The Bottom Line
- Most importantly: It works.
- Easy to set up, easy to store and transport.
- Comes with instructional video featuring Jack Nicklaus.
- Pricey for what is essential plastic and foam.
- A foot-long cylindrical cushion attaches to a plastic stand. Cushion should aim down target line.
- Golf ball is placed under the front of the cushion and golfer makes his swing.
- A poor swing - and outside-to-inside, slice-causing swing - will result in golfer hitting cushion.
- Height of cushion is adjustable to allow for teeing of ball and practice with driver.
- Foot-long cushion provides visual cues on takeaway as golfer sees clubhead travel rearward.
- If cushion is knocked off during swing, golfer knows swing was from the outside.
- Purchase price includes a carry bag.
- Purchase price includes an instructional video featuring designer Jim Sowerwine and Jack Nicklaus.
- MSRP at time of release in 2004 was $79.98.
Guide Review - Inside Approach
Of course, they haven't really cured their slice until they can take that new swing and repeat it consistently on a golf course. But it's an impressive display of the effectiveness of the tool in getting golfers to re-route over-the-top (slice-inducing) swings. And there's no doubt that regular work with the Inside Approach - 15, 10 or even 5 minutes a day over time - can help eliminate a slice and produce a good swing.
Jim Sowerwine, Director of Instruction at the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Tiburon in Naples, Fla., designed the Inside Approach. While it can be used to address other swing problems, it will be most useful to slicers. And golfers who slice are 85-percent of all golfers.
The Inside Approach provides immediate feedback in a very simple way. If a golfer's swing is "over the top" - bringing the club down on an outside-to-in path - the golfer is going to smash into the cushioned arm of the Inside Approach, sending it flying (don't worry - it doesn't hurt the golfer, the training aid or the club).
Fear of hitting that cushion is a powerful psychological tool, almost forcing the golfer to take the club back on a better plane.
The instructional video featuring Sowerwine and Jack Nicklaus is helpful. The Inside Approach is a great, easy-to-use tool.
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