Orange Whip Training Aid
I have never personally used too many teaching aides. I was introduced to the Orange Whip by Sam Randolph at last years Fry’s.Com Open. As soon as I gave it a swing, I knew it would create a good feel for my short game students.
One of the most common errors I see students make is missing the proper release point of the swing. Because of the way the Orange Whip is balanced, and due to the flexible shaft, the device allows golfers to feel if their release is too early or too late…or, maybe just right!
In the video that I show here, I have exaggerated the early and late release so you can easily see the difference. If the release is late you will likely miss your shots to the right, and if your release is early a left miss is common. You can also see when I am letting the shaft release at the proper point the swing looks fluid and balanced and has speed to it that seems to come easy. As you would guess, the ball tends to fly straighter also when the release is correct.
If you have the chance to try the Orange Whip, I suggest you start out swinging it “small” and smooth, and then slowly build into more of a full motion swing. Make sure you sense your balance when the club head end extends away from you and has the greatest speed.
Always remember, we do not hit the ball with the end of the club that we hold on to. Make sure you swing the club head end with speed and not the grip end.