Inside Approach Golf Swing Trainer

Inside Approach swing trainer
Looking down at the Inside Approach swing trainer. Inside Approach

The Inside Approach golf training aid is a very simple, easy to use but highly effective swing trainer that should help all who use it groove a better swing. It can quickly get golfers swinging on an inside-out swing plane, which, if carried to the course, should cure a slice.

Is the Inside Approach Still Sold Today?

The Inside Approach anti-slice golf trainer first appeared on the retail market in 2003.

Is it still sold today? Yes, you can find it online at some golf retailers and general merchandise retailers - but it's not as easy as it used to be. For example, Amazon.com has a page for the Inside Approach, but it's not always stocked:

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And the product's website appears to be gone from the Web. However, there are multiple other swing trainers very similar to the Inside Approach out there, so if you can't find the original, a similar product is probably available.

Keypoints About the Inside Approach

Pros

  • Most importantly: It works.
  • Easy to set up, easy to store and transport.
  • Comes with instructional video featuring Jack Nicklaus.

Cons

  • Pricey for what is essentially plastic and foam.

Description

  • A foot-long cylindrical cushion attaches to a plastic stand. Cushion should aim down target line.
  • Golf ball is placed under the front of the cushion and golfer makes his swing.
  • A poor swing - and outside-to-inside, slice-causing swing - results in golfer hitting cushion.
  • Height of cushion is adjustable to allow for teeing of ball and practice with driver.
  • Foot-long cushion provides visual cues on takeaway as golfer sees clubhead travel rearward.
  • If cushion is knocked off during swing, golfer knows swing was from the outside.
  • MSRP at time of release in 2004 was $79.98. That price originally covered a bundle that included a carry bag, plus an instructional video featuring Jim Sowerine (the golf instructor who created the Inside Approach) and Jack Nicklaus.

    Original Review: Inside Approach Golf Swing Trainer

    What follows is our original review of the Inside Approach, which was first published on Feb. 6, 2004:

    If you watch The Golf Channel, you've probably seen the infomercial for the Inside Approach. The most impressive part is the "6 Swing Challenge" in which random slicers give the training aid a whirl. Most of them have "cured" their slice in six swings or less with the Inside Approach.

    Of course, they haven't really cured their slice until they can take that new swing and repeat it consistently on a golf course. But it's an impressive display of the effectiveness of the tool in getting golfers to re-route over-the-top (slice-inducing) swings. And there's no doubt that regular work with the Inside Approach - 15, 10 or even 5 minutes a day over time - can help eliminate a slice and produce a good swing.

    Jim Sowerwine, Director of Instruction at the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Tiburon in Naples, Fla., designed the Inside Approach. While it can be used to address other swing problems, it will be most useful to slicers. And golfers who slice are 85-percent of all golfers.

    The Inside Approach provides immediate feedback in a very simple way. If a golfer's swing is "over the top" - bringing the club down on an outside-to-in path - the golfer is going to smash into the cushioned arm of the Inside Approach, sending it flying (don't worry - it doesn't hurt the golfer, the training aid or the club).

    Fear of hitting that cushion is a powerful psychological tool, almost forcing the golfer to take the club back on a better plane.

    The instructional video featuring Sowerwine and Jack Nicklaus is helpful. (Nicklaus also appears in the infomercial and in some of the other promotional materials.) The Inside Approach is a great, easy-to-use tool.

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