Best Training Aids For Golf
Golf is easy. For those who’ve never tried it! Even the greatest players in the game lose their form on occasion. Which is why so many training aids exist in an array of sizes, shapes and configurations. The best ones are well-conceived, smartly-designed products that enable golfers to see, and feel, specific faults. Numerous devices can improve the full swing, short game or putting stroke. Others assist pre-shot, post-shot, during the season, and even in the off-season. You get the idea. We’ve whittled down the current crop to a few of our favorites, which comprise the 2022 Editors’ Choice Award winners. And, there’s more to come. We’ll announce winners in additional categories throughout the year.
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Putter Stroke Test
PuttOUT Travel Studio
In 2022, PuttOUT Golf’s creating putting “studios” featuring its popular putting cup, the Premium Pressure Putt Trainer. The versatile, fun Travel Studio combines a putting mat and mirror with the aforementioned cup. The sporty setup requires minimal space indoors and stores easily when not in use. With the Slim Putting Mat, players can stroke putts up to eight feet that break a few inches or so. Meanwhile, the Compact Putting Mirror (8” x 4”) is a useful tool to check eye placement and putter position at address. Several indicator lines on the mirror help to confirm clubface path and aim during the stroke as well.
Tour Aim with Alignment Sticks
We’ve all seen how poor alignment at address can lead to poor shots. That’s why savvy golfers lay clubs, or thin rods, on the ground during practice sessions. The multidimensional Tour Aim looks simple enough but takes the concept to new heights. The hard-plastic receptacle holds standard-size, fiberglass alignment sticks in various angles and directions. The result? More productive, efficient practice time. During full or partial swings, players get instant feedback for body position and alignment, clubhead aim, even an indicator for swing plane. While putting, golfers can see their feet-and-shoulder alignment, aim, stroke path and clubface angle at impact. Receptacle is sold alone or bundled with Tour Sticks alignment sticks.
George Gankas Golf GBox Set and Shallower Combo
Making the proper shoulder turn and body rotation can be challenging for some golfers. The GBox Golf Training Belt (comes with two neoprene boxes) and GBox Shallower enable players to feel good and bad movements while hitting balls. The GBox, for instance, lets golfers know when they swing “too far from the inside.” In short, the trail elbow bangs into the trail-side box. To miss it, players must keep the club on-line longer, thus generating the improved motion (no forward slide). Golfers can use the multipurpose GBox Shallower armband-and-neoprene-wedge for putting, pitching or full swings. They’ll feel the arms “connected” (no chicken wing), eliminate the over-the-top move, and more.
Swing Tempo Training
Lag Shot Swing Trainer
Most golfers can only dream of replicating Fred Couples’ effortless swing. Built with an extra-heavy head and ultra-flexible shaft, the Lag Shot forces players to make a smooth, rhythmic motion. While hitting balls, the body should start both the backswing and downswing. Allow the club to follow, which’ll create lag for power. If, however, the hands pull too hard too soon, the whippy shaft will bow (bend) too much on the downswing. Invariably, the clubface will be open at impact, or the sole will slam into the turf before a clean strike can occur. Available in men’s versions (driver, 7-iron or wedge), women’s (7-iron) or juniors (7-iron).
Upper Body Stabilizer
True Turn Pro
As golfers age, they lose hip and spine mobility, which is critical for a healthy, repeatable swing. The True Turn Pro enables players to regain flexibility while feeling the spinal and pelvic movements required for a good swing. The apparatus also primes muscles and joints for speed-training programs. With arms extended, go ahead and grip the device with hands split to isolate specific areas of the trunk (thoracic spine). By contrast, a golf club used for stretching won’t pinpoint specific arm movements so players can’t get a true rotation (stretch) in the torso. The company’s website has instructional videos aimed at helping boost range of motion, joint stability and strength.