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#61 ParHunter

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 08:05 AM

I really liked the SmartBall - until it came in the way of my Orange Whip ;-)

I was warming up before a round and had the SmartBall laying on the ground while swinging with the Organge Whip my swing got a bit wide and - POP and the SmartBall was no more. The connection between the ball and the String broke and to make matters worse, the actual ball blew up as well.

So treat your SmartBall with care. It is only a very overpriced mini-beachball with a string attached and just as delicate. It is a good training aid though!


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Posted 26 January 2015 - 08:11 AM

That might be the most unfair criticism of a product I have ever heard.

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 10:45 AM

View PostJacob Mac, on 26 January 2015 - 08:11 AM, said:

That might be the most unfair criticism of a product I have ever heard.
All I am saying is that you have to be careful with it. I am not blaming the product for it (just my stupidity) but it is just a beach ball with a string in the end. So it is very easy to get a hole in it. The ball is not made out of a thick plastic.

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 12:21 PM

Martin - how does this aid, and the drill you perform, not get you well inside and low? Does the need for a wrist c0ck get impeded in any way?

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 11:00 AM

Martin,

I am ordering the Smart Ball TODAY.  (Credit Card in Hand).....Sorry for the delay, and for threatening to order sooner and then not doing so. No excuses other than I am a habitual procrastinator. I joined your website club also and am a youtube subscriber.  I would like to ask if there are any coupon codes, or discounts you might offer to forum members. You can PM me if you like.

Thanks,

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For any dissenters. Yes, you could certainly make your own, but this thing is very versatile, and convenience has its value in life.  So, just "pull the trigger" and get er done.

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 02:40 PM

Darren Clarke practicing with the Smart Ball:

Bit of practice the other day with the tourstriker ball!#connected
https://vine.co/v/OU7QPQ7L3Ym

Short swing with the tour striker smart ball
https://vine.co/v/OUOFFaFpWqX

Getting better...I think!!! ��
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Posted 09 February 2015 - 03:43 PM

Martin, have you talked to him about what his goal is with using the ball? Connection, shallowing, etc.
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Posted 09 February 2015 - 04:02 PM

I ordered one of these a couple weeks ago and got out on the range with t yesterday.

A little background. I have always fought disconnection in my backswing, it gets a little better when I take out speed but with a full speed course swing the club gets in and the arms go up. I have tried various aids to help with this but the range session I had with this was eye opening.

I can't really make full swings with longer clubs with it but for wedges and short irons and shorter rehearsals it is amazing for me. I haven't hit the ball that purely in a while. I will definitely keep working with it, very easy and I love that I can use it with an actual swing.

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 05:56 PM

I received mine several days ago and have been trying various drills as my imagination can produce.  One is to film my swing with video camera and play it back in slow motion 1/4 speed. Then try and swing that slow in real time and see if it matches the slow motion video. I saw an old clip with Ben Hogan doing that on a beach. It looked as if the video was playing back in slow motion, but it was all Hogan, swinging in perfect tempo, camera filming at normal speed.  It was weird, seeing the swing in slow motion, then he walking away at normal speed.  The smart ball has all sorts of uses. I even place a soccer ball between my knees, smart ball in my forearms, the idea being maintaining sync, and at the same time weight shift between the insoles.  Geesh, here I am in my version of "Tin Cup".  I can pretty much take whole swings with irons, driver is a little more difficult.  One thing I find I have trouble with is finding the right length of the smart ball, for me it seems better nearer the wrists but in every video I see, most have it just below the elbow pockets.
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Posted 09 February 2015 - 06:21 PM

View PostQMany, on 09 February 2015 - 02:40 PM, said:

Darren Clarke practicing with the Smart Ball:

Bit of practice the other day with the tourstriker ball!#connected
https://vine.co/v/OU7QPQ7L3Ym

Short swing with the tour striker smart ball
https://vine.co/v/OUOFFaFpWqX

Getting better...I think!!! ��
https://vine.co/v/OUOU6vYBnjl

Thanks for posting. Interesting stuff. It looks like he has a tee sticking out from his glove.

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 04:25 PM

View PostCwing, on 09 February 2015 - 06:21 PM, said:

View PostQMany, on 09 February 2015 - 02:40 PM, said:

Darren Clarke practicing with the Smart Ball:

Bit of practice the other day with the tourstriker ball!#connected
https://vine.co/v/OU7QPQ7L3Ym

Short swing with the tour striker smart ball
https://vine.co/v/OUOFFaFpWqX

Getting better...I think!!! ��
https://vine.co/v/OUOU6vYBnjl

Thanks for posting. Interesting stuff. It looks like he has a tee sticking out from his glove.

not for sure,  but also looks as though he has the Greg Norman reverse overlap (mesh) grip.
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Posted 11 February 2015 - 09:25 PM

Drills to stop the chicken wing with the smart ball?

Edited by Cwing, 11 February 2015 - 09:26 PM.

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 09:35 PM

View PostCwing, on 11 February 2015 - 09:25 PM, said:

Drills to stop the chicken wing with the smart ball?

Hit balls without dropping it?  I don't mean to be dismissive, but that's pretty much the entire point of these sorts of aids!  Hitting balls with it IS the drill.

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Posted 13 February 2015 - 05:44 AM

Hi Martin,

I wanted to apply your discount code to buy the Smart Ball but it does not work.  Could I have another one? :-)

TIA!

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Posted 13 February 2015 - 01:24 PM

I used the code supplied above GolfWRX10 and it worked just fine.  Maybe it is case sensitive?

Edited by Dinosaur, 13 February 2015 - 01:25 PM.

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Posted 13 February 2015 - 01:35 PM

Odd, I can't get the coupon code to work either.

I've tried GolfWRX10, golfwrx10 and GOLFWRX10

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 01:01 PM

View PostCmartingolf, on 12 February 2015 - 12:18 AM, said:

View PostCwing, on 11 February 2015 - 09:25 PM, said:

Drills to stop the chicken wing with the smart ball?

Here's the SB playlist: https://www.youtube....66Hl3LW709nFhhg

Pretty easy stuff if you don't start at full speed.

Thank you. I guess the trick is to actually hit balls with it. Thus far, only ball-less swings in my basement. Sadly, I couldnt complete a swing without it falling out at first but now I can. I did try to hit balls once with it at an indoor range and it wasn't going well. I can't wait for SPRING!!!
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Posted 15 February 2015 - 01:30 PM

Heading to hit some balls at the indoor prior to playing in a simulator golf league. . It's into nets so no real info as far as ball flight but that can be good for practice.

Amazing that I couldn't keep the smart ball between the arms at all at first.
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Posted 15 February 2015 - 02:25 PM

View PostCwing, on 15 February 2015 - 01:30 PM, said:

Heading to hit some balls at the indoor prior to playing in a simulator golf league. . It's into nets so no real info as far as ball flight but that can be good for practice.

Amazing that I couldn't keep the smart ball between the arms at all at first.

keep at it.  I've only had mine a few weeks, but now only use it a little to warm up as I don't really need it all that much. I think what happened was it taught me what staying connected feels like and I sort of naturally do it. Its still an excellent thing to have around so as not to get too complacent.
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Posted 16 February 2015 - 05:41 PM

View PostDinosaur, on 15 February 2015 - 02:25 PM, said:

View PostCwing, on 15 February 2015 - 01:30 PM, said:

Heading to hit some balls at the indoor prior to playing in a simulator golf league. . It's into nets so no real info as far as ball flight but that can be good for practice.

Amazing that I couldn't keep the smart ball between the arms at all at first.

keep at it.  I've only had mine a few weeks, but now only use it a little to warm up as I don't really need it all that much. I think what happened was it taught me what staying connected feels like and I sort of naturally do it. Its still an excellent thing to have around so as not to get too complacent.

Will do. Even on good days I struggke with the chicken wing and I hope this is part of the fix. I can do it just fine w/out hitting a ball but when I try to hit a ball --- nkt good as of yet.

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 06:54 PM

Couldn't get the discount code to work, but bought one anyway.  Should help me a ton.

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Posted 20 February 2015 - 08:40 AM

I cant get the code to work either...Looking to grab the ball and the 7 iron, need to work on lag/impact, dont like all the digging I am doing!

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Posted 20 February 2015 - 10:55 AM

Problem more than likely in Martin's supplier's server.  I am sure they will fix the problem soon.
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Posted 21 February 2015 - 08:21 AM

Completely over priced.  Read the 9-3thread.  You can build these out if nerf balls in a few minutes.  I once built 2 for less than $8.00

BTW - how does this thread exist without a sponsorship?

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 03:48 PM

Does this aim to teach the same lesson as the swing shirt?  Seems like a less goofy way to get to the same feeling?


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Posted 21 February 2015 - 08:29 PM

I got mine today but can only swing in the house for now.  I've been fighting an ott move for a long time, but I taped some aggressive swings, and my plane using the SB is perfect.  Without hitting a ball it's easy to make full swings and not drop the all, but the difference in body rotation and plane is amazing.  Need to emulate the core rotation feeling as soon as some of this snow melts and the year round ranges can re-open.

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 01:22 AM

Is there a new discount code?

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 07:50 AM

The discount code given 30h ago should work but it does not apparently.
Did any one manage to make it work?

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 11:03 AM

Thanks Martin, order is placed ;-)

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 01:43 PM

 Cmartingolf, on 22 February 2015 - 10:15 AM, said:

 _Fred_, on 22 February 2015 - 07:50 AM, said:

The discount code given 30h ago should work but it does not apparently.
Did any one manage to make it work?

Fred, code expired. I reset it for another couple weeks. Thanks for the interest. Happy Striking.

Good mojo Martin.  Discounts often have a shelf life.  I am a dissenter that became a convert. No complaints.

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