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Impact Snap! device, anyone used it?


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#1 tofur99

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 05:57 PM

Hey all, so I was wondering what you all thought of this device:




Ulnar deviation and wrist bowing are the interesting ones to me, can anyone go into detail on why those are required?  Here's Jamie lovemarks swing, looks like he's got this kind of impact going on:



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#2 tofur99

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 02:50 PM

anyone?  no thoughts?

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 03:12 PM

looks like a bedroom toy.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 03:40 PM

Have been using half  a year in all my teaching.

Have to say that when I first tried it myself, I was disappointed. It felt too easy. After giving it to 100 players I knew it wasn't so easy ;)  Can't think giving lesson without that for the most  of the players.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 05:08 PM

lol I guess it does look like one, never thought of it that way, get your mind out of the gutterPosted Image


What kind of problems do you students have with it?  how quickly does it help them and how do you teach with it?


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

I have been teaching for over 40 years and this is one of the best teaching/training tools I have seen. It works!

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:13 PM

I have one.  It has helped my wedge game a lot.  I can hit low spinny shots consistently and pretty accurately.  

It has not translated to my full swing yet.  But my full swing isn't any good.  So can't blame the tool there.  My hope is that eventually it will translate with the help of better rotation and some more lessons.

My ten year old uses it and it has really helped him.  But he has more aptitude for golf than I.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:23 PM

just curious how much does one of these cost?
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:30 PM

heard a lot of great things about this training aid. would love to see someones full review.

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 09:08 AM

This device just came up as one of the best training devices according to Golf Digest - http://www.golfdiges...g-aids-for-golf

Anyone else have any experience with this device?


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Posted 20 April 2016 - 09:27 AM

I have used one of these. It's very effective. Small enough that you can practice anywhere. My contact on short pitches/chips improved noticeably.

Translating to your full swing can take some time. The aid is meant to prevent flipping -- at first, it can almost make you feel as if you're holding off the release, which isn't optimal for clubs like the driver.

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Posted 25 April 2016 - 08:19 AM

Looks like a great learning tool for irons.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 10:53 AM

Hank Haney has praised it on his show

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 11:26 AM

View Postfjk, on 03 May 2016 - 10:53 AM, said:

Hank Haney has praised it on his show

Haney would endorse Butch Harmon if he got paid to do it.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 11:59 AM

I have one of these and love the way it puts my hands in that shaft forward position and bowed wrist. I for the life of me cannot translate it to a real club though. The weight/momentum of a club makes me not able to perform the same movement without really dumping the club into the ground. I also struggle with casting, flipping, fat shots, and leaving my arms behind as I turn. So probably something flawed in my swing mechanics I need to fix before I'm able to use this effectively.


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Posted 05 May 2016 - 01:24 AM

I saw a note somewhere regarding it being Golf Digests "training aid of the year". Ha....training aids are a dime a dozen. BUT...the fine print said it addresses my worst issue, flipping. $89...hmm....figured Golf Digest wouldnt lightly put its name behind something, so got it. Training video says to use it for about a week before trying to transition to a real swing. instead I tried ten minutes and played a round yesterday. Absolutely amazing. I hit 3-4 of the best irons ever, and one driver shot, best ever. My golf buddy who never compliments anyone looked shocked and said that those few were the best looking swings he had ever seen me make. No, 5 shots do not a great round make. But, they were first evers for me with barely having practiced with the device. I'm jumping for joy and if I can improve half that much each time I play, I'm on my way to happy days on the course. One thing for those that use the impactsnap....the reason my swing would break down during the round was that I'd forget the 'feel' the device would impart so I'd be searching etc. But I went to range next day and when that feel would leave, I'd just take it out of my bag and take a few practice 'swings'. And my ball contact would go right back to very nice.

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 01:31 AM

View Posttofur99, on 21 June 2011 - 05:57 PM, said:

Hey all, so I was wondering what you all thought of this device:




Ulnar deviation and wrist bowing are the interesting ones to me, can anyone go into detail on why those are required?  Here's Jamie lovemarks swing, looks like he's got this kind of impact going on:


About ulnar deviation....that requirement alone made me feel there was NO way I could make good contact with the ball...my heart was already sinking when I took my first swing (LW). The contact was so sweet and ball flight a dream. I don't know how that happens during ulnar deviation but I love every moment.

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Posted 25 June 2016 - 12:54 PM

Has anyone else tried one of these?

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Posted 01 July 2016 - 07:51 AM

Yes - I shelled out close to $90. Here is my feedback:

1) The advantage provided by the device is minimal. The clicking sound is somewhat helpful - however, for me, that stopped 'clicking' within the first week. I barely even used the device. So I figured, I would just return it.
2) There is NO return policy. No number to contact. No email to contact. Just no way to contact any individual associated with this product. Check out their 'Contact Us' page  - http://impactsnap.com/contact

To me, the online videos are completely misleading. They will promote a 'arms and hands' swing - as opposed to a decent shoulder turn. I think the $90 would be better spent on a golf lesson or two.

Edited by avarmaavarma, 01 July 2016 - 07:51 AM.


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Posted 01 July 2016 - 04:27 PM

This is the best training aid ever made for training forearm/wrist motion before, during, and after impact. Buy one. You won't regret it.


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Posted 01 July 2016 - 04:29 PM

Hank Haney raves about it.  Good enough reason for me to say no thanks.

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Posted 01 July 2016 - 04:37 PM

View Postavarmaavarma, on 01 July 2016 - 07:51 AM, said:

Yes - I shelled out close to $90. Here is my feedback:

1) The advantage provided by the device is minimal. The clicking sound is somewhat helpful - however, for me, that stopped 'clicking' within the first week. I barely even used the device. So I figured, I would just return it.
2) There is NO return policy. No number to contact. No email to contact. Just no way to contact any individual associated with this product. Check out their 'Contact Us' page  - http://impactsnap.com/contact

To me, the online videos are completely misleading. They will promote a 'arms and hands' swing - as opposed to a decent shoulder turn. I think the $90 would be better spent on a golf lesson or two.

Not liking the training aid is one thing. But saying this device promotes an "arms and hands" swing is ridiculous. It has nothing to do with the shoulders, hips, or torso AT ALL. You are using it to training ONCE PORTION OF THE SWING, THE CORRECT WRIST AND FOREARM MOVEMENTS IN A GOOD RELEASE. Not how to make a full shoulder turn, or how to shift your weight etc...

That's like saying Swing Catalyst sucks because it promotes a body driven swing and doesn't mention anything about the arms.  

Sorry, it drives me up a wall when people don't see the whole picture.

I've used this training aid WHILE doing what I think are the best body mechanics for me, and it works wonderfully. But even just using it as designed will serve its purpose. Which is not to train the body.

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Posted 01 July 2016 - 04:47 PM

That you Kelvin?
No matter where you go, there you are.

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Posted 01 July 2016 - 09:38 PM

View Postkacer, on 01 July 2016 - 04:37 PM, said:

View Postavarmaavarma, on 01 July 2016 - 07:51 AM, said:

Yes - I shelled out close to $90. Here is my feedback:

1) The advantage provided by the device is minimal. The clicking sound is somewhat helpful - however, for me, that stopped 'clicking' within the first week. I barely even used the device. So I figured, I would just return it.
2) There is NO return policy. No number to contact. No email to contact. Just no way to contact any individual associated with this product. Check out their 'Contact Us' page  - http://impactsnap.com/contact

To me, the online videos are completely misleading. They will promote a 'arms and hands' swing - as opposed to a decent shoulder turn. I think the $90 would be better spent on a golf lesson or two.

Not liking the training aid is one thing. But saying this device promotes an "arms and hands" swing is ridiculous. It has nothing to do with the shoulders, hips, or torso AT ALL. You are using it to training ONCE PORTION OF THE SWING, THE CORRECT WRIST AND FOREARM MOVEMENTS IN A GOOD RELEASE. Not how to make a full shoulder turn, or how to shift your weight etc...

That's like saying Swing Catalyst sucks because it promotes a body driven swing and doesn't mention anything about the arms.  

Sorry, it drives me up a wall when people don't see the whole picture.

I've used this training aid WHILE doing what I think are the best body mechanics for me, and it works wonderfully. But even just using it as designed will serve its purpose. Which is not to train the body.

@Kacer- I am glad the device is working for you.

Part of the appeal of the device is the clacking sound it produces to indicate a wrist hinge - and the corresponding 'impact zone' clack. These are both good features in my opinion. However, they almost force you to break your wrist early on the backswing. If you actually try a full swing - and let your wrists hinge naturally, the device will NOT produce the clacking sound. This, to me, is the biggest drawback - a correct swing sequence gets penalized. I can see several amateurs trying to reproduce this device's feel on the course - and developing an 'early wrist break' in the process. Unless your last name is Miller or Ballestros, an early wrist break is difficult to master.

I would also suggest that any improvement that the device provides is due to the 'arms extension' through the hitting zone. Most golfers do not pay attention to this detail -and often setup too close or too far - to extend through the ball correctly. This device, through its left forearm supination, forces the right forearm to extend along with the left. This, to me, is the main benefit of this device.

There are several drills that will help you extend through impact. Swinging a simple weighted driver (Momentus Driver) or swinging two clubs together - will produce such an extension.   So - I stand by my review - this device may work for some - but can also inculcate some poor habits.

Also, I am curious as to your take on the 'No Returns' policy. There is not even a way to contact the good folks who manufacture this device - once purchased, you are stuck with it.

Edited by avarmaavarma, 01 July 2016 - 10:15 PM.


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Posted 02 July 2016 - 03:42 PM

Or, you could just use a strong grip and save $90.


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Posted 21 August 2016 - 10:16 AM

I've had issues with flipping off and on for my golfing career. It was, in part, actually caused by an overly strong grip, coupled with my naturally flatter swing. Shortening things up and getting my swing more upright has certainly helped, but this device has helped tremendously so far in helping to correct that. If you flip, this is something worth trying. Depending on other issues potentially at hand, a heavy training club seemed to exacerbate the problem for me and not help it. I'm not saying it's for everyone, but it's been tremendous for me. Much stronger ball flight, and a few more yards, too.

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Posted 21 September 2016 - 06:48 PM

I have just bought one of these and my initial reaction is how extremely rotated (closed) the lead wrist rotation feels. Is this the same feeling other users have experienced?

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 05:53 AM

clubface isn't going to be closed to path when hands are in front of the ball.

Edited by capt.murphy, 24 September 2016 - 05:53 AM.


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Posted 24 September 2016 - 09:04 AM

View Postcapt.murphy, on 24 September 2016 - 05:53 AM, said:

clubface isn't going to be closed to path when hands are in front of the ball.

Of course it can.

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 11:07 AM

I bought the Impact Snap several years ago while it was still being made by Miyahira. I shelved it pretty quickly because I felt it over exaggerated supination and ulnar deviation. While cleaning out the closet a few months ago, I saw it and messed around with it a little. It's occupied a corner of my desk since then and I have my hands on it every day.

Maybe.....Yessir!

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