For those fans of cinema we all remember the scene when Rene Russo meets Kevin Bacon for the first time to get Golf lessons in the movie Tin Cup. She is wearing every bizarre training aid she could purchase out of the back pages of Golf Digest. Kevin Bacon goes on to tell her all about how the golf swing isn't about mechanics and things like that it is a romantic thing that you have to feel, yada, yada, yada.
The only thing I feel on the golf course is the pure delight of a well hit 7 iron into a green 150 yards away, and the more often felt frustration of the wedge that was skulled 120 yards, when I was 90 yards away with a perfect lie.
So that being said, this past winter when my wife asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I said nothing except that I want to be able to make golf lessons a financial priority (not one as high as the mortgage, or feeding ourselves, but higher than an ugly birthday tie.
My wife, who always has the best intentions, and no concept of golf, took that to mean gift certificates to the place I get golf lessons (I have been going to the pro at my local Golf Galaxy for around 2 years on and off) so she asked my inlaws, and brothers and sisters to get gift certificates from Golf smith.
Now this isn't a story about best intentions or the miscommunication of marriage. So that being said, I took a lesson last week and we have been working on my back swing and more importantly looking at my balance on my follow through and using it as an indication of where my elbows, and body weight is throughout the golf swing. So we used this thing called a balance board and it appeared to work during my lesson, and afterwords I was hitting a lot of very nice shots. Has anybody used this before and what do they think? Is it worth the $50 or will it be like most things and end up sitting in my closet next to the snow ski boots that I really needed and have used 2 times which sit next to the yoga ball that my wife needed and i don't think she has EVER used.
What types of training aides do people find that they bring to the range and actually use (or in the backyard, etc) on a regular basis? I thought about getting a mat and a net, but realized that in reality I probably won't use it nearly as much as $150 worth of range time anyway. I have a fairly nice range that i can chip, pitch, putt etc and a medium sized bucket is $10.
Picture of Rene Russo (because threads with pictures of attractive women always get more attention)