Sure-Set golf training aid designed to improve the backswing
Story published at 14:28, Friday, July 17th, 2015
The backswing is one of the most important elements of the golf swing. Master this move and you will load and store more power ready to unleash it into the golf ball and hit shots with effortless distance.
The Sure-Set golf training aid is designed to make the backswing move easy. It trains you how to ‘set’ the club into the correct loaded position with great swing width, on the right plane, with the right angles.
It is the vital blend of wrist hinge, forearm rotation and shoulder turn, as you coil around a solid foundation, that combine to produce a powerful backswing position. The skill is in the mix and the Sure-Set makes learning the backswing move easy.
It also works as a great assistant in learning the sequence of the downswing, allowing the stored power to be maximised as you uncoil from the floor: pelvis-trunk-lead arm.
A new swing move is hard to practice as the feeling gets diluted the more that you work on it. By using the Sure-Set in your practice you will no longer lose that feeling and will quickly adapt to correct new motor patterns, giving you a more powerful, loaded move. This in turn creates a balanced and perfectly sequenced swing.
The Sure-Set was invented by one of Europe’s leading young coaches Dan Frost: “The Sure-Set started life through an idea I had to help a recurring swing fault. I wanted golfers to feel true width and match up their arms and turn. The first Sure-Set I made was crafted from wood and bound together using materials from a DIY store. After building a few and seeing amazing results I soon had people asking if they could have one and so the business was born.”
Dan wanted to transform the learning experience for golfers from an analytical one, that is often complicated by technical thoughts, into something very simple that they could feel and trust.
“I designed the Sure-Set to help golfers to establish a natural flow to their swing. It’s just like putting the stabilisers on a bike, a child learns to cycle with them for a few weeks and then when you take them away all of a sudden they can cycle effortlessly. I like to think of the Sure-Set as the training wheels of the golf swing, creating a repetition-based routine that establishes a new neural pathway and allows the golfer to perform on automatic pilot.”
The beauty of the Sure-Set is that it works for many different types and styles of swings (from one/two-plane to A-swing and stack and tilt), as it can be set-up with different configurations and widths for use with a variety of drills. It is versatile, giving options for an early or late set, working with the individual flexion of a player’s wrists to establish a constant radius, the common denominator to all great swings. It acts as a continual reminder of how a bio-mechanically correct swing move should feel.
The Sure-Set has been praised by some of the world’s leading players including Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jason Dufner, Georgia Hall and Christina Kim. There are also over 20 players on the European Seniors Tour using it.
“The beauty of the Sure-Set is that you can use it as an alternative to stretching,” says European Senior Tour player Malcolm MacKenzie. “It’s a fantastic warm-up device before you tee off, it improves your range of movement and leaves you swinging the club like you’re in your twenties again. I love it!”
The Sure-Set has been added to the coaching bags of leading instructors at academies around the world and has received a very positive critique from the top names in coaching – Sean Hogan, Pete Cowan, Luther Blacklock and Jason Floyd to name just a few.
“I first encountered the Sure-Set whilst on the range at the BMW PGA Championship,” said TPI Certified Instructor Jason Floyd. “At a glance I thought it was just another ‘quick fix’ arm and hand positioning training aid. Dan Frost asked me to try it and I was instantly surprised and impressed at what I felt. The overall sense of being more torqued against the ground and being loaded led to the desire to investigate the Sure-Set properly with some R&D back at my academy.
“With the use of K-Vest 3D, SAM Balance Lab, high speed video and Trackman we tested the Sure-Set with 10 players* over a two-week period to see what commonalities and features we could find. With all of the players we tested, there were significant improvements in their kinematic sequences. This was mainly due to the Sure-Set’s key strength, which is increased ground force through a tighter COG.
“Common swing faults such as flat shoulder plane, reverse spine angle and over-rotation were diminished. We also witnessed increased X-Factor stretch and pelvic acceleration rates and an average ball speed gain across the board.”
Unlike other training aids, you don’t need to be on the practice ground to use the Sure-Set. You can use it in the home, the office and take it with you when you’re away. Its size and weight allow it to be transported easily, helping you take the ‘little and often’ approach to practice, which is widely accepted as the best way to learn a new movement.
“When I first started working on my swing mechanics with Dan my backswing was way off-plane and my game was inconsistent forcing me to guide my shots,” explains England International Jack Singh-Brar. “After training with the Sure-Set I am now free through impact, and feel at a whole new level with my ball control. My fairways and greens in regulation are the best they have ever been.”
The Sure-Set is an invaluable addition to every golfer’s practice routine and makes a great gift. It is priced at £80.