Some form of golf training aids has been around for more than 100 years, Dane Wiren says.
“Patents go back into the 1800s,” says Wiren, CEO of Golf Around the World (www.golfaroundtheworld.com), a training-aids supplier. “It seems the first golden era for training aids was in the late 1920s and early-to-mid-1930s. Pros like Johnny Revolta, Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen were all promising to take three to five or more strokes off your game. Not much has changed.”
However, Wiren thinks today’s training aids are far superior.
“With modern swing-analysis equipment and a greater understanding of kinematics and motor learning,” Wiren says, “developers have much better insight about how to teach the golf swing.”
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The skinny: A telescoping rod that securely attaches to the butt end of your iron or putter, and extends from 5 to 14 inches. It can be used in the shortened position as a full-swing indicator for plane. For putting, extend the rod so it touches the belly as an anchor point to encourage a pendulum putting stroke. For chipping, extend the rod all the way out to create a shaft extension for stopping unwanted wrist motion.
Web site: www.perfectpendulum.com
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The skinny: Designed for chipping and pitching. Two rings are included – a 6-foot target ring that goes around the hole and an 18-inch landing ring. Any ball that stops inside the circle is less than 3 feet from the cup. The folding rings fit inside a golf bag.
Web site: www.thegolfring.com
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The skinny: The Slinger is intended to teach a player the feel of a correct release with actual feedback from the ball. It is recommended that the player start with half swings from hip height to hip height. A ball (usually a Wiffle ball to start) is placed in a curved plastic holder mounted onto the face of the 27-inch Slinger club. With a proper swing, the ball will release down the target line about chest high. Real golf balls can be used as well.
Web site: www.slingergolf.com