Teaching and Training Aids that will Definitely lower your score.
Visiting the annual PGA Show in Orlando, I am always intrigued by the ingenuity exhibited as to regards to teaching and training aids available.
Well, as you can imagine, training aids are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get inside. Thanks Forrest for a great truth.
We tested all these products at the Torrey Pines and Desert Willow golf courses using their staff PGA teaching pros, as well as our usual group of testers and those of the PGTAA (www.pgtaa.com).
A caveat: Whichever training or teaching aid you decide on to rectify that part of your game that is lacking, you must use it regularly to obtain the benefits!
When it comes to golf teaching and training aids there is positively no shortage from which to pick from. There are teaching and training aids available for every facet of your golf game. From having a proper stance to sinking the last putt, there is something available to help anyone. The best advice here is to not get confused.
You must decide on a golf training aid that can help cure a particular problem area of your golf.
These are some really good products that merit your attention:
Putt – Rite Training Aid
Think you know where you are aiming? Want to improve your aim and distance control?
Putter misalignment is the greatest disruption of a simple path to the golf hole and creates compensating motion in the putting stroke.
Most golfers misalign their putter left or right of the cup from just 10 feet. Surprisingly, over 30% will misalign over 8″ left or right of the cup from that same distance. The result? The Putt-Rite Training Aid is the inexpensive solution.
Golfers tend to set up incorrectly without realizing it, thereby, causing them to compensate by either pulling or pushing the stroke. The Putt-Rite, by itself, will show where a player is aiming.
Using a putter such as the Odyssey Versa* putter series in conjunction with the Putt-Rite, will speed up your putting skills. Once a player knows his or her bias, corrections can be made in alignment and in custom-fitting the putter.
The new Putt-Rite putting aide will definitely get you to your desired goal of lowering your score and therefore your handicap.
Setting up this user-friendly training aid is as simple as shown in the photo. Find a straight stretch of green and insert the two golf ball pins ensuring the white dot is immediately behind the hole. Start practicing as often as possible.
Voice Caddie Portable Launch Monitor – The Swing CaddieSC100
If you are like most golfers, the short answer is most definitely. Whereas launch monitors have most always been the domain for Tour players and expensive, today’s technology now affords the golfer their own personal launch monitor for under $250.00.
What’s most attractive about this product is its user friendly design, graphics and ease of use. It looks like an oversized iPhone, but its small profile means it won’t be a nuisance to carry in your bag when heading to the range.
Set the SC100 on its built-in stand four to five feet directly behind your ball, and start hitting. While the graphics on the SC100 need improvement, the information you receive from the unit gives you carry distance, swing speed, ball speed and smash factor—the kind of stats average golfers can understand and use.
In addition, it has three play modes to make every swing interesting and enjoyable.
Swing Caddie provides instant visual feedback and stores stats for each club in three modes: Practice Mode, Target Mode, and Random Mode. The better your accuracy, the better your score! You can challenge yourself to reach your target distance and score 10/10 every time.
The Orange Whip Putter
As a follow up to Jim Hackenberg’s original and successful Orange Whip Trainer, the Orange Whip Putter is an ideal teaching and training aid for golfers who consistently struggle with putting. The device will teach you to make a steadier and smoother stroke.
Its flexible shaft and overall weight will force users to pay attention to the pace and length of their strokes, as well as where they are making contact on the face.
The most efficient way to deliver the energy from the putter head to the golf ball is by making center contact through impact. This pure connection improves the roll of the golf ball after impact. The Putting Wand has a spherical face, making center contact crucial and off center impact exaggerated
The spherical face exaggerates off-center hits and assists in developing “center contact” for a truer roll. It battles the yips and deceleration and improves distance and direction control.
The buzz word today in putters is counter-balance. The Putting Wand has its version – that small, white weight that looks suspiciously like a golf ball and screws into the top of the grip, works in tandem with the club head to promote greater rhythm in the swing. If you wish to try the club without the counterweight, simply unscrew the ball and putt away.
The Putting Wand comes in two different sizes, 33″ and 35″, and can be used by both left and right handed players.
Zoom Boom Golf
This is the best $99.95 you will spend on your golf game!
The essence of this training device is a counter balanced golf swing training aid that teaches the golfer to delay the release, aka maintaining lag, and the squaring of the club face. It works best in front of a mirror where the feedback is visible.
Why are the balls different colors? Because they make learning the golf swing the easiest thing in the world. Get your grip with the green ball up and blue ball down. Make a back swing. On the down swing keep the red ball below your hands to your zipper. Rotate the green ball over the blue ball to the follow through. Do that a few times, then just swing it and because the way the Zoom Boom is weighted, it will teach you the proper motion of the golf swing. And, because it weights 4.4 lbs., you will be getting a golf specific workout in the process.Coupled with a full turn on every swing, this training aid is at its best.
In a nutshell, with the Zoom Boom, you will feel better lag, better timing and learn how to properly square the face at impact.
The Zoom Boom may be used right or left handed.
Customer service is outstanding and if you ever have any questions, Lance McWilliams, the owner and inventor is there to help, as is their YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sPgalX_cE2I
PSP – Pure. Solid. Perfect. – The Makers of “The Little One Men’s Golf Club” Training Aids
Both the “The Little One 7” and “The Little One PW” are exemplary products that deliver what they promise – better striking skills and wedge skills. Your ability to increase your focusing skills is an added benefit of these clubs.By having a more specific (smaller) target you will become more focused on achieving that goal with a higher level of concentration.
I have been using the Little One 7 on a consistent basis with consistent results. The Little One PW is definitely improving my short game.
They are both simple and effective. The Little One 7 re-establishes the No.1 goal of the golf swing, which is to consistently find the center of the club face.
This dramatically smaller club head demands focus that carries over when hitting regular size clubs resulting in more consistent, solid and repeatable shots through all your clubs.
The Little One PW has a 48 degree loft and is available in a Lite, Regular or Stiff shaft. $109.95.
The Little One 7 is available in right and left hand with various shaft options. $99.95
PSP Golf is offering a $29.95 discount if you purchase both clubs.
Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America (www.pgtaa.com) . He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the California Golf Writers Association, and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers”, “How to Build Business Relationships through Golf” which is in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s bestseller list. His latest book,” The Right Mind for Golf”, now in its fifth printing, is used by many PGA Tour members. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org