On the course, Swing Oil used to mean bourbon and water. Now it has more to do with flexibility, recovery and focus. I’ve had plenty of bourbon on the course which made me pretty darn flexible; focus and recovery was a slippery slope after the front nine though.
To say I went into this review with a high degree of skepticism would be an understatement. I have suffered with mid back issues since my early twenties and am usually pretty tight after a round or practice session. Heck, a normal day for me is pretty much naturally uncomfortable. After a few of the 3 oz packs I began to notice slight improvements in recovery and tightness in my back. Once I had gotten through most of the first twelve packs, I was pretty convinced the product worked as advertised.
Swing Oil has ingredients you should already be familiar with..
Over the years I have used different levels of the same ingredients in Swing Oil but never combined in one product. Glucosamine, Chondroitin as well as Turmeric have been in my arsenal to take the edge off muscle/joint stiffness for years. The rest of the ingredients, Taurine, Citrulline Malate, Ginseng and Rhodiola Rosea Extract, I’ve seen in different combinations in supplement mixes. Citrulline Malate is widely used in bodybuilding pre-workout or during workout for quick boost in energy without the crash but it’s main function is to speed up the recovery process. Rhodiola Rosea Extract, sort of a smooth cousin of caffeine, combined with Ginseng provide fixed duration energy boosts without the jitters and ADD like side effects while promoting focus and mental sharpness. There are few other ingredients, including sugar and stevia extract, but again, nothing you haven’t seen in other supplements or energy drinks. I think the uniqueness of the Swing Oil product, is the combination of ingredients to provide the highest functionality of each without being more than you can process or use. Each group of ingredients is targeted for a specific benefit in a very specific matrix.
There is a price to pay for relief..
If you go to the Swing Oil online store you will find a few options for purchase ranging from 12 to 60 pack kits. The price per pack obviously goes down with the number of packs purchased from roughly $2.90 to $2.65 per pack. If you read the back of the box they suggest a pack before, a pack during and a pack after your round of golf. Best case, that would be $7.95 per round of golf. Add in a range session per week and you’re up to $15 bucks per week. My personal opinion is that is a bit much, both in price and usage levels. I would have a hard time justifying that level of supplementation that doesn’t have benefits like adding thirty yards to my drives or making twenty foot putts turn into gimmies. I will, however, concede I found the best benefit for me was at the two pack a round mark. At one pack, I really didn’t feel much different, at two it felt right; both during the round and recovery. All of that aside, can you put a price tag on the blissful look of flexibility,focus and recovery Jason Day has here in this photo?
The folks at Swing Oil provided an initial 12 pack. I purchased a 12 pack from Amazon to complete the review in lemon-lime and orange flavors. Both of which were quite tasty. Strawberry-Bannana is available but I haven’t tried it.
All told, you have nothing to lose by giving Swing Oil a shot. The product convinced me after a few rounds and I don’t think you’re going to be more skeptical than I was at the start.