The Benderstik is a popular training aid that you might have seen advertised on the Golf Channel. It consists of a large foam ball at the end of a bendable rod that can be contorted in various ways to train different aspects of your swing. It was created by golf instructor Mike Bender. Mike is a well established swing coach that has worked with Zach Johnson and has been voted a Golf Digest Top 50 Greatest Teacher.
The Benderstik is well built and easily adjustable. The end of the rod near the yellow foam ball can be bent into various positions, and the entire device can be lengthened or shortened.
The base (see photo above) is sold separately, but the Benderstik also comes with a spike that screws into the bottom and can be used when you are practicing outdoors.
How the Benderstik Performed
We tested the Benderstik and found it to be very useful for providing feedback and building muscle memory through repetition. It is easy to use and light-weight so you could carry it in your golf bag.
One of the biggest strengths of the Benderstik is its versatility. It can be bent and positioned in many ways to train different aspects of the swing. For example, in the image below it has been positioned to train a short backswing.
Here is the Benderstik in another position where you can train the hands to approach the ball from the inside.
Here is a list of all of the positions Benderstik recommends:
The Benderstik is a great tool to use in conjunction with live coaching – where your instructor can position the training aid to give you direct feedback and help you build muscle memory.
Now if you don’t have a coach, you will first need to figure out what to correct in your swing. This can be difficult, but Benderstik addresses this with a 30 minute DVD and video on the website that show you how to use the device and diagnose your swing flaws.
In the DVD, Mike teaches you how to check and analyze your:
- Shoulder Turn
- Hip Turn
- Head Position
- Back Swing
- Down Swing
- Follow through
The video is well done but we could see it being a bit overwhelming for a newer player trying to identify multiple swing flaws.
At $99.95, the Benderstik is one of the more expensive training aid options on the market. In fact you could easily construct a similar device on your own using just a few parts.
- Versatile tool that can be used to train many aspects of the swing
- Provides feedback to build muscle memory
- Great if you know specifically what you need to work on in your swing
- You need to self-diagnose your swing flaws
- A bit more expensive than most training aids
The Bottom Line
The Benderstik is a useful aid that can help correct a number of swing flaws. It is great for building muscle memory through repetition, and is a good tool to use in conjunction with other training.
On the negative side, it can be difficult especially for newer players to know what drills to use. Also, at $99.95 it is one of the more expensive training aid options on the market.
For more information check out the Benderstik website.
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