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Top 3 full swing training aids of 2019—and a new one for 2020

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The title says it all. I have tried a bunch of training aids at this point, and frankly, I have really liked most of them. In this day and age, the amount of thought that goes into these training devices is enormous and one thing that is true for all of them is that if they are used correctly and consistently, the intended change will come. There is enough out there now that you can identify exactly what you need to work on and find something to help groove it in.

I based my list on overall ease of use, the ability to use it unsupervised (i.e. by yourself without the help of a coach), and at-home convenience. So, to be fair to the market, the title could be a bit more granular and perhaps I could have done a list for each category, but it’s the holidays and I felt this was a fair assessment.

Here we go…

The Tour Striker PlaneMate

David Woods and Martin Chuck demonstrating the use of the Tour Striker PlaneMate

This thing is RED HOT in terms of sales and overall marketing presence but truth is, the buzz is earned. It’s a fantastic product IF you know how to use it. The given protocols and system must be followed and if you do and become an expert on what to do, it WILL make a positive change in your action. For some, it’s a backswing fixer, for the tour guys it’s face control and exit point, and for the general golfer, it’s a swing plane educator with proper feedback. The PlaneMate is a good “in the mirror at home” aid, which for me is always a big plus living in a polar vortex half the year. Can’t go wrong with this one.

Created by: Martin Chuck and David Woods

Price: $162.99

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GForce Swing Trainer

This one was a nice discovery for me. As someone who gets very handsy in my golf swing, finding a timing device that I can use at home and that helps me focus on rotating, instead of whatever it is I do, is big.

The idea is simple, its a 7-iron (Also comes is driver/wedge/putter) with a REALLY whippy shaft in it. My old teacher from Seattle had one he built and we would use it when things would get way out of sync. That’s what this thing does, it simply gets your body moving in harmony again. The flex of the shaft demands it and if you get out of harmony, the ball will go all over the place. Yes, there have been aids like it in the past, but this one is the beefed-up version and it is well put together. This product can be used on and off the range which is awesome for most people.

Creator: Stuart Small

Price: $119.99

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SuperSpeed Swing training System

Unless you have been living under a rock this past year, it’s hard to have not seen these things everywhere. The system has legit benefits for anyone and like the rest of the gear on this list, if used responsibly IT WILL HELP YOU. I have seen players use this over a season and get swing speeds up 5-10 MPH. That’s a big jump, and I like how the system keeps you from overdoing which is something you can definitely do with these. There are sets for men, women, and juniors, and once again they don’t require hitting a golf ball to be effective.

Creators: Michael Napoleon and Kyle Shay

Price: $199.99

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And this is the one that I think will create some buzz in 2020…..

George Gankas G Box

As I’ve gotten older, I just don’t turn like I used to….this is the first device I’ve tried in a long time that gives me points of reference to turn properly. Designed by arguably the hottest instructor out there, George sent me a prototype a few months back, and as someone who loves to work on stuff in the mirror, the G Box took that work to the next level. It needs to be said that this may not be for everyone, at least right outta the box, but like anything with George Gankas, there is plenty of content to explain what and what not to do with it.

The idea is simple, there are points of reference built into the blocks. The blocks are strapped to your midsection in a specific way and there is literally a map to follow that puts you in a loaded position at the top (without cheating) and a map to rotating properly on the downswing. It’s that simple. Like the Plane Mate, the G Box will help better players with face control and exit path—and the best thing is no ball hitting is required to use it and it works in the house.

Creator: George Gankas

Release date: Late January 2020

Price: $99.95 to $199.95

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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons. @johnny_wunder on IG

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  1. Gunter Eisenberg

    Dec 25, 2019 at 8:45 am

    For me, the best training aid in my 19 years of golf is Youtube videos.

  2. ButchT

    Dec 24, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Too damned expensive! Plenty of profit at half the price!

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New for 2020: Cleveland Golf Smart Sole 4 wedges

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Cleveland Golf has unveiled its new Smart Sole 4 wedges featuring three new models all of which contain an extra-wide sole with extra leading edge bounce in a design to ensure crisp, clean contact and better stability.

The Smart Sole 4 wedges all feature an extra-wide three-tiered sole, with added leading edge bounce, in a bid to provide maximum forgiveness from the fairway, rough or out of the bunker.

Cleveland Smart Sole Wedge S sole

The new additions also contain upgraded Feel Balancing Technology which sees the redistribution of weight from the hosel to allow the center of gravity to be moved closer to the center of the clubface in design for improved feel and greater consistency.

Cleveland Smart Sole Wedge S top

The Smart Sole 4 wedges feature new aggressive milled grooves that look to generate better spin performance from all conditions.

Cleveland Smart Sole Wedge S face

Cleveland’s Smart Sole 4 wedges arrive in three different models – the C model (42°), G model, (50°), and S model (58°). According to the company, the introduction of the G model aims to provide full-shot capability and extensive versatility to go along with the S and C models.

The new additions for 2020 arrive in right and left-handed options as well as Men’s and Women’s offerings.

Cleveland’s Smart Sole 4 wedges hit retail on February 7, 2020, and are priced at $119.99 MAP for Men’s Steel and $129.99 for Men’s Graphite, while the Women’s Smart Sole 4 wedges are priced at $119.99 MAP for graphite.

 

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Puma introduces Ignite PWRADAPT Caged footwear

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2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

Puma Golf has introduced its new Ignite PWRADAPT Caged footwear featuring a new PWRCAGE saddle unit designed to provide locked-in stability.

The Ignite Pwradapt Caged is designed to provide maximum comfort and a perfect fit and contains the brand’s new PWRCAGE Saddle which wraps around the medial and lateral sides of the shoe in a bid to provide unmatched stability.

2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

Speaking on the new Caged footwear, Andrew Lawson, Footwear Product Line Manager, Puma Golf stated

“Our new CAGED footwear will keep you locked in and comfortable all day thanks to our new Adaptive Fit System and PWRCAGE saddle unit which provides the perfect fit, and stability like you’ve never felt before. Best of all, they come in a stylish, lifestyle-inspired, extremely comfortable package.”

2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

As the laces tighten, the cage around a golfer’s foot on the new shoe seeks to form a perfect, comfortable but stable fit, while the Heel Lock Window is designed to cup the golfer’s heel comfortably locking his foot securely into the shoe.

2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

The Ignite PWRADAPT Caged features a layered Adaptive Fit System which seeks to produce 360-degree support through the internal bootie. The external bootie equipped with PWRFRAME technology is designed to ensure that the foot is fully supported in highest impact areas.

Finishing off the technology on the new additions, the shoes feature full-length IGNITE foam cushioning and the PWRADAPT Technology sole is designed to provide responsive comfort and 3-dimensional traction that adapts to the way a golfer moves.

2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

Both the lace and Disc version of Caged feature an Epic Tour Last – a refined, anatomical last shaping that aims to deliver both an excellent fit and ample forefoot volume for maximum comfort as well as a stylish toe-down look.

2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

The Ignite PWRADAPT Caged collection is available in the golfer’s choice of five colorways (Gray Violet/Silver/White, Black/Silver/White, Quiet Shade/Silver/Black, Peacoat/Quiet Shade/Silver and White/Silver/Peacoat).

Limited-Edition colorways and styles of Caged inspired by upcoming, key tournaments this season are also expected to be released throughout 2020.

2020 Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged

Available in sizes 7-15, the Ignite PWRADAPT Caged will feature a retail price of $150 and is available through select retailers and at pumagolf.com beginning January 21.

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New for 2020: Bettinardi HLX 3.0 wedges

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2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

Bettinardi has unveiled its new HLX 3.0 Wedges for 2020, which feature a complete re-design of technology and appearance than previous editions from the company.

Unlike the brand’s previous H2 wedge line, the new wedges are crafted from Soft Carbon Steel in a move which aims to provide players with a much softer feel at impact, with a focus on greater versatility, control, and increased forgiveness on a variety of short game shots.

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

On the HLX 3.0 wedges, Bettinardi also took their milling expertise to the grind of the sole in a bid to produce more consistency in production, while offering maximum short game playability and repeatability.

Engineered through the company’s High Helix Cut machining process, the HLX 3.0 wedges feature an all-new face which is designed for ultimate soft feel. Through an optimizing process of removing material to generate groove depth’s and spacing to push USGA limits, Bettinardi’s HLX 3.0 wedges seek to offer golfers with ultimate versatility.

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

The C-grind wedge features a higher toe and heel to promote added relief, and clean contact, while the re-designed face which removed 20% more additional surface metal to allow the ball to move past the center of gravity aims to produce a more aggressive spin with more consistent distance control.

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

The RJ-grind is aimed towards players who seek increased forgiveness on tight lies and added bounce on square face shots and features the brand’s highest measured bounce for players with a steep angle of attack.

Bettinardi’s HLX 3.0 wedges arrive in both a traditional Chrome finish and the brand’s all-new Black Smoke finish – each of which is designed for greater optics and glare-reduction.

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

The wedges come with a custom Bettinardi Crosstour Soft Grey and Black Lamkin grip and players can choose between three Tour grade shaft options: KBS High Rev, True Temper S400, or the Nippon Pro Modus 115.

2020 Bettinardi HLX 3.0 Wedges

Pre-orders on Bettinardi’s HLX 3.0 wedges begin today while worldwide shipping starts from April 10, 2020.

 

 

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