A typical modern driver weighs approximately 250-280 grams (200g head, 50-80g shaft). The Power Hitter weighs in at a whopping 500g, twice the weight of your normal driver. This has a couple significant effects on your golf swing: 1) you cannot possibly get your hands/arms overly involved in the golf swing without horribly slicing the golf ball 2) swing this 50 times a day, and I assure you, your swing speed will increase at least a little bit!
For this review, I have the 310 gram version of the club. This is intended for users with swing speeds between 110 and 120 mph. Mine hovers around 105, but I figured, let’s shoot for the higher end of the spectrum than be in the upper end of the lower weight model (Power Hitter 275 – 85 mph-110mph).
Look and Feel
The club certainly has a distinct appearance. The bright orange club head cannot be mistaken…don’t expect to slip this out onto the course without people knowing you’re hitting a power hitter. That being said, the way I was hitting the Power Hitter, taking it onto the actual course may not be an unthinkable idea. Though…I suspect after 18 holes I’d be pretty wiped out.
Given all the weight, the club is very well balanced. Weight is distributed through the shaft and club head, so you do not feel as if you’re swinging around a cinder block on the end of a stick. At impact, you can definitely feel when you have hit the center of the club face.
One of my first concerns with this training device would be that it would flatten out my swing plane big time. One would think it would really weigh you down and force you to swing on an extremely flat plane. At first it did, but your body quickly adjusts to the weight, and figures things out. The first few swings with the club were pretty tough. So tough, in fact, I think I ended up pulling something in my back that first little session. Yeah, note to anyone who picks one of these up…warm up with your normal clubs first…be sure you are good and stretched out before you start trying to hit balls with this thing!
So, fast forward a couple days when my back was feeling better…heh…I got myself good and loose with my pitching wedge and driver, then picked up the Power Hitter again. First couple swings, not so nice. About 5 swings in, I’m really using my core to fire this club through, and pow, nice 210 yard drive with this beast. Next swing, again, nice straight, about 200-210 yards. 15 more, and at least 10 of those were very nice, the last 5 turning back to weak fades or slices…swinging this thing is hard work!
Ok, so the Instruction DVD suggests that you hit 20 balls with the Power Hitter, and then 10 with your own Driver. So I did. Picked up the Nickent 4DX driver and wow, it felt like a feather. Couple practice swings…can’t even really feel the club, it’s so light. Couple swings on the ball, god knows where they went. But then I started feeling the weight of the driver again. Pow, couple absolutely crushed balls on the range. I’m really not even sure how far they went, they were so far past where I normally hit the ball.
I go through the routine again, 20 Power Hitters, 10 of my own. I ended up hitting 60 Power Hitters, and 30 of my own balls in this first session. To say I was sweaty would be an understatement. I looked like I ran through a Florida thunderstorm. First session, I am impressed. It definitely keeps you on plane, and forces you to get your core involved. You cannot manipulate the club head with your hands or smaller muscles and hope to expect to hit this thing.
I am impressed with the Power Hitter. No, it isn’t a magical cure all to your swing woes, but I think if you put in the time and effort, it could be beneficial to just about any golfer. If nothing else, it will certainly help develop your ‘golf muscles’. I haven’t ‘grooved’ the Power Hitter swing just yet, so I cannot say that using it has translated into ’20 extra yards’ on the actual course. But, I can see the results on the range, and given enough time, I suspect it will translate into more distance on the course eventually.
I’ll be sure to include this in my weekly routine throughout the off-season and we’ll do a follow up come spring time. Using this, along with the Power Stance, I’ll be entering RE/MAX Long Drive competitions soon, right? Hah!
If you buy the Power Hitter from the Momentus Website, they will include a free Power Hitter Lob Wedge and the Instructional DVD I mentioned earlier. I haven’t really used the Lob Wedge much to this point, but it follows the same theory…really heavy…don’t manipulate.