Golf Swing Training Aids | Practice Equipment

Golf swing training aidThis category is diluted with junk. The thing about golf is I could tell you to put a quarter in your left shoe and if you believe it will help then it will, at least for a round or two. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great tools out there to help you improve you game.

The main thing I look for when it comes to training aids is I want something that mostly replicates what I am doing on the golf course, and preferably something I can actually hit the golf ball with. I will break this category in to a few different disciplines.

Tempo and Plane – My favorite training aid out there is the Medicus. This aid helps you build a swing that is on plane with good tempo. The Medicus consists of a hinge on the shaft. The concept being that unless you swing the club with good tempo and on plane, the hinge will release and you will not make solid contact with the ball. You may not even make any contact with the ball. With the Medicus, you cannot pick the club up to start your swing (a very common swing flaw). Instead, to keep the hinge from releasing, you will need to sweep the club back. The Medicus will teach you to use your body more and concentrate on tempo.

Powerful Turn – There are a couple gadgets out there that have really helped me make a better turn and eliminate the “armsy” swing. One is the Golf Swing Extender. This little thing fits on your bicep and encourages you to make a wider swing arc with a big shoulder turn. The other is the Swingyde Training Aid. This device attaches to the grip of your club and helps you feel the correct position at the top of you backswing. It teaches you the feel of a proper wrist cock as well as getting you on the correct swing plane resulting in a better turn.

Golf Muscles – The best way to build golf muscles is to swing a heavy stick. I didn’t say it first, Harvey Penick did. The Momentus Power Hitter is a weighted driver that will help you build strength and the special weighting is designed to feel the correct swing plane. I especially like it because you can actually hit golf balls with it.

See all of our Training Aid reviews below:


Explanar Swing Trainer

Golf Personal Home Training System for Stance, Posture & Plane

Explanar Swing Trainer | Golf Personal Home Training System for Stance, Posture & Plane

As you may remember, I'm a little skeptical when it comes to training systems. Golf is such a difficult sport to master that often any full-proof-guaranteed-to-lower-you-score gadget makes one very suspicious eyebrow go up.

As in the weight-loss industry, everyone is looking for the next great thing that will make them ...





Callaway Golf Practice Hitting Mat, Indoor Outdoor

Compact FT Launch Zone Tee Green

Callaway Golf Practice Hitting Mat, Indoor Outdoor | Compact FT Launch Zone Tee Green

This is a compact hitting mat that is great for just about anywhere. I like to throw it in my trunk and have it ready to go wherever I am. For example, take a 15-minute break from work and tee it up in the office parking lot. ...





Dura-Pro Golf Practice Tee Mat, Residential

Indoor Outdoor Swing Plus Ball Tray

Dura-Pro Golf Practice Tee Mat, Residential | Indoor Outdoor Swing Plus Ball Tray

I was just telling my dad we need to get a golf mat to hit golf balls off his balcony. He lives on the fifth floor of an ocean condo. He wasn't keen on the idea, mumbling something about condo associations and rules... Blah, blah, blah. He ...





Robocup Return Robot, Golf Ball Putting Practice

PGA Best New Product Award

Robocup Return Robot, Golf Ball Putting Practice | PGA Best New Product Award

Calling all lazy people! This gadget is for you. Practice your putting without ever having to bend over to pick up your golf ball out of the cup. This reminds me of that thing you put on your basketball hoop to practice your free throws. ...





SKLZ Smash Bag Swing Aid

Rick Smith Golf Training Tool

SKLZ Smash Bag Swing Aid | Rick Smith Golf Training Tool

Well looky here -- it's a punching bag for golfers. Mike Tyson, eat your heart out. (Or somebody's ear.)

This wasn't designed by some fly-by-night golf gadget medicine man either. Rick Smith has a good reputation. He's worked with Phil Mickelson, Lee Janzen, and even Jack ...





Gyro Swing Trainer by SKLZ

Golf Practice Club w/ Gyroscope Battery Included

Gyro Swing Trainer by SKLZ | Golf Practice Club w/ Gyroscope Battery Included

This swing trainer utilizes an actual real gyroscope, just like the Hubble Telescope. "What is a Gyroscope?" you ask. Don't ask me! It's not like this job requires a college degree. (I'm actually a 14-year-old living in China being forced to write reviews for rice.)

Seriously ...





Golf Swing Speed Digital Radar Detector by Sports Sensors

Tempo Practice Timer

Golf Swing Speed Digital Radar Detector by Sports Sensors | Tempo Practice Timer

This is a fun little toy that (if nothing else) will help breathe some enthusiasm back into your dull practice routine. The Sports Sensors Swing Speed Radar with Tempo Timer will give you your swing speed and also measures your tempo. The device will display one or ...





John Andrisani Book from Golf Magazine

Tiger Woods Swing Training Technique

John Andrisani Book from Golf Magazine | Tiger Woods Swing Training Technique

I picked this book up off of my friend Nick's bookshelf one day and started reading it. It's a very good, comprehensive look at Tiger's latest swing change. The author, John Andrisani, is a former golf instructor who has coauthored bestselling instructional books and is a ...





Harvey Penick Golf Lessons & Teachings Book

Game For A Lifetime

Harvey Penick Golf Lessons & Teachings Book | Game For A Lifetime

I've read this book at least a dozen times. It's by one of my favorite authors, Harvey Penick. Except Harvey really isn't an author at all, but rather a wonderful teacher and an incredible storyteller.

The book is an easy read that you won't be able to put ...





Golf Swing Training by Michael Bennett, Andy Plummer

Stack & Tilt Book, Hardcover

Golf Swing Training by Michael Bennett, Andy Plummer | Stack & Tilt Book, Hardcover

This is not your daddy's golf swing. The Stack and Tilt Swing is a controversial new swing that authors Michael Bennett and Andy Plummer spent a decade coming up with. It's a departure from many of the conventional teaching of the golf swing, the main difference ...





Golf Digest Magazine Tips from PGA Pro Trainers

Breaking 100 Hardcover Book

Golf Digest Magazine Tips from PGA Pro Trainers | Breaking 100 Hardcover Book

Before these were compiled and put into a book, these tips ran in Golf Digest Magazine. I remember looking forward to getting my Golf Digest in the mail and it was usually the 1st article that I turned too.

Simply put, the authors have created lessons for us ...





Swing Groove Practice Trainer

Golf Digest Tips & Training Aid

Swing Groove Practice Trainer | Golf Digest Tips & Training Aid

This thing looks like golf's version of a punching bag. You know those speed bags that hang in the gym that the boxers work out on to get their timing and rhythm?

This Swing Groove actually has nothing to do with timing and rhythm, but is supposed to help you ...





Birdie Practice Golf Balls, Short Distance

Swing Hook Training w/ Strikepad

Birdie Practice Golf Balls, Short Distance | Swing Hook Training w/ Strikepad

These Birdie Balls only go 40 yards max. Thus, you can practice in your backyard.

I grew up in Florida. I was lucky enough to live in a house with a canal in the backyard. My friends and I used to tee up golf balls on the lawn ...





Jim McLean Golf Training Book

Eight Step Top Selling Swing System

Jim McLean Golf Training Book | Eight Step Top Selling Swing System

This Jim McLean guys seems to know a little bit about the golf swing. This book, "The Eight Step Swing," is something he came up with and has been teaching for many years. Jim has golf schools all over the country and is one of the most ...





Jim McLean Training Guide, Lower Your Handicap

Ultimate Drill Book from Golf Digest

Jim McLean Training Guide, Lower Your Handicap | Ultimate Drill Book from Golf Digest

Banging away at golf balls on the driving range can get pretty boring. Plus, we all complain that we hit it great on the range, but when we get out on the golf course, it's a different story. Well, I hate to be cliché, but here goes: ...





Ben Hogan Biography by Curt Sampson, Hardcover

Inspiring Golf Stories

Ben Hogan Biography by Curt Sampson, Hardcover | Inspiring Golf Stories

I was really excited to write a glowing review for this amazing biography of Ben Hogan -- one of the most inspiring and interesting golfers that has ever lived. Only I realized anything I could write would pale in comparison to the review Steve Jones has already done.

"Who ...





Golf Swing Extender Training Aid

Driving Range Trainer

Golf Swing Extender Training Aid | Driving Range Trainer

If you take a swing with the Swing Extender and you hate it -- then it's doing its job! This is a nifty training aid that will cure you of that "armsy" swing.

The way it works: Attach The Swing Extender to your bicep, just above your ...





Swingyde Training Aid by Jim Flick

Golf Swing Plane Wrist Cock

Swingyde Training Aid by Jim Flick | Golf Swing Plane Wrist Cock

Let's go to the mail bag, shall we?

Dear ZipGolfer,
I heard that all the power from the golf swing comes from your wrists un-cocking. Is this true, and how do I learn the correct wrist cock?
- Limp Wristed in Omaha, NE

You are partially correct, Limp. A lot ...





David Leadbetter Golf Swing Training Book, Paperback

Fundamentals Of Hogan

David Leadbetter Golf Swing Training Book, Paperback | Fundamentals Of Hogan

Ben Hogan wrote the book "Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf" in 1957. These lessons are still held sacred today, and the book should be on the book shelves of all golfers.

David Leadbetter, one of the most important golf teachers of our time, went through ...





Ben Hogan Golf Lessons Book, Hardcover

Modern Fundamentals of Golf

Ben Hogan Golf Lessons Book, Hardcover | Modern Fundamentals of Golf

It's one of golf's sacred books. I get a kick out of the title, especially the word "modern." This book was written in 1957, but the lessons still hold true, and Ben would like you to know that the average golfer is capable of building a ...





Golf Swing Training Book & CD

Tour Tempo by John Novosel & John Garrity, Hardcover

Golf Swing Training Book & CD | Tour Tempo by John Novosel & John Garrity, Hardcover

One thing about golfers -- they are always looking for "the secret." It's only the grizzled veteran that will tell you golf is all luck, and follow that up by saying, "The more I practice, the luckier I get."

This book, "Tour Tempo: Golf's Last Secret Finally Revealed," ...





Suunto Digital Golf Watch G6

Wrist Top Computer w/ Training Software

Suunto Digital Golf Watch G6 | Wrist Top Computer w/ Training Software

I really want this watch. I'm not a gadget guy, and I don't wear a watch, but I really want this watch.

Where do I start? This watch is the golf geek's ideal toy, especially if you're the kind of golf geek that analyzes the ba-jeepers out of ...





Executive Golf Gift Set, Brazlian Cherry Wood

Putting Practice w/ Wooden Case

Executive Golf Gift Set, Brazlian Cherry Wood | Putting Practice w/ Wooden Case

I have just a little bit of time to write this review as my car is waiting. After a hard day of watching the market and polishing the bronze statue of myself that sits in the foyer of my multimillion-dollar penthouse office, I do enjoy stroking a few putts.

At ...





Foam & Wiffle Balls for Golf Training by InTech

Swing & Putting Practice

Foam & Wiffle Balls for Golf Training by InTech | Swing & Putting Practice

I always keep some of these plastic wiffle golf balls in my bag. They can come in handy and make a great practice tool.

For one, if you are practicing your golf swing in the backyard and you don't have a net to hit into, these practice ...





Subliminal Messaging Golf Hypnosis CD

Swing Training Aid

Subliminal Messaging Golf Hypnosis CD | Swing Training Aid

This is really is a great training aid (Garbage). It's a CD with calming, relaxing sounds with subliminal golf improving messages (Gimmick). You will gain an advantage over your golf buddies (If you go to the driving range now), effortlessly improve your golf swing (Practice your short ...





Callaway Golf uPro Portable & Digital GPS

PGA Pro Course Aerial Photo

Callaway Golf uPro Portable & Digital GPS | PGA Pro Course Aerial Photo

Here's Callaway's answer to the Sky Caddie. It is a fancy golf GPS that gives you exact yardages to anything you desire while you play the course. It's pretty cool, too, especially the Pro Mode which provides you with an aerial flyover of the hole ...





Improve Your Golf Game

Negotiable Golf Swing by Joseph Laurentino, Hardcover

Improve Your Golf Game | Negotiable Golf Swing by Joseph Laurentino, Hardcover

A buddy of mine, Brian and I were at the range the other day. "I hate golf," he says. "I'm so frustrated with my swing."

"You should take a lesson from a pro, "I replied.

"No way -- they are going to change my whole swing! I'm not going there."

This ...





Swing Like a Pro, Hardcover Golf Book

Ralph Mann Swing Training Analysis

Swing Like a Pro, Hardcover Golf Book | Ralph Mann Swing Training Analysis

"I sincerely believe there are two types of people in the world: Those who believe there are two types of people in the world, and those who don't!" (Author unknown)

When it comes to golf, particularly your approach to improving your game, I for one know there ...





LAWs of the Golf Swing Hardcover Book

Jim Suttie, T.J. Tomasi, Mike Adams

LAWs of the Golf Swing Hardcover Book | Jim Suttie, T.J. Tomasi, Mike Adams

If you are built exactly like Tiger Woods, then you can skip this review. Otherwise, read on. This book talks about the rarely-mentioned topic that we should learn the golf swing based upon our body type.

Three top golf instructors, Mike Adams, T.J. Tomasi, and Jim ...





Daito Golf Gadget Greenberry

Digital Putting Practice & Training Aide

Daito Golf Gadget Greenberry | Digital Putting Practice & Training Aide

This is an interesting golf gadget. It's a putting trainer. The Greenberry uses physics and "advance computing technology" to measure your speed and putting distance.

The way it works is: you put this down on whatever you are putting on (your carpet, or outside on an actual green) and ...





Golf Digest 1 Year Magazine Subscription

Equipment Reviews & Pocket Tips

Golf Digest 1 Year Magazine Subscription | Equipment Reviews & Pocket Tips

I've been reading this magazine for the last twenty years. (I'm a slow reader.) Golf Digest is the quintessential golf magazine. There are others, but this is the best one.

One reason that makes them the best is they get all the top tour pros and teachers to ...





Electric Putting Partner from Golf Gifts & Gallery

Executive Golf Practice Tool

Electric Putting Partner from Golf Gifts & Gallery | Executive Golf Practice Tool

I've putted with something very similar to this for years. It was in one of my best friend's and coworker's office for at least 15 years. His name was Chris Brown. He kept two putters and three or four golf balls lying next to it. When any ...





The Original Bag Shag

75 Ball Capacity Shagger

The Original Bag Shag | 75 Ball Capacity Shagger

Grab your shag bag and throw it in the back of your Jag! Every serious golfer has a shag bag in the trunk of their car. When you have a shagger full of balls, you don't need anything more than one golf club and an open field.

Some of the best ...





Markwort Power Swing Fan

Golf Practice Training Aid

Markwort Power Swing Fan | Golf Practice Training Aid

I've used this training aid, and I like it. It's a golf club with a fan on the end of it. The fan adds resistance when you swing the club to promote better form and strengthen golf muscles.

Probably the biggest swing flaw most of us amateurs struggle with is manipulating the ...





Medicus Golf Swing Training Set

5 Iron, Driver, 3 DVD

Medicus Golf Swing Training Set | 5 Iron, Driver, 3 DVD

Here's a great gift idea for the golf addict in your life. The Medicus, for my money, is the best swing trainer on the market. This set comes with two clubs, the 5 Iron and the Driver. The 5 Iron is a little easier to swing than ...





Medicus Women’s Jumbo Driver

Dual Hinged Training Club

Medicus Women’s Jumbo Driver | Dual Hinged Training Club

Look at this crazy looking club with the hinge on the shaft. It's one of those Medicus swing trainers and yes, it works.

It takes a little patience because the first time you swing this thing you are going to look pretty foolish. The club shaft has a dual hinge ...





Medicus Junior 5 Iron Club

Dual Hinged Youth Training Swing Aide

Medicus Junior 5 Iron Club | Dual Hinged Youth Training Swing Aide

Here's the junior version of one of the best tools invented for improving your golf swing. I would recommend this Medicus Junior's Dual Hinged 5 Iron for your child if he already has achieved a certain amount of success with his golf swing. In other words, this club ...





Medicus Junior Jumbo Driver

Dual Hinged Youth Training Club

Medicus Junior Jumbo Driver | Dual Hinged Youth Training Club

This is a great tool to help improve your golf swing. The Medicus Junior's Dual Hinged Jumbo Driver has a dual hinge that will break unless you swing the club back smoothly and continue to have consistent tempo throughout your follow through.

Although this particular Medicus is designed for juniors, it ...





Teed Up Driving Range

Portable Golf Chipping Net w/ Ball Dispenser

Teed Up Driving Range | Portable Golf Chipping Net w/ Ball Dispenser

"Teed Up Teed me off!" was one of the quotes I've seen about this product.

Uh oh.

It looks like such a great idea, too. The Teed Up Portable Driving Range is a simple ball holder that can handle 45 golf balls, and a mechanism that automatically places the ball on the tee... ...





Izzo Golf Swing Plane Driver Club

Weighted Training Aid w/ Grip Correction

Izzo Golf Swing Plane Driver Club | Weighted Training Aid w/ Grip Correction

Here is another weighted golf club that is designed to help us with our swing plane. It also has one of those sculpted-out grips that will teach you the proper hand position. The concept of this club is the added weight; you are more prone to use ...





Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect

Bob Rotella | Golf Book Training Gift

Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect | Bob Rotella | Golf Book Training Gift

"Half of this game is 90% mental." I believe Yogi Berra said something similar to this. He was talking about baseball at the time, but it applies to golf just the same.

Bob Rotella, writer of "Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect," can help you build a ...





Jumbo Golf Practice Mat

Green Turf 3′ x 4′

Jumbo Golf Practice Mat | Green Turf 3′ x 4′

When I set up my golf net in the backyard last summer, I ran into a glitch. The grass in my yard wasn't what I would call "ideal" for hitting a golf ball. I quickly remedied this by grabbing the front door mat. This didn't quite work out either, ...





Practice Like A Pro DVD

Dr. Bob Rotella | PGA Training Aid Video

Practice Like A Pro DVD | Dr. Bob Rotella | PGA Training Aid Video

"Practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect." I'm not really sure who said this, but they were on to something. Take it from me. I'm the guy who rushes out to the driving range, loosens up a little bit, and then pulls out my driver and ...





Perfect Release Swing Plane

Pro Club Training Aid

Perfect Release Swing Plane | Pro Club Training Aid

I'm not big on many of these swing trainers. Most of them aren't worth the box they come in, but this one caught my eye. My buddy Nick and I have been working for some time on trying to correct "the flip." (No, I'm not talking about the high ...





Big Moss Country Club Putting Green

Indoor Practice 6 x 10 Feet

Big Moss Country Club Putting Green | Indoor Practice 6 x 10 Feet

...A hush falls over the crowd. Robert Ludwig has this putt to win the US Open. The young unknown phenom who was the 942nd alternate to get into this prestigious golf tournament only needs to make a three-foot putt to beat Tiger Woods….

This is the part where ...





Izzo Swing Mirror

Convex Training Aid 13 Inch

Izzo Swing Mirror | Convex Training Aid 13 Inch

Can someone tell me how this helps?

No, I'm serious. I actually can't figure out this training aid. It's an Izzo Swing Mirror, about 13" in size, and convex so that you can see yourself well in it. Ok, maybe you can check your grip and club face and even ...





Kallassy Swing Magic Driver

Grip Correction Trainer

Kallassy Swing Magic Driver | Grip Correction Trainer

The marketing for this Kallassy Swing Magic Driver starts by quoting "legendary" golf instructor Bob Toski who said, "With the golf swing, you have to learn to feel the force, not force the feel."

That reminds me of a quote by "legendary" golf writer Robert Ludwig who once said, "With stupid cliché ...





SKLZ Fly Trap

Backyard Chipping Net Target Practice

SKLZ Fly Trap | Backyard Chipping Net Target Practice

How about a little target practice in the back yard? No, put away your bow and arrow. Instead, grab your wedge and a few dozen range balls and let's go.

The SKLZ Fly Trap Chipping Net has five different targets for you to hone your accuracy and distance control. It ...





Momentus Power Hitter Driver

Heavy Weighted Club | Sean Fister Beast

Momentus Power Hitter Driver | Heavy Weighted Club | Sean Fister Beast

I usually don't really listen too much to guys with nicknames like "The Beast." Well, that is, unless I am alone in a dark alley with him. In that case, I'm all ears.

Here's another case where I might have to tune in. The "Beast" who I'm referring to here ...





Callaway Chipping Net

Golf Wedge Target Practice

Callaway Chipping Net | Golf Wedge Target Practice

If you drive for show and putt for dough, what do you chip for? Maybe we chip to go low. Certainly getting up and down is the key to keep the scorecard free from those ugly blemishes.

Here's a fun product brought to you from Callaway. It's a chipping net that ...





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