Training AidsA plethora of training aids are available today to help improve various elements of the golf swing. From building golf muscles to learning the proper swing plane to adding flexibility, it’s all covered, even putting. When it comes to training aids, it’s important to know that they must be used properly and with regularity for improvement to take place. Most importantly, though, is choosing the proper aid for your particular problem. Like a fitted set of golf clubs, the right training aid can bring significant improvement—if it’s right for you. To make sure you choose the one that’s best suited to your problem, it’s a good idea to consult with your pro and discuss his or her feelings regarding what your needs are and what aid would be most helpful. Align-Drive
Align-Drive Golf Alignment, Ltd. | Alignment, Stance | $29.95
Description: Two of the most common and misdiagnosed problems facing today’s golfers are poor alignment to the target and incorrect ball position in the stance. The Align-Drive is designed to help cure both of these ailments. To use it, simply pick out an intended target, assemble the Align-Drive by inserting the shaft in the hole corresponding to the club you’re using, and place the Align-Drive on the ground pointing slightly left of the target (for right-handed golfers). Place the ball on an imaginary line four to six inches away from the tip of the shaft, and place your feet in the respective positions for the club you’re using.
Special Features: Results with the Align-Drive are immediate. Align-Drive works equally well for both men and women, as well as for right- and left-handed golfers.
Contact: (800) 495-2921 (access code 02), www.align-drive.com.
The Putting Arc, Models T3, MSIII, and Deluxe
The Putting Arc, Inc.
T3 - $35.95 ; MSIII - $69.95 ; Deluxe - $89.95
Description: The Putting Arc is the original training device that teaches the pendulum, inclined plane stroke used by over 95% of the modern day touring pros. It has been used by over 650 touring pros for almost 400 pro wins since its introduction in 2003, and it has also been used by the top ranked amateur, junior and college golfers in the USA. The arc itself is based on the 2300 year old math formulas of Apollonius of Perga, and it is patented and carries a money back satisfaction guarantee.
The Swing Glove
Dynamics Hi-Tech, Inc. | Correction | $37.95
Description: The Swing Glove guides the wrist to the proper cock angle at the top of the swing, helping to prevent the wrist from bending at all the critical points of the swing.
Special Features: The Swing Glove corrects fundamental swing flaws immediately. From the shots, to fairway, approach, and putting, the Swing Glove delivers a consistent swing for lower scores. It also helps maintain the correct wrist position throughout golfer’s swing for improved distance with greater accuracy.
Contact: (866) 469-4568, (562) 696-5500, www.swingglove.com
Amazing Assist Swing Trainer
Gibas & Matzie Golf Products | Full Swing/Strength | $70
Description: The patented ASSIST, with its weighted head and precision bent shaft, exaggerates the release to teach the correct hand release for longer, straighter shots. Plus, it eliminates slicing.
Special Features: The Amazing ASSIST is guaranteed to lower the scores of the 20 million golfers in the United States who can’t break 100! Just swing the Amazing ASSIST a few minutes each day and watch your scores get lower! It’s ideal for pre-game or pre-practice warm-up. Included is a mini instructional DVD.
Other Information: Hundreds of thousands are now in use by PGA, Senior PGA and LPGA touring pros, as well as golf schools, universities and amateurs of all skill levels. Available in right-handed and left-handed men, women and juniors.
Contact: 16182 Gothard St., Suite I, Huntington Beach, CA 92647, (800) 783-2255, FAX (714) 842-7460, www.matzie.com.
Arm© Super Wrist Roller
Crown Fitness | Full Swing/Strength | $39.95
Description: The Arm© Super Wrist Roller is designed to build and strengthen the hands, wrists, arms and shoulders, with specific emphasis on developing the wrists and encouraging proper wrist action during the swing. Use of the Wrist Roller will help the user achieve a stronger hold of the club, greater overall control and wrist-snapping action through the hitting zone. The Wrist Roller has been a staple on the professional tours for over 40 years. It has a patented center trap with a flat web strap.
Special Features: The Arm© Super Wrist Roller is a snap to use; simply twist your wrists to roll the weight up to the Wrist Roller handle. Use a palms-up or palms-down grip to emphasize different muscle groups in the arms and hands. Recommended use is one to two times a day, three to four days a week.
Contact: Crown Fitness, P.O. Box 494, Excelsior, MN 55331, (800) 214-6042, FAX (208) 730-5506, www.armeheadquarters.com.
Brush-T | Long Drive | $9.95
Description: The highly acclaimed Brush-t is designed with a proprietary nylon bristle “cup” that enables the flexibility of the bristles to allow the ball to be struck with a minimum of resistance and deflection. The ball is supported largely by air, which means that the speed of the clubface at impact is concentrated so perfectly on the ball, that the sheer kinetic energy helps create a longer and straighter shot.
Special Features: Providing consistent height for ideal trajectory, the long-lasting Brush-t Assorted 4-pack includes a 2-inch/3-wood tee, perfect for any fairway wood or hybrid club; a 2.2-inch/driver tee, a standard-length tee that is preferred by better players due to its initial lower take-off trajectory; a 2.4-inch/oversized tee, designed for the woods and drivers (200cc to 400cc) thus enabling the ball to be struck in the center of the large sweet spot; a 3.125-inch/XLT, the longest “bristle tee” on the market, which is engineered to complement the size and launch angle of driver heads over 400cc.
Contact: (800) 526-6348, www.brushtees.com.