The Swing Whistle was one of the most popular new products at the recent Seattle Golf Show. Invented by golf professional Casey McMullin, the Swing Whistle is a small training aid that clips to your golf club, usually a mid-ranged club like a 5, 6, or 7 iron.
“I have given more than 10,000 golf lessons, and during that time, I have learned to listen to the golf swing as well as watch it,” explains McMullin. “An effective golf swing has a certain sound when properly executed. If a player tries to force the club down from the top using the wrists, the club loses leverage and makes a “woosh” early in the downswing that is difficult to hear for the average player. In trying to get students to understand the physics of the swing, I invented the Swing Whistle that clips to the hosel (neck) of the club that enhances audibly where the club is traveling the fastest.”
McMullin further explains the Swing Whistle mechanics. “The user swings the club and listens to where their swing makes the most noise. The ideal swing will make a low toned whistle just prior to impact. By swinging a club with the Swing Whistle, you retrain your muscle memory to product maximum speed at impact.” If the player over-swings the club, a “shrill” whistle is heard, meaning that the club is being forced through the impact zone instead of using leverage and centrifugal force to produce club head speed. An excellent demonstration on using the Swing Whistle is available at www.swingwhistle.com.
The Swing Whistle reinforces proper mechanics using multi-sensory feedback to guide the user to correctly “release” the club head. “The Swing Whistle aids timing and tempo, corrects “fat” shots, and helps increase club head speed,” says McMullin.
Made of high density polycarbonate plastic, the Swing Whistle retails for $19.99. If you are hearing impaired and cannot hear the whistle, simply return it for a full refund.
A final note: The Swing Whistle is meant to be used on the practice range, and not during a round of golf. Check out the web site for additional details and ordering options.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.