We think the golf industry has it covered when it comes to training aids, there are plenty of them, some effective and some not so. Before we go into some of our favourites, we think it’s important to highlight the relevance of using a training aid. Is it helping you develop a specific area in your swing or action that is going to have positive results in improving your ball flight? We can easily take the bait for a training aid thinking it will solve all our golfing problems.
Don’t let it become a crutch. Once you become competent with the training aid, start working on becoming competent without it. What are the feelings I am experiencing with it? What impact is that having on the flight and strike? It's there to help facilitate the desired movement but also give you some external feedback on what it feels like to move in that desired way.
We believe there are various brands and models of these now. They give brilliant feedback on
where you are striking the ground in relation to the ball. You can use them without a ball, with air balls, and with normal balls on a driving range or into a net. A lot of golfers struggle with their low point consistency so this is a great way of improving your awareness of striking the ground in the right place whilst working on developing a skill. This can also help you organise your movement in a more desired way.
Firstly, this is a good training aid purely for the reason that it encourages you to move in a more
desired way as opposed to doing it for you. It’s a great tool for encouraging better loading of the wrists and wrist conditions to help improve clubface control and compression of the golf ball. A lot of golfers tend to overload the wrist very late in the swing which results in clubface and plane issues. If you are able to control these factors better then it will allow you to move your body a lot more efficiently.
Total Golf Trainer
The Total Golf Trainer 3.0 pack comes with various contraptions that can be attached to your golf club, your hips or your forearms. The beauty of these is that you can manipulate them to where you need them and don’t hurt if you catch them. Whether you are looking to improve your wrist
conditions at the top of the swing or impact, where your trail arm is positioned in the downswing or some visual cue of rotating the lead hip more in the backswing. This training aid is very multipurpose and a great range of flexibility.
There you have it, 3 training aids we would highly recommend to add to your toolbox for better ball striking. But remember ultimately you have to execute on the golf course without assistance, so ensure your practice sessions lead you toward that end goal.