The GForce Swing Trainer consists of a standard weight golf club with an extremely flexible shaft. It helps golfers recognize some swing faults as it aims to provide proper tempo and swing sequencing to help a golfer unlock effortless speed and improved contact.
Have you ever had the chance to visit the driving range during a PGA or LPGA Tour event and wonder how those golfers can generate so much power and speed when their swings look so smooth and effortless? I know I have, and the next time out on the course my idea of trying to generate more speed means I need to swing faster and harder, which leads to all sorts of trouble. However, just because those on tour are superior athletes, doesn’t mean that we amateur golfers don’t possess the ability to build an efficient golf swing that could lead to more consistent results. The only difference is that we tend to require a little direction and a lot more help. As a golf coach, Stuart Small recognized that certain parts of the golf swing are hard to teach because, for each player, it comes down to obtaining a certain feel. To help golfers experience the proper feeling of a golf club loading and unloading, Stuart invented the GForce Swing Trainer.
Both the GForce 7-iron and 54-degree wedge have a standard head weight, 100-gram shaft, and slightly heavier grip to them. However, once someone picks one up, they will instantly recognize that these clubs are anything but standard. That is because the installed shaft is incredibly flexible and torquey. These two clubs are designed for players to practice with and without a golf ball. Dry swings allow players to feel a more connected takeaway, a softer transition at the top, and the release of the clubhead down and through the moment of impact. During the early days spent with the GForce Swing Trainer, practically all of the swings taken were without the use of a golf ball. On cold days, yes it’s still crisp up here in the Northeast, it can easily be used indoors without breaking anything. But the real fun with it came when practice sessions moved outdoors.
On the range, both of these clubs were put to the test, and the results were indeed impressive. Starting with the wedge in hand, I worked on chips, pitches, and full swings. My self-confidence got a bit of a boost by starting small and working my way up to a longer swing, and while that sounds easy, it certainly wasn’t. Thankfully, I was the only person at the range that first day or else I’m pretty sure someone might have come over and offered me some pointers. After achieving a bit of a comfort level with the wedge, there appeared to be no better time to move on to the 7-iron. Immediately, there was a noticeable change in how much more flex there was to this shaft as opposed to the wedge, which meant that I had to retrain my body on how to get the best performance out of it that I could. After sending out some low screamers, followed by some high and right shots, I was able to dial in the feel and hit some straighter iron shots on a more regular basis. Upon reaching some level of consistency, the next step was to try and re-introduce some speed to the swing, and with that, the GForce Swing Trainer was there to remind me sternly that swinging harder at times meant falling out of sync. It may sound funny, but I feel like a significant aspect of this style of club is that you can’t easily fake your way to an acceptable result. I’m sure many golfers have had an experience with a training aid that they could manipulate the slightest thing to achieve the outcome they want.
After putting in some practice time with the GForce Swing Trainer, both on and off the range, I feel that there are some areas in which these clubs have helped me, although to be frank, everything is still a work in progress. While it may seem like the simplest of changes, my takeaway feels a lot more fluid. Hands down the most noticeable feeling is achieved at the top of the swing with the proper loading of the shaft. Being someone who struggles with a “quick turnaround,” these irons have me a bit more conscience of smoothing out that part of the swing and not rushing to get down to the impact zone. That all seems to work well on the range, but the course, old habits die hard. There is plenty of hope though, and the immediate results have been kind enough to make the GForce Swing trainer a product that will remain in my practice regimen going forward.
Having the combination of these two clubs available make practice a lot of fun. Being able to work on full iron swings and then move over to the finesse shots with the wedge adds some versatility to a productive practice session. In fact, of the two clubs, the wedge offered the most enjoyable experience because of the variety of shots that one can practice with it, including bunker shots. One thing for sure is that both provided immediate feedback on whether the swing was flawed or not.
Availability: Can be ordered now at gforcegolf.com
Offerings & Price: Driver $196, 7 iron $105, SW $105
7-iron and SW can be purchased together for the price of $188