Review: Tour Striker Pro
According to the website for the Tour Striker:
Finally! A simple training club that intuitively promotes the essentials of Tour quality club head to ball impact!
One percent of golfers strike golf balls correctly. The Tour Striker and Tour Striker Pro training clubs will intuitively help you understand leverage and how to apply the club head to the golf ball in the same manner as the best players in the world. You will gain command of the elusive skills required to compress a golf ball. Best of all, this is not a temporary solution!
Allow the creative golfer inside you to enjoy the game once and for all. You can learn how to have world-class impact conditions and strike golf balls purely, accurately and with great control.
Tour Striker Models
The Tour Striker Pro is the pro version of the Tour Striker, a training aid designed to teach a player to hit the ball with a forward shaft lean and the hands ahead.
Here’s the tour striker compared to a regular iron.
Side view of the tour strikers:
Photo source: www.tourstriker.com
The only way to get the ball up in the air hitting this club is to have a forward leaning shaft at impact. If the shaft is straight up and down or leaning away from the target at impact, the ball will fly very low or simply roll on the ground.
Using it on the Right Surface
It is very important that when practicing with the tour striker you are on either very firm closely mown turf or a hard mat. In fact the best test for your ball striking abilities with the tour striker come when using a lie board.
If you attempt to use the tour striker on fluffy grass or a very soft mat like the Country Club Elite (CCE) mats that allow you to hit down and through the ball you will negate the benefits of the tour striker as the soft grass or mat will allow you dig in to ground and hit a decent shot without the forward lean of the shaft.
I can use Range Mats again (but only for this)
One of the interesting results for me of using the Tour Striker Pro is that using this club actually gives me an incentive to use the hard mats at the range near me. If you read this blog you know that I am not a fan of range mats.
For normal iron practice I intend to continue to use my CCE mat as that simulates a lush fairway and gives me great feedback on the quality of the strike, but for working on the shaft lean and hands forward at impact I can use the range mats, but only with the Tour Striker.
Once you are on the correct surface the Tour Striker shows its true value. I consider myself a pretty good ball striker. Over the past few months as it has gotten colder in the northeast I have not only kept my distances the same in the colder temperatures but have actually increased them as my technique has improved.
Still, the tour striker showed me that I had some work to do with the shaft lean as I hit a number of low worm burners with it. However, the majority of shots I hit with it were fairly acceptable with a few exceptional ones.
During my practice sessions I alternated using the Tour Striker Pro and my irons and the feedback was great. My iron playhas improved over the past few months, and I think continued and regular use of the Tour Striker will take it to new levels.
The quality is product is excellent. It appears to be manufactured to pretty high standards.
I consider the Tour Striker Pro to be a valuable addition to my practice toolset.
Which Tour Striker to Get
“The Regular Tour Striker is targeted for mid-to-high handicap golfers and slower swing speeds (under 90 mph with driver), while the Tour Striker Pro is geared for dedicated practicers with higher swing speeds. We also offer a Tour Striker for women and younger players who wish to improve their game.”
I agree with this description. If you are mid to high handicapper you will struggle with the Tour Striker Pro. For the lower handicap players the Pro model adds the right amount of challenge. The leading edge of the club does look pretty high. It is a pretty cool and rewarding sensation to see this high leading edge hit a nice high soft shot that carries forever.
On the range I introduced a friend of mine to the Tour Striker and watched him hit a few balls. It very quickly forced him to make a few adjustments but then he started hitting some great shots. When he went back to hitting his own irons I could see that the adjustments had carried over and he hit the ball on a better trajectory with a slightly more penetrating ball flight.
If you have a flippy swing where you try and scoop the ball to get it in the air, the Tour Striker will definitely help you to change that. Be prepared for a bit of frustration as you make the adjustment but the end result will be worth it.
Take a look at the slow motion shot below. You will see a very nice iron strike. The shaft is leaning a bit forward, the clubhead hits the ball first, then the ground. A phrase I was told to remember this was “Hit the little ball (the golf ball), before the big ball (the earth)”.