Assume an upright and vertical setup
position with feet shoulder width apart and knees slightly flexed.
Visualize a basketball player about to shoot a free throw.
Extend arms outward at stomach
level, holding the Whip in the fingers with palms facing skyward. From
this position, a slight tilting of the hips would put you in a
traditional golf stance. But, this drill is done in the upright
Begin rotating (turning) your upper body back and forth, using the balls
of your feet to center your balance and initiate each rotation to the
other side. Rotate in a smooth, continuous motion from your right side
to the left side, back and forth, allowing your hips to pivot freely
while shifting weight from one side to the other in conjunction with
your upper body. The objective is to maintain the relationship of upper
body, extended arms and hands that was established in the setup. Try and
rotate at the same tempo as your golf swing and maintain that pace the
Assume a proper and athletic set-up
position with a slight forward tilt from the hips. Keep back straight,
tilt just enough so your chin is above the end of your toes.
Tip #1: To combat the habit of
using the upper body to initiate momentum during the Torso Twist,
hold the Orange Whip lightly in your fingers. Footwork should be the
main focus when doing this drill.
Tip #2: Once you feel comfortable with the drill, try it with
your eyes closed. This will amplify the sensation of your balance
and footwork during the drill. It's best to use this technique only
after you can comfortably stay balanced with eyes open.
With the arms hanging naturally, wrap the fingers of one hand over the
product sticker just below the grip; this will make the Orange Whip more
manageable for one hand. Grip pressure should be light, similar to the
ideal grip pressure for a golf shot...just firm enough to maintain
control and the lighter the better.
Begin the drill by pushing
(swinging) your arm in front of your body. The counterweight will be
hindered by your hip, therefore promoting the rotation of the forearm.
As the motion develops, allow the torso to twist with the swinging whip.
Please watch the video to see a demonstration of this motion.
The wrists should hinge to accommodate the weight of the swinging whip.
Allow your "free" hand to swing naturally with your body movement. Find
and maintain a repeating, smooth rhythm coordinating your arm movement,
weight transfer and torso rotation. Focus on your footwork and the balls
of your feet as they initiate and coordinate the transfer of weight and
center your balance.
The hinging wrist will develop naturally if you are patient. The goal is
to improve the harmony of motion in the sequential movements of the
lower body, torso, and the hands and arms. This is commonly referred to
as "Kinematic sequence or synchronization of motion" in golf
Assume a proper athletic & balanced
setup position. Allow the Orange ball to hover a few inches above the
Tip #1: To find the most balanced
and effortless way to rotate the forearms and hinge the wrists.
Begin with small, pendulum like movements and gradually increase the
length of the motion. The weight of the Orange ball, counterbalanced
by the weight at the grip end will help keep the shaft on plane.
Tip #2: One way to help visualize this motion is to picture
(or mimic) a tennis player's backhand and forehand ground stroke
Begin slowly swinging the whip back and forth in a continuous,
pendulum-like motion. Maintain the proper "one-piece" connection
throughout and allow for the natural hinging of the wrists as the length
of the motion increases.
Allow the gathering momentum to take
over and extend the length of the swing. Centrifugal force will carry
you through to a fully rotated and balanced swing motion. Practice a
smooth, consistent rhythm throughout the drill and always "finish" each
swing in balance.
Continue the back & forth, full swing motion without interruption for
approximately one minute, or until you feel uncomfortable and/or
fatigued. Try not to impart any force or manipulation of the whip during
the drill. Allow it to move along the swing arc naturally and focus on
Too often golfers engage in swing drills in a rush to finish and pay
little attention to the dynamics that can help them on the golf course.
This simple drill can help you improve in many areas and quickly if you
focus on the right things for a few short minutes.
Tip #1: To help reduce the habit
of manipulating the golf club during your swing, grip the Whip as
lightly as possible and maintain that exact grip pressure for the
entire length of the drill. Sounds easy, but it's harder than most
anticipate. You can evaluate your grip pressure and it will improve.
Tip #2: Once you feel comfortable with the drill, try it with
your eyes closed. This will amplify the effects and benefits of the
Whip. It's best to use this technique after you can first maintain
good balance during the drill with your eyes open.
Tip #3: It's common that golfers struggle to take their
"range swing" with them out on the course. The same is true of their
"Whip swing". Here are some ways to use our Full Swing Drill to help
find your "Whip swing" on the golf course.
Use the three fundamental learning devices - visual (see), auditory
(hear) and kinesthetic (feel) to create a mental and physical
connection to the whip motion you can summon while playing. Focus on
the one that suits how you best learn - so if you are a primary
visual person then you should "see it."
See It: Create a mental image of your swing arc while using
the whip. Closing your eyes during the drill and visualize the path
of the whip throughout the swing. You can also swing in front of
mirror, or take video footage of yourself swinging the Whip for
later review. Now when you can't find your Whip swing on the course,
call upon the visual memories you so wisely practiced while engaged
in the Full Swing Drill.
Hear It: Listen to sound of the whip as it moves along the
swing arc. Here again it can be good to close your eyes and focus
only on the sounds and rhythm of the motion. Also, do the drill
while listening to music, preferably a song or songs you enjoy. You
can later call upon these sounds and auditory memories on the golf
course to help you find your Whip swing.
Feel It: While swinging, focus on the physical sensation of
the swing arc. Once again, closing our eyes is a fantastic way to
focus on just the feel of the whip during the swing motion. Feel
your balance, your grip pressure and how your body moves all along
the swing path. If you do this for a few minutes each time you work
with the whip, you will be amazed how much easier it will be to find
and maintain your Whip swing on the golf course.
Benefits of using the Orange Whip
One of the best and often overlooked features of the Orange Whip is the
ability to use it indoors without compromising its unparalleled
performance. It only requires a minimal amount of space and 5-10 minutes
of training time per day. No golf swing trainer is more time efficient
and effective. You can work with an Orange Whip year-round and never
again have to depend on weather conditions or daylight when you want to
improve your golf swing and fitness. It's the ideal tool for those
living in challenging winter environments and busy individuals with
little time to practice.
The Foundation Drills are the core group of training exercises designed
to maximize the effect of the Orange Whip. These can be performed in a
single daily workout. To increase benefits to fitness and flexibility, 2
or more sets per day are recommended. In general, only 5 to 10 min every
day is required to notice some results. This minimal time requirement
makes it easy for almost anyone to incorporate these drills into their
When used regularly, the golfer will quickly see noticeable improvements
in their golf swing such as, increased flexibility and strength,
enhanced coordination, and a perfectly balanced tempo.
Flexibility: The weight on each end of the flexible shaft
provides a low-impact stretch while swinging.
Strength: The Orange Whip provides a core muscle workout when
used during repetitive motion drills. The wrists and forearms receive a
workout doing various drills and during the hinging action while
Coordination: The Orange Whip synchronizes the arms and body
while swinging it repetitively. If this motion is out of sync, the user
will lose their balance and/or feel awkward.
Tempo: As the arms and body work together, a natural rhythm takes
over the swing. This is how your tempo develops, some may be fast or
slow, yet always in balance with an efficient motion.
With an Orange Whip, anyone can make the most out of the winter months
and improve without hitting golf balls. If a golfer trains their swing
without using a ball, the mind and body will allow the swing to develop
naturally. The Orange Whip can eliminate the 'hit' instinct from your
mind and consistency can be developed.
In addition, once a person athletically learns how to swing the Orange
Whip, I encourage the user to try and feel where the Orange ball would
release off the end of the shaft. This is a great mental exercise for
those who want to improve the accuracy of their golf shots .
CAUTION: When using the Orange Whip indoors, make sure there is
sufficient space to swing freely in all directions. A garage or spaces
with vaulted ceilings are ideal. Be sure to eliminate all obstacles and
restrictions prior to swinging. Pay special attention to doors and
entrance areas. Do not swing the whip near these areas and take the
necessary precautions to avoid contact with unsuspecting persons
entering a space near the path of the Whip.
The one factor that makes it difficult for the golfer to accept the idea
of the golf swing as a sling is that most slings are made of leather,
rubber, or some other pliable material. The sling in golf consists of
the arms and the extension of the arms namely the club shaft, but it is
difficult for the golfer to accept the stiff metal shaft as a rope or
sling. In fact, much is written about the effect of different kinds of
shafts, the idea being that the stiffness at the shaft may in some way
hold the secret to distance.
The real truth however, is that for the golfer to generate maximum
centrifugal force in his golf swing, he must think of the club shaft as
something soft and malleable, like a rope. One of the best ways to
establish the feel of a good golf swing is to swing a small weight, tied
to the end of a rope, in the same way that you would swing a golf club.
Instantly you will discover how necessary it is for your muscles to wait
for that weight to swing back; and how your shoulders must turn in a way
that gives time for that mass to get up to an optimal position for
slinging; and how your legs must lead the downswing while your arms wait
for the mass to accelerate; and how all of your movements must focus on
that point on the ground that you are attempting to swing through; and
how beautifully your head stays steady. You don't have to actually rig
up this kind of apparatus to experience these feelings. You own an
imagination -- use it. Simply imagine that the club shaft is a rope, and
the clubhead is a weight hanging at the end of it. You are now going to
sling that weight in such a way that it travels at maximum velocity at a
select angle of decline along a path that leads momentarily straight to
a distant target, with a part of that weight facing that target.
If you could possibly translate that imagery into movement, I guarantee
that your golf game will improve immediately beyond your wildest dreams.
It's not something that will happen overnight, but once it is grooved it
will never go away again. Until you have reached that state however, you
will not play the game up to your full potential. Until you totally
familiarize yourself with feelings you will always be preoccupied with
the uncertainty swing that can go haywire under the least kind of
Background and Theory
Like so many aspiring golfers, my goal in life was to play on the PGA
Tour. When it became clear that wasn't going to happen, I shifted my
attention to the golf business and teaching. I dedicated myself to
instruction and worked my way through the PGA of America program earning
the status of Class "A" Professional. The years I spent teaching allowed
me to observe first-hand the common problems that most amateurs
experience with their golf swing. I noticed that the beginners as well
as the accomplished players were being held back by the same basic
Bobby Jones A close friend qualified for the PGA Tour and asked me to
caddy for him. After years of teaching, I saw this as an opportunity to
expand my knowledge and teaching ability by observing the best players
in the world close-up, and accepted his invitation. While caddying on
the PGA Tour, I paid close attention to every detail of how they all
practiced and played. It was these observations that crystallized my
understanding of the golf swing and what was needed to teach the
athletic motion of a rhythmic, balanced swing.
I continued to teach during the off-season, incorporating the key
elements of the top Tour Professionals golf swings into my teaching. I
found that my students made the greatest immediate improvement by
helping them to swing in rhythm while maintaining balance. My original
teaching style was formulated around learning to control the golf club
while swinging and attempting to hit a ball. Most amateurs, and many
pros, are very concerned with positions of the golf club during the
swing. They get lost in trying to achieve various positions they are
convinced are necessary as they attempt to hit at the ball rather than
swing through the ball. I took the focus away from "position" and their
"hitting" action, put it squarely on their motion, and by doing so their
results (and positions) greatly improved.
It was this shift in philosophy that led me to develop a tool that could
help the player feel and learn the golf swing motion. I wanted a device
that would provide golfers with dynamic feedback, helping them to feel
their body swinging in a tour pro motion. After years of research,
experimentation and collaboration I was confident I had the perfect
tool. The Orange Whip Trainer is the swing aid and golf fitness product
for a new generation. I believe it to be the best swing aid ever created
and am confident that anyone that uses my product on a regular basis
PGA Professional - Inventor of The Orange Whip