March 10, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Henrik Stenson is one of 35 players currently using a bent club in practice. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
The idea behind the curved shaft is to give players the sensation of a delayed strike or lag impact where the hands lead the club head through the ball, resulting in a club face that's under control after contact.
The position is maintained with the help of a curved shaft that replicates the shape of a normal shaft under maximum load while keeping the hands ahead of the club face.
DST also features a wide and flat sole angle that's specifically designed for the curved shaft — the sole orientates itself flat on the turf in the set up position — and a Hand Position Alignment Marker (HPAM) that runs at an angle down the front of the hosel.
According to DST, when HPAM is aligned with your eye line and the leading groove on the club face, "you have located the most logical set up position and optimal impact position." The golfer then makes a normal swing, returning the club to the same position at impact for the "optimal impact position."
The DST Golf Compressor comes in an 8-iron and pitching wedge and retails for $100.
Henrik Stenson uses bowed club to warm up at Cadillac Championship