The Garmin TruSwing is a device that, when clipped to the shaft of your club, sends you data that you can use to correct swing flaws. Paired with a Garmin watch, such as the S60 or X40, this device gives you plenty of info on your swing.
Let’s take a look at some of the metrics of the TruSwing.
Swing tempo is an often overlooked and underutilized area of improvement in your swing.
Ideally, you want a metronome-like swing, back and forth at the same rate of speed. It is possible to be effective with a very quick swing, a slow one, or something in between. It is quite difficult to do so with a mismatched swing such as slow going back and fast going through.
TruSwing gives you a ratio of your backswing to your follow-through. If it isn’t 1-to-1, you have a problem.
While distance is certainly not the be-all and end all of good golf, there is no denying its importance. A nice but imperfect indicator of distance is swing speed. Other factors could affect your distance, notably off-center hits, launch angle, and spin.
But there is little doubt that swing speed is a big factor.
Once you discover your swing speed and find it lacking, there are a number of fixes. One of the best is to increase your body turn. Added strength will also help. If you are at an age where you think you cannot improve either your flexibility or strength, you are likely wrong. Almost anyone can improve those areas, even if the improvement is limited.
There are also some changes you make to your swing that can help you make a bigger turn. Just remember that you want to swing as hard as you can without compromising your ability to make solid contact. Do not concentrate on the former without recognizing the latter.
The device will tell you how much off-center your club face is at contact. Ideally, you want that number to be zero. A negative number means your face is closed, while a positive number indicates an open position.
A closed club face will often result in a draw (movement from right to left for right-handed golfers). Alternatively, an open face at impact means a fade. A draw or a fade are not necessarily bad things. Many golfers are able to play with one or the other and be successful. Of course, it can be a big bonus to pull off both on command.
The problem is, for many golfers, draws become hooks and fades become slices. Many high handicappers suffer from slicing the golf ball.
Even if you have your club face square at impact, you might still hit a slice or hook. The reason could be that your club path is misaligned. A positive number means that, for a right-handed golfer, your club path is moving from inside to out. The result there is a draw or hook.
A negative number indicating an outside-to-in club path will give you the opposite result, a fade or slice.
Like other aspects of your swing, shaft angle has an impact on the flight of your golf ball. Ideally, you want the shaft angle to be square, meaning the sole of the club is flat against the ground at impact.
A common problem for amateur golfers is a swing that is too steep. The result is the toe of the club making first contact with the ground. This will result in slicing the golf ball.’
Similarly, a swing that is too shallow will result in a draw or hook.
If you are taller or shorter than normal, your clubs may be to blame here. A taller player generally needs more of an upright angle to their clubs. Conversely, a shorter player will want a shallower angle.
In addition to the ones listed above, the Garmin TruSwing gives you added data, such as dynamic loft, club path coordinates, shaft lean, and wrist path coordinates.
Knowing the cause of your swing flaw is a good thing. Knowing how to fix the problem is another. The TruSwing alone does little to help you there.
For that kind of help you need something more. If you have the ability to repair your own swing, chances are you will have already figured it out.
There are some options. This will require a bit more investment, both in time and money.
One is to join the Garmin Connect online community. You can upload your results there, compare them with your previous results, and get tips from fellow golfers.
Another is the Garmin app, which does much the same as the online community, except for the fact you can do so immediately with your smart phone.
Another way is to use online resources. There are countless videos, blog posts, and articles online that address how to fix your swing.
Is the TruSwing worth the price tag, which often sits over $200. That may depend on a few factors.
First is how serious you are about improving your game. The TruSwing alone may not help you make the swing changes you need to improve your game. It will, however, give you plenty of valuable data. You will have to do more to get where you need to be.
Second is your knowledge of the game. If you don’t yet know enough or are unable or unwilling to learn, about what golf terms like shaft angle, face angle, and club path actually mean, then you may not be ready for this device.
Third, and this is related to the first, could be your comfort level about how much you want to spend on what can already be an expensive game.
More information is better in trying to improve your golf swing. The TruSwing’s data might be overload for a beginner golfer, but if your skill level is beyond that you will likely see a benefit.