The area in which you make contact with the ball is the most important area of the golf swing. We’ve seen methods teach around it (see Bobby Clampett’s Impact Zone) and we’ve seen an array of products tailored around golfers improving in this area.
The DST line of golf clubs are built with a “quirk” to help golfers everywhere improve the way they strike the ball– they are all made with a bend in the shaft. They are “ahead of the curve,” as they like to say.
See the DST golf clubs below:
Now many of my friends who have seen this club all respond the same way– did you get mad? Why are you bending all of your clubs?
Once I offer my explanation, they seem intrigued at most. But the proof lies in the product. Players (including myself) who use this club are able to easily train themselves to have the hands in front of the ball at impact.
Line of Tension
The line of tension is the measurement used by the company to show results for their product. The line of tension represents the line directly down from the shoulder (the ‘center of club head arc’) and impact. It is a straight line.
The best players in the world all have their hands in front of this position at impact. This gives them a clean, decisive strike on the golf ball and produces a compressed impact of the ball. Their hands are in front of the line of tension, producing almost a bow between the shoulder and impact. See the image below.
Making contact in this way is imperative to hitting the golf ball solid with irons and wedges. No player is able to hit solid shots– that are consistent and predicatable–with those clubs without a position which represents this somewhat.
The DST Clubs
There is merit to these products. The curved shaft which promotes the forward shaft lean of so many players is an intuitive design. I love the concept of forcing golfers into good habits. Gimmicks and training aids don’t really do it for me, but this is a real golf club where you can hit real practice shots to hone in a proper position at impact.
To offset the shaft, the club makers at DST provide a unique sole design. The sole in the DST golf clubs is both wide and flat. With this sole, when impact is made with this club, the promoted feel is primary.
During my time spent with the product, I’ve noticed a few things. First of all, I noticed that the product encourages the proper shaft lean (which I loved), but not the ideal face position. When striking the ball like this with a normal iron, the face would be de-lofted and the ball would compress more than it does during use with DST.
But I actually don’t think thats a bad thing at all. After all, it’s a training device and isn’t meant to be the piece of equipment used to gain comfortability. It’s a device I would interchange.
Hit 5 shots with the DST, then hit three with your club. Hit 5 again with the DST then back to your club.
This will help avoid dependency and help ingrain the proper habits and feels needed to hit better iron shots.
The product is good, quite good, but to me it still has some limitations. All products have some limitations, so allow me to be a bit nitpicking.
One issue, obviously, is that it doesn’t help golfers with either their drivers or their woods. This isn’t a glaring absence, because the product is effective in producing solid iron play, but it’s only going to help golfers with one facet of their game. A positive in this regard is irons are significantly harder to hit well than drivers and woods.
Another limitation is the lack of versatility. Every golfer today is using different equipment made to different specs. Length, weight, lie angle and shaft preferences are important when identifying the needs of every golfer. The DST clubs seem to be made with a “one-size fits all” idea. Again, this isn’t a crippling oversight for the company, but it places some limits on its consumers.
In conclusion, this product is one which will give the average to novice golfer some great results with the irons. If you struggle to hit down on the ball and make consistent divots, the DST is a club you should absolutely consider training with.