There are a few advantages to the Pressure Plate. One, the Pressure Plate stays level at address, rather than forcing you to be tipped to one side before you start your swing. Two, the Pressure Plate has spikes on the bottom to prevent it from sliding around during the golf swing. Take a glance at videos of other boards online and you’ll often find them rotating and spinning around during the golf swing - the Pressure Plate does not. This connection facilitates the transfer of pressure in the feet to the ground, otherwise known as ground reaction force.
How is this different than other balance boards?
Will the Pressure Plate promote a sway?
No. Our goal in designing the Pressure Plate is specifically to get golfers shifting their pressure instead of their center of mass (weight). The Pressure Plate is a training aid that can actually fix a sway. While hitting off the Plate, we want golfers to feel their pressure moving into their feet while keeping their torso relatively stable.
What if you use a Stack and Tilt swing technique?
Actually, the Pressure Plate is a great tool to help Stack and Tilters. A simplified premise of S&T is that a player starts with the majority of their pressure on their lead foot (60% or more) and keeps it on that side instead of moving it to their trail foot in the backswing. In reality, the pressure does move somewhat toward the trail foot, but not nearly as much as in a more traditional swing. There are a lot of tradeoffs in every swing technique, but for the average golfer, using this technique can indeed improve contact because the pressure doesn’t move as dramatically from side to side, which makes the location of the bottom of the swing more repeatable. The drawback can be some loss of clubhead speed, but for many, the improved contact can more than make up for this. If you are struggling with inconsistent contact, try using the Pressure Plate by tilting it toward the target at address and keeping it tilted throughout your swing. If nothing else, this is a terrific drill for everyone who struggles with fat and thin shots. You may actually experience for the first time what compressing a golf ball feels like. It’s the best feeling in golf.
I’m concerned about potential negative effects of hitting off a one-inch thick board. Won’t I chunk everything after stepping off?
We see different lies on the course all the time (e.g., lies above the feet and below the feet). Adding an inch for a few shots on the range won’t make a world of a difference. We certainly don’t recommend that a player hit hundreds of balls on the Pressure Plate per day; this will likely produce diminishing returns. We believe a player looking to work on their pressure shift should hit 3 balls on the Pressure Plate, then 3 balls without it and repeat this sequence for only as long as they can maintain their concentration.
Couldn’t you sell this for a lower cost?
We sure wish we could. We know that not everyone who wants a Pressure Plate will be able to afford it. We are doing everything we can to lower our costs so we can lower the price for our customers. As many business owners will understand, it’s expensive to start a company and expensive to design, manufacture and tool up for products like this. Equally costly is what we have to pay to get the word out to potential customers. In spite of the fact that we have yet to make a profit, we’re determined to create the most trusted and innovative golf training aid company in the world.
Additionally, we strongly believe that our products are of great value. People regularly pay up to $800 to buy a new, custom-fit driver that may add a few yards to their drives. The Pressure Plate can help improve performance with all clubs at a fraction of that cost.
Will the Pressure Plate work for lefties?
Can I hit drivers with it?
It depends on your height and the width of your stance. Most women and juniors will be able to use a driver without an issue. Men over 6 feet who want to hit drivers on the Pressure Plate may want to have their feet hang off the edges of the board. With this said, the beauty of the board is that any progress made with irons will translate to the driver.
Should I get a pressure sensor system instead?
We don’t view the Pressure Plate as a substitute product for the expensive high-tech pressure mats. Although they can help instructors diagnose their students’ swing faults, we don’t see them as helping students feel a correct pressure shift. It’s often the case that golfers struggle to implement their learnings in their practice sessions. Thus, the Pressure Plate is a great complement to these systems, since it can help players shift pressure correctly without the supervision of an instructor. When you’re practicing with a Pressure Plate, it’s clear when you’ve shifted pressure properly, and you get this feedback without having to read and understand complicated graphs corresponding to the kinematic sequence of the golf swing.
Is there a weight limit to the Pressure Plate?
Upon subjecting the Pressure Plate to 900 pounds of force, it still did not break. That said, if you run it over with your truck, don't come to us asking for a refund.