Pros: Instantaneous results and swing knowledge. Leather. You can wear it while you play!
Cons: They do not last forever; the stitching around the hinge mechanism will eventually rip open.
OVERVIEW (FOR RIGHT-HANDED GOLFERS):
Have you ever wondered how you too can obtain that classic left-hand flat position featured in just about every picture you've ever seen of a professional golfer at the top of his/her back swing? Search no further than The Swing Glove, because, as promised, this "swing enhancer" delivers. Sure enough, you will have to add, or tweak, elements of proper body turn, shoulder rotation, and a relaxed left-hand dominant grip to your swing to get this result. But, once you start grooving iron, hybrid, fairway wood, and driver shots right down the middle of the range, or your fairway du jour, The Swing Glove's enhancement will make every practice session, and round, a gift from, well, Rick Smith, and the producers of this item.
I'm a high one-digit handicapper hoping to get to scratch territory this year. The one aspect of my swing that bothered/intrigued me the most was my "cupped" left hand on the back swing. I developed an increasingly inexorable notion that this position was causing me to lose accuracy (an intermittent slice being my chief nemesis), distance, and a consistent inside-to-square-to-inside swing path. Believing that I had all the other elements of my swing tweaked to acceptable levels, I focused upon my hands, seeking any tip(s) that would avail the flat left hand position on a regular basis.
Enter The Swing Glove, which I purchased in late March, 2007. I figured, "What the heck!", why not just buy a product that puts one's hand in a flat position, and then tweak my swing to conform. After all, The Swing Glove ads referenced "Proper Impact Position," (a.k.a. "the flat left hand"), and its patented technology--via a durable swivel-ready, hinged-plate--seemingly made it impossible to cup one's left hand.
Mid-way through my first session at the range The Swing Glove made it readily apparent to me that while I thought I had a relatively acceptable swing plane, I had, instead, a swing destined to create slices. I learned that my swing was too "handsy," prone to position the hands too far ahead of the body on the forward swing. I also learned that I was not turning my left side in rhythm with my hands and arms at the beginning of my takeaway. In fact, it became readily apparent that my hands were leading the way, causing a slight slagging of the left wrist at onset.
I learned that quickly, because the aforementioned aluminum hinged-plate caused the back of my cupping left hand to blister and then bleed after less than 25 shots. A sure sign that my lack of synchronicity on the takeaway was causing my left wrist to slag behind and then cup on the way up.
Having watched the very informative DVD that came with my purchase (you can only get the DVD by ordering by phone or Internet, not via purchase at your neighborhood golf emporium), I practiced on, taking Rick's advice that The Swing Glove would take a session or two to adapt to.
Heeding his advice, I continued practicing, using only a pitching wedge swung at about 50% while doing so. Sooner than later, I "got it." That is, I verified why I was cupping my left hand: an inadequate shoulder turn coupled with a swing plane that was too upright.
My reward for carrying on? A slight swing alteration (proper adherence to the "one-piece" takeaway) that has resulted in rapid development of a ball flight mimicking the picaresque draw featured by all professional golfers and low(er) handicappers. It's a ball flight that is almost automatic now that The Swing Glove has fixed the "flat left hand" position firmly into my muscle memory.
I'm driving the ball with greater accuracy than ever before, and my iron and wedge play during my first rounds this year has been "spot on." As for the intermittent slices, they've been replaced with draw shots, and the occasional, but playable, slight hook.
I wear The Swing Glove while playing and practicing.
The hinge-plate is positioned within a premium Cabretta leather glove, affixed to an additional aluminum wrist support. Two exterior straps help to close the glove securely. At first, and second glance, The Swing Glove looks like a slightly larger version of your average golf glove.
During a recent round at Caledonia (S.C.) a cousin of mine snapped a picture of me at the apex of my swing. I smile every time I look at the photo, because at the top my left hand is picture-perfect, flat as a board, and 100% on plane with my club head. (By the way, I birdied that hole, the 17th, landing my gracefully drawn tee shot about 10 feet from the pin.)
I highly recommend The Swing Glove if a flat left hand is your desired swing element. The DVD that comes with Internet or phone orders provides a bit more insight into its use, though the data that you can view on-line pretty much duplicates the DVD.
Of greater value, you can play your rounds wearing The Swing Glove. Sure, when you start knocking pars and birdies down your partners WILL start whining, but that's their problem, not yours.
As noted above, The Swing Glove is not cumbersome, and the casual golfer will not even recognize that you are wearing it. (I have two; one for the range, and one for my rounds.)
The Swing Glove delivers on its promise to help one achieve a consistent swing and lower scores. Best of all, it's a training product that you can wear while you are playing. The more you use it, the more muscle, and swing, memory you build. Subsequently, confidence rises while your scores decrease.
You can't ask for more than that for less than $50.00.
$37.95 + tax + handling + shipping
UPDATE: 9/12/07: Since purchasing my swing glove at the beginning of the 2007 season (circa March) I've gone through two of the gloves. The seam stitching that correlates to the border around the hinge has ripped apart on both gloves, the result of normal usage (I've played about 30 rounds to date, with another 20 driving range sessions, at least). Too bad, because otherwise the rest of the gloves were in good condition. On on better note, I shot a 67, one over par, at my local course WITHOUT wearing the glove. So, it is my assessment that the "muscle memory" instilled by using the gloves until they came apart at the seams, remains--and that's a great thing.