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.

Pro Vs Regular Tour Striker
Pro Vs Regular Tour Striker

Here’s the tour striker compared to a regular iron.

Tour Striker vs an iron
Tour Striker vs an iron

Side view of the tour strikers:

Tour Striker Side View
Tour Striker Side View

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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)”.


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24 thoughts on “Review: Tour Striker Pro”

  1. Hey there – love the site, new follower. Just wanted to report that I picked up the Tour Striker Pro. I’m a former single digit working to get back there, probably around 10 or 11 now. I hit a consistent ball, but my miss often tends to be the fat shot, and I certainly don’t get the yardage I would hope (7-iron 145, Driver 240-ish). I struggle to get the weight forward and as such I’m sure my hands are not forward as well. I’ll check back after more experience with the Tour Striker Pro. As you say, off most grass lies, you can get away with shots.

    Keep up the good work, see you at scratch!

  2. @Andy: Hi Andy,

    Grass, especially fluffy grass let’s you get away with a lot, especially when working with the tour striker. Look for firm lies or practice off a harder mat, these are good for working with the tour striker. Although that’s the only time I hit off hard mats. Good luck and check back in after you’ve used the tour striker for a bit.

  3. Should I get a generic tour striker, or have one modified to my specs of the irons I’ll be getting in 2011: soft regular graphite, shaft 1/2 inch longer? Would appreciate your comments on this, thanks in advance. Ed

  4. @Ed Finnegan: I would start out with the regular tour striker then decide if you would like to have it modified to your specs. I think you’ll only know the answer from experience with it. Good luck and enjoy, it’s an excellent training aid.

  5. I’m really interested in this product, yet haven’t had a chance to try it. I’m looking for one of the pro versions, however I’m stuck between ordering the 7 iron and 5 iron model. I really don’t have any regular issues striking the ball properly with the shorter irons, but like most people I definitely need reminding every once in a while that i have to hit down with the long irons.

    Were you able to try both the 7 and 5 iron pro versions? If so I’d be curious to know what differences you might have found.

  6. @PJ: Hi PJ,

    I have not hit the 5 iron or sand wedge models, nor the regular tour striker. However, it sounds like the 5 iron version might suit you better and help build the habits that you are looking to build with longer clubs. I wish I could tell you more about the differences between the two models but I can’t. Also remember that our perception is not necessarily reality. So even with the short irons you might not be hitting them as properly as you think you are simply because shorter irons are more forgiving. What we feel doesn’t necessarily match what we are actually doing. I’ve learned that several times in my golfing career with my own swing. Let me know which model you decide to go with and what helped you make that decision.

  7. What the tour striker promotes is hitting iron/hybrid shots with a descending blow, which is what all good strikers of the golf ball accomplish consistently. There are very few products or training devices out in the market that help a golfer train this move. Ben Hogan found it in the “dirt” by hitting golf balls at a practice range daily, it became the Hogan “secret”. I have tried the tour striker (good tool but not my club set up in loft, lie, shaft length and grip size), using a tennis ball 12″ behind the ball (chasing that thing around on the range was not fun) to promote a downward blow and using a few other drills. In turn I found a device that accomplishes the task, invented by a recreational golfer and the cost is less than a dozen of cheap golf balls. The device is called IronSolid and if you go to this web site you can read about it yourself. what ever device you chose the key is effective training on a consistent basis.

  8. I bought the tour striker a week ago. I spent an hour on the range the day I bought it and an hour the next day. I increased my distance almost 15 yards per club and had no fat shots on the first round I played afterward. I am a single digit handicap but iron play is by far the weakest aspect of my game. I am relatively sure with continued use of the tour striker that will not be the case anymore.

  9. I purchased my tour striker back in February, 2011. I am a regular player with a 12 handicap, and my instructor has always preached proper impact, so I thought this would be exactly what I wrong..When you watch the video, the presenters tell you that you will “find a way” to make your swing get proper impact. And sure enough, I managed over 60 days to “concoct” a swing that would get the tour striker to get impcat and loft. But when I took that swing to regular clubs, I had also developed a pull hook that wreaked havoc on my game…I needed a whole summer, and 3 lessons from my instructor to “unlearn” my tour striker swing..Now I am writing this review just after I printed my shipping label to sell my tour striker on ebay…I guess training aids in golf are like prescription drugs, use them only when a professional directs, and beware of side effects that are sometimes worse than the original affliction…

  10. Casey,

    You have to keep in mind you kit the golf ball with a golf club, not a golf swing. If you understand how the club works (most people do not), it is a two lever device not a one lever device, and how to open and close the club face through the impact zone then you can hit a properly fitted golf club pretty easily with a few practice sessions. I use a practice device called IronSolid, I am biased being the inventor, but it works and I use my own clubs when practicing.

    The drawback to the tour striker is you are not using your club in your practice sessions.

    Don’t feel bad, Tiger Woods has changed his swing and he is paying for it in a much different scoring game than he is used too. Golf improvement is a journey, sometimes a lifetime journey.

    Hit it Solid!

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  17. The tour striker is great. I started with the pro 7 iron which was recommended by Martin Chuck. It only addresses impact position, so if you hurt the rest of your swing to get the ball in the air you will find trouble.

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