November-December 2012

Great gear and must have training aids

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Simple, right? The SwingPerfect ($59) helps you, well, swing perfectly using a gyroscopic device that attaches to any club in the bag. You can feel whether you're on-plane or not, or if the clubface is too closed or open, both via a vibrating sensation in the hands as you swing. Easy to use and instant feedback—perfect! Best of all? We love training aids that are small and fit easily in the golf bag and work with any of our clubs. That's a huge plus in our book.

Golf's only inflatable swing trainer, the SwingWing ($29) uses air-resistance training to help you build power and hit longer drives. Not to mention, it builds better muscle strength. We love that it's easy to take with you. Simply deflate it and drop in the golf bag. It also can be used more than one way, off and on the golf club.

One of the best ways to improve your golf swing is to use both feel and auditory feedback. The SwingRite does both, with an adjustable component that makes a click sound, depending on whether or not you accelerate the club through the impact area. It can be adjusted for different swing speeds, and can be equipped with a variety of standard or training grips. It's a fun product to use, and it does wonders for helping golfers accelerate through the stroke.

Sometimes it takes more than learning proper positions in the swing to play better. You also have to build strength and flexibility. The Swing Advantage ($149) does both, helping golfers dial in the perfect golf swing while training key muscle groups. It also can help keep you on the right swing plane. Honestly, we couldn't help but feel a little like Iron Man when we strapped it on our leg. And with only a few swings, we felt instant feedback, and our muscles were quivering (both are good things).

Wondering what part of your golf swing is moving the fastest? Want to have some fun the next time you practice? Try the Swing Whistle ($19). It attaches to the shaft of any club and, using auditory feedback, can help you dial in the right amount of lag in your swing so you have maximum speed through the golf ball.

The Tour Striker training club is still one of our perennial favorites, but the Educator ($29) is quickly gaining favor with us. This simple device attaches to your club's grip end and teaches you how the hands are supposed to work in the golf swing. We won't let the cat out of the bag as to exactly how it works, but we sure like the ingenuity and how it feels.


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