The Different Types of Golf Swing Trainers
Improving your swing is one of the most popular and successful ways of improving your game. When you want to lower your handicap or simply land your ball in a better place on the fairway you’ll need a good swing.
There are many things that make a swing good or bad and fortunately, the right training can correct even the worst swing. But how do you know what to get and what to buy? There are so many training aids out there that you can easily get lost.
The Analyzer & App
While many apps are actually free you’ll often have to purchase sensors or additions to make them more accurate. The best apps tell you all the information you could possibly need about your swing and how to correct it. For example, if you’re putting too much tempo into it, or if you’re just swinging through properly.
These apps are very scientific and will break your swing down for you so you can accurately tell where you’re doing wrong. Some also work in tandem with your phone to make sure you’re putting enough hip into the move while others allow you to take 360 degrees HD video of your swing. Many apps also come with training sessions and videos built in so you don’t have to search on YouTube for hours.
The Zepp 2 is one of the most popular golf swing training aids because it does all of these things. It’s also got a handy glove mounted sensor so you know you’re getting really accurate data and not just a guess based on what your phone camera can see. This is golf training for the 21st century, and of course, there’s an app for that.
Swing Sensors come in many shapes and sizes and makes like Garmin also offer ones that attach directly to your club so you can see the metrics. Unlike the Zepp device the Garmin allows you to connect with your smart watch, so you can adjust yourself in real time rather than trying to be better on the next hit.
The Swing Trainer Weighted Club
If you’d like something less techy then these clubs are a low tech, and often cheap, investment. The devices are essentially flexible clubs with weighted heads but the design can differ by brand. Heads are around 2.5lb in weight and may be made of rubber or polyurethane. Depending on the brand some are a “one size fits most” while others may have an optional size. The key with these devices is finding one that has the length and the grip that you want.
Most can’t be regripped so you’re stuck with what you buy. They might look a bit silly to use but they do work.
A swing trainer club works by giving your swing more weight, forcing you to slow down and (if your device has an inner spring) a vibrational wobble when swung wrong. They won’t tell you what
you’re doing wrong exactly but they will let you feel when in your swing you’re making a mistake.
Check out the SKLZ Gold Flex Strength and Tempo Trainer which also helps slow your swing down and improve your tempo as well as training your muscles.
360 Degree Mirrors
While you might wonder how exactly a mirror can help this simple item is actually perfect for getting your swing right without a lot of tech. The mirror has a convex shape that allows you to get a full view of your swing. The line allows you to line up your stroke to see where your club should be as you swing.
It can also be used for putting, indoors, outdoors, and by any player. You also won’t have to worry about damaging the grass since it sits easily at your feet. This mirror can help you by giving you a live view of your stance which then allows you to tweak that in real time without having to wait for an app to analyze or looking at video after the fact.
Use in conjunction with alignment sticks and you’ll easily have a good view about what you’re aiming for and where you’re swinging to.
Also known as setup sticks these simple bright sticks help you know where your club is going. These light, fiberglass sticks are a portable tool that helps with swing, putting and ball flight. You can lay them on the floor, plant them in the ground, use them at an angle and even connect them together into a right angle formation.
When swinging these rods are best used for adjusting your feel so that you can get a good parallel line. This will help your accuracy so that the ball goes where you want it to, eventually helping you to get a straight shot.
This visual aid helps you learn to aim better and train your eyes to see alignment along your toe line.
Most players find the rods difficult at first as you’ve probably been playing slightly off for years. The best thing about these sticks is that they’re also course legal so even if you’re starting out you’ll get real course experience.
Depending on what part of your swing you’re trying to adjust you can find various stretchable straps to help keep your arms in place. These straps are designed to help address bad arm posture or poor grip position and will keep your elbows locked in tight or prevent your hands from opening up too much on the grip.
They help maintain your connection to the club and therefore create a better swing. This helps with golfers who often over-swing or who struggle with the right plane. This is not a course legal item but you can use on a practice range or at home.
What’s the Best?
If you want as much data as possible the sensor and app can’t be beaten. You can use them all the time and some will even give you live feedback which is an essential tool to correct yourself during play.
The alignment rods are nice and cheap but very basic so they won’t really offer you a lot of help and you won’t need the mirror if you have the app. The weighted clubs are very popular but you can look a bit silly with them. While the app gives you lots of data the weighted clubs will be good to use in conjunction to train your muscles.