A collection of posts answering frequently asked questions about various aspects of the OnsongSwing

Is it complicated? No

It looks complicated, how long will it take me to learn how to use it?

Like any device that is new to you, it’s best to learn how to use the OnsongSwing first off. Doing so may well save you time later. It is a four button device so it isn’t complicated. We like to think that the menu system is pretty intuitive. Lefties should click the M button into the Main Menu then left arrow to < Dexterity >. Most everything else you will need to get started is also in the User Manual.

<strongWe strongly recommend that you read the user manual, there are a lot of options available. The basic use of the OnsongSwing is best understood by stepping through the pages of the user manual with the device held grip-like in your left (ie less dominant) hand. Do lots of those stylish left hand only swings. Adjust the swing speed threshold number up and down using the < – > push buttons. You will hear how the tone starts earlier or later in your swing.

There is a specific technique for getting the OnsongSwing to click safely into place on the shaft of your club. And no it won’t let go easily; we made sure of that. So even more technique is essential in getting it back off. Hint “there is a lot of mechanical advantage to be had at the grip end of the shaft!”

Understanding what the swing graphs can show you about your swing will allow you to get the most from your device. The incredible training effect from real time audio feedback (swingsound) is explained in the manual. There are also tips for using the feedback tone in Pages and Posts on this site. You might like to explore the customisable settings to personalise your device.

Practice drills indoors, practical?

Can I practice with the OnsongSwing indoors, and how can it help my game?

You can get quite a lot of value from performing practice drills indoors. This is especially true if your winters are long and snowy or you have very wet seasons and you can’t hit the nets at your course or practice at a driving range.

We suggest using soft foam balls or plastic whiff balls indoors (yes the OnsongSwing still displays the ball impact). And be mindful of low ceiling heights and taking divots out of your carpet!

Seriously now – practice drills!

If you set up a net and practice mat in your garage, and bang away with a bucket of range balls there is certainly a risk of grooving in a wrong move. An example might be that you look up during each swing to see where the ball hits in the back of the net. Another downside can be practicing “under coercion” that is being timid in case you sky a ball through the ceiling. This is why golf simulators are such good value, even if a bit too expensive.

You can easily build yourself a practice drill for indoors. Choose your favorite Iron to start off with. I do suggest a mat & net as above, and a dozen foam or plastic whiff balls. Your drill should have one or more measures of success included.

The following example may sound simple, but practiced until it becomes a habit, it can be very effective. It is aimed at those of us who like to take an early peek at where the ball went. Step one; hang a small empty cardboard carton or similar in the back of the net. This will act as a sound marker of your whiff ball hitting your target, you either did or did not, no need to look. Step two; watch the club face hit the ball and resist the temptation to look up until that moment has past.

A practice drill training for consistent impacts on the club face is valuable. Buy a can of spray-on club face marker or chalk line spray and work specifically for a cluster of marks in the middle.

And now a couple of practice drills that the OnsongSwing can help you with, at home or at the range.

Practice to generate graphs that show consistent and steep acceleration through the ball. You may be surprised at how difficult this can be. And delighted at how achieving it can transform your game.

Practice to slow your back swing using the swing sound. Select a very low threshold speed so the tone starts if you rush your takeaway. Use similar settings to use the swing sound to detect casting at the top of the back swing.

There is also a great drill in our User Manual (and in this blog post) for practice with your short pitch and chip technique. I personally prefer to use my game balls for these short shot practice drills. However you can definitely get the hang of it with a whiff ball.

You don’t need an OnsongSwing to practice indoors, but it will provide some extra measures that you can apply to your practice drills.

Cheers Vern

what is so different about this training aid?

What makes the OnsongSwing so different from other golf swing training aids?

This device delivers a number of unique and powerful features that make it remarkably different to other training aids in function, cost, and promise.

The OnsongSwing accurately monitors the club-head speed 1,000 times per second. It provides unique insights into what is happening as the club head strikes the ball. This monitoring was previously only available via the post processing of high speed digital imagery created for ultra slow motion.

The OnsongSwing offers remarkable value for money, giving you some diagnostic equivalents to professionally used equipment. For example:

  • club head acceleration,
  • ball squish,
  • power transfer,  and
  • maximum club head speed and ball impact speed

The SwingSound feedback tone in our device is also unique. The tone is emitted once your pre-chosen (threshold) swing speed is exceeded. While your club head speed remains above that speed the tone continues. This allows you to train for acceleration through the ball and into your up swing.

The feedback tone can also be used to build several practice drills. Drills we recommend in the user manual can help to eliminate a few of the more common swing flaws that frustrate us, like:

  • making a ‘too fast’ take away to start your backswing,
  • casting the club at the top of your swing,
  • failing to accelerate the club head into the ball when pitching, and
  • stalling your chip shots behind the ball.

I suspect that some of our users have invented other drills but haven’t shared them with us yet!

Vern

a serious training aid?

How can I know that the OnsongSwing is a serious training aid?

Our training aid only weighs 44 Grams, yet it is capable of withstanding over 2.2 tons of force during impact between the club face and a ball. It took some very serious Industrial Design and quite a few destroyed prototypes, to be able to make those two claims (light weight and strength) in the same sentence. The device combines unique and powerful features that are not available through other swing training aids.

Once you see and hold the OnsongSwing you will realize that it is no toy. It will however take some serious commitment to your golf practice to get the best out of the device. It won’t help your swing if it sits in your golf bag.

Regular practice with the OnsongSwing is the key to improving your game.

Serious industrial design

And we do offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied, see our Terms & Conditions for refund details.