Top positive review
Pretty cool item
on April 16, 2012
I jsut wanted to chime in. I watched the video and decided this would be mine. It arrived in good condition, and works really well especially for drives and long iron shots. I'm having to relearn how to hit a chip shot, and putting has been slightly erratic, but okay. Just a tip: I hold it like it's really a putter, and put my hand a little farther down the shaft, and my index finger on the OUTSIDE of the trigger ring pull. This helps me not overpower putts.
My complaints: The ring pull device was sticking on the rubber grip, so I wrapped a small piece of the cardboard around it, and put a slight bit of coconut oil on the cardboard so the ring pull doesn't drag THERE. It also seems to drag on the guide as it goes into the tunnel into the device. I put a little dab of coconut oil everywhere I could get it that would be dragging. It's better, but still sticks. After a putt, I pull the ring back out because it doesn't pop back on it's own.
It seems to do something weird when putting, which I think is still a ring pull sticking problem. Once in a while I take the club back and it doensn't react, so I try to unpull the ring and it will then putt without my input.
The spacer used for Wii remotes with the built in sensor? The spacer has popped apart. It still holds the remote well, it's not an issue, until I try to remove the remote. It's a bit difficult.
BUT all that said, I'd buy it again. It's improved the golf experience for my hands. Golfing without it was causing my right hand pinky finger to get hurt at the knuckle, and would swell up a bit from the unnatural twisting. With the SKLZ SIMSTIX in my hand, I'm holding with a natural grip. My hand feels perfectly normal now, even when I play several rounds in a row. It's still not a perfect system for swing training. I can take a small back swing or large, really fast swing through, or slow, and still max out a swing. I have YET to be able to hook a shot, not once. But this isn't the fault of the SIMSTIX. More likely I need to go in and edit my swing.
I would give this five stars if the ring pull mechanism were perfectly smooth. I hope they build and updated version someday. I'll buy it.
Hope this helps.
EDIT: After a few months, I broke the trigger mechanism. I fixed it by disassembling the thing, and the trigger mechanism is actually two parts. One piece has a post that fits into the hole in the other piece. The ring trigger part has the hole, and is okay, but the part with the post broke where it contacts the Wii-mote trigger. I took a metal skewer (swiped from our grilling supplies, thanks wifey!) and put a small bend on one end to fit into the hole of the ring pull piece. On the other end that pulls the trigger of the Wii-mote, I put a small "S" bend and cut it to length. I reused the broken inner piece on the outside. I bent it slightly to match the shape of the wii-mote housing, glued and zip-tied it together, and am using the post end near the trigger to hook a rubber band on! If you can visualize all that, you'll understand that it's slightly uglier, and the rubber band tension to pull the trigger ring is a variable. But it still works. AND I now have a piece of metal internally that will be extremely difficult to break.
If the trigger mechanism were better built, it would be worth the extra money. Just sayin'. I'd buy it if it cost more and wouldn't break. Also improving the draggy bits of pulling the trigger ring would improve the operation feel of the product immensely.