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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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  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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Tursky vs. Knudson WITB Battle: Which bag would you rather trade with?

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This week on GolfWRX’s “Two Guys Talking Golf” podcast, co-hosts Brian Knudson and myself (Andrew Tursky) go deep into their entire WITB setups.

As a reminder, the goal when setting up your own bag of clubs is to find the golf clubs, shafts and grips that work best for your particular game and preferences. In reality, WITBs should not be a competition; getting fit into the right specs is of utmost importance.

That being said, we wanted to have a little fun this week and reveal our current setups. We put it to a vote on our @TG2WRX Instagram page to figure out which WITB the people like better: Tursky or Knudson?

Cast your vote in the Instagram comments below…

Below are the full bag setups for both Knudson and Tursky:

Brian Knudson WITB 2022

Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Max LS (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 6X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder NX 70X

7-wood: PXG 0311XF
Shaft: Nippon Regio Formula MB+ 75X

Utility: Tour Edge C722 Ti
Shaft: KBS Tour PGI 90

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (5-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Lite 100S

Wedges: TaylorMade MG3 (46 degrees), Titleist Vokey SM8 (50-12F) and PXG Sugar Daddy II (54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Lite 100S (48), True Temper Elevate Tour S (50, 54 and 60)

Putter: Bettinardi BB8W
Shaft: Fujikura MC Firm

Check out much more from Knudson over on the Club Junkie Podcast Instagram page!

Andrew Tursky WITB 2022

Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV White 65X

Mini Driver: TaylorMade AeroBurner TP (12 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

Hybrid: Callaway Epic Super Hybrid 4h (21 degrees)
Shaft: (To be determined…see video above for more info)

Driving Iron: Callaway Apex UT (18 degrees)
Shaft: Project X 6.5

Irons: Titleist T100 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 Raw (50-12F, 56-08M and 60-12D)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Ping PLD Anser Custom Raw

Check out all the photos of Tursky’s WITB here

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Jordan Spieth WITB 2022 (June)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees, A1)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees, A1)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 (21 degrees @ 20.25 degrees, 0.75 degree flat lie, C1)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD Hybrid DI 95 X

Irons: Titleist T100 2021 (4-9)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F @ 46.5, 52-08F @ 51.5, 56-10S @ 55.5), Vokey WedgeWorks Proto (60-T @ 60.5)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (46-56), Project X 6.0 (60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

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Alex Noren WITB 2022 (June)

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Driver: Callaway Rogue ST MAX LS (9 degrees @ 7 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 6 X

3-wood: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (15 degrees @ 14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80 TX

Hybrid: Callaway Apex Pro (18 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 90 6.5

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro (2019) (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Callaway JAWS MD5 (46-10S, 50-10S, 56-8C, 60-8C)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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