Looking for some help with your golf swing?
Golf swing training aids may provide the extra help that you need to take your game to the next level, or at the minimum, fix a few kinks.
A proper golf swing is an extremely difficult thing to master. Even the pros have bad rounds from time to time! If you don't have access to a PGA professional for personal instruction, or maybe you simply can't afford pricey lessons, there are various golf swing training aids that can provide a cheaper and more accessible alternative.
There are many different golf swing training aids on the market, ranging from wrist guards, to clubs, to arm supports.
Different than a golf training glove, this golf swing training aid actually sit on top of your glove and monitors your wrist motion and grip tension throughout the golf swing.
A very common golf swing fault is wrist breakdown. Basically, you are aiming to keep your lead wrist locked into a neutral position during the entire swing. This training aid will teach you to maintain that correct wrist position, leading to more consistent shots.
In order to do that, the device uses similar feedback to another Tac Tic product, the elbow brace. Each of these products produces a "click" for the user, if their limb reaches a faulty position.
This device is not a rigid restraint, however.
It will allow you to move your wrist freely, which some golfers may like, while others may not. As I mentioned in a different review, I personally like the fact that it is not a rigid restraint because it forces you to retrain your muscles, and brain, to perform the motion the correct way. The rigid restraint may be easier for some, and may provide immediate results, but once you take it off I feel that you won't have the same "muscle memory" that you will get with a non-rigid device.
It is relatively inexpensive, and as an added bonus, will be able to fit over any glove, even golf training gloves.
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The Swingyde is piece of equipment that attaches to your club and acts as a guide for where your arms should be positioned throughout the golf swing. The intention of this golf training aid is to place your arms correctly which allows for a proper wrist cock.
Quick clarification : the Tac Tic product mentioned above deals with wrist break. Wrist break and wrist cock are actually two separate things. For an example, stand with your arm at your side with your palm facing forward. Wrist break refers to your wrist moving in a front to back motion (flexion and extension), whereas wrist cock refers to your wrist moving in a right to left motion (technically called radial or ulnar deviation).
It is lightweight and attaches easily to any club. It is universal for either right or left handed golfers.
I like it because it gives you instant feedback throughout your golf swing. What I don't like about it is that if you want to switch clubs you will have to keep attaching and reattaching it, which although easy, could become tedious at the range when you are trying to work with various clubs. Also, and while you can get away with using a golf training glove, or even the Tac Tic Wrist Over Glove device, on the course (against USGA rules, of course), the Swingyde is strictly for the driving range.
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If you are looking for a combination of swing weight, and proper golf grip trainer, then this product from SKLZ may be for you.
The Tempo and Grip Trainer has a molded grip to ensure that you are practicing and/or warming up using a correct grip. The major downside is that it only comes in a right handed version, so lefties are out of luck.
At the end of the shaft, you can utilize two different weights, one to simulate irons and one for woods.
I think that it is a solid warmup tool (for right handers), and will allow you to build strength in golf swing specific muscles while working on your grip at the same time. You can most certainly buy cheaper club weights for warming up, but you won't have the benefit of the molded grip if you are struggling with that aspect.
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A completely different type of golf swing training aid than the ones mentioned previously is the Arm Master by Medicus. Medicus is a company that has been making golf training aids for years, and they have a solid reputation for making excellent products.
This device uses straps that fit around your arms, just above your elbows. It is highly portable and can be used easy at the driving range.
The main intention with the Medicus Arm Master is to help you swing with your entire upper body, and not just your arms. It allows your arms to swing in unison, and it will help keep your right elbow (for right handed golfers) tucked in throughout the backswing. Having your right elbow move away from your body is a very common mistake found in amateur golfers, and this aid will help correct it.
Another aspect of the swing that it helps is over swinging. The Arm Master will not let you over swing, so it creates a much smoother and effective downswing.
Overall, I think that this product is worthwhile for those who suffer from two common golf swing flaws: over swinging and/or a laterally moving elbow.
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Bill Harmon is one of the top golf instructors in the world and he has developed this training aid to help keep your swing on plane. To the naked eye, it looks very similar to the Medicus Arm Master, as they both connect between your elbows. The main advantage of the EZ Golf Swing Trainer is that it is adjustable for different swing types, from driving to chipping and putting.
It is also adjustable for both right and left handed golfers.
The intention of this type of swing trainer is to keep your arms moving along the proper swing plane. A common fault of golfers is that their elbows move too much during the back swing and/or the downswing. This could lead to errant shots such as slices or hooks. It keeps your elbows the proper distance apart and allows for full shoulder rotation.
I have a hard time finding any major negatives about this trainer. The key advantage, as mentioned above, is that it is highly adjustable and will allow you to practice various shots with the proper swing plane.
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