November-December 2012

Great gear and must have training aids

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GOLFSTR is the Brain Trainer that helps you keep your leading arm straight in the backswing. For more consistent hits, more power and to "Swing like a Pro," order your GOLFSTR today. It fits the left or right arm and can be ordered with a black or white adjustable arm band in large or small sizes. GOLFSTR builds muscle memory by wearing it as you play 18 holes—just watch your score drop.


In case you think you might be too good for training aids, or maybe you think they don't work, or they're geared only toward high-handicapper golfers, let us fill you in on a little secret. Many Tour professionals use training aids. In fact, some of them not only use training aids, but also help develop and even own shares in the companies that manufacturer them. The reason? They work, and depending on what swing flaw you have, getting the right training aid for your particular need can make a big impact on your golf game. Here are a few of our favorites from this year.

Do you need instant feedback on your golf swing? No, really, we're talking about the kind that's both 3D, handheld and works in cahoots with your iPhone and iPad. The GolfSense ($129) swing analyzer does just that. Using a small sensor that hooks onto the back of your golf glove, the device uses 3D motion capture (we have no idea how it works, but it does) and syncs up with an app in your iPhone or iPad (it works on late-gen iPods, too). The features are near-endless, and we really like the "Phone in Pocket" analyzer to monitor your lateral hip turn. The device takes a little getting used to in terms of the interface and calibration, but it's a great tool for any fan of swing analyzers.

There aren't many of these, so add this one to the small list of training aids that double as actual clubs, or vice versa. The Dead Aim Putter ($179) uses a series of alignment aids (permanent) and a removable laser (optional, but you should get it) to help golfers dial in the perfect alignment, head position and putting stroke. Genius, if you ask us. It's also a really nice-looking putter, with a solid, stable feel and a smooth end-over-end roll. Now, if only we could find a way to use a laser on the other 13 clubs in the golf bag....

When it comes to playing your best golf, if you can't grip the club properly, your chances of ever playing well greatly diminish. If you need a device that will help you feel how the club should come in contact with palms and fingers, the Grip Solid ($19.95) is just the ticket. It not only helps you correctly position the grip in your hands, but it also neutralizes unwanted tension and the classic "death grip." It took a little getting used to, but the product really worked, and those palmy, weak grips we had on the club were a thing of the past.


When it comes to power, the best way to get more of it is to add width to your golf swing. The wider your arc, the more room you have to develop more centrifugal force and clubhead speed. This also comes from having a left arm straight during the golf swing. If you happen to need a quick and easy tool to do just that, try the Golfstr (short for "Golf Straight") ($36.95). This easy-to-use device attaches to your arm and reminds you if your left arm starts bending during the stroke. Yes, it's that simple and surprisingly comfortable, too. After some repeated use, you'll quickly learn to feel what a proper golf swing should feel like, and we'll bet you have a few sore muscles in areas you probably didn't know were critical muscles used in the golf swing (your core, folks).


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