I know I’m in trouble when my wife thinks my new golf training aid looks like some sort of Fisher Price toy and starts laughing hysterically.
Well, I guess that’s what I have to deal with when I’m married to a non-golfer. Oddly enough, one of her sons is a scratch handicap and she knows the game, understands it but doesn’t probably know it in detail like a true golf nut does (especially ones who run a popular golf blog!)
So by now I’m sure you’re wondering what that crazy golf training aid is. Well, as you can see from the pic above it’s the fairly new product by Momentus Golf called the “Swing Swoosh.”
The “Swing Whoosh is a training aid claiming to “Increase your club head speed 7 to 10 MPH instantly.” AND they claim to do it in just 6 swings. That’s a pretty big claim, don’t you think?
When you make a claim like that you better back it up with results otherwise you risk the reputation of the entire company (and they have been around for a awhile now). But, personally, I just love the boldness in that claim. Man, if you can find a product that can make a seemingly impossible result come true, you’ve got it made in the shade.
Just for the record I bought this product online (via Amazon) like anyone else. I think I paid $70 something dollars which included shipping. As we get free golf items for reviews on a regular basis I guess I could have requested one but sometimes I just want to go through a regular channel and just buy it like anyone else would. In this case that’s exactly what I did.
So no one is paying me to review this training aid. It’s just my experience as an average golfer and what benefits I received for the investment I made.
Back to the product. The Swing Whoosh is a bit longer than a standard driver but approximately the same weight (325 grams) but has a much more flexible shaft so you can real “whip it” when you swing it.
The part my wife got such a chuckle out of was the over-sized plastic golf ball on the end. And I agree, it does look a little “toyish” but I guarantee you golfers could care less. They just want results (like me).
Anyway, the plastic ball slides up and down the shaft. Typically it is left on the end of the club (where the head of the club would be) when swinging it but you can also slide it up towards the shaft and it slightly “sticks” under the shaft due to a magnet.
When swinging the club the ball would then release down the shaft (with a nice “pop” at the end) so you can get a sense of the proper release of the club.
So you can work it both ways. Either let the ball slide up and down the shaft to feel the release of the club better of just keep in at the bottom and swing it that way. Totally up to you and I find myself doing both quite a bit.
What got me really intrigued about this item was the marketing text about “fast twitch muscles.” Here is the quoted text straight from their site:
Over-Speed Training with the Speed Whoosh
Roughly half of the muscle fibers in your body are slow twitch muscle fibers and the other half are fast twitch muscle fibers. These fast twitch muscles lie semi-dormant until they are activated by an action that moves them faster than normal. When you swing the Speed Whoosh several times in a row at speeds of 20+ mph faster than your own driver, this action activates the fast twitch muscle fibers and readies them for action. Then, when you pick up your own driver and hit a tee shot, you can expect to add 7 to 10 mph in club head speed instantly, translating into a tee shot flying 21 to 30 yards farther.
I’ve often heard about “fast twitch muscle” training but never went farther with it. Now, I’m definitely interested in learning more about it and how it might further accelerate your swing speed. Stay tuned.
The results? I swung the aid maybe fifty times of so before playing. And just to let you know, I probably play 1-2 times per week as that is all my schedule will allow.
So the first time I played after swing it for a few days, I played a local course and hit my driver at least 10-15 yards longer – in some cases over 20. Some were good solid hits off the tee and others were not. The off-center hits also went about 10-15 yards farther. It was quite amazing.
Now can I directly tie this back to Swing Whoosh? I’m not 100% sure. But I would bet I’m 90% sure that it is DIRECTLY tied to swinging the Momentus Swing Whoosh.
I can’t really say more than that. Well maybe can. It’s just a damn fun golf training aid to swing. The “whoosh” sound is very clear and you really get a sense how important a proper release is in the golf swing.
One golf blogger, whom I really respect, Andrew Rice of Andrew Rice Golf (just love his site!) also had some very nice things to say about it in his post, 2011 Orlando PGA Golf Show.
Interesting, I wrote before on how there is quite a bit of information about swinging weighted golf clubs and whether or not it’s beneficial to swing speed in this post, Should You Swing a Weighted Golf Club – so it’s quite interesting that Momentus is promoting fast swing speed considering their primary line is weighted clubs.
I really think Momentus is on to something with this training aid. I highly recommend it and for a minimal investment you can see results, too. I don’t often say that, but this time the results were just too compelling to ignore.
One note: The club comes in a left hand or right hand model or both. What that means is that a right of left model comes with a pre-formed grip. Just go to the product page to see a picture of that. I like the pre-formed grip as it kinda “locks” your hands in a nice way around the club. But, I believe they also have one with a standard grip (it can work for left or right handers as it’s just a regular grip) So just be aware of this when you order.
I will put a link to Amazon below (where I will receive a small commission if you order – and it’s an excellent price!) If you think this review has been helpful please use the link below. If you choose not to, of course, that’s fine. Just go directly to: Momentus Golf to order.
Get one at Amazon: Momentus Men’s Speed Whoosh Golf Swing Trainer
Please let me know if you have one or order one and how it has (or has not) helped your game.