Each year a new range of golf training aids hits the market. Most are takeoff’s or improvements of an existing product but in some cases you will find an original patented device. If you peruse the Golf Channel, you will see many of the newer golf training aids being advertised for a number of months before being replaced by another upcoming hot selling product. I am lucky enough to test out, review, or try some of these golf gadgets so I thought I might show a few of the golf training aids that have either made into my home, golf bag, or wish list this upcoming golf season.
Medicus Power Meter
The Medicus Power Meter measures club head speed at the point of impact with a golf ball. This is one of the golf training aids that I use on a regular basis only because it is so simple to use. Just put in the batteries, adjust your height and the length of the club you will be using, attach the Medicus Power Meter to your club as per the instructions and start swinging. I can honestly say that I’ve used the Medicus Power Meter in my backyard this winter to see progress in my club head swing speed. While most amateur men golfers swing at about 86 miles per hour, our professional counterparts are somewhere around 110 to 112 miles per hour. Increased club head speed equals increased distance with all of your golf clubs.
Swingyde Golf Swing Training Aid
This is a plastic device which costs around $35 or so. You will find a few videos on Youtube showing this product in use. This is one of those golf training aids that I originally wrote off as something that I thought was cheap and was going to break. I was wrong. I now find the Swingyde Golf Swing Training Aid as the product I reach for when my swing has gone awry. From making sure that your swing stays on plane (my issue) to creating the lag which is so important in regards to club head speed, this device will keep or get your swing on track.
Hank Haney Plane Finder
If you’ve watched the Golf Channel at all lately, you’ve seen Hank Haney with the Haney Project teaching golf to the likes of Charles Barkley, Ray Romano, Rush Limbaugh, and more recently, Bill Cowher. While not many of us can get the one on one attention from Hank Haney, you can certainly work with one of the golf training aids that he supports. The Hank Haney Plane Finder. Swinging on plane is key and is also part and parcel to having both a powerful and consistent golf swing.
Dancin Dogg Optishot Golf Simulator
One of my favorite golf training aids that I’ve used this off-season is the Dancin Dogg Optishot Golf Simulator. Feel like playing a round of golf at home? This is the product you need. Want to get a round of golf in before work in the morning? With the Optishot you can play a round in about an hour. You will need a ceiling about 8 1/2 feet tall and an area of about 10 feet around you. I recommend hitting into a net, although I’ve heard of folks using a mattress. Yes, you are really able to hit golf balls with your own clubs just like you might with the golf simulators that you find at golf stores. Plus you will get statistics showing distance, face angle, tempo and more. Just check out the image here. So if you are tired of playing computer golf games and truly want to use your own clubs to play some of the worlds top courses, look into the Dancin Dogg Optishot.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed just a few of the golf training aids that I’ve put together today at a variety of price ranges. Sure, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the great golf gps devices that are out on the market today as well as the new clubs and balls that come out each and every year. But that is another day…