Golfers are gear heads, equipment nerds and endless tinkerers, so when one of those late-night infomercials comes on promising instant results after having a few drinks, we listen a little more intently and have a tendency to get a little click-happy online. That’s where our Late Night Online Purchases franchise comes in, a review of a certain piece of equipment, training aids or something else that caught our eye.
We’re all looking for better, crisper contact with our irons. Whether you have a tendency to thin it or fat it, there has to be a training aid out there that will help you feel what the proper impact position is. That’s where DST Golf’s Compressor Wedge and Compressor 8-irons come in. While there are alternatives to help get your hands in the impact position, there’s nothing better than learning through hitting actual golf balls.
In case you needed to be sold a little harder, how about knowing that the best ball striker on the planet is a customer.
Here’s how DST explains their swing aid:
The DST Compressor 8 Iron warm up club comprises all aspects of the DST patent pending technology. The scientifically curved shaft replicates the shape of a normal shaft under its maximum load during impact, the DST Compressor forces you into a position where your hands lead the club face through impact and control it until after the ball has been struck. The curved shaft combined with the amended sole angle and Hand Position Alignment Marker (HPAM) enables you to locate a set up position and practice returning the club to the same position through impact every time. The DST Compressor forces you to feel the same movements and sensations as the greatest ball strikers in history and develop a repeatable, reliable movement through impact. The DST Compressor forces you to locate, train and perfect the optimal impact position.
The sole of DST clubs have been designed to be wide and flat, so when a player sets up in a conventional address position and then pushes their hands forwards the sole of the club will orientate itself horizontally to the ground due to the designed forward hosel lean. In this position the club has been designed so that Hand Position Alignment Marker (HPAM – the groove which runs at an angle down the front of hosel) will point towards the players eyeline. In addition the HPAM will also appear to be aligned with the leading groove on the club head. In this position the leading groove and the HPAM appear to be a continuation of the same line from the players perspective, the player will have located a set up position where the club shaft and their leading arm will be aligned with the center of the club head arc (their lead shoulder). From this position the player should make their normal swing and return the club to the same hand position through impact.
Stenson isn’t alone in his love of the Compressor series, either.
DST offers four different clubs, their Compressor Wedge and Compressor 8-iron, as well as a CR-10 Wedge and a CR-10 8-iron, which are transition clubs without the bowed shaft to help you feel a natural progression from the Compressor series to your normal clubs.
All four models are available on their site for $99.99.