WHAT makes a great training aid?
It’s intuitive, it’s original and it gets results.
The array of golf training aids on the market today is impressive for the combined factors of ingenuity, helpfulness and enjoyment. Here are 10 families of training aids we like the look of:
Orange Whip Range
Few swing trainers are more time efficient and effective, or better at helping golfers gain a sense of feel. Spanning seven products that blend golf fitness and training, Orange Whip seeks to improve golfer flexibility, strength, co-ordination and tempo with as little as five to 10 minutes of use per day.
Comprising training clubs, a Smart Ball, Educator, Smart Bag, Structural Awareness Motion Instrument (SAMI), Plane Station and more, the Tour Striker range targets different aspects of the golf swing. Among the most impressive is the Smart Ball, which connects to an adjustable lanyard and focuses on body connection. It can be used under either armpit or inflated and positioned between the forearms. The SAMI, meanwhile, helps ingrain correct arm structure and extension, plus the different sensation of ‘hinging’ versus ‘flipping’.
Three rods of different weights are intended to increase clubhead speed through repeated swinging. These aids have one of the largest and fastest-growing tour followings, with Phil Mickelson, Xander Schauffele and Charles Howell III among the converts.
Aimed at improving rhythm, tempo and consistency, SwingClick Plus is regarded as the best transition and rhythm trainer in golf. The device clicks at the top of the backswing, providing audible feedback to help establish a repeatable top-of-swing position. Additional clicks are heard at impact and in a balanced finish position. It suits right and left-handed players, is adjustable for all swing types and suits all practice locations.
A portable electronic mat with vector plates that measures and displays the change in pressure within both feet during the swing. How golfers connect with the turf is a crucial, yet often overlooked, aspect of the swing; BodiTrack provides every ounce of data resonating from the ground that you could ever need.
This attachment to the golf club helps set the correct hand, arm and wrist positions, instantly telling golfers if their swing plane is too flat, too upright or if their clubface is open or closed. Players with a tendency to overswing or lose width, or release too early on the downswing, will sense immediate feedback.
A cutting-edge patented design providing visual and tactile swing feedback. It works by accelerating the process of building the correct muscle memory for optimal clubface and path control.
True Pendulum Motion
Two V-shaped rods that help eliminate the unnecessary moving parts in the putting stroke while reinforcing a pendulum-style motion.
Golf In Sync
Aimed at the short game, Golf In Sync assists golfers to perform a synchronised swing where the power generated comes from body rotation, as the arms, hands and club follow the motion of the body.
Train Your Aim
An inexpensive, simple and easy-to-attach aid that trains your eyes to ensure the clubface is aligned to the target line. While primarily for putters – where the visual feedback is immediate – the T-shaped implement also suits drivers.
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