If you’ve ever watched the Golf Channel – heck, if you’ve ever watched TV – you’ve no doubt seen informercials for Medicus.
According to their website, the Medicus Dual-Hinge Driver is the best selling golf training aid of all time. So while there is no doubt they are great at marketing, we wanted to find out if the product lived up to the hype.
In case you haven’t seen the Medicus, it’s an ordinary golf club designed with a “sticky” hinge near the end of the shaft. You then take swings trying to keep the hinge from breaking. According to Medicus, once you can do this you are swinging in tempo and on plane.
Sounds simple enough if a little gimmicky.
We tested it out and here’s what we found:
Speed of Results
The Medicus comes with a DVD but the instruction from this training aid is primarily from the feedback you get when using it. On this front the quality of instruction is mixed.
On the positive side, we found it to be very effective at teaching a smooth and slow takeaway. It was also effective at teaching tempo. Simply put, if you have a jerky swing the Medicus hinge will break.
On the negative side, we found it to be unreliable at teaching the proper plane. For example, after a few tries we were able to grossly swing over the top without breaking the hinge. We were able to do the same while swinging with a severe reverse pivot.
Overall the Medicus definitely encourages some positive swing habits but is not a cure-all for every golfing flaw.
Easy to Learn
The Medicus is very easy to use… you simply swing it until the hinge doesn’t break.
It can get a bit frustrating when it continuously breaks, but we found 9 times out of 10 the solution was to swing slower and focus on tempo.
With so many units sold (it’s been running relentlessly on infomercials for years) it’s no surprise there are a ton of customer reviews out there. And this is where it gets really interesting… because the Medicus has gotten a lot of great reviews but also a lot of terrible reviews. In fact it probably has the most polarizing reviews of any product we have seen.
One complaint that came up frequently in the negative reviews was that customer service is very poor. There are many complaints out there about billing mistakes that the company would not correct in a timely manner (or at all). There were also quite a few complaints of broken products that the company does not fix.
The Medicus Dual-Hinge Driver sells for $159.80 (4 payments of $39.95). One of the more expensive options for a training aid that only addresses plane and tempo.
The Bottom Line
The Medicus is good for training tempo and helpful with some plane issues, but it leaves many aspects of the swing unaddressed… Then again, did you really expect a single club to be a cure all for your golf game? If you do decide to give it a try, remember you are dealing with a typical infomercial company and be careful you understand what you are going to be billed for.
To learn more about the Medicus or make a purchase, visit their website here.
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