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

Bunker Pro System

The Bunker Pro System is a golf aid used to improve swings when in bunkers or sand traps. The aid helps you focus more on the ball by giving you the specific range for interacting with the sand. This gives you comfort and assurance that you won’t be ending up in another bunker. The device has two parts, the poly-carbonate base and the foam rod. The poly-carbonate base shows you the section where you should interact with the sand before hitting the ball. Hitting the sand and missing the board gets you out of the bunker and on the green. The foam rod’s main goal is to prevent the dreaded shank.
Click here for more info: https://eyelinegolf.com/products/bunker-pro-system

GolfScope

GolfScope is a golf training aid that empowers golfers to master the proper golf swing technique. GolfScope attaches directly to the driving range mat and is fully adjustable for any height. When using GolfScope, you must ensure that the golf ball is visible at all times within the scope. GolfScope ensures that you have a proper spine angle, reduces lateral body movement, and increases your focus on the ball in order to maximize the power of your swing.
Click here for more info: https://www.golf-scope.com

GOLF Magazine’s The Par Plan: A Revolutionary System to Shoot Your Best Score in 30 Days

Thirty Days To a Better Golf Game…..

The Par Plan, Golf Magazine and GolfTEC, the global leader in golf instruction show you how to get there in 30 days. This day-by-day regimen that any golfer can follow is the first to offer instruction across three platforms (lessons, video, smartphone app) to help you assess your technique and pinpoint the weak areas in your game. You’ll see how making small improvements in nine key areas can lead to significant results on the course. You’ll also learn:

-The secrets to adding yards to your drives
-How to avoid costly mistakes on the putting green
-Keys to building an arsenal of score-saving swings
-How to turn good practice days into solid rounds

The plan equips you with lesson schedules and targeted on-range and at-home drills. At each important step, self-assessment tests and the plan’s revolutionary swing-analysis app, My Pro To Go, allow you to chart your progress.

With a plan that this book provides, hopefully you’ll reach the score you wanted!
Click here for more info: goodreads link

ShoeTips

An unorthodox golf training aid that helps remind golfers to concentrate on what they intend to practice on. Before you play, select the two thoughts you want to remember as you begin your swing routine. Insert them into the two base clips that fit snugly over your shoelaces making sure they are in full view as you address the ball. ShoeTips’ 18 labels are interchangeable and you can write your own custom tips on the reverse side using an indelible marker.

ShoeTip’s goal is to help golfers calm their mind and give them a greater sense of possibility, focus, and commitment. It is meant to channel golfers’ mental game while they play.

It is said that golf is as much of a mental game as it is physical. ShoeTips is meant to train golfers mentally which will result in lowering their scores.
Click here for more info: http://www.shoetipsgolf.com

Horace Hutchinson, Hints On The Game of Golf (1886)

“You will find that the more you get into the habit of making the vagaries of your surroundings an excuse for a bad stroke, the more real and powerful will their distracting influence become. If you can bring yourself to treat those trifling distractions, even when they have put you off your stroke, with the silent contempt they merit, you will soon grow to disregard them – whereby you will become a better golfer, and pleasanter.”
Click here for more info: wikipedia link

Masters 2017

Get ready for the annual Masters Tournament everyone!!!!!

The Masters Tournament  is one of the four major championships in professional golf. The Masters is scheduled for the first full week of April, and it is the first of the majors to be played each year. The Masters is held each year at the same location, Augusta National Golf Club, a private golf club in the city of Augusta, Georgia, USA.

The Masters was started by Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones. Jones designed Augusta National with course architect Alister MacKenzie. The field of players is smaller than those of the other major championships because it is an invitational event, held by the Augusta National Golf Club.

The tournament has a number of traditions – some include:
-Since 1949, a green jacket has been awarded to the champion, who must return it to the clubhouse one year after his victory, although it remains his personal property and is stored with other champions’ jackets in a specially designated cloakroom.
-In most instances, only a first-time and currently reigning champion may remove his jacket from the club grounds. A golfer who wins the event multiple times uses the same green jacket awarded upon his initial win.
-The Champions Dinner, inaugurated by Ben Hogan in 1952, is held on the Tuesday before each tournament, and is open only to past champions and certain board members of the Augusta National Golf Club. Beginning in 1963, legendary golfers, usually past champions, have hit an honorary tee shot on the morning of the first round to commence play. These have included Fred McLeod, Jock Hutchinson, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. Since 1960, a semi-social contest at the par-3 course has been played on Wednesday, the day before the first round.

Nicklaus has the most Masters wins, with six between 1963 and 1986. Palmer and Tiger Woods won four each, and five have won three titles at Augusta: Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Nick Faldo, and Phil Mickelson. Gary Player, from South Africa, was the first non-American player to win the tournament, in 1961; the second was Seve Ballesteros of Spain, the champion in 1980 and 1983.

Past 3 year winners:
2014- Bubba Watson
2015- Jordan Spieth
2016- Danny Willett
2017- Who will be victorious ?

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

Sure-Set Golf

The Sure-Set Golf aims to improve strength, flexibility, power, and sequence training.
It helps to master golfer’s backswing, which is one of the most important part of the golf swing.

These are the items Sure-Set Golf is designed to do:
-Make the backswing move easy.
-Trains golfers how to set the club into the right loaded postion with great swing width, on the right plane, and right angles.
-Produce a powerful backswing postion by combining the vital blend of wrist hinge, forearm rotation and shoulder turn around a solid foundation.
-Also great assistant in learning the sequence of the downswing, allowing the stored power to be maximized as you uncoil from the floor (pelvis, trunk, lead arm)

Golfers can start off practicing to set their swing correctly by using the Sure-Set, and then switch to using their own clubs to feel the difference.
Click here for more info: https://www.sure-set.co.uk

V-Harness

The V-Harness is a golf aid that aims to help lower golfer’s handicap, hit the ball farther and straighter more consistently.
How does it work?
The V-harness goes on over your shoulders, and attaches to any club in your bag (driver through wedge). Once it’s on, adjust the straps to fit it snug. It will fit anyone up to a 50 inch chest. Pick which club you want to work with, and slide the adaptor up the shaft until it rests on the end of your grip. Setup and you will feel the pull of the cords to get down to the ball, the cords should be taut at address. Take a swing keeping the V-Cords taut. You will feel resistance and if the V-cords breakdown you are out of position.
Click here for more info: http://www.v-harness.com

Bridgestone Golf BFIT

Bridgestone Golf BFIT app is the world’s first free launch monitor! It transforms every golfer’s mobile device into a ball tracking launch monitor. This app does not require any other hardware, it uses the phones high speed camera.

The app provides the following:
* Swing Speed
* Ball Velocity
* Launch Angle
* Ball Spin
* Carry Distance
* Total Distance
* Golf Ball Recommendation
* Golf Ball Information
Click here for more info: https://www.mygolfspy.com/b-fit-ball-app/

Travis Wood tries out the BFit App with Bryson DeChambeau

Ernest Jones, “Swing the Clubhead: A Plea for simplicity in analyzing the golf swing” in The American Golfer Magazine

“Before starting any discussion of the golf swing, I should like first to say that my own impression is that most golfers go quite the wrong way about learning the game. This refers to being always on the alert to find out what is wrong instead of getting to know what is right.”
Click here for more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Jones_(golfer)

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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John Novosel’s Power Tools

When you swing the Power Tools Training Club it teaches you how to create a power angle at impact. The pros use this power angle to generate club head speed and consistency in their golf games. The problem is that learning how to use the power angle by watching a DVD or by reading about it, is difficult. To learn it and be able to repeat it, it must be constantly experienced and felt. To get this feeling with the Power Tools Training Club, you just pick it up and swing it, and every time you swing it, you reinforce the feel of this move that the pros use so effectively.
Click here for more info: https://www.tourtempo.com/powertools/

Power Tools Golf

The Bogey Man: A Month on the PGA Tour by George Plimpton

What happens when a weekend athlete – of average skill at best – joins the professional golf circuit? George Plimpton spent a month of self-imposed torture on the PGA tour to find out, meeting amateurs, pros, caddies, officials, fans and hangers-on along the way. In The Bogey Man we find golf legends, adventurers, stroke-saving theories, superstitions, and other golfing lore, and best of all, Plimpton’s thoughts and experiences – frustrating, humbling and, sometimes, thrilling – from the first tee to the last green.”
Click here for more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Plimpton

Pro-Core Golf

Pro-Core face-stabilizing  and damping technology is a game-enhancing product which is inserted into the putter shaft. It is specifically positioned for your club brand and model, to maximize the positive effects of the product. The Pro-Core delivers a clean, connected feel, enhancing player feedback and enabling greater control.
Click here for more info: http://procoregolf.com/

Sky Sports Golf presenter Simon Homes tests Pro-Core

O. B. Keeler, “The Style of Walter Hagen: A Close Inspection of America’s Leading Professional” in the American Golfer Magazine (1923)

“As he takes his stance and addresses the ball, you may note another Hagen characteristic. Since you took up golf you have been told to keep your eye on the ball, but have you ever paused to wonder which eye? There is a master eye in golf, the same as in rifle shooting, and in most golfers, as in most riflemen, it is the right eye. With Walter Hagen it is the left eye, as with Bobby Jones. Offhand, they are the two leading exponents, so far as my observation goes, of the left-eye style of address–and it is the style that favours the right-hand golfing swing, because with the left eye lined on the ball, the head is naturally turned slightly in the direction the body must turn in the pivot that brings the club back; hence there is less strain in keeping the head in one place as the backswing progresses.”
Click here for more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Hagen

 

Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game by Joseph Parent

The best players know that golf is a game of confidence, and concentration–the ability to focus and block out distraction. In this book, PGA coach and Buddhist instructor, Dr. Joseph Parent, draws on this natural connection and teaches golfers how to clear their minds, achieve ultimate focus, and play in the moment for each shot.

Zen Golf presents a simple system for building “mental game mastery.” The unique PAR Approach (focusing on preparation, action, and response to results) guides golfers with specific techniques for their golf game. In chapters such as How to Get From the Practice Tee to the First Tee, You Produce What You Fear, and How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf, the author shares a personal teaching regimen that has helped improve the games of golfers. By combining classic insights and stories from Zen tradition, Zen Golf helps eliminate the mental distractions that routinely cause poor shots and loss of concentration, allowing golfers to feel in the zone.

Clear, concise, and enlightening, Zen Golf shows golfers how to prepare for, execute, and respond to the results of good or bad shots. A different approach to golf instruction, this book shapes ancient philosophies into new teachings.

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

Don’ts for Golfers by Sandy Green

Don’ts for Golfers was first published in 1925, as part of a series that included Blanche Ebbutt’s Don’ts for Husbands and Don’ts for Wives. This pocket-sized facsimile edition contains hundreds of tips for golfers of all abilities. The advice, ranging from technique and fashion to etiquette on the course and in the Club House, provides an entertaining snapshot of life in 1920s Britain.

‘Don’t over-indulge yourself in eating and drinking during the non-golfing days, and then expect to work off excess by “a good game of Golf.” You may play Golf of sorts, but it will not be a good game.’
‘Don’t make Golf your sole topic of conversation. There are a few otherwise quite intelligent persons who are non-golfers. You will never make converts if you bore non-players to distraction by forever talking of the Royal and Ancient Game.’
‘Don’t blame your clubs for faults of your own that may be easily corrected if you analyze your methods of using the implements.’
‘Don’t keep up a running fire of conversation during the round. Golf is a game in which thought is necessary and silence is preferable to chatter.’
‘Don’t irritate your opponent by wearing jazzy colours. To dazzle his eyes with a multi-coloured pull-over or peace-disturbing golf stockings is to take a mean advantage.’
Click here for more info: goodreads link


Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf

I have found to not only look at the present but know the past in order to profoundly understand. Ben Hogan’s premise in this 1957 classic is driven home in bold letters: “THE AVERAGE GOLFER IS ENTIRELY CAPABLE OF BUILDING A REPEATING SWING AND BREAKING 80.” Religions are founded on less, and Hogan’s detailed analyses and illustrated demonstrations of grip, stance, posture, and the two basic components of the swing make up a sacred book. Though its very simplicity seems dated, this is the tome of technique that should serve as the foundation of every golf library.
Click here to download a pdf version of the book: reddit.com

stringRods

The evolution of alignment rods

1. Parallel design
Top and bottom rods are always parallel.

2. Adjustable strings
Use the adjustable strings to create your own swing path/chute. Practice with a narrow swing chute to perfect your swing. Adjust strings up or down from each other to create specific in-to-out or out-to-in swing path.

3. Collapsible fit
1 piece collapsible design.

Click here for more info: https://www.stringrods.com

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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