StableEyes™ is a golf swing instruction app that uses visually timed cues to help you stabilize your swing center and sightline to the golf ball, while at the same time developing your perfect tempo–both keys to maximizing distance and consistency.
StableEyes™ changes the color of the golf ball three times during the swing–at takeaway, change of direction, and impact. A different 3 color pattern presents from 5 colors each swing repetition. In order to see and then recall the color pattern presented, you must move in a manner that maintains your sightline to the ball. A stable sightline indicates a stable swing center. If you can’t recite the 3 colors following each swing, this indicates sightline disruption and faulty movements in your swing.
Experiment with four 3:1 tempo ratios, and determine which fits you best –“Pro Smooth”, “Pro Standard”, “Pro Up-tempo”, and “Pro Quick”. Simply match your takeaway, transition and impact with the changing colored balls to train the same 3:1 tempo used by tour and longdrive professionals. You will likely be surprised at how challenging it is to move in the timing presented by even the slowest “Smooth” tempo. So stay patient, and in short order you will be able to match your takeaway, transition and impact with the changing colored balls, and be able to recite them in the correct order after each swing repetition. You will quickly begin incorporating both a stable swing center and a correct 3:1 tempo into your golf swing!
In order to maximize both the speed and path consistency of an object (our clubhead) on a radial arm whirling around in circular motion, the center point of that circular motion must remain stable. This center point, or what we call the “swing circle center” of our golf swing, is actually the 7th cervical vertebra in the neck. The more we can stabilize it during our swing, the faster we can swing and the more consistency there will be in the path of the clubhead. The result is more face-center contact, less curvature, and longer flying shots. But how are you training to stabilize your swing center?
It’s extremely difficult for golfers to be proprioceptively aware of whether or not their swing center is stable during their golf swing. The C7 doesn’t provide easily recognizable motion feedback. Either does the head, which is why you’ll see golf instructors holding players’ heads while they swing. But our eyes are very close to our C7 swing center. And unlike the C7 and the head, the eyes do provide us very recognizable and revealing feedback as to whether, or not, they are moving.
The age old adage “keep your eye on the ball” has merit well beyond its commonly understood role in hand-eye coordination. If we keep our “eye on the ball” throughout our golf swing (in effect keeping our swing center stable), we can be confident we are moving most efficiently in order to give us our best chance of maximizing clubhead speed and creating an easily repeatable path. But how do we know if we are really keeping our “eye on the ball”? Most golfers experience varying degrees of what I call “sightline disruption”, where the eyes come off the ball during the swing. Sightline disruption is caused by swing center movement. Tour professionals describe it as a loss of focus, and club players have gone as far as describing it as “blacking out”, where they concede they have no idea what their eyes were focusing on during their golf shot.
StableEyes™ trains golfers at every level, from beginner to tour professional, to eliminate “sightline disruption”, and as a result stabilize their swing center.
Additionally, it is widely accepted that correct tempo plays a key role in maximizing distance and consistency. I’ve personally tracked a wide range of players where I’ve seen clubhead speed gains up to 11 mph by just changing tempo. But what is “correct” tempo, and how are you training and maintaining it?
Tempo is widely misunderstood, with many describing it through the lens of “how hurried” the golf swing appears. The smooth swinging Ernie Els appears to be much less hurried and have a slower tempo than, say, Zak Johnson.
The key to understanding tempo is to look at it through a lens of the timing ratio between back and through swings. It is widely acknowledged that the best golf swings in the world–including those of tour and long drive professionals–have a 3:1 tempo ratio from back to through swing. Meaning the backswing takes 3 times as long as the forward swing. Yes, the tempos of the best players in the world vary and appear to be quite different when comparing the pace of their swings, but their tempo ratios from back to through swings are the same– 3:1.
Mainstream instructional misnomers like “take it away slowly” and “you don’t hit it on the way back” have resulted in the vast majority of players having tempo ratios being too high, or in other words, MOST PLAYERS BACKSWINGS ARE TOO SLOW. Next time you watch the tour and long drive professionals on television, picture yourself standing over the shot and moving along with the player–your first reaction is likely, “I don’t come close to completing my golf swing in that timing!” Training with StableEyes™ will get you moving in the same timing as the best golfers in the world.
Every golfer wants to beat balls, but in most cases, this well-intentioned form of practice actually creates the “hit at it” mindset that is the root of most swing flaws. Most players are unaware that no-ball training, like with the StableEyes™ app, is the fastest way to train and maintain the proper “through the ball” techniques that result in maximum speed and clubhead path consistency.
Our mission at WindandSling.com is “fundamentally changing the way the golf swing is instructed”, by providing instruction and training tools that give golfers their best chance of maximizing clubhead speed and accuracy. StableEyes™ joins my Strike Right™ Golf Swing Trainer and Release Right™ Golf Swing Trainer as no-ball training products you can use at home, the office or the range to train or maintain swing techniques. StableEyes™ can also be used before practice and playing sessions to quickly refresh your tempo and swing keys.
Finally, experience what it’s like to be as long and accurate as you can be!
– Tom Duke, Inventor