August 2013

Summer training! Get your game in gear with some of our favorite training aids for 2013.

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GRIP SOLID
Playing your best golf requires having a good grip on the club. The Grip Solid attaches to any golf glove, and thanks to a ridged ergonomic design, keeps the handle more in the fingers and less in the palms. It also does wonders for neutralizing unnecessary tension in the hands/wrists, helping you to make faster, more free-flowing golf swings. What you don't realize is that when you practice with it, you're not only practicing the proper club position in your hand, but you're also strengthening the right set of hand muscles, too. ($19, gripsolid.com)

BARBER POLE
Barber Pole Golf's Lahinch putter is made of solid brass, as are all of the Dublin-based company's new Irish Series models. That helps eliminate possible dead spots that can occur with cast putters. Its Radius Face Technology helps achieve a true roll on the ball within the putt's first nine inches. The flow neck design affords the golfer a clean view of the ball at address. ($349, barberpolegolf.com)

TAYLORMADE
Like its white counterpart, TaylorMade's R1 Black driver, the company's first black driver in three years, features 12 loft-sleeve settings, seven face-angle positions and two movable weights. That translates to 168 possible fitting combinations. Comes with an ultralight Aldila RIP Phenom shaft. ($349, taylormadegolf.com)

TITLEIST
Titleist has begun offering WedgeWorks Hand Ground wedges that are personally ground by the company's renowned wedge maker Bob Vokey or one of his craftsmen. You can choose from several 580 or 600 lofted models, grinds and customization options previously reserved for Tour pros only. The wedge will be hand ground, polished, buffed and stamped with Vokey's initials. ($350 each, titleist.com)

NIKE
Nike Golf's VR Forged wedges are made of soft carbon steel and finished in a choice of satin chrome or black oxide. They're offered in standard, dual narrow and dual wide sole grinds, and feature Tour-proven X3X grooves that are close together and deep on the clubface for control and consistency in all playing conditions. ($130, nikegolf.com)

SWINGSMART
What's hot in golf training aid tech? Bluetooth-enabled devices. The SwingSmart is one of the best for tracking tempo, path and clubhead speed, and with the Aiming Triangle, it can help you dial in the perfect clubface alignment. Seeing your swing in 3D glory has never been so easy. ($249, swingsmart.com)

BAGBOY
BagBoy's popular Quad push cart is now available in pink, lime green and orange—in addition to previous colors. Its frame is lightweight, while the reinforced four-wheel platform boosts stability on hilly and wet terrain. It folds quickly down to a compact 24x17x16 inches, so it will pack easily into a car trunk. ($220, bagboycompany.com)

BENDERSTIK

The BenderStik was introduced by renowned instructor Mike Bender. It's a yellow foam ball at the end of a long flexible shaft that sticks into the ground. You can use it to eliminate swing faults, just by its mere presence. To minimize head or hip movement, place the ball against your head or hip while swinging—then try not to move the ball. To straighten your followthrough, place the ball where it will be in your swing path if you don't follow through straight. It serves as a great physical reminder. ($19.95, benderstik.com)





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