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Thirsty on the Golf Course? How About Amino Vital?

Product Review: Amino Vital Focus Zone

Photo: FocusZone, Amino-Vital.com
Photo: FocusZone, Amino-Vital.com

I watch a lot of golf on TV and the Golf Channel is an engrained muscle-memory by now on my remote (don’t judge).

During all this viewing, I’ve seen a lot of commercials. One of the commercials that caught my attention was Amino Vital. With clever advertising and prominently placed logos on the bags of PGA Tour stars, I decided to give Amino Vital products a try.

I’m not saying a sports drink will allow me to hit drives as far as Dustin Johnson (one of the company’s most high-profile athletes), but if tastes good, keeps me hydrated, and helps maintain my focus throughout the round, I’m in.

Standing behind their products, Amino Vital confidently proclaims, “Our products are unique in promoting cellular level muscle recovery, repair, and energy. The ability to absorb pure amino acids promotes increased energy and great focus.”


REVIEW

I began with the STARTER pack (16 packets) of the company’s FOCUS ZONE product. The starter pack comes with two flavors: Grape and Lemon. Each packet mixes into a bottle of water (16-20 ounces) or in the Amino Vital mixing bottle (free w/purchase).

Image: Starter (Focus Zone Sampler), Amino-Vital.com *Pricing April 2017*
Image: Starter (Focus Zone Sampler), Amino-Vital.com *Pricing April 2017*

There are a lot of options in sports drinks on the market, so Amino Vital operates in a competitive environment. Some popular sports drinks have great taste, but are high in calories. Others are very energizing, but can have a crash effect when the energy wears off.

I found Amino Vital FOCUS ZONE a perfect blend of the two. Focus Zone has great taste but is low in calories and was not highly energizing, so there’s no crash effect later in the day.

  • With great taste, Amino Vital Focus Zone is an easy go-to on the course. Just grab a packet from your golf bag, mix it in a bottle of water (or Amino Vital mixing bottle) and you’re ready to go.
  • At just 15-calories a packet, Amino Vital Focus Zone is a great low calorie replacement for your regular sports drink.
  • At current pricing (including shipping), Amino Vital Focus Zone is approximately $1.60 a packet. This makes Focus Zone a cheaper, or very competitive pricing option, against all major sports drinks on the market.

Easy Mixing, Great Taste, Great Value!

Try Amino Vital FOCUS ZONE!


BIO: Keith Cook has been a writer and contributing editor at thelocalgolfer.com since 2013. Follow Keith @KeithCookWriter on Facebook or @_KeithCook on Twitter.

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Swing Coach: The Only Golf Swing Aid You’ll Ever Need

swing-coach-logo-2Just 15 to 30 minutes of practice with Swing Coach is all that’s necessary to see real improvement.

If there’s a golfer in your life—or if you’re a player—then you know how important it is to constantly improve the golf swing. The new Swing Coach training club is the ultimate training aid—and the only one necessary—for helping any golfer, at any level, who wants to get better fast.

The new Swing Coach is simple to use: It looks like a golf club and you swing it like one, which propels a real golf ball attached to the special cradle in the club head. Make a swing, watch how the ball flies, and immediately know what is right and wrong with the swing.

Swing Coach will teach you to make the right swing at every speed, from pitch shots to drives, all with the same club.  The secret to Swing Coach is its patented cradle technology.

Developed with guidance and collaboration from the world’s top golf coaches—led by Dean Reinmuth, who has coached numerous tour players including Phil Mickelson and is both a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher and Golf Digest Top 50 teacher—Swing Coach promotes making the proper smooth, accelerating swing by removing the urge to “hit” the ball.

Swing Coach is supported by a web site and full platform of instructional videos by Reinmuth, as well as simple explanations for analyzing ball flights and their meaning.

Just 15 to 30 minutes of practice with Swing Coach is all that’s necessary to see real improvement in golf swings and develop the muscle memory necessary to make perfect swings over and over again. It works for new and developing golfers as well as better players.

And if your game starts to slip, Swing Coach is in the bag to get you back on track in just a few minutes. No need to wait for an appointment with a teaching pro, get wired up, or stand still for video analysis. All you need is Swing Coach and your eyes and you’ll immediately know what you’re doing wrong.

Suggested retail price is $129. Swing Coach is available starting November 15, 2016, via online orders or at major golf retailers starting in 2017. For additional information, access the web site at www.swingcoachclub.com.

 

EQUIPMENT REVIEW: Simple Swing Repeater™ Training Brace

BACKGROUND:

The Simple Swing Repeater™ Training Brace, by Pete Buchanan of PlaneSimpleGolf.com, is designed “to assist the golfer in maintaining and developing the proper positioning of the lead wrist and the angle formed between this wrist and the shaft of the club at address throughout the golf swing. This results into delivering the club back to the original address angle and square at impact. This is a key component of the Plane Simple Golf Swing.”

Image: Simple Swing Repeater™ Training Brace, PlaneSimpleGolf.com
Image: Simple Swing Repeater™ Training Brace, PlaneSimpleGolf.com

INTRODUCTION:

The Simple Swing Repeater™ (or SSR as it’s sometimes called) is made of high quality, durable, and strong materials. It comes in quality packaging with a 4-lesson DVD, which will show the golfer how to wear the brace and use it during full-swing and short-game practice or play.

The Simple Swing Repeater™ Training Brace retails for $99.99 and is available in either right- or left-handed models. It is designed to be worn during practice, but can also easily be worn during actual play (*non-tournament/USGA rounds for those concerned).

Image: Simple Swing Repeater™ Training Brace, PlaneSimpleGolf.com
Image: Simple Swing Repeater™ Training Brace, PlaneSimpleGolf.com

TESTING:

When you first take the SSR out of the box, it may remind you of a wrist brace you might wear during an injury to your wrist or forearm area. However, specifically designed for golf, the SSR is easy to put on and can be worn with or without a golf glove (although I believe most golfers will like it better with a glove on). The straps strongly hold the SSR in place and allow golfers of all sizes to utilize the training brace.

The first thing a golfer will notice after putting the SSR on is the snug fit and the obvious fact the SSR works 100% EXACTLY as it was designed. The SSR isolates the lead wrist and literally locks in a more “one-plane” swing. I also discovered with the lead wrist locked, the swing becomes more core-oriented due to the necessity to activate the body to achieve the full swing position.

  • Full Swing Training:

Using the Simple Swing Repeater™ in full swing practice, I found good results in ball contact and was pleasantly surprised to see no loss of distance (which I expected). In fact, squaring the club at impact resulted in more solid ball contact to offset any initial feeling I had of a shorter swing.

However, it must be noted, the SSR brace will immediately identify any significant hinge in your lead wrist during your swing. How does the SSR identify the hinge of your wrist to you? Well the SSR’s hard brace will dig into your top hand and knuckles when/if you try to hinge your lead hand during the swing. It’s a very physical sensation and will tell you right away the training brace is working. You may end up with some sore and red knuckles during your first few training sessions.

Over time and through continued use, I found my wrist hinge decreased and also discovered after removal of the training brace, I had developed muscle memory as if the SSR was still on.

  • Short Game Training:

While I like the Simple Swing Repeater™ in full-swing training, I believe the SSR’s most valuable use is as a Short Game Training Aid. The ability to teach a golfer to minimize wrist hinge and develop a one-piece take away in pitching and chipping has been a challenge for golf instruction for years. The Simple Swing Repeater™ Training Brace accomplishes this feeling right away by locking in the lead wrist. In fact, a very solid and repeatable pitching and chipping stroke can be developed by any golfer using the SSR without even understanding the philosophies or geek talk behind the instruction itself. Any golf instructor could benefit any/all of his/her students through simply having them wear the SSR during all forms of short game practice (to include bunker play) and working with them on the basics.

  • Putting:

Just like in other parts of the short game, the SSR is a valuable training aid in developing a consistent putting stroke. Putting is the most independent and individual element of the game, but learning to take your wrist/s out of the putting stroke will lead to better consistency on the greens. The Simple Swing Repeater ™ will lock in the wrist and – at a minimum – allow the golfer to feel what it’s like to putt more in a triangle form due to the lead wrist being locked in place.

PlaneSimpleGolf.com
Image: PlaneSimpleGolf.com

BOTTOM LINE:

The Simple Swing Repeater™ Training Brace delivers exactly what it promises and functions exactly as it was designed. It is a simple piece of technology specifically created with the golfer in mind. It is a high-quality, durable, and storable training brace, which will fit easily into any golf bag. It is easy to put on, easy to use, and will provide the golfer with the feeling of a one-plane swing with no wrist hinge in the lead hand. Lastly, the Simple Swing Repeater™ Training Brace can be worn and used during actual play on the course (*non-tournament/USGA rounds), which is something not many other training aids can claim.

Pros:

  • Delivers, exactly as designed, a locked in wrist-free, one plane swing
  • Extremely effective short game training aid
  • Engages the core during the full swing to provide the golfer with the feeling of a full swing where the core must become more involved
  • High-quality materials
  • Easily worn (during practice and actual play)
  • Easily stored in golf bag

Cons:

  • Through initial use, brace may dig into top/lead hand and knuckles as the golfer gets use to minimizing (or eliminating) wrist hinge during the swing
  • $99.99 price tag may turn some golfers to other training aids (DVDs, etc.)

Test/Tester:

March 2016-April 2016

Keith Cook

Handicap: 0-5

Image: PlaneSimpleGolf.com
Image: PlaneSimpleGolf.com

Editor’s Note: Mention/use coupon code LG2016 when ordering the Simple Swing Repeater™ Training Brace from PlaneSimpleGolf.com/Simple-Swing-Repeater/ and receive $20 off your order!

Simple Swing Repeater™ Training Brace Promo:

SSR Promo
Image: Simple Swing Repeater™ Training Brace Promo (Click Link below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSdsB3_hJ_E

BIO: Keith Cook has been a writer/contributing editor at localgolfer.com since 2013. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter: @_KeithCook and @LocalGolfer.