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!

Eric Jones
PGA Professional and World Long Drive Champion

Journey to the Worlds 2012
Driver Distance Training Videos

7 Responses

  1. good tools for golf. thank you

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great tips Eric – love the videos. I am catching up on everything now 🙂


    • Eric Jones, MA, PGA says:

      Thanks JB. Send me an email when you are ready for the next step and The 5 Keys. Cheers!

  3. David Stanley says:

    Good on you mate! Congrats from an Aussie fan!
    Wish you could have been along side me last week when I played in the Mitsubishi Masters. I need to revisit your advice on consitency and managing nerves in competition.

    • Eric Jones, MA, PGA says:

      Hi David!
      Thanks for the note. I’m putting something together now on competition. Take a look at my last post and the 2012 World Long Drive Championship video I did during the day of my competition. I talked a bit about how to handle nerves – a 2-part strategy. Hope it helps!

  4. Kevin says:

    Congrats Eric! I just looked over at the Remx site and saw you are the CHAMPION !!!!!!!!

    Awesome job. Great fun to watch all your prep work leading up to this years event and once again you proved how your perfect practice and prep gets #1 results.

    Thanks for all that you share. You are indeed an inspiration to all.

    • Eric Jones, MA, PGA says:

      Thanks Kevin! Appreciate the props. It was a fantastic experience, and amazing to think that there were 6 past world champions in my division, and they were all in the quarter-finals. Tough competition! Fortunately I found a good groove, and was able to just let the club go. Check out the October newsletter for some insights. Cheers!