The Best Training Aids to Try at Home or On the Range
By Abby Parsons, PGA
A contestant makes his putt on the practice greens during the third round for the 46th Boys and Girls Junior PGA Championship held at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club on August 4, 2022 in Lemont, Illinois. (Photo by Hailey Garrett/PGA of America)
As we know, there are countless Training Aids and tools for a variety of golfers on the market right now. I am going to help you skip the hours of research and provide you with some of the most useful Training Aids available!
The Pressure Plate
Simple, but effective. Weight transfer is arguably one of the most important aspects of the golf swing, yet a lot of amateurs tend to swing with just their arms. This tool will help you learn how much weight TO transfer, and help you get a sense of what a correct weight transition feels like.
Talk about getting a big bang for your buck. This is the PERFECT putting training aid set for any type of golfer. It comes with a Putting Mirror, All Terrain Putting Gate, and a Precision Putting Laser. The Putting Mirror helps you check your alignment, confirm your stroke is on the right path, and helps you start putts on your intended line. The All Terrain Putting Gate will improve accuracy of putting line and start line. The Precision Putting Laser will open a lot of golfers’ eyes to just how off your aim can be. The line on a putter is one thing, but seeing where the line is pointing is another.
If you do not have time to hit the gym to work towards gaining some yards off the tee, these training tools are a huge help when it comes to increasing swing speed. There are a variety of sets for men, women, and children. Whatever set you choose comes with specific instructions to help gain clubhead speed. Golf is moving in the direction where clubhead speed is becoming more of an important factor than before, so join the club with this great training aid.
Yes, something as simple as an alignment stick will change your golf game. Please, PLEASE, have a target every time you are hitting on the range. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard (from myself included) “I was hitting it dead straight on the range, I don’t know why I am hitting it all over the place on the golf course.” Well, who knows where you were actually aiming on the range. Alignment sticks can help with aim, swing path, and much more. Try to add one or two to your golf bag.
I cannot tell you how many times this has come in handy. This is perfect for the more
visual golfer. Feel vs Real is a huge battle in golf, and this path board will help golfers see the difference between what the golfer thinks their swing path is vs what it really is. It is also a great tool to learn the different types of swing paths and what types of shots they cause. The board is labeled properly and it’s always a confidence-booster hitting off of a board.