If you’ve been reading this blog for a while then you know that one of the things I was working on was having my actual swings look like my practice swings. I received a suggestion to try the Orange Whip Trainer because it helped other golfers with this issue.
The Orange Whip Trainer is, according to the manufacturer:
The Orange Whip is the ultimate golf swing trainer and fitness tool for today’s golfer and athlete. It is versatile, dynamic and the most effective swing aid on the market. Consistent use of the Orange Whip will improve your golf swing and provide an essential core-muscle workout. The elegant design combines a counter-weighting system and flexible shaft that work together to promote the natural golf swing motion unique to each individual. The Orange Whip will help you find your ideal swing plane, create “tour pro” lag, achieve perfect sequence of motion, and promote balance that’s supported from the ground up. Your strength, flexibility, and swing speed will increase, and your shot-making will become more accurate and consistent.
As you can see the Orange Whip Trainer comes in three different sizes (Called the Orange Whip Hickory, Golden and Trainer) to accommodate juniors, people under 5’6″ or beginners, and men or taller women. I have the trainer.
Orange Whip Trainer: • For – Designed for men and taller women.
• Length – 47.5 inches in total length, approximately 45″ actual swing length (Men’s Driver)
• Weight – The total weight is 1.75 pounds.
• More Info – Simulates Driver motion. Recommended Whip for Core Fitness and Flexibility.
• Ideal Whip for Balance and Tempo enhancement
You begin using the Orange Whip with some stretching exercises. The Torso Twist is done by standing with your feet flat and your arms out in front of you with your palms up and the whip held in the middle of the trainer. You then begin to twist to one side, then the other. It is a very nice stretch. From there you can do the wrist hinge (videos for these are all on the website) with each arm. As a trainer for strengthening golf muscles I think it does a great job. You get a very nice work out with resistance, in just the movements/muscles that are needed for the golf swing.
Starting the full swing drills gives you a whole different kind of workout with the Orange Whip. The full swings really allow you to work on tempo and transition, two elements that I think most golfers don’t really know how to practice. All too often we simply go to the range and hit balls, hit and rake, hit and rake. Heavy clubs I think are excellent for doing certain kinds of tempo work. The resistance they offer ensures that you don’t rush the transition. I have a small weighted club that I have used for winter training and while it is adequate for working on the transition I think it falls short when it comes to the complete swing. On the downswing, the heavy clubhead almost feels too heavy.
The flexible shaft of the orange whip seems to address this concern for me. The orange ball at the end is heavy, but the flexibility of the shaft allows me to build up speed on the downswing naturally, and it can really go fast. I think this is what they refer to when they say that it can build “pro” lag. I could really feel the sense of lag, with the orange ball trailing behind my hands and then whipping through the impact zone.
Since you can’t hit balls with the Orange Whip you need to be aware of that when transitioning to hitting balls. You want to remember the feeling but recognize that your clubs will be different. I think this definitely takes some practice but the results are worthwhile. Using the Orange Whip and videoing my swing I have seen substantial changes in those practice sessions. When I feel what I rehearsed with the Orange Trainer on my actual swings with a ball the results are good. This is not however a short term solution. I think the orange whip like anything else in golf requires some dedication, you can’t just use it once and expect miracles. However, over time I believe it does accomplish the goals described by the manufacturer. I’d be curious to use the the smaller whips and see if it would be make a difference with my irons. I do find that the long whip is difficult to use for the shorter 3/4 type swings in an iron shot and it would interesting to see what the results would be with a smaller whip. For work with the driver, tempo, and fitness I think the Orange Whip is a training aid that any golfer can benefit from.