What Golf Training Aids Are Good
A Golf training aid is a specialized piece of golf equipment or possibly software that is intended to train and improve a feature or features of ones golf swing or game. The truth is there are several types of golf training aids available to the public but several of them aim to achieve the same results. In my personal belief I think that nearly all faults can be cured by correcting your fundamentals because a lot of mistakes stem from terrible fundamentals. However besides that here I will evaluate a small number of the popular training aids that can still be very useful for your game.
One of the most well known golf training aids for improving tempo and swing speed is the weighty or heavily weighted golf club which can cost a few bucks compared to the other practice aids. A simple free alternative to this however would be to swing two golf clubs together at the same time. Swinging two clubs is just as heavy if not heavier than the weighted club but two clubs are a bit more awkward to hold. The heavily weighted golf club works since it is a great deal heavier than a standard golf club. The heavy weight of the golf club prevents the golfer from swinging the golf club too hard or fast which repeatedly leads to poor quality golf shots.
When the golfer next swings a normally golf club on the golf course it is essential that he swing it as though he is swinging the heavy club. This is so that he repeats the same tempo he had with the weighted club which will produce better quality shots. An additional characteristic that is gained with the weighted golf club is that it increases the golf muscles rather well.
The top golf training aid for improving your chipping and pitching in my opinion is the widely well known pitching net. The chipping net is very efficient for honing distance control because all you need to do is land the golf ball in the net as many times as you can. The more you use it the more you improve your feel. A simple alternative to the pitching net however is to flip an open umbrella upside down and stick it in the ground or better yet pick a detail on the grass and attempt to land the ball on that exact spot. The pitching nets are even widely used on the pga tour during practice rounds and warm up rounds. A nice perk about the pitching net is that the net captures the balls making it much less hassle retrieving golf balls.
The most well known golf training aid that will improve your putting is the indoor putting mat. These little putting gems are very practical because you can simply unroll them in your own living room and start putting. They are normally 6 feet long although you can get other sizes and enable you to perfect your putting stroke from the most critical distance from the cup. The biggest single drawback of these putting mats however that is you can not stroke the ball from any other position which is a bit of a shame. This can make it a bit monotonous putting from the same position over and over again which can in fact put bad habits in your game. They are still very useful tools though for quick warm ups before you go out and play or when the climate is awful and doesn't allow you to play on the day. I little tip I have for putting mats is to putt from a couple of feet away and try and hole as many as possible in a row and always try to break my record.
Overall in my opinion I do believe golf training aids can be useful to your game depending on what you intend to use them for but to be truthful I don't use them I just go with straight forward practice. They are great for the beginner though. One other thing is that they can be a bit fun to use as a change for a while.