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Make Useful Training Aides For Practice

by Scott Millman on 11/20/17

Inexpensive training aids.

These are in no particular order but there are a number of ways in which to improve without spending a fortune on training aids. A number of these can be found around your home, others are inexpensive purchases.

1)     Good old fashioned match sticks. You know the wood ones. Take two and tape one on either side of your putters sweet spot just bigger than the size of the golf ball. Wider for beginners at first. Gradually make them closer together as your putting gets better. When you miss one trust me you will know.

2)     Two by fours. Multiple uses. First putt between them to work on putter path and face angle.

Stand one on edge parallel to your target line just outside the golf ball. Promotes a proper path. One can be used behind the ball to promote a proper takeaway.  Can also be used 6-8 inchs behind the ball  to promote a steeper angle of attack while chipping.

 

3)     A volleyball, beach ball or child’s play ball to be used between the legs for proper leg action.

4)     A carpenters chalk line, available at any hardware store. Lay a chalk line on the green for putting.

5)     Fiberglass poles can be used in a number of ways. Alignment aids, chipping aid, full swing drills etc. Old shafts can be used as well.

6)     Full length mirror can be used indoors to work on posture grip and swing positions.

7)     Baby powder on the face of a club to indicate impact.

8)     Laundry baskets or similar to chip or pitch into.

9)      ½” pvc and one ½” tee three sections cut into 24” sections makes and excellent alignment aid and ball position locater.

10)  Have a popsicle then save the stick. Put under the lead hand glove against the wrist to prevent flipping or wrist breakdown.

11)  Large construction cone available at the hardware store can be put on the toe line to give feedback on the back swing and downswing.

12)  A length of wood dowel and a bungee cord can be fastened around the hips shoulders or forearms to aid in alignment.

13)  Your golf bag to pitch over, chip over, or can be used behind you to aid in proper posture.

14)  Back to the two by four’s, bury one in the sand to help with bunker play and to encourage a shallow angle of attack.

15)  Tennis racket to help learn the proper release and as a visual to help learn face angle rotation on the golf swing.

These are some suggestions and by all means if you have additional uses please email me. I am always curious about the creative ways you all have for working on your game but more importantly how I might be able to incorporate your ideas into my lessons.

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