BOSTON, Mass – When it comes to golf swing training aids, most devices address one aspect of swing mechanics. Until a new product called Swing Align, few training aids worked on multiple swing issues.
Swing Align claims to be the next great golf swing training device, helping golfers improve through consistent alignment with their target line, by keeping arms and body in sync while rotating, and by making it easy to build a repeatable golf swing.
Swing Align was developed by golf industry veterans with more than 60 years’ experience, and with input from PGA Tour players as well as top golf instructors. The device provides instant visual feedback and uses muscle memory to ingrain good habits. It can be used to practice at home or on the driving range.
“Two of the biggest issues golfers have are setting up properly and staying connected throughout their golf swing,” says Chris McGinley, co-founder and 30-year golf industry veteran. “The Swing Align training aid was designed to help golfers set up square and hit it solid by providing a strong visual indicator they can use to line up square to their intended target. The device uses muscle memory to develop a repeatable golf swing with more power and accuracy by keeping their arms and body synchronized when rotating.”
Swing Align is a wearable device featuring a highly visible alignment rod that runs through adjustable arm cuffs that swivel and are held together by a flexible connection belt. This allows golfers to use the training device to make an athletic swing with any of their golf clubs, from the driver to irons, wedges or putter.
“Most golfers including many of my students, struggle with alignment, rotating the body correctly, or staying connected during the golf swing,” said Devan Bonebrake, a Golf Channel Academy Lead Instructor and a Golf Digest Top Young Teacher. “The great thing about Swing Align is it works on all of those aspects – whether you’re a scratch golfer, or brand new to golf. I don’t know of a more versatile training aid than Swing Align.
Aligning the Body
Swing Align is a great golf alignment aid. Most experienced golfers are already familiar with one of the most basic alignment tricks; having someone hold a golf club against their chest to show where the body is pointed. In the past someone else had to facilitate this method. Not anymore. Swing Align uses this concept to allow golfers to easily practice and perfect proper alignment on their own.
The Golf Backswing
The golf backswing can be broken down into three integral parts: rotation, swing plane, and keeping the arms and body connected. Swing Align shows common backswing flaws and helps golfers to fully rotate their shoulders on plane while using the big muscles to keep the arms and body synchronized. Many instructors refer to this rotation and synchronization as connection.
Rotation and Swing Plane
Swing Align provides great visual feedback at the top of the backswing. If the alignment rod is perpendicular to the target line at the top of the swing, the body has properly rotated. If the alignment rod is horizontal to the ground, or pointed slightly down, the body has maintained the proper spine angle and swing plane while rotating.
Swing Align is the perfect tool for arm-body synchronization. The connection belt keeps the arms from separating from the body and from each other during the swing, freeing the golfer up to focus on using those larger muscles to rotate and power the golf swing.
Swing Align provides feedback and visual memory through the alignment rod; making it easy to learn alignment, rotation and swing plane on your own. Regular use of the device while hitting balls promotes muscle memory, especially for timing and connection.
“One of the great things about Swing Align is how you can use it to hit balls with full-swing shots and stay connected developing important muscle memory in the golf swing,” explains Bonebrake. “The connection belt guides your movement, and because it holds the arms together you can’t help but properly deliver and release the club squarely. There is no need to hold back. You can set up and take full speed swings with any club and be confident that Swing Align will keep you better aligned and connected.”
Swing Align is being used by golfers of all skill levels. The product retails for about $120.