Every sportsperson strives to improve their game. For that, practice is key – the vehicle for building habits. But practicing the wrong technique can be more detrimental than not practicing at all.
In golf, a device which allows you to practice your swing is not new. But the Swing Eagle is the first of its kind to not only allow you to feel your swing, but also to be able to practice away from the golf course.
Most golf trainers are vast (over 2m in diameter) and heavy, therefore location is limited to golf training clinics. Those that can be used elsewhere simply have a hoop that the player has to guide their club against. Neither actually control the club.
Bortz Product Design was given a design brief which included allowing this training device to be brought to every player and to make it portable, compact and cheap enough to be part of a player’s own golf equipment. The device should be easily set up at home and allow for easy access at any time. It needed to help you learn the perfect swing by guiding both your hands and the club, teaching the feel of a pro’s swing.
The Swing Eagle was the brainchild of Tim Kierath, a keen golfer and founder of Hoselink, a company specialising in patented world leading garden hose fittings. The development of the trainer took determination and persistence, with multiple prototypes and iterations. Numerous design issues were to be solved, such as:
• How to make one device adjustable to fit all size players, left- or right-handed?
• How to get the correct swing and layoff?
• How to make it light and portable?
• How to ensure the right feel in the player’s hand?
When the first prototype wasn’t right, taking inspiration from rollercoasters and see-saws and a unique approach of modelling it up in K’Nex (construction toy system), was the answer. And so, a specialised club carriage was developed that guides your hands and the club at the same time, allowing you to practice the pro’s swing on or off the golf course.
To view this product, go to: https://www.swingeagle.com.au/