The Tour Angle 144 is a training aid designed to “promote perfect posture, a unified take-a-way and teach you to hold a powerful angle until impact with every club.”
It’s frequently advertised on the Golf Channel and so we thought we’d take it for a test drive here at Golfer Reviews!
The Tour Angle 144 is a small plastic device. One end fits between the middle and ring finger of your left hand (for righties) and rests against the grip of your club. The other end protrudes out towards your wrist, providing feedback at 3 major points of the swing.
How the Tour Angle 144 Performed
We tested the Tour Angle 144 on golfers of different ability levels, with mixed results.
Let’s start with the positive…
The Tour Angle 144 does a good job training a one piece takeaway. The red arm on the device provides direct feedback as you take the club back. After just a few swings, our testers were able to feel the proper one piece takeaway.
The training aid is also designed to improve your address position. The Tour Angle 144 gets its name from the angle formed between the forearms and the clubshaft at address. According to the company, this angle averages 144 degrees for male PGA Tour players.
The arm of the device does indeed do a good job guiding you into this 144 degree angle at address…
However we are skeptical there is anything “magical” about this particular angle. After all, golfers of different heights and arm lengths regularly get their clubs custom fitted with different lie angles.
Finally, the Tour Angle 144 is designed to teach you to hold your wrist angle until impact.
One of the most common amateur swing flaws is “casting.” Named after the similar motion done by fisherman, casting is when you uncock your wrists at the top of your swing (instead of at impact).
This typically robs you of power and leads to a slice.
If you cast while using the Tour Angle 144, you should feel the red arm contact your forearm well before impact. However, our testers found this to be difficult in practice.
Many of our testers complained that the device was awkward and uncomfortable at full swing speeds, while others thought there were easier ways to learn the proper lag.
The Tour Angle 144 sells for $39.95 and can be purchased at their website.
- Easy to use
- Effective at teaching a one-piece takeaway
- Can be used in conjunction with other training aids
- Some testers found the device awkward and difficult to swing with
- Focuses on a few specific swing flaws – not necessarily what YOU need to improve
The Bottom Line
For $39.95, the Tour Angle 144 is a simple and effective way to learn a one piece takeaway. If you are specifically looking to train your takeaway – give it a try!
However if you aren’t sure what is wrong with your swing or if you want general improvement, there might be a better option for you.
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