Powerchute was originally conceived for World Long Drive competitors and has been redesigned and reengineered by Jim Sowerwine, creator of the award winning Inside Approach 'Slice Correction Trainer', (awarded the 'Swing Trainer of the Year' by 'Golf Digest Magazine' 2004 and 2005).
Benefits to Novice, Intermediate and Beginner golfers
To the recreational golfer, the Powerchute will provide much more than just increased clubhead speed. Swinging the Powerchute on a regular basis has been proven to improve technique, particularly with the 'transition' (the sequence of movements from the backswing to the forward swing), arguably the most critical move of the swing. Due to the chute resisting the club from releasing early in the downswing, proper body motion is triggered to swing the chute through to the finish. Consequently, the optimum sequence of movements is introduced and 'lag' is developed.
(Note)- The Powerchute was tested by the Titleist Performance Institute's 'Three-Dimensional Motion Capture System'. This technology is used to identify and measure golfers' 'sequencing' and 'lag'. In summary, all golfers tested improved sequencing and increased 'lag'. What this means in simple terms – the better one's 'sequencing' , the more efficient the swing.
The most common result of poor sequencing is releasing the clubhead early. (This is often referred to as 'Casting' or 'Throw')96% of recreational golfers release the club early.
It is also the very reason why most recreational golfers have a difficult time consistently making solid contact when the ball is on a tight lie, and it is the main contributor to lack of distance. Simply explained, when the clubhead is released early, maximum (clubhead) speed occurs before the clubhead reaches the bottom of the arc.. When this happens, the clubhead actually passes the hands before contacting the ball, thus inadvertently adding loft to the clubface and making it virtually impossible to compress the ball off a tight surface.
Benefits to Low-Handicap Golfers:
Powerchute was scientifically designed to swivel freely around the trailing side of the golf shaft. Through patented technology, Powerchute will create resistance ONLY in the appropriate locations throughout the golf swing.
Why Training With Weighted Clubs DOES NOT Increase Clubhead Speed
In fact, using weighted clubs can actually produces negative results. The video below provides research which validates our claim as it relates to baseball and golf training. (Golf segment begins at 4 mins, 15 secs.)
Source: Discovery Channel: Sport Science
Performance Tests - Before And Afters
What follows are the actual swing analysis results as recorded by TrackMan, one of the most sophisticated swing analysis systems in the world as used by Tour Professionals, club manufacturers, and leading Golf Schools.
The participants were first asked to warm up, and then TrackMan recorded and averaged several of their 'drives' (the 'Before'). They were then asked to swing the Powerchute approximately six swings, followed by 5-6 regular 'driver' swings (the 'After'), which was then recorded and averaged once again.
The results were dramatic. After only six swings with the Powerchute, all participants saw a significant change in their overall distance. While swing speed is the primary factor that determines distance, the ability to hit the ball in the center of the clubface also plays a role. You will notice that one of our participant's results was only an increase of 5.7 yards. However, you may find it interesting to know that this demonstrates an increase for a 25+ handicapper who is over 75 years of age. Repeated use of the Powerchute will only help this golfer continually improve swing speed, ball striking, and center-face contact.
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