PREFACE: I've been watching the informercials on Golf Channel, as well as reading golf forum posts about the validity of the SpeedStik. While it seemed like a gimmick at first, I was awe-struck by watching Vijay Singh smoothly and powerfully swinging this stik on the informercial. It appeared that this device could help smooth out my tempo, help warmup before a round, and enhance certain drills and swing tips. Once I found a good deal for a used one (it was virtually brand new once I received it), I found the results very satisfying:
FIRST THOUGHTS: My first reaction to the Stik was that it wasn't as heavy as I thought. Even though I had the red Stik (25 oz, for people over 175 lbs, while the blue stik is 20 oz.), I had the impression in my mind that the Stik would be MUCH heavier than it is. The stik seems to be pretty neutrally balanced, rather than being D2/D3/etc. weighted, as a golf club would be. I wonder if that would be a concern later. A Warning - be careful when using the Stik indoors - it left a 5" long red paint mark on my carpet, that was VERY difficult to remove! The paintjob on the Stik is obviously not the highest quality in the world.
SPEED GAUGE: Many people have posted about the inaccuracy of the gauge. Some people think it read too generously, others report it's too slow. My experience was that the gauge is MUCH slower than my actual swingspeed, by 5 mph or more. But.......it does seem to give you a relavant comparison to how hard/fast you swing. As others have mentioned - the gauge is not a good indicator of true swingspeed, but rather a barometer/measuring device to measure your progress. Interestingly, the gauge contains a small metal weight that pushes down the little piece of foam. It also is removable for replacement in the event of wear or damage. The little 'window' causes a "whistling" noise as you swing the Stik, which causes everyone near you on the range to look at your and wonder what you're doing! I placed some clear tape over this window, which quieted down the Stik quite a bit (no whistling noise).
USAGE & DRILLS: The included DVD shows several drills, stretches, and other uses for the Stik. The SpeedStik website has a downloadable .pdf file for additional instructions and drills. One of the most interesting thoughts was to make BOTH LEFT and RIGHT-handed swings, to balance out the forces in your body. Other drills include swinging horizontally (like a baseball bat), half-swings, and slow-motion swings to stretch and warmup, as well as various interesting stretches that utilize the Stik. An instructor taught me to always swing the Stik about 6"-10" above the ground, which helps keep your swing on plane (and avoids the red paint marks on your carpet!).
My primary desire for using the Stik was to help warmup, develop a smoother tempo, and also keep my shaft on the proper plane during my DOWNswing. While I've only used the Stik for a short time, I've found that the length of the Stik, and the heavier weight help to smooth out your swing tremendously. When doing the Left-sided swing, it feels very unusual at first, but you can immediately feel your body's weight shift, swingplane, and the proper release of the clubhead through the impact zone. When you switch back to a Right-sided swing, you can feel your body's weight transfer immediately.
One interesting thing I've noticed is that when you switch back to your normal golf club, the club feels VERY light, and you can really feel the clubhead coming down on-plane, and releasing through the impact zone. This is the major benefit of the Stik (to me).
RESULTS & SUMMARY: The Stik will not cure all your swing ills, and I feel it is very overpriced at full retail. However - I like having this addition to my golf equipment, and I feel that it has helped smooth my tempo, gain a little swingspeed, and enable me to feel a proper swingplane during Drives off the Teebox, Fairway woods, and Long irons. Lately - my Driving has become much better, possibly due to some work with the Stik, but also practice, lessons, and frequent playing. Just in the short time I've been using the Stik, I've had some VERY powerful drives, very pure iron shots, and I can feel a very strong weight transfer towards the target. In short - it's one of the best golf aids that I've discovered, especially if you're attempting to smooth your swing tempo. However - I feel that a 25 oz. weighted (perhaps with lead tape) PVC pipe, broomstick, or some other pole of that nature would accomplish the same goal. It would make an interesting experiment!
Edited by Sam-Tee-Time, 16 May 2006 - 08:05 AM.