The Orange Whip Trainer looks kind of like a flexible golf club with an orange plastic ball stuck on the end of it instead of a club head. The idea is that this ball acts as a counterweight. In this way, it works to improve your strength as you train.
You swing this training aid just like you would with a golf club, it then gives you instant feedback on the quality of your swing. In this way, it is designed to help golfers to improve vital areas such as balance, rhythm and strength at the same time.
Essentially, it works by coordinating your tempo across your body. If it wobbles as you swing it then you know that there is something for you to improve.
This model is the brainchild of Jim Hackenberg, who came up with the idea while watching the effortlessly athletic swings of the world’s top golfers.
How Does It Improve Your Golf Swing?
The most appealing part of this training aid is that it promises to help you boost your game in a number of ways. It is worth going through each of the different areas, to see what it offers in each case.
Rhythm and balance. The feedback that you receive is when the Orange Whip wobbles as you swing it. This is a clear sign that you need to improve your timing, tempo or balance. As you keep training in this way, you should find that you develop a more co-ordinated and smoother swing.
Better flexibility. The weighted and counterweighted system that is used helps you to improve your range of motion and avoid injury. You should look to build up a stable, naturally athletic swing over time.
Gain more power. While this is classed as a low-impact type of exercise, it also helps to strengthen the muscles that are most important for your golf swing. This is said to be a better way of getting a more powerful swing than working out in the gym.
A more consistent swing. As you practise over and over again, the end result should be a consistent swing that you can rely upon in any sort of situations. You will increase your muscle memory so that swinging a golf club more comes naturally you to than ever before.
How to Get Started
The first impression most people get when they first use this training aid is that it is heavier than they have thought it would be.
A good starting point is to just start swinging with it. There is no need to worry about a clubface when doing this, so it is all about trying to get an athletic swing time after time.
You may find that it also tires out more than you had expected. The benefit of this is that you should feel stronger when you get back to using a golf club again. Some people point out that a club feels really light after some time spent working out with the Orange Whip.
Some Suggested Drills
You will find some interesting videos on the Orange Whip site, showing you how to use it effectively. These include the following drills.
A 5 minute drill to keep you in shape when you aren’t playing golf regularly, such as in winter. This starts off with you holding the aid out flat using both hands and twisting from side to side. You can swing the tool while holding it with one hand, almost like playing a tennis shot. After this, you can start off slowly using it in a golf swing motion before increasing the tempo little by little.
Another drill let you work on your full swing while on a break at the office. This is a mixture of training swings with the tool and then using a golf driving range simulator.
The pre-round routine drill gets you ready to get going just before you play. This is a warm-up routine lasting 20 minutes that gets you into the right tempo before you start. It involves a varied range of movements to loosen up your body and get you feeling strong for the upcoming round.
There is also a compact short game drill video. This uses a shorter version of the training aid that can be used when you don’t have a lot of room to practise or want to boost your short game. This is a short video that starts off by getting you to slowly start off your swing and then getting into a good rhythm.
There are a number of other drills that let you focus on certain areas and also add some variety to your use of this tool, you can learn more about it in the video below.
This is a useful golf swing training aid that can help your game in a number of ways. If you want to get a more balanced and co-ordinated approach together with added strength then it is definitely worth taking a look at.
I'm Rob. I'm an avid golf enthusiast and golf tutor with over 40 years experience playing this beautiful but frustrating game. I'm here to offer advice (if you want it) and share my passion with golfers from around the world.