Three Golf Products You Need Right Now

One High-Tech, One Low-Tech, All Good For Your Game


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If the SkyGolf SX500 is the epitome of handheld golf gadgetry, this training aid is its opposite — simple, simple, simple.

Introduced on social media in early 2019, the Rimer is inventor Dave Riffey’s lightweight, portable gift to the short game — and to those of us who should practice our chips and putts far more often, and with more serious intent.

The Rimer a seventeen-and-a-half-inch-long, narrow plastic bar, marked every inch with letters from A to O and fitted with a sliding pointer that gives an immediate point of reference for ball position, on both putts and chips, to help a golfer groove where he’s most comfortable in his stance depending on the shot at hand.

For putts, for instance, I prefer to have the ball between my forward foot and center of my stance — at about the letter “E” on the Rimer; after a few minutes of making short strokes, with or without a ball, my eyes are better trained to recognize that proper position once the Riber is back in my bag and I’m out on the links facing my next four-footer.

In one online video, Riffey also shows how the Rimer can aid in putting stance width (for me that foot-and-a-half is about right, while others will settle in with their feet outside its ends, others inside), to help square up the feet to the target line, and even to help lock in optimum distance from feet to ball — by placing, say, a putter grip at a right-angle to the Rimer and taking note of where it rests to get the eyes directly position over the ball. Again, visual memory kicks in and that simple but vital set-up element is easier to repeat.

For the short wedge game, the Rimer might be even more useful. Depending on the trajectory you want from your 56-degree wedge, you can move the marker forward for higher shots, further back for a low-angle skidder and somewhere in between for your stock pitch-and-run. If you’re like most people and prefer to open your chipping stance just a touch, the Rimer helps cement that image in the mind, too.

Once you’ve figured out which letters on the Rimer correspond to your correct stances with putter and all the wedges you carry, you can write those letters down on an included “Rimer Settings” card for quick reference … just in case you feel your set-up drifting a bit.

To me the Rimer is primarily an indoor practice aid, which is where I put it through its paces with both puts and very short chips, but it weighs next to nothing so it’s a natural for toting to the outdoor practice green, as well, taking up next to no space in the bag.

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