Golf Training Aids

The Golf Swing Shirt

The following two tabs change content below.

Wade Baynham

Original Three Guys Golf
Single-digit handicap, who learned golf in his early 20′s from my former father-in-law, a long time PGA tour and Champions tour player. I enjoy studying the golf swing and occasionally give golf lessons.

Latest posts by Wade Baynham (see all)

The Golf Swing Shirt Review: Swing trainers are a tricky business, no doubt. Caddy Shack, Tin Cup and other golf movies have well-documented the lengths people will go to find a swing worthy of Augusta National. Unfortunately, it is just not that simple. Nope, no one device can magically give you all the answers. However, there are some training aides that can help give you a ‘feel’ for a more sound technique.

The Golf Swing Shirt

One such aide I recently discovered is the Golf Swing Shirt. After spending a few weeks and multiple practice sessions with the Swing Shirt, I can honestly recommend it to anyone. Coincentally, the the Golf Swing Shirt has been well recieved by one of my golf heroes, Jimmy Ballard. In a recent interview I had with Jimmy, we discussed the Golf Swing Shirt and he reiterated his support for the product.

If you know anything about Jimmy Ballard, you know his main teaching philosophy is  “Connection”,  and the one thing the Swing Shirt does very well is promote a connected swing. This is particularly important since staying connected is one of the most critical elements to a consistant and powerful golf swing.

The Golf Swing Shirt

If you look at their website you will find that the Golf Swing Shirt philosophy is partially derived from Hogan’s book and his “Five Lessons”; specifically, as it relates to the importance of connection of the arms to the upper body. This was something Hogan learned from Sam Byrd who was Jimmy Ballard’s teacher. What the Swing Shirt does is give you the feel of the triangle that Hogan and Ballard describe where your arms form a triangle with your chest that you move to the right, and then move to the left, using the ground and your legs as leverage to move the triangle.

The Golf Swing Shirt

The Swing Shirt is made out of a moderate-weight stretchy fabric, and it looks like a basketball jersey, with an extra ‘trunk’ on the front that you put both arms through. This ‘trunk’ or extra sleeve on the front of the shirt keeps your arms on top of your chest, and connected to your chest during the swing, so that you can feel the sense of using your chest to support and move your arms back and forth, rather than just using your hands and arms to flip the club around your body. After you’ve hit some balls with your arms in the sleeve, you can move your arms to the ‘normal’ arm holes, and then hit some balls while keeping the shirt on to see if you can repeat the feeling.

The Golf Swing Shirt

The result is that you are able to use your big muscles of your legs and core to move the golf club, rather than just flipping at the ball with your hands, or getting into the dreaded ‘chicken wing’ of the left arm, and the ball flight is much more consistent, and much straighter.

A couple of quick ideas that I think will help anyone use the Golf Swing Shirt:

-Get the correct size. Sizing is on their website and is based on height/weight. It needs to fit to work correctly.

-Good posture, including standing as upright at address as possible is the only way to have connection keep the club on plane, and not go ‘around’ your body.

-The shirt is good at keeping your arms on top of your chest, and together through the swing, but you shouldn’t ‘tuck’ your right elbow at address, or setup with the right shoulder lower than the left. Hogan had a balanced, upright address, where his shoulders were fairly level, and his right elbow pointed loosely at his right hip socket. During the takeaway, the right arm is higher than the left, if being viewed face on, or in a mirror; and it needs to stay that way, as the triangle moves to waist high on the backswing. From waist high, the right arm simply folds and moves up into the ‘throwing’ position, as the shoulders finish coiling. If you ‘tuck’ your right elbow, the golf swing shirt won’t keep you from going around yourself, losing connection, and introducing all kinds of timing issues.

-Make sure not to forget chipping and putting. Connection is the heartbeat of the golf swing, and this tool will help you with all of your clubs!

You can learn more about the Golf Swing Shirt on their website.

16 Comments

  1. Do you think this can help with an over-the-top swing?

    • Hi Josh. That’s a great question… the golf swing shirt can help all types of swings because it puts your arms in a better relationship to your chest, and helps you use your big muscles to move the club, and square up the face at impact, rather than flipping your hands, or getting the ‘chicken wing’ problem. I will also say that it depends on why you are coming over the top, as to where your swing needs the most help. If you would like to send me a video clip, I would be happy to let you know what kinds of drills will work, that will also work with the golf swing shirt, to help you get the club travelling on a better path. Thanks for reading!

        • Thanks for forwarding the video, Josh. You’ve clearly got a lot of strength and energy in your swing. In my opinion, there are some things that you can address with your takeaway that will help you get the club on a better path, and help you avoid the over the top move you were asking about that leads to pull slices or pull hooks. I’m going to reply to your email, so we can talk a bit more in depth, but for those of you that are interested, you can read my recent post on The Golf Takeaway where I’ve written a longer article about the backswing, particularly from address to waist high.

  2. My biggest problem is using my arms and hands too much in the golf swing. If I am able to time it correct I usually can score pretty well but when my timing is off my game suffer. I think this aid will help me use more of the bigger muscles in the golf swing and not rely so much on hands and arms and timing. I am really interested in this and will have to check this out.

    • I have been working with the golf swing shirt for a number of months now, at the range, while chipping, and on the putting green. It really does help quite your hands, and get your arms back connected to your body in a way that is easier to feel than other trainers I’ve tried. And when I start to feel myself getting disconnected, it only takes a few minutes with it to get the feeling back. I hope you like it!
      Wade

  3. I noticed you called out the importance of the sizing of the shirt. I looked on their site and do not fit in any of the categories. I am 6’3″ and 250 lbs. Would you recommend I order the size 7 or 8 shirt?

    • I am 99% sure Wade got a size 8 and he is just about your size, nearly exactly. I am sure he will chime in too.

    • Yeah, thanks, Adam. I checked, and mine is an 8, and I’m 6’2″ and 255, so you should be good. Thanks for the comment Brian! Hope you enjoy the swing shirt…

  4. Stacy Brown says:

    I am interested in this shirt. I am an avid female golfer with a 10 index but am trying to get rid of a casting move and trying to get more power and more of a hip turn. Would this help? I have a short video clip I can send, if that’ s helpful.

    • Thanks for sending your videos, and for your interest and comments on the golf swing shirt. I haven’t met anyone who couldn’t benefit from the ‘connection’ that it teaches, and I look forward to talking further with you about it.

  5. I want to buy a couple of these shirts..do not want to use Pay Pal.

    • Hi Tom, This is their contact info:
      info@golfswingshirt.com. I’m sure if you email them, they are looking to sell these babies, and they’d most likely work something out with you. Whenever we’ve spoken with them, they’ve been super kind. Thanks, Wade

  6. The shirt is reminiscent of Joe Dante’s book, Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf. In it, he described using a leather strap around the torso and upper arms to achieve connection.
    It’s great to see that someone has come up with a simple, yet effective means of helping achieve one of the most elusive feels in the golf swing.

  7. I am a 9 handicap who struggles with overall consistency (who doesn’t?). My swing tends to get too flat and the club gets inside on the backswing, both errors of course require compensations in my downswing. I prefer to hit a draw and that it my usual shot shape.
    I purchased the Golf Swing Shirt and have begun working with it. I am getting comfortable swinging shorter clubs while wearing it. My practice swings feel good, however anytime I hit a ball wearing it I end up with an outside to in swing that produces a push or fade, with a feeling that I am coming way over the top. Also my swing seems to be getting even flatter.
    I have been unable to get comfortable hitting anything more than a 7 iron wearing the swing shirt, the longer the club, the more outside to in, over the top I feel.
    It this something that you have seen in other users? Do you have any thoughts or suggestions?
    When I take the swing shirt off and hit balls my swing feels good, producing a lower flighted draw than I am accustomed to (I am good with lowering my ball flight).

    • Wade Baynham says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, and to give your detailed experiences with the Golf Swing Shirt. My experiences with the swing shirt are different than what you describe– I have found that it helps me in everything from hitting drives to hitting putts and chips. But I can certainly understand how frustrating this has to be to find what you have found in your work with it. I can’t comment on your swing, since I haven’t seen it, but you are a single-digit handicap, and I really appreciate your drive to improve. You probably know that the Golf Swing Shirt is based on an idea from Hogan’s Five Fundamentals, of keeping your arms together and moving with your core. You may not know that he got the idea from Sam Byrd, who was Jimmy Ballard’s mentor. Jimmy Ballard is shown with his students working with the Golf Swing Shirt in this helpful video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4oKWAo6gzY. He is also shown here talking about these ideas, and particularly how to keep the club in front of your chest so it never gets flat or behind you in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPlXggMYXHY. I’d be happy to talk further one on one, if you’re interested, after you’ve taken a look at these. Thanks again for contacting us.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>