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  1. https://ixiasports.com/products/true-pendulum-motion I wanted to take a long overdue moment to talk a little bit about one of the better putting training aids on the market today. Putting is, as you know, one of the areas of the game that have the least effect on your score, and yet… is so, so, so frustrating to a lot of people. Though the average person loses fewer strokes to putting than they might think, those with a glaring weakness can really pile up the lost strokes, becoming increasingly frustrated with each and every one. Now, long-time forum members know that putting is three things: Read, Bead, and Speed. TPM won't be able to help you with the Read, but it can help you with the Bead and the Speed keys - starting putts on line and hitting them the correct distance. What is it? Essentially it's two extendable rods that attach to your putter mid-way down the shaft to help you create a more pendulum-like putting motion. The rods rest on top of your forearms and under your armpits. The attachment point to your putter is rubbery, so it's not "clamped" in, and the rods will give a little of course unless you really squeeze your armpits tightly, so there's still a little wiggle room for a little wrist action in the stroke, which is great. Each rod extends much like some ball retrievers you've seen - you twist the "outer" or "upper" rod one direction to loosen it, slide it to the desired length, and then tighten by twisting the other direction. The inner or lower rod is marked with numbers, so you can set the TPM to the same setting each time - kids will use the smaller numbers, while even someone who is over 6' tall can use the TPM comfortably. Cody, above, is about 5'8" and can generally use one of the middle length settings. You can see the effect it has on his putting stroke (particularly from face-on) below: Yes, he still adds a little "flourish" (out to the right) at the end of his putting stroke. It leads to some interesting looking traces in SAM PuttLab, but generally doesn't impact his putting, as it's well after the ball is gone. Here's James Sieckmann talking about the TPM: And 5SK guy Corey Lundberg: The TPM comes already assembled: The TPM is lightweight, but sturdy and strong with aluminum and rubber composition (and a little plastic). How do you use it? 1. Attach the TPM to your putter at about the mid-point of the shaft below the grip: 2. Spread the rods apart and extend them to the proper length for your setup style: 3. Grip your putter, resting the TPM against the top side of your forearms and beneath your arms: 4. Putt! That's all there is to it. As you can see, the TPM accommodates putting strokes of variety, too: regular, cross-handed, claw, pencil, and other styles. It may not work with every putting style (some more extreme arm-lock style strokes didn't work perfectly), but it worked for far more than it didn't work for. The TPM costs $89.99 and is available for order at https://ixiasports.com. It comes with my strong recommendation.
  2. https://www.hangergolf.com/ https://www.hangergolf.com/pages/before-and-after https://www.hangergolf.com/pages/testimonials I know @coachjimsc has one, and I have one I'm reviewing for the site in the next three weeks or so.
  3. I received on Saturday and will today begin messing around with a new training aid, the Chili Wacker (https://chiliwacker.com). As you can see, it's a couple of pool noodles on a tripod with a tilting mount (ball head). It costs $169.95 with free shipping at https://chiliwacker.com/products/chiliwacker. The ChiliWacker was dreamt up by Minnesota PGA Professional/Director of Instruction Eric Chiles over his 22 years in the golf business. As with any good idea, Eric needed help making his idea a reality. You can read a bit more about it here: https://chiliwacker.com/pages/why-chiliwacker. Some videos: As with many training aids, yeah, you could build one yourself. But it won't be the same quality, you won't be supporting a guy's efforts, you won't get the nice carrying bag… and you're not valuing your time. If you have any ideas for how Chili Wacker can be used, please post them here and I'll try to make a video testing out your idea.
  4. http://www.perfectstrokeputtingaid.com The PerfectStroke TPE putting training aid is a multifaceted putting training aid that reinforces a number of good things. It costs about $200 (some discounts are available) including shipping and comes with: A reflective base. Two posts to which you can attach… … one or two carbon fiber bars. … and one of two clear plastic strips with different alignment lines (single, double). The TPE can be used in a variety of combinations. You can attach or detach one or both carbon fiber rails and you can use use either (or neither) of the clear plastic alignment rails, which can also be oriented outward or inward if you're looking to encourage an exaggeration to change a stroke. The reflective base is great for seeing where your shoulders, your eyeliner, and things like that are at setup. The rails assist you in keeping the putter "on plane." If your putter stays on plane, it's tough to mis-hit the putt, and it's tougher (though not impossible of course) to over- or under-rotate the putter face. The alignment strips help you to line up square to the target line, with your feet, putter, etc. working back and through properly (ideally slightly inside the line on both sides, though how much it appears to do so will depend on where your eyes are aligned relative to the strip. Some Videos: This last video shows how easily the TPE can be set up: Over the next little bit, I'll be playing with and using the TPE 3.0 with students, with myself and my daughter, and checking out what else is possible (though the videos above really do show off the versatility!). Ultimately, I'll decide whether I'll recommend - or recommend against - the TPE 3.0 to golfers and instructors.
  5. I received a training aid today that I wanted to share with you all, it's called the HackersRx. It's an alignment and ball position training aid. You can visit their website here: https://www.hackersrx.com/homepage/ I haven't been able to get outside with it yet so I'll just jot some quick first thoughts: It is lightweight and will fit easily into a golf bag so you can take it anywhere. I like how the rods are marked in 1" increments but they are a little hard to see clearly in the glare of the overhead lighting in my house. It's a multitasker. I'm a big fan of multitasking tools. It seems pretty simple to use. One other function I thought of is how you can use it to easily line up your camera for filming swings. They are selling it for $44.95, but are currently offering a fall sale for $10 off plus free shipping. Take a look at their site and let me know what you guys think. @iacas got one, too, and we will both be using this thread for discussion, writing down thoughts, and answering questions anyone may have.
  6. Product Name: Tee Claw Product Type: Rubber Tee Replacement and Training Aid Product Website/URL: teeclaw.com Cost: $14.95 (list) Ratings (out of 5): Quality: 5 Value: 5 Effectiveness: 5 Durability: 5 Esthetic Appeal: 4 My Member Review I hate those stupid rubber tees when you’re forced to hit off mats at the range or indoors. They are never the right height; they frequently rip or get torn; and once worn, they won’t support a ball any longer. I tried to solve this problem in the past by packing the tee hole in the mat with cardboard and sticking a regular tee in that. It works, but not for long, and you have to continually repack it. That’s one reason, I was pretty stoked to try out the Tee Claw. The first thing you notice when you open the Tee Claw package is that there is more in the box than expected. (At least, if like me, you start out thinking of the Tee Claw as a rubber tube tee replacement.) There are tees (makes sense), but also four elastic strings, which it turns out help you keep from losing your tee claw. Starting with its most obvious use, rubber tee replacement, the Tee Claw is near perfect. The Tee Claw has prongs on the bottom that screw into the mat to give it some grip. Then you stick a tee into the top, and you are basically ready to go (though you might want to add an anchor line as I’ll explain in a moment). My first experience with it, I just popped one out of the pack, gave it a quarter-twist into the mat, stuck a tee in, and started hitting drivers. Though it dislodged a few times, it never went far (generally a few feet backwards) and I was able to retrieve it. Typically, the tee stayed in the Tee Claw (and didn’t even change height), but claw and tee sometimes dislodged as one. How often it dislodges depends on how well the mat accepts the Tee Claw as well as on the extent to which the player makes contact with the claw and the tee during the swing. That was indoors, though, and into a net. On a crowded range, and especially if the wind is blowing, I highly recommend using the elastic keepers that come included. The Tee Claw itself is lightweight and even a moderate wind could catch it in the air and blow it out onto the range or into your neighbors. Happily, the Tee Claw designers thought of that. Just stick one end on the Tee Claw and the other on a tee to create an anchor, then tuck that tee end under the mat. This way if the Tee Claw dislodges, and it will from time to time, you can easily (and safely) retrieve it. As other reviewers have noted, you do need to use shorter tees than normal. When inserted in the Tee Claw, the point of the tee is still sitting above the surface of the mat so you have an extra 1/3 to ½ inch of effective tee height. This can easily be addressed by using old, broken tees of appropriate, cutting down some new wood ones, or buying a small pack of shorter tees than normal just for use with the Tee Claw. (As noted earlier, each pack comes with three tees of varying lengths, but chances are you’re going to lose them at some point.) The second, less obvious use of the Tee Claw is as a training aid. With the aforementioned elastic strings, you can set up all manner of path and alignment aids for both full swings and even putts, though you won’t want to, and don’t need to, screw the Tee Claw into those felt like putting surfaces. I was able to create most of the guides that I typically set up with alignment sticks and golf balls. I suspect that many of us who use golf balls as path guides have from time to time got the tolerances too tight, clipped the guide, and fired a chili pepper or two down the line. True story, I once clipped a guide ball that hit the pile of balls next to the tee ground and sent them flying everywhere. That will shake your confidence. Substitute a Tee Claw for a golf ball, even on real grass, and you’ll be far less likely to have to apologize to those around you on the range for endangering their well being. I gave the Tee Claw all fives (except esthetics), because I think it's a great solution to the problem it addresses. That said, a few caveats... The Tee Claw is not going to wow you in the quality of materials. It's made mostly of fairly lightweight plastic, which is perfectly appropriate for what it does and the price at which it is offered. While my Tee Claw is still "like new" after a number of range trips, I suspect if I took to hitting irons directly off the top (which is an advertised feature) I suspect it would show wear fairly quickly (especially the way I'm swinging right now). But frankly, I very rarely practice irons off a tee anyway. As for esthetics, the tee claw looks a ton better than a rubber tube tee, and I'm not sure how I'd improve it. But to say it blows me away right now on looks alone, would be a lie. Then again, I don't need it to. This device is about function (and price) and it's just about perfect on both. The Tee Claw does its job with aplomb. It’s a simple, useful solution to a common pain point for golfers. If you hate rubber tube tees (and who doesn’t?) or if you need a flexible alignment guide, the Tee Claw works (and works well) for both.
  7. Product Name: "Train Your Aim" by David Keller Product Type: Putting Training Aid Product Website: http://www.trainyouraim.com Cost: $10 Reviewers: @bmartin461, @Club Rat, @TN94z, myself This discussion thread is for Members to share their unboxing, initial and ongoing impressions, and to answer questions by others for "Train Your Aim," a putting training aid by David Keller.
  8. Product Name: "The Navigator" by Dirty Larry Golf Product Type: Putting Training Aid Product Website: https://www.dirtylarrygolf.com/buy-best-putting-aids/ Cost: $50 to 60 Reviewers: @bmartin461, @Club Rat, @TN94z, myself This discussion thread is for Members to share their unboxing, initial and ongoing impressions, and to answer questions by others for "The Navigator," a putting training aid by Dirty Larry Golf.
  9. http://www.dstgolf.com/optimise-golf-swing/how-dst-golf-clubs-work You'll notice that everything in that description talks about how the shaft appears, or how a line appears, so that you set up properly. In essence, everything - the shaft being bent, the wide sole with a specific bounce, and the line near the hosel - is geared toward one thing: to get the handle forward at setup. As you can see, I've done that here in two swings: So far so good, right? I added a white line so that you can see the curve in the shaft. I will tell you that it appears to be more severe at setup. Unfortunately, the simple physics of swinging a golf club are that the heavy part - the mass at the end of the stick - wants to line up and form a straight line pointing at the center of the arc on which it's being swung. Consider tying a small weight to the end of a string. Swing it around: over your head, in front of you, beside you, on an angle… and you'll notice that the weight pulls the string tight. Simple physics. So, whether you flip or not, the weight on the end of the string (the clubhead) pulls the string (the shaft) taut. On the left, my weight is moving back and I'm throwing or flipping the clubhead. On the left, a "good" swing. This renders the DST a "visual" training aid only. It fails at doing much more than your clubs do already at letting you know whether you flipped at the ball or not. Here are the videos:
  10. hey guys i was just wondering what is the best training aid out there to cure a slice? I make good contact with the ball but i cant get rid of my slice.
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