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There are so many devices out there that promise golfers perfect alignment, improved swings and fixed slices, it can get downright mind-boggling trying to keep up with all of them. Golf instruction and training aids seem to be a dime a dozen and many of them end up getting as much use as that treadmill that sits and collects dust in the corner. If only there were more products out there that could help you improve your swing without hoisting you into awkward and uncomfortable positions, or maybe a training aid that you could continually use and benefit from longer than some of these other options that try to promise the quick fix and nothing more.

THP recently had a chance to test some new products that are aimed to make us better golfers. The promises and claims sound familiar to other products, but that is where the similarities end. The Orange Whip Trainer and Orange Peel are different than your everyday golf training aid. I’ve spent a little over a month testing them both and I am excited to share my findings with you.

Before I get into my testing here is a bit about the company and the products tested:

About Orange Whip Trainer
Headquartered in Easley, S.C., The Orange Whip Trainer was developed by PGA Professional Jim Hackenberg to help golfers find their perfect athletic swing. The precision-engineered device combines a counter-weighting system and flexible shaft that work in unison to fuel the natural golf swing motion unique to each individual, helping golfers find their ideal swing plane, creating optimal lag, achieving seamless sequence of motion, promoting balance throughout the swing and building core muscle strength. More than 150 Tour Pros as a part of their regular practice and fitness regimens currently use the Orange Whip Trainer.

Benefits of using the Orange Whip
Flexibility: The weight on each end of the flexible shaft provides a low-impact stretch while swinging.

Strength: The Orange Whip provides a core muscle workout when used during repetitive motion drills. The wrists and forearms receive a workout doing various drills and during the hinging action while swinging.

Coordination: The Orange Whip synchronizes the arms and body while swinging it repetitively. If this motion is out of sync, the user will lose their balance and/or feel awkward.

Tempo: As the arms and body work together, a natural rhythm takes over the swing. This is how your tempo develops, some may be fast or slow, yet always in balance with an efficient motion.

Orange Peel
The Orange Peel was designed to enhance the golf wing learning process by altering static and dynamic balance positions. Similar to standing at the bottom of a sphere, the Peel creates a slight inward pressure in the feet and legs, which helps stabilize and support the hips/core area at address.

Benefits of the Orange Peel

  • Center the core for improved balance
  • Develop a dynamically athletic stance
  • Promotes a rotation around center of gravity
  • Synchronize the upper and lower body
  • Experience different swing planes
  • Recreate uneven close conditions
  • Facilitates proper body release

THP Testing
Prior to this review I had heard about the Orange Whip Trainer, one of my golf buddies has one and uses it to warm up prior to hitting balls or playing a round of golf. I had talked to him about it and he explained the benefits of these warm ups. Once I heard that I would be testing the same product I was under the assumption that I too would be testing it and using it as a pre-round warm up tool. After speaking with someone from the company and visiting their website I quickly learned that this would be much more than a tool to warm up with.

After researching the story behind the Orange Whip Trainer and looking through the drills they outline on their website I couldn’t wait to get started. It is very apparent that the Orange Whip Trainer is much more than meets the eye, especially when paired up with the Orange Peel. I received the package and laid everything out in front of me and without any assembly and very little tutorial I was ready to go. I instantly began working primarily with the Orange Whip Trainer using the full swing drill. As instructed I began to slowly swing the whip back and forth gradually achieving a full swing motion. I love the feeling of lag and tempo this forces your swing into without having to manipulate it in any way at all. Simply swinging the whip, letting the weight of the device and the force of my momentum lead my arms and shoulders along not only helped engrain great tempo but it also feels great on the core and surprisingly to me, my back.

Without going too far into detail I will say that I’ve suffered from back pain for a long time. I’m constantly trying to stretch my back and popping pain relievers every morning like they’re a multi vitamin to help keep the pain suppressed. Playing golf seems to actually help my back stay loose and for the most part pain free until after the round. I was both surprised and extremely happy to figure out that using the Orange Whip Trainer 3 times a day for a minute or so each time has already helped my back to the point that I don’t immediately reach for the Aleve in the morning, instead I reach for the Orange Whip and get some swings in. This was definitely an added bonus that I was not expecting from this testing.

While my favorite and most used drill is the full swing drill using only the whip I have found that when you pair the Orange Peel together you really get yourself a great core workout a really good swing training all at once. The peel is big and not easily left right by my dining room cabinet like the whip is, but that’s about the only negative thing I can say about it. My first instinct was that I’d get some great work in manipulating the different types of lies I encounter in a typical round of golf but there’s much more to the Orange Peel than that indeed. I have a hard time explaining it any better than what the company does on their website, but by forcing your body into a position that creates that inward pressure on your feet and legs you really need to stabilize yourself when using the whip or swinging a golf club while standing on the Orange Peel. This helps increase your balance at the same time as working great to strengthen your core.

In terms of my golf swing I have felt some benefits from using both the Orange Whip Trainer and the Orange Peel. My driver swing especially feels a lot more fluid and my weight shift has definitely improved, no longer am I hanging back on my right side watching my drive balloon and fall to the right. I feel like I’m making a nice powerful and athletic move through the ball, a motion that is influenced by the swings with the Orange Whip Trainer. The Orange Peel has helped me feel like I’m getting a better rotation in my swing and for me the biggest benefit of the peel is that it has helped reduce my tendency to lift my body through impact. While both products tested offered me some very beneficial results the thing I liked most about it was that the improvements come not by dramatically changing anything about your swing, but just by promoting the feeling of good tempo and good lag. The Orange Whip and Orange Peel won’t immediately show you a flaw in your swing and fix it but over time and after more use you develop a better swing and a better golf game just by doing nothing more than using it. It’s simple, swing the whip and you’ll improve your golf swing. At least that’s how easy it feels to me.

Overall
The Orange Whip Trainer is hands down the best training aid I’ve used, simple as that. I love how easy it is to throw in your golf bag and use prior to a round for warming up, or just simply leave it to sit in an area of your house for repeated uses daily. I almost need 2 of them come to think of it! I’m not going to sit here and tell you that if you have a sore back go get this and you’ll be cured immediately, but honest to goodness it has helped me with mine. Sure I’m still sore, probably always will be, but so far the longer I’ve used the Orange Whip Trainer the better my back feels all day long.

I really liked the Orange Peel once I was done using it, I will say that for me because of the bulky size it just isn’t as easy to grab and go through some drills 3 times a day like the whip is. Because of that I set it up in my workout room at home, yeah right next to that treadmill that gathers dust. For this testing I made it a point to repeatedly go in and get on it for some swings as often as I could but because it is in an area of the house that isn’t passed by several times a day it wouldn’t get the attention the whip does on a long term basis. If your living arrangements allow it though you would benefit by having the Orange Peel easily accessible for these drills. It seems like more of a piece of exercise equipment to me in that you really have to be dedicated to using it to get the most out of it.

Both products are available at golf retail stores across the country or directly from the company’s website at www.orangewhiptrainer.com. Feedback from some THP forum members is that they seem to be priced pretty high, the Orange Whip Trainer costs $109 while the Orange Peel goes for $209. Depending on how you look at it the cost can seem high, or actually very reasonable. If you’re simply looking at it as a golf swing training tool then yes, they probably do seem a little steeply priced. However, if you think of these as an overall body training tool considering the other benefits such as a stronger core, more flexibility and in my case, help relieving a sore back then I personally feel that they’re both actually very reasonably priced. Often times golf training aids serve their purpose to the user and either gets handed down or lies around and collects dust. I can say without a doubt that with continued use both the Orange Whip and the Orange Peel will definitely add more value to you and your swing the longer you use them both.

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Jason is a busy husband and father of 2 daughters who are both just starting to take up the game that he has loved for years. Golf is his passion, when Jason is not playing golf and testing equipment he's hanging out with all his friends on the THP forum discussing every aspect of this great game.

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  1. Sharkwrestler says:

    Great review Jake. I ‘m liking the idea of the Orange Whip used as a core strengthening device most of all.

  2. FrankA says:

    Great review. I have the whip and have turned a bit of a corner here lately and I think the orange whip is playing a big role. I highly recommend it.

  3. Howzat says:

    Nice review Jake. I know there is one at the pro shop of my local course and I need to check it out. Sounds like this could be really useful and I am not usually a fan of most training aids.

  4. Idrops says:

    Nice review. I recently started using the whip and find it to be an extremely simple and quick method to improve your swing as well as tone the core and arm muscles.

  5. DawgDaddy says:

    This sentence right here has me excited, “The Orange Whip Trainer is hands down the best training aid I’ve used”. That pretty much says it all to me. Great review Jake, thank you for being so thorough and honest with your thoughts.

  6. Cookie says:

    Wow, that was an incredible review Jake! I had heard of the whip prior to this but knew nothing about it. Impressive that it is used by so many professionals but what shocked me the most was what you said about your back as I have the exact same issues as you by the sounds of it. Consider me intrigued and possibly in the market for this. Would be an easy buy if less than $60 but have to think about it a bit more at over $100. Thanks for the review!

  7. Ryan H says:

    I really want this thing. It seems to be exactly geared towards what I’m trying to accomplish with my swing. I was a little skeptical about the Peel at first, but the fact that it helps you stay centered over your core is a big thing for me. The only downside is the price. I hate to say it, but I just doubt I’d be able to get one at full price. This was a great review, Jake!

  8. Ray says:

    I’ve been contemplating buying the Orange Whip for several months now. After reading this, I’m going out to pick one up today. My flexibility isn’t great and I feel like I can use some help with timing as well. Hopefully it helps me as well.

  9. War Eagle says:

    Excellent review, Jake! This one has had me quite intrigued for some time, and after reading your thoughts here, may have to grab one! Thanks again!

  10. JonD says:

    Great review Jake! I grabbed one of these and have just started using it, based on the feedback in the forum. Seems like a really solid product.

  11. TheDue says:

    Solid review Jake. I’ve been hearing about this one for some time now and you just put into perspective what all it has to offer. Thanks for the review.

  12. Jersey Nate says:

    Great review, Jake! I need to get my mitts on an Orange Whip soon.

  13. afwcardinal says:

    Nice write up. Really enjoyed the fact that this gives you a core work out and also promotes a better swing. Promoting the rotation around center and proper body release are the benefits that I am looking for. Looks like something I am going to have to try.

  14. golf4life says:

    Nice review! I’ve been eyeing the orange whip for a while, this makes it even more tempting

  15. Dr. Teeth says:

    Great review Jake! I love my Orange Whip! In fact, after my bag was stolen (along with the Orange Whip I had in there) I immediately went and got another Orange Whip. They are just that good!

  16. Nate says:

    Nice review and it has me interested. I will go swing one again at my local golf store again for sure. The price is steep but if it helps then it just might be worth it! Thanks again Jake.

  17. ddec says:

    Fantastic review Jake! This product definitely interests me. I still the think price is a little high, but it might be worth it.

  18. ghsace says:

    Nice review and write up. This has had my attention for a while now as I feel like most of my driver faults come from my inconsistent weight transfer. I might go buy one of these tonight. Thanks again for the info!

  19. Jman says:

    Great review Jake, really well done dude. I’m honest to goodness intrigued by this, more than I ever thought I would be.

  20. Jman says:

    Meant Jason. Sheesh I’m terrible with names.

  21. pmoa says:

    I had never heard of this thing until I joined THP. It’s got me intrigued now!

  22. TripleBogieTim says:

    Nice write up Jake, I have swung the OW in GG and GS but haven’t picked one up….I may have to do that now.

  23. Smallville says:

    These really interest me. Cool products that are now on my wish list.

  24. Bert says:

    Great review. This is the first I have heard about this tool. I also have a problem with lower back stiffness so this might be something I want to try. Thanks for testing and thanks to THP.

  25. SW says:

    Interesting read buddy, the Orange Whip caught my attention when you posted the intro thread awhile back. It addresses my exact swing issues, lag and using your total body. Helping keep your back loose is an added bonus. Glad it met your expectations and thanks to Orange Whip for taking part in a THP review.

  26. Chunkylover77 says:

    What a fantastic review Jake! I definitely want the Orange Whip and big time bonus if it can help with my back. The Peel is really interesting and I liked what you said about feeling the pressure points on the inside. This is something I try and focus on.

  27. Chris says:

    Great review, I was just looking at the whip at a local shop and was kind of skeptical but it looks like I’ll be swinging back by the to pick one up and add to my routine. Thanks for the review!

  28. Rbrown2769 says:

    great review Jason, I tried a friend orange whip on practice range several weeks ago and have been pondering one. Your review is right on from my limited experience in using the orange whip for couple of hours.

  29. John says:

    I have to say that the Orange Whip looks like a great warm up, trainer, and strengthening tool. I don’t know how I’m going to convince my wife to add it to my collection. I’ll need to track how others like it, too.

  30. clam fist says:

    Great review. The part about helping loosen the back muscles has me interested in trying one. Glad you shared that information.

  31. good tools for golf. thank you

  32. Northern Joe says:

    How does this product compare with the more reasonably priced SKLZ Swing Trainer? Both appear similar

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  35. Dan says:

    Wow this review and comments could not be more positive . It’s like the company who invented this put this out there. Hmmmm . Lets see how many emails I get trying to sell me this .

  36. Jerry says:

    Thanks for the review. My instructor has me using the Whip to feel the sequencing in the downswing and learning patience. Seems to work. Would like to try the Peel, but $200 is steep. Wish they would package both into a deal, or a deal for current Whip owners. Thanks again.

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