What is it?
The TALON system is a set up measuring device that you attach to the butt end of any golf club. In conjunction with a back unit, it measures all your setup angles including spine angle, club shaft angle, and your unique Ojee angle.
But, what on earth is an Ojee angle? This is the angle created by your spine and the club shaft angle and is unique to you. By maintaining this angle for all the clubs in your bag OjeeGolf claim you will gain more consistency and better ball flight because it is the axis point for your swing plane. As a bonus, the device will point out whether the clubface is open or closed at address.
Who needs it?
According to the website – anyone who wants a higher level of consistency throughout the bag. Who doesn’t want that?
What do you get for your money?
In the rather impressively sized and beautifully designed box is:
- One TALON Sensor unit
- One Back Sensor unit
- One Alignment Tool
- One Ojee belt (for the Back unit)
- One Gripper
- One Collar (for the Gripper)
- One dual micro USB charging cable
- One Carry Case (it’s really a bag with a magnetic closure and a carabiner clip to attach it to a golf bag. It also has a neat micro fibre towel on it to give your clubs or golf balls a bit of a wipe).
- One short instruction manual (who wants to read a long one?)
The instructions don’t seem that substantial but careful reading before trying to attach the Gripper will pay dividends and save you some sweat.
OjeeGolf recommend you use your favourite club for the initial set up. I grabbed my 7-iron (I don’t think putter qualifies).
First off, the Gripper and Collar are LOOSELY placed on the butt of the grip. Don’t try to firmly attach it just yet because it still needs to be aligned properly. I discovered, after some initial frustration, that the Collar part of the Gripper needs to be set fully CLOCKWISE to be loose (as mentioned earlier if I had read and understood the instructions fully I would have discovered this sooner). If you haven’t done this it’s going to be a little tricky trying to install.
Next you clip in the Alignment Tool to the Gripper. Take care here as there is some potential to nip. Again no force is needed here just some gentle manoeuvring to get it to click into place. Once attached, you use the clever Alignment Tool to line up the Gripper with the grooves on the club face.
Now you can firmly press the Gripper into the butt of the club. I found it was not necessary to drive the Gripper all the way home (especially if your grips are closer to midsize than standard). Just enough for the special ‘gripper’ teeth to engage with the grip end. Tighten the collar ANTICLOCKWISE. Not a lot of force required here, just enough to secure the Gripper.
Pop out the Alignment Tool. Super easy. Pop in the TALON unit. Again, no force required. Just follow the instructions.
Switch on the TALON unit. Switch on the Back Unit. The devices connect to each other automatically. No messing about. No apps to download, no smartphone to sync with. Place the Back Unit into the special neoprene sleeve in the Ojee belt and wear the belt so that the Back unit sits in the small of your back. The belt has plenty of adjustment and has provided me with a gentle reminder that I could do with a bit of conditioning work.
Now we’re all set.
Take your stance and look at the TALON’s display.
There’s a lot of numbers on there but again they’re easily explained. The first number is the spine angle. The next number is the club shaft angle. The final number is the mystical Ojee angle. At the bottom of the display, if you’ve got a perfect alignment, will be a cross – indicating that the clubface is square. Otherwise it will have a number indicating how many degrees open or closed it is.
So far so good.
Spine Angle: 54 degrees
Club Shaft Angle: 55 degrees
Clubface Angle: 2 degrees closed
The Magic Number – Ojee Angle: 109 degrees.
I always figured that I was setting up with the clubface slightly closed so a quick adjustment of my grip and I am now looking at a clubface that is square. Things look different already.
Great. So my unique Ojee Angle is 109. This is the number that I should keep the same when I set up with all my other clubs.
56 degree wedge
Spine Angle: 50 degrees
Club Shaft Angle: 58 degrees
Clubface Angle: Square (I’m learning)
Ojee Angle: 108 degrees.
Not bad. I’m pretty close to my 7-iron Ojee Angle. I am reassured that I can consistently set up with my irons.
Next up the 3 wood. I would have tested Driver but, unfortunately, mine was in for a re-grip – the new season is fast approaching after all.
3 wood (Before)
Spine Angle: 55 degrees
Club Shaft Angle: 47 degrees
Clubface Angle: Square
Ojee Angle: 100 degrees.
Eeek. Like most people I struggle with the longer clubs. This might be why. So how do I increase my angle from 100 to 109 degrees? The instruction manual says a combination of pivoting from the hips and moving closer to or further away from the ball depending on the length of the club is the way to go. This should alter your spine and shaft angle.
3 wood (After)
Spine Angle: 61 degrees
Club Shaft Angle: 48 degrees
Clubface Angle: Square
Ojee Angle: 108 degrees.
Following the instructions, I managed to get to my Ojee Angle. How did it feel? I felt much taller and slightly closer to the ball at address. My arms felt more connected to my torso as a result. I can’t say it felt comfortable just ‘different’. It did make me realise how ‘squat’ I was in my normal setup. Any instruction I’ve read is how much more upright you should feel when addressing the ball with the longer-shafted clubs so this must be what it feels like.
Did it make any difference?
With this being the first time I have used the device it may be a little early tell and a few visits to the range may be necessary. That said, I was happier hitting my 7 and SW and made solid contact with a slightly higher ball flight (now that I am addressing the ball with a square rather than closed clubface).
For the 3 wood, my address felt different. As with any drastic changes in golf, it will take a little work to bed in. I do feel though that with continued use of the device to monitor my setup and make sure I’m maintaining my Ojee Angle that there are dividends to come.
There could be merit in using this in conjunction with your teaching pro to get the best from it. I’m guessing my posture is correct and my Ojee Angle is 120 degrees – my golf pro might not agree. Not entirely sure what posture adjustments are needed to correct my Ojee angle either.
There is no feedback during your swing. Apart from the evidence provided by your ball flight you do not get any information as to how open or closed your clubface is at impact.
The Gripper really does grip. Perhaps a little too well. When removing it it felt like it was shredding the grip and indeed there were some very small pieces of rubber coming off. (I’m not sure if this was a prototype or not – maybe they’ve changed the design of this already?)
Would be nice to have more than one Gripper to make it faster to switch the TALON between clubs.
Very visual. You can see what a square clubface looks like. You can feel what your ideal address position should be. Perfect for beginners (and anyone teaching beginners).
You feel reassured that when you address a ball you are in the most dynamic and athletic posture for you.
Very physical. You can really feel the alteration in your posture when you change between clubs and try to maintain that all important Ojee Angle.
Very light. This does not alter the weight or feel of the club in any significant way and does not impede on how you grip the club.
I was able to switch between the clubs pretty quickly when on the range.
No smartphone required. Sick of all those gizmos that require an expensive mobile phone to use them? This doesn’t need one.
Would I buy one?
Shot set up is a vital element of the game and one that obviously has a direct relationship to success on the course. The OJEE TALON MK2 does provide guidance and reassurance that the right things are being done the right way – to bring a higher opportunity for success.