Thumb Caddy

Thumb Caddy is an inch long, U shaped plastic device wrapped in soft rubber that clips onto the thinnest part of the shaft and slides up onto the middle of the grip. The Thumb Caddy is then aligned with the club face. The device creates a concave crevice for placing your thumb into when gripping the club. This device aims to keep your grip consistent throughout the swing by keeping the thumb position constant. Greater consistency in grip and club face alignment will give you a greater chance at producing a consistent swing motion.
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Classic Golf Tips by Tommy Armour

Thomas Dickson Armour aka the silver scot was a Scottish-American professional golfer. He won the 1927 U.S. Open, 1930 PGA Championship, and the 1931 Open Championship. Later as a teacher he taught professionals like Babe Didrikson Zaharias and Julius Boros. This book features golf tips in the areas of putting, driving, grip and stance.
Click here for more info: Classic Golf Tips

SNAGazoo

The SNAGazoo is a golf training aid designed to develop the angle between hands and arms during a pitch shot. When the player swings to the 9 o’clock position, their target arm and the SNAGazoo form an “L”. If this is done correctly the device will produce a sound. If done incorrectly the device makes no sound.
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Orange Whip Wedge

The Orange Whip Wedge is the result of the collaboration between the developer of the Orange Whip Jim Hackenberg and short game expert Stan Utley. The wedge will develop the ability to impact the ball with consistency and improve your margin for error. The wedge combines the Orange Whip counterweighted flexible shaft system with a Stan Utley inspired wedge head to help you maximize your short game around the greens and lower your scores.
• Promotes short game rhythm and feel
• Trains solid contact for improved distance and accuracy
• Develops sequencing of body, arms, and club head release
• Enhances creativity and feel for shots around the green
Click here for more info: Orange Whip Wedge

My Partner Ben Hogan by Jimmy Demaret

Jimmy Demaret, in this book, My Partner Ben Hogan , reflects on Hogan as a person… “He is a man of strong character and fine qualities. He is difficult to know for a couple of reasons. One, he is an introvert, plain and simple. The other is that he spends most of his time on the golf course…. But take it from someone who knows him well, he is also a fine, courageous, and warm human being”.
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Swing Caddy: Impact & Rhythm Trainer with Flexible Shaft

The “Swing Caddy” is a training club that has a “Sinker Spring Loaded Magnet” inside. This design allows users to adjust swing speed for desirable distance and head speed using the control scale. The device provides feedback by creating a “click” sound when swung. The goal is to produce the “click” sound at the point of impact (in front of the left foot). If the “click” sound is ahead or behind the ideal impact zone, it indicates that the swing is either too fast, slow, early or later than the selected control scale. The Sinker automatically resets itself to its original position without any manual adjustment. Its aim is to help players change their swing patterns for balanced rhythm and tempo for maximum distance with better accuracy.
Click here for more info:Swing Caddy – Swing Impact & Rhythm Trainer

ChippingPro

The ChippingPro is a golf chipping aid that forces you to swing your golf club on an optimal swing path (ball first then the ground).

There are 5 steps to using the ChippingPro:
1. Place the ChippingPro mat on a flat surface where you can swing your golf club.
2. Pick a target you will aim at and where you want your ball to come to a stop.
3. Place the ball in the “hitting zone”, set the “indicator flap” to a 35° angle (max allowed) and address the ball as you would a normal chip shot.
4. Make your backswing and downswing for the shot you want to play, avoiding the “obstruction block” at the rear of the ChippingPro as you swing.
5. Hit the ball towards the target you selected, making sure you strike the “indicator flap” with the clubhead as you follow through.

A well-executed chip will result in the “indicator flap” being pushed flat and the ball moving towards your target. In contrast, a poorly-executed chip will leave the “indicator flap” in a raised position. Even if the ball goes to the target, you have failed to perform the chipping swing correctly if the flap remains raised.
Click here for more info: https://www.chippingpro.com

CentreCup

CentreCup putting aid developed by PGA Pro Ian Melville helps golfers follow Dave Peltz ‘straight back, straight through’ putting technique also known as PILS (Pure InLine Stroke). In this putting technique the putter face is kept square to the ball and target line throughout the stroke.

The basics of the PILS stroke are:
-Keep the putter face square during the stroke.
-Keep the putter head moving straight along the target line.
-Use a simple pendulum stroke, originating at the shoulders. This takes the forearms, wrists, and hands out of the equation. The hands should hang freely below the shoulders, so that the “pendulum” formed by the shoulders and hands is perfectly vertical.
-The shoulders must be aimed square to the target line.

CentreCup’s unique Putter Brace and Shoulder Brace eliminate ‘wrist-break’ meaning the golfer cannot flip at the ball and also means the arms hang freely and can only move straight back and straight through. Anti-Twist Bars prevent the golfer from twisting off line and keep the shoulders square to the target line throughout the back-swing and follow-through.

Click here for more info:http://www.centrecup.com

Down to Scratch by Abe Mitchell

“This book contains practically all that I know about how to play golf. In it I have set down, as honestly as my powers of analysis can guide me, all that I do or try to do to get length and control. And since I hold that power and control are the things that matter if a man is to play to scratch, I offer this book to the golfing public in the sincere hope that it will set them off on the road to lower figures. The treatment differs from that usually adopted in that I have endeavoured to deal not so much with the way to use certain clubs or to make certain strokers as with the correct way to use the parts of the body to get power. For power enables a man to play within himself, and so with control; no one can play controlled shots if he is struggling for length.”
Click here for free online version: Down to Scratch

Golf Slot Machine

Golf Slot Machine is a golf training aid aimed to help you feel and memorize the correct body movement and club path by four color coded steps.

1) BALL PLACEMENT
Place your golf ball at the intersection of the green arrows. Set up with an iron, the ball 2 inches inside your left heel.

2) CLUB PLACEMENT
Move your iron to the grey club symbol.

3) BACKSWING
Look at your golf ball and take your club back keeping it ‘low and slow’ along the yellow arrow, and complete your backswing.

4) FOLLOW THROUGH
Swing down along the blue club path to ball contact. Extend your club out along the blue path to fully follow through.
click here for more info: https://golfslotmachine.com

SensoGlove

Maintaining a lighter grip pressure is regularly discussed in golf magazines and talked about by professional golfers. However, it is difficult to know the pressure you are using while gripping the golf club. SensoGlove is a golf glove with built-in sensors that actively read the pressure of your grip. Practicing with the device will make you more aware of your grip pressure throughout the swing. The device also provides audio feedback when your grip becomes too tight, allowing you to learn and maintain correct grip pressure at every point of your swing.

Click here for more info: http://www.sensoglove.com

The Golf Craze by Cleeke Shotte

A few days ago, I found myself wandering the stacks at a used book store in Winnipeg, I found a jewel of a book, “The Golf Craze”(1907) by author Cleeke Shotte Esq., of Bunker Hill. This book cover caught my eye because of the vibrant colours and image used. Excited to discover what it will entail.
Click here for more info: The Golf Craze

More Sure Golf Training Aid

The More Sure Golf Training Aid provides easy to understand feedback through the sensation of contact between the device and your skin. Understanding leads to increased awareness of the fault, which leads to greater chance of change. The device addresses shaft plane, club face, wrist hinge at the top of the backswing, impact and follow through. Check out the video for a demonstration.
Click here for more info: More Sure Golf Training Aid

Greens Professor

The Greens Professor is a putting alignment aid used to improve alignment at address and impact. Using a laser the device provides feedback if your putter face is open, closed, or square to the intended aim-line. A laser light shines out of the unit and reflects off a mirror that the user attaches to the toe of the putter. The alignment is indicated by a red dot that is visible in the alignment viewing window.
Click here for more info:Greens Professor Putting Training Aid

The Golfing Pilgrim by Horace G. Hutchinson

“If any golfer ever reads the ‘Pilgrim’s Progress,’ it is scarcely possible for him to help regretting that John Bunyan was not a golfer. There, at hand, or beneath his feet, would have been found such wealth of allegory. Even the poor ordinary golfer, who has given names to the features of links, has seemed inspired with some small measure of his genius”
Click here to read a free online copy of the book

SNAG Snapper

The Snapper is designed to develop the proper movement of a full golf swing. The training aid accomplishes this through a series of four exercises that focus on hand, arm and weight distribution. The streamer on the tool follows the swing path giving a neat visual effect. The new learner is instructed to “pop” the streamer which if successful would indicate the correct use of the hands at the impact area.
Click here for more info: Snapper

Enid Wilson, “Function of the Club – Swings and Styles” In Secrets of the Golfing Greats, Edited by Tom Scott (1965)

“The arc described by the head of a golf club is governed by the length of the shaft and the extent of the player’s left arm. The club head travels on an oblique plane, in parallel with the line of play. Any irregularity in the plane, or deviation from the line interferes with the rhythm of the swing and spoils the accuracy of the stroke . . .
‘How do I hit it?’ The answer being, she does not hit the ball, the function is performed by the club head. The less the player knows and thinks about what is happening during the swing, the better are her chances of permitting the operative end of the club to fulfill its task. In order to let the club head do the work, it must be allowed to lead. When it is swung properly the player is not conscious of what is happening to her hands, arms, shoulders, hips, knees, or feet, their movements being blended into the rhythm of the stroke. The perfectly timed swing is effortless, but it defies dissection. Taken apart it becomes an assortment of ill-matched components.”
Click here for more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enid_Wilson

PivotPro

The PivotPro training aid aims to help golfers create a turning of the hips as opposed to swaying or reverse pivot. A proper pivot motion supports the upper body to coil and stack against a braced back leg. Loading properly in a golf swing is crucial because it will increase power and consistency.
Click here for more info: http://www.pivotpro.net

Sam Snead’s How to Play Golf and Professional Tips on Improving Your Score (1946)

“It is true that a player can bring his score down to what is considered good golf without instruction, but he never will be able to fully enjoy the game until he has developed a certain amount of consistency.”

“The player who attempts to learn the game without instruction forms incorrect habits which are a handicap to satisfactory headway. This type of golfer prides himself on the fact that he is self-taught, little realizing that he is falling into errors that will be hard to correct when, and if, he has to see a competent instructor.”

“To teach people how to play the game of golf as well as possible is my job – and that of all professionals – but since there are golfers who do not have the time or the means to obtain individual instruction I will present, in as few words as possible, the fundamentals of golf, and will try to impress upon the golfer the simplest reasons why this or that should be done to acquire a stroke that will give the player a certain degree of satisfaction, and start him on the correct path”.

The above are a few quotes from the book “How To Play Golf by Sam Snead” published in 1946. Sam Snead breaks down the fundamentals of a proper golf swing in less than 200 pages. I personally found this book informative and an easy read. It is also a great reference book to keep in your golf library. I am glad I found this gem at a used book store!!!
Click here for more info: wikipedia link

Perfect Swing Path Board

This golf training aid can be used to help with ball positioning, putting, and shot shaping!

1. Ball Position:
Match your feet on the boards feet to get standard ball position. Lower trajectory shots – move right foot closer to the left. For higher shots – move right foot further from standard. LEFT FOOT STAYS CONSTANT!

2. Putting:
There is a track to monitor your putting stroke on an arc or straight back and through. Line the putter up to the “Putter Face Alignment”, set your eyes over the target line and stroke the putter down the green target line.

3. Shot Shaping:
Shape shots by following the Path and Club Face Angles on the board. Follow the Blue Path with a closed face angle to hit a draw. Follow the Red Path with a open face angle for a fade.
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What Makes a Great Training Aid According to Dane Wiren

Check out this article by Dane Wiren, the famous Dr. Gary Wiren son on what makes a training aid great. Excerpt from the article “Be wary of products with promotional claims that are enticing but vague. If a product has claims like, ‘Lower your score by 3-5 strokes’ or ‘Hit it by your buddies’ without examples of the problem it addresses or what the product really does, it’s probably not worth your money.”
Click here for more info: What makes a great training aid according to Dane Wiren

Sir Walter Simpson, The Art of Golf (1897)

“Do I maintain, then, the reader may ask, that everyone ought to have the same style? By no means; on the contrary, for you or me to model ourselves on a champion is about as profitless as to copy out Hamlet in the hope of becoming Shakespeare . . . In a broad and general way, each player ought to have and has a style, which is the reflection of himself, his build, his mind, the age at which he began, and his previous habits.”
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Raymond Floyd

As one approaches the hole, the muscles and nerves tend to tighten as the margin for error becomes smaller and the demand for deftness of touch becomes more pronounced. Even the most casual golfer can tell you that the vast majority of strokes that are taken will be from 60 yards in. As Raymond Floyd, one of the great short-game players on the PGA Tour, relates in his book The Elements of Scoring: “Once you become good at the short game, it transforms you as a golfers. A good short game greatly reduces the pressure to hit your long shots well: That fact alone can actually improve your ball striking. When you’re playing well and feeling confident, a good short game allows you to be aggressive because you know you can recover from a lost gamble. When you’re playing poorly, a good short game makes it easier to stay patient and weather the storm.”
Click here for more info: wikipedia link

Putting Gate System

Big shout out and thanks to 5DudesGolf for allowing GolfAidReviews the opportunity to test and perform a review on their product. We are very excited to announce that the “Putting Gate System” (PGS) from 5DudesGolf is now on our list of products to be reviewed. 5DudesGolf aims to provide innovative putting aids that target bad habits most golfers develop. The Putting Gate System is their first product that provide a system players can use to monitor and improve their faulty putting habits. The technology used in the PGS allows the player to practice any putt while receiving prompt feedback to correct body alignment, ball position, swing path, etc. In addition, it is small enough to be stored in a golf bag at all times with minimal added weight. Stay tuned for the full review, meanwhile check out their page at: http://www.5dudesgolf.com


Groovit Golf Training Aid

You can tell a good player from a poor golfer just by looking at their setup. What most golfers fail to see is that the setup determines what happens in the golf swing. Jack Nicklaus said “If you setup correctly, there’s a good chance you’ll hit a reasonable shot, even if you make a mediocre swing. If you setup to the ball poorly, you’ll hit a lousy shot even if you make the greatest swing in the world.” The Groovit golf training aid aims to help golfers produce consistent alignment and ball position.
Click here for more info: http://www.groovitgolf.com/index.html

Bob Rotella, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect (1997)

“Sometime in the 1940s, though, American golfers began to overemphasize and complicate swing mechanics. They began to forget the wisdom that Stewart Maiden passed along to Bobby Jones and that Walter Hagen and Sam Snead discovered for themselves. This was not, of course, true everywhere. Golf is a sport of individuals and everyone had his own approach to the game. Teachers like Harvey Penick never stopped imparting sound principles about the mental side of golf. But they became a minority.”
Click here for more info on Stewart Maiden: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stewart_Maiden

Connect4Power-Figure 8 Golf Strap

The figure 8 golf range and gym training strap promotes proper swing sequence and connection between the leading arm and the chest. Connection produces proper body rotation through impact. These keys build a powerful and repeatable golf swing. Practice at the range, home, or take it to the gym.
-Develops Proper Body & Arm Connection
-Promotes Proper Body Rotation
-Develops Proper Takeaway
-Engages Large Muscles
-Develops Proper Release
Click here for more info: http://www.connect4power.com

NORTHCROFT GOLF Tee-Up Compact Review

Tee-Up Compact $55.00
9.8 Reviewer
Pros
-Limits back and knee motion therefore preventing or limiting pain -Helps more people enjoy the game of golf -Great for range practice -Durable -Speeds up teeing up the ball compared to teeing up manually
Cons
-Another item to carry around -Still need to bend slightly (there is a less compact version that might require less bending) -Another item to possibly forget -Large item, takes up space (54 cm long X 8 cm wide) -Difficulty finding a spot in their golf bag. (Maybe a holster attachment is a good idea)
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CRAFTSMAN GOLF Head Covers Review

CRAFTSMAN GOLF Head Covers (refer to review for pricing)
9 Reviewer
Pros
- Vegan friendly faux leather, good for the environment & animals (save the planet!) - Very durable - Great fit (secures to clubs well therefore decreases chance of club head cover loss) - Lots of variety (colors, styles etc.) - Easier to clean than leather - Easier to take care of instructions than leather - Lots of positive customer reviews on Amazon.com - Reasonable Prices (1/3 of leather) - Selection of many styles and colors (custom options available)
Cons
- Wont last as long as real leather (leather requires more care than PU leather) - Wont develop softness overtime, and patina like leather
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GOLFSTR+

Golfaidreviews.org is very excited to announce that GOLFSTR+ have been added to the list of products to be reviewed. Thank you GOLFSTR+ for letting me have the opportunity to try your product and post a review on it. GOLFSTR+ is a 6 in 1 straight arm golf training aid.  You can wear it on the driving range or during an 18 hole game. It helps your body build muscle memory to keep your lead arm or wrist straight during your back swing, putting, and chipping. It can also be used as a lag trainer for your back-swing and chipping. “One hundred members of the GOLF Partners Club tested and approved GOLFSTR+, and 77% of the participants testing GOLFSTR+ recommended it as a golf training aid that will lower your score”. I am very excited to try GOLFSTR+ out myself! Stay tuned for the review!!!
Click here for the home page:http://www.golfstr.com

GOLFSTR Interview for US Golf TV

The Swing Boss

Swing Boss $38.29
9 Reviewer
Pros
- Can be used anywhere that has enough room to swing a club (Ideal tool for working on your swing, particularly indoors during the off-season) - Note: if you don't have enough height indoors to swing your club, you can choke down on your clubs - Great when you want to be quiet (hitting real golf balls is loud, not ideal when the family is sleeping) - Simple and easy to use - Best solution for someone who wants to practice all year round - Can be used with other golf aids for more rounded feedback. For example: Swing profile for video analysis and a swing analyzer (eg.3 Bays GSA Swing Analyzer) that goes in the butt end of your club. Combining these aids will make it a really good high tech practice setup.
Cons
- Only shows club face impact and not swing path. Club face impact is not the only factor for ball curvature (slice, hook..etc) Read below in effectiveness for further explanation - Have to use tees to hit iron shots (cannot hit off the mat directly) - Set-up can be tedious because you have to bend down each time to place the ball on the tee since you cannot hit directly off the mat
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Center Gravity Ball (CGB)

Center Gravity Ball $39.95
7.1 Reviewer
Pros
- Provides accurate feedback through ball movement (if your initial setup is good) - If your stroke is off, the CGB won’t lie. - Easier on your back than similar aids (Ie. the pill, putting wheel, etc...because you don't have to stand up the ball every time). You can just maneuver it into place with your putter rather than bending down and having to stand it up every time. - No matter what your putting style is, this aid gives golfers feedback on their impact - The geometric shape of the Center Gravity Ball provides better feedback than other aids (refer below for further explanation) - Can use with wedges (chipping) - Portable
Cons
- Setting up the CGB can be time consuming - Not easy to align - More expensive than competitors (the pill and putter wheel) but on the flip side it provides better feedback
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Swing Profile

Three versions (Free/Elite/Coach)
9.4 Reviewer
Pros
- Free to try, Easy to use, App works really well - Makes swings easy to compare so you can find your swing fault (refer below in review for further explanation) - The setup is hardest part without a stand (I made a diy stand) - Great app for practice (refer below in review for further explanation) - Revolutionary technology!!!! Nothing that comes close to it!
Cons
- Lacks on the drawing tools (other apps have different colors and shapes you can draw with) - All features worked perfectly except the auto plane line feature (On the positive side, you can manually adjust the plane line in the app) - Even if you are able to figure out your swing fault with the app, you might not know how to fix it. That being said, you need to know that there is a problem before you can fix it and that is what the app can provide...a greater chance that you will figure out your swing fault. - Not available on andriod devices
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GripIt Rite

$21.11
8.6 Reviewer
Pros
- Can use the training grip with all your own clubs, during practice or play - There are different sizes (jr, small, regular, womens) - Can adjust it to be neutral, weak, or strong with the scope - inconspicuous device (other players won't notice if you're using the device) - Feels like you're holding your normal grip cause the bottom is your own grip
Cons
- Not Easy to take on & off clubs; the difficulty will depend on the the grip size & type (multiple customers on various review sites stated that) - After a few swings the grip aid moves, then you have to realign the aid with the scope - Does not address all aspects of a good grip (grip pressure, short thumb vs long thumb etc. read more below in effectiveness) - If you have really big hands or small hands it might be an issue if you pick the wrong size (I say this because you can't open up the package and try the aid out ex. small male hands might need a womens grip rite)
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Benderstik

Benderstik $99.95
7.3 Reviewer
Pros
- Versatile tool that can be used to train many aspects of the swing - Provides negative feedback to build muscle memory - Great if you know specifically what you need to work on in your swing - Good tool for golf instructors - Light-weight so you can carry it in your golf bag
Cons
- You need to self-diagnose your swing flaws (might be difficult for beginners) - Expensive training aid - Could use a broken golf shaft and pool noodle (look under cheaper alternative below for drills you can do without buying the Benderstik package) - The dvd is good but could be overwhelming for golfer
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