There’s a pretty steady stream of golf training aids moving through the market. Most appear on my doorstep at some point along the way. But it’s a markedly shorter list of training aids that have stood the test of time. Aids that remain popular, year after year, both because they’re respected by teachers and used by students to actually improve.
The SwingFan is one of them.
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Developed by GOLF Hall of Fame Teacher Gary Wiren, the SwingFan has a golf grip attached to a shaft with propeller fans. It’s a speed training aid that’s lower tech than many current products, like The Stack, but in many ways it does what it says on the tin. As you swing it you’ll feel resistance, which helps build your golf muscles, and teaches you to release the club faster.
Feeling like my swing was getting slower earlier this summer, I decided to conduct a little experiment. I would swing the SwingFan 500 times over the course of one week to see if I could get my swing faster, well, faster.
You can watch the full video about to see me go through the process, but in a nutshell, it worked! Better than I thought, actually. In the space of one week, I gained 7 mph of ball speed, which equated to an average of 15 yards.
But it wasn’t all great news. Let’s break it down.
The good news
- Look, at the end of the day, I got faster. That’s a win.
- Swinging the fan is pretty easy to do consistently. Even just five minutes a day will help.
- The process definitely made my swing longer, and I felt like more upper body flexibility by the end of the week.
- If you struggle with releasing the club, the fan will help train your wrists and forearms.
The less good news
- I was faster, but because my swing also got longer, my misses were WAY bigger.
- Overdoing anything could potentially lead to injury, so be VERY careful not to overdo it.
- It’s a good problem to have, but adding more speed could vary your driver numbers, which would require a club fitting to solve.