“I don’t need any training aids. Those are for high handicappers and people who don’t know how to play.” If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say something like that…
Truth is, training aids are actually quite popular among better players. And by better players, I don’t just mean competitive amateurs, I’m talking about Tour players. If you don’t believe me, visit the next Tour stop in your area and spend some time on the practice tee whatching players practice. I’ll bet you will find a training aid of some sort in the majority of their practice
routines. Some are training aids that maybe you’ve seen in your local golf shop, others are homemade devices, alignment rods and so on. Nonetheless, they all fall under the training aid umbrella.
Personally, I’m a big believer in training aids, so much that I’ve endorsed some of them. I’ve even gone so far as putting my name on a few. And while I’m not saying every training aid is right for everyone, there are a handful of training aids that I think can really help your game.
I like training aids that help with your timing and tempo. The Orange Whip (orangewhiptrainier.com) is a personal favorite for doing just that. Other great tools include alignment tools that help you with your setup and in making a proper putting stroke. My friends over at Eyeline Golf have some great options to choose from. The important thing is, find a training aid that applies directly to your swing problems, and consult with your local instructor (or me!) for advice on what to choose.
And don’t scoff at training aids anymore. They can really help.