex Strength Tempo Trainer for golfers looking to improve flexibility, tempo, and strength. Read our review for this great flexible golf swing trainer from SKLZ.