2015 Buyer’s Guide Training Aids

Training Aids To The Rescue

Medicus

Dual-Hinge Hybrid with Performance Head | $179.95
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The Medicus Dual-Hinge Hybrid features a high-performance MA9 head with an adjustable set screw that allows the user to change the tension on the hinge to a desired break point. The Dual-Hinge Hybrid trains a player to swing on-plane, producing more consistent and on-target shots from greater distances. "Since it looks and feels much like the hybrid most people play with," says Medicus Vice President of Research and Development Mark Adams, "the training should be even more transferable from the range to the course."

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Putting Alley | $69.95
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The Medicus Putting Alley teaches golfers to putt straight, plain and simple. The two raised, precision-milled strips on either side remove the variables of the green and isolate the putting stroke. By simply putting up the alley, golfers will see and feel active feedback when the ball falls off due to an open or a closed putterface. As a result of this true feedback, users will naturally hone their face angle for a perfectly straight and on-line putt. The reversible Putting Alley offers the equivalent of both 10- and 20-foot putts. And, the best part is, it can be used anywhere—at the golf course, at home or at the office.

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BenderStik | $119.95
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With the Medicus BenderStik, golfers will learn to swing on-plane and in tempo. The key is that the BenderStik instantly identifies the flaws in a golf swing with the patented articulating arm that allows golfers to position the BenderStik in any direction so that swings can be adjusted and flaws can be instantly corrected. Whether it's in the takeaway, downswing or followthrough, when a mistake is made, the BenderStik gives instant feedback. Once you learn to swing without hitting the BenderStik, you'll know you're swinging on-plane to overcome slicing and add distance to every shot. The BenderStik has a large yellow foam ball that can be positioned to monitor virtually any movement in the swing. The BenderStik comes complete with a comprehensive instructional DVD.

Medicus

VisionTrack Pro | $49.95
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Most golfers are confused about proper swing path and alignment. The new Medicus VisionTrack Pro gives the golfer a clear picture of what should happen in a good golf swing. The VisionTrack Pro shows the user the precise swing path to follow, making it the easiest training and teaching tool for improving accuracy, and learning to swing on-path and on-plane. The VisionTrack Pro indicates when you err, so you know what to fix. Learn to swing on the correct path, eliminate bad shots, and develop consistency and accuracy. The VisionTrack Pro improves accuracy, stance and positioning, and teaches players more about where the golf club should move during the swing. The VisionTrack Pro works for both right- and left-handed players. Setup is quick and easy, and it fits inside a golf bag for convenient traveling.

Orange Whip

Orange Whip | $109
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Whether you're a Tour player or a beginning golfer, swinging the Orange Whip allows you to feel if your swing is in rhythm and balanced. Providing a low-impact workout, the Orange Whip will increase your flexibility and strengthen your golf muscles. Ask any Tour player or golf instructor, and they'll tell you it's the perfect warm-up tool because it properly stretches your golf muscles while perfecting tempo and balance. Voted number-one Swing Trainer by PGA.com, the Orange Whip is proven to work by providing instant feedback as you swing it.


Orange Whip

Orange Peel | $179
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The Orange Peel was designed to enhance the golf swing learning process by altering static and dynamic balance positions. Similar to standing at the bottom of a sphere, the Peel creates a slight inward pressure in the feet and legs, which helps stabilize and support the hips and core area at address. When swinging an Orange Whip or golf club within the Orange Peel, it's easier to stay in balance, making it an effective way to learn proper rotary motion. Regular usage of the Orange Peel increases stability and promotes better rhythm and tempo in the swing by helping your core region maintain the center of gravity while in motion.

Orange Whip

Orange Whip Putting Wand | $109
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The Orange Whip Putting Wand is engineered to improve your tempo and center contact with the ball. When the putter swings and impacts the golf ball, the energy is transferred through the ball to the sweet spot to produce perfect end-over-end roll. The weight of the putterhead combined with the proven counterweight, flexible shaft system allows you to feel the swinging motion to balance your putting arc. The uniquely designed, dual-sided spherical putterhead can be used right- or left-handed.

SKLZ

Gold Flex | $69.99
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The Gold Flex 48", designed for golfers 5 foot, 4 inches or taller, improves swing tempo, strength and flexibility. The more you swing the Gold Flex off the golf course, the stronger and more flexible your swing muscles will become. The exaggerated flex in the shaft helps lengthen your swing by keeping your hands and arms extended, increasing with power. It's this power that will help you bomb your drive and gain more distance. The extra flex also encourages a slight lag at the top of your backswing, establishing the ideal swing tempo. The momentum the weighted head creates when swinging through encourages proper weight transfer and a full followthrough for form, balance and power.

SKLZ

Hinge Helper | $24.99
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As good instructors will tell you, if you don't hinge your wrists properly, you're in for a load of trouble. The Hinge Helper reinforces proper swing mechanics by promoting the correct wrist hinge found in on-plane swings and crisper ballstriking. It's both comfortable and adjustable for all wrist sizes.

SmartFlex

SmartFlex | $109
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The SmartFlex™ is a cutting-edge mobility bar combining internal spring-loaded resistance and custom weights for countless exercises to quickly improve range of motion, flexibility, balance and stability. With its done-for-you targeted muscular activation and joint mobilization, the golfer will immediately notice loosened shoulders and hips, increased rotational power in the swing and total body balance to help offset poor postural habits. The SmartFlex is super-portable and conveniently slips right into your golf bag.

GolfGym

PowerSWING Plus | $34.95
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The GolfGym® PowerSWING Plus is a resistance-based swing trainer that attaches easily to any standard golf grip. It teaches the "feel" of your golf swing while helping to eliminate two common swing flaws—"casting" and "over the top"—with immediate feedback. When used consistently, the PowerSWING Plus will help you practice more efficiently to add power and distance. It comes with printed instructions, a link to instructional videos, a GolfGym Squeasy® Ball and a convenient drawstring carry bag.


DST Golf

DST Compressor | $99.99
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In addition to helping players arrive at the Optimal Impact Position, players benefit from the Compressor's ability to help keep the club and arms aligned throughout the swing plane. The curved shaft and amended sole angle technology facilitates the optimal movement of sustaining the line of compression through impact. DST golf clubs offer players of every skill level the chance to locate, train and perfect the key movements of the Optimal Impact Position.

Game-inglove

Game-inglove | $69.99
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Game-inglove can fix your grip, face angle, swing path and swing plane, and any mistakes (over the top/cast/flip/weight transfer, etc.) will show up in no uncertain terms with real-time visual feedback from the laser. Game-inglove is fantastic for teaching "from the ground up"—use it for putting, chipping, pitching and full shots. The training aid can be used with our without a golf club and is perfect for ingraining muscle memory at anywhere, anytime, anyplace. You don't even need the laser path mat. Game-inglove can be used to hit balls, too—just stand close to the laser path mat stance line, place the ball in front of the laser path mat, adjust the laser back over the mat and swing away. Game-inglove is patent-pending for the Realizer Clubface and the Laser Path Guide, and it's retail-ready in the packaging.

Swingclick

Swingclick | $29.99
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Swingclick, a new timing, tempo and rhythm training product, helps you create a slow, consistent, rhythmic swing by guiding you to set the club in the same position every time. Swingclick straps to your forearm and makes a clicking sound at three vital points of your swing: in the correct position at the top of the backswing, at impact and on the followthrough. After practicing with Swingclick, you'll notice your rhythm will become more intuitive and consistent, and your brain will automatically wait for the click. Swingclick will become your favorite accessory. It's simple and effective—it's the no-brainer golf trainer.

The PRO

The PRO | $59.99
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The PRO is a unique swing-training device that looks extremely simple, but creates an amazing sensory feel of what a true   golf swing feels like. The PRO stands for "precise, rotational, orbit," and it helps golfers rapidly train and sense the feel of how the golf club should ideally orbit around your body. Most golfers struggle because they have learned how to manipulate the shaft. Because the golf club is rigid, any improper force put on the shaft will directly affect how the clubhead performs in speed, square-ness and path. When swinging the PRO, the rope makes it impossible to interfere with the true swing forces that you must   feel to develop a sound swing. Simply swing the PRO back until it taps your upper back, then swing through to your finish. After only 10 swings, your body starts to learn and respond to the swing motion. You'll immediately notice improved tempo, timing, balance, core rotation and overall sequence of motion. Within a month, your new and powerful swing feel will emerge, opening the door to more power, accuracy, consistency and, ultimately, a lifetime of enjoyment! The PRO has chipping, pitching and putting applications, too.

Liquid I.V.

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Yes, this is a training aid. To be at your best mentally and physically, you need to be hydrated. Drinking water alone may not be sufficient to ensure proper hydration. The human cells must absorb  water with vitamins and nutrients for optimal performance. Liquid I.V.'s patent-pending Hydration Multiplier with Cellular Transport Technology (CTT) bypasses the majority of the body's digestive track and delivers hydration directly into your cell membranes, hydrating you two to three times faster and more efficiently than water alone. 100% natural ingredients provide the exact ratio of electrolytes and glucose required for delivering optimal hydration to the body.

EyeLine Golf

Balance Rod | $39.95
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Good balance is essential to consistent shots, putts, chips and full swings. Our bodies make compensations to make us think we're in balance, so we don't always know where our weight is truly distributed. While our bodies adjust surprisingly well to find balance, they will also find the easiest way to accomplish this balance. In golf, that could mean lifting up your head instead of turning your body—which isn't good! The Balance Rod causes an initial imbalance that will force your body to use your legs for stabilization rather than your spine. Within a few swings, you'll have grounded athletic posture and balance. The EyeLine Balance Rod makes it a little more difficult to stay in balance. Our bodies work very quickly to adjust. Within a few swings, without thinking, you'll know your weakness and refine your balance. When you remove the Balance Rod, you feel more balanced and grounded than ever. Your body has learned to fine-tune itself to give you perfect balance.

 

EyeLine Golf

Bullseye Cup | $14.95
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Making a putt on a slope demands the perfect combination of speed and proper line. The ball enters the cup from the "top" side. Practicing with the Bullseye Cup trains your eyes to see the true entry point on breaking putts. It also functions as a 30% cup-reducer and a pretty good indoor putting cup. The Bullseye Cup is a circular device with a two-inch opening that visually shows where a breaking putt will enter the hole.

EyeLine Golf

Pendulum Putting Rod | $29.95
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Using the Pendulum Putting Rod helps you with critical fundamentals by practicing a perfect one-piece connection between the shoulders, arms and hands. It helps you stay in perfect posture throughout the stroke. If you lift your head, the rod will fall from your chest. It gives you a consistent way to check your putter shaft angle at address. This creates consistent putter loft and distance control. It keeps your stroke on-plane. If you take the putter back outside the line, the Pendulum Putting Rod will fall. It's a simple, yet effective tool to improve your putting.

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