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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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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: Jbrunk

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of Jbrunk.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: Jbrunk

Driver: Cobra King F6+ (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 62 S

4-wood: Callaway Mavrik Subzero (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 S

3-hybrid: Callaway Mavrik Pro (20 degrees)
Shaft: FST KBS Hybrid 80 S

4-hybrid: Callaway Apex 19 (23 degrees)
Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Black 85 S

Irons: Callaway 2018 X-Forged 5i-7i / Apex MB 8i-PW
Shafts: Nippon Modus3 120 S

Wedges: Mizuno S18 (51-08, 56-10, 60-10 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedgeflex

Putter: Bettinardi 2017 Studio Stock 28 (center shaft)
Grip: SuperStroke CounterCore Pistol GT

Golf Ball: Taylormade TP5 Pix 2.0

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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4-wood vs 7-wood vs hybrid – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing optimal setup at the top of the bag. WRXer ‘Layts14’ is torn between going 4W, 7W or hybrid, and explains his predicament to begin the thread saying:

“Recently won a fairway metal or hybrid and struggling to choose what to get. Currently have driver, 3W, 5W, 23* hybrid. I am tempted to try something new in the bag like a TSi2 4W or 7W. 

Another option is to upgrade the hybrid to a 24* TSi2 or a G425 26* hybrid to gap between 5i and 5W. 

Is it time to experiment with a new fairway loft? And if I go 7w, so I go 70g shaft like 3W and 5W or bump up to 80g since shaft length is decreasing?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts in the thread.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • bazinky: “I’d vote for the 7 wood. I plan on experimenting with one soon since it seems that Par 5 approaches and the longer par 3s on most course now often require something that stops faster than a long iron or hybrid.”
  • Billfitz: “I got rid of all my fairway woods, replaced them with hybrids (in my signature). The hybrids are just as good off the tee, better off the deck, and they handle the rough. I’d stopped carrying my 3w for a long time, as I almost never used it. I use my 2H on average four shots every round.”
  • hammergolf: “I can tell you for me, putting a 7wd in the bag has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. Much better than my previous 3 hybrid. GREAT at coming out of the rough. I still carry a 4hy, but I play 3wd, 7wd. I just hit shots with my 7 wood that I can’t hit with a hybrid. As crazy as it sounds, I look at my 7 we as a scoring club now. I’ve lost count of how many birdies I’ve made with it. My playing partners hate to see it come out of the bag….”
  • buynagame: “I have 4 wood then 19 and 22 G410 hybrids. Works great for me. The shorter shafts on hybrids make them more accurate. The 4 wood is used on the short tee shots and rare trying to hit par 5 in 2.”

Entire Thread: “4-wood vs 7-wood vs hybrid – GolfWRXers discuss”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (09/8/21): Tour Issue Odyssey Tuttle Pro X

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Tour Issue Odyssey Tuttle Pro X

From the seller (@Heathbar): “Mint tour issue unicorn odyssey stroke lab Tuttle. This putter is straight from the tour van and has an updated PRO X insert and one of a kind alignment lines. Putter is shafted with a stroke lab shaft and a Jon Rahm pistol grip. 33.5”. $800 OBO”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Tour Issue Odyssey Tuttle Pro X

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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