PSP Golf Club/Training Aid
By Kickntrue on 10/2/08
I reported on PSP Golf from the PGA Fall Expo over a month ago. Since then I've been in contact with the owner Dan Bonomo and he set me up with a PSP Golf Club to review thoroughly. We are also working with PSP for our oobgolf/PSP Golf One-Club Challenge (which you still have 14 days to compete in).
The club is made for practice- and is developed to hit the ball on the sweet spot every time. In fact, you don't really have a choice because the head of the club is only about an inch and a half long. Dan Bonomo thought of the idea over 7 years ago and it sat in his garage for years. He finally had the money to produce it and well, here it is.
The club/training aid works pretty well. The first thing you really notice is that besides the small head it's a "real club" meaning the construction is not cheap and shabby. It's a good grip and steel shaft like any other club in your bag. I blasted shot after shot both off a range mat and off grass and had no issues with the club's construction. As far as the actual feel of the club it's amazingly pure when you hit it well. It's made with the same loft as a 7 iron and when hitting PSP Golf, 7 iron back and forth I really didn't notice a lot of difference when I hit them both pure.
I actually surprised myself a bit with how pure I do hit the ball. I think it's easy to get caught up on the mis-hits and bad shots on the course- but I only shanked about 1 in every 25 balls or so with the PSP club (granted, that's a testament to my awesomeness more than the club). That doesn't mean every shot was perfect. I actually found myself hooking almost every shot- not a duck shank hook, but with a little more draw than I'd probably want on the course. When I'd switch back to my Mizuno MP-57 7i the same pure shots were perfectly straight with just a slight draw. I don't know if this is an exaggeration the PSP Golf club produces or if it means my normal swing is actually a little off and I get away with it with my "real clubs."
Overall I think the PSP Golf club is a great training aid and makes a lot of sense, especially for beginners. When I go to the range lately- I always take a few short chips and then full swings with the PSP club to get loose and get the feel of pure contact- but in general I hit the ball pretty square so it is back in my bag pretty quickly. For someone just beginning though, I think it could be invaluable. Learning to hit the ball pure everytime is probably the biggest issue with new golfers. Once they hit the ball pure- they can start working on getting it going in the right direction.
The only (but big) detractor I can see with the PSP Golf training aid is the price. Probably due to the fact that it's a new item and not being mass produced it is a bit pricey at $140.00. I really like mine and whoever wins our One Club Challenge will be really pleased, but my gut feeling is that I'd never pay that much for this. That said- I'm cheap (and poor) but I'd just never do it. I think Dan and PSP need to land a deal with a big golf retailer or a big box in general and get this flying off the shelves at $40. At that price point I'd think it'd be a must have warmup and practice club. Like I said though, I'm cheap- and the product is very cool.
Check them out for yourself at http://pspgolf.net
Here are a couple pictures I took to show off the size of the head.
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A couple things to know about GÇ£The Little OneGÇ¥. If you are hitting it pure but it is drawing or hooking a little this means the standard lie is to up-right for you. Go to your local golf shop and have them flatten out the lie a little 1,2 or 3 degrees based on your swing angle.( They usually do this for free). The molecular components of the head are designed to allow a custom fit........... even the shaft. Make sure if you use a stiff or regular shaft that is what you should have in your PSP. We have speared no expense when we brought the PSP to market. The PSP will make you a better player..... WE GUARNTEE IT! In two months my index has dropped from 12.9 to 7.3. just using it on the range before I play. I understand it is hard to put a value on the PSP after a couple uses. If you could drop your handy cap 3 to 4 points in 30 days how would you feel? Try it for a month and see for yourself. Dan Founder/CEO
This actually makes a lot of sense. I remember when I played baseball, we had a weighted broomstick we would hit golfball size wiffle balls with. You learn what it takes to make solid contact really quick.
I kept waiting to see how it connected to the Sony PSP ... I was thinking I could play Hot Shots Golf with it... duh!
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