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  • Players using new training aid on TOUR

  • Henrik Stenson is one of 35 players currently using a bent club in practice. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) Henrik Stenson is one of 35 players currently using a bent club in practice. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Prior to Sunday's final round at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, Henrik Stenson was spotted on the practice range warming up with an interesting club that featured a curved shaft. 
 
Stenson has been known to punish clubs that misbehave, but in this case, the club in question was actually designed with a scientifically curved shaft that forced the 2013 FedExCup champion to get his hands ahead of the ball to produce the optimal impact position.  
 
Created by former European Tour player Bertie Cordle, the DST Golf Compressor has become a common sight on TOUR with more than 35 players currently using the training aid, including four top-15 finishers at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

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
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    Henrik Stenson uses bowed club to warm up at Cadillac Championship