Journey to the Worlds 2012: Golf Swing Training Aids
Golf swing training aids are one of my keys to making effective use of my time on the driving range. In this video I’ll show you some of the simple tools I use to train for club head speed, flexibility, tempo, weight shift, release points, strength, holding lag, club face center contact, ball position, and alignment.
Check out the video, where I show you the swing fan, stretching pole, heavy driver, alignment tools, Orange Whip, and even how to use a sharpie.
The whole point of using training aids is to heighten awareness. The key to making any swing change, for instance, is being able to tell the difference between the old swing and the new swing. Training aids can help by focusing attention to that area of the swing and the feel of the position. The learning process is always “awareness first, change second.”
My goal with all these training tools is simply to put myself in the best position to be successful. I want to train on the range until the motion I want is automatic.
Even when that happens, though, it pays to continually do “refresher” drills. I know that every year when I begin training up for the Worlds, I start with the basics, and then take myself through every step and drill that I put into The 5 Keys To Distance. That means I start with Balance, then work on Leverage. I re-master these two steps first, before I even try to move on to widening my swing arc or working on speed. Then, especially as I get closer to Tournament time, I spend more time on Targets, the last step in my program.
I hope this quick review of training aids will help you be more productive on the range.
Please leave a comment below, and let me know if you have favorite training aids and how you use them.
See you down the fairway!
PGA Professional and World Long Drive Champion