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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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A look at Bryson DeChambeau’s prototype line drive driver

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Editor’s note: We filed this story for PGATour.com’s equipment report.

Dechambeau’s much ballyhooed bid to compete against the professional long drivers — and just a few days after the conclusion of the Ryder Cup — has captivated the gold world. Even casual fans of the Golfing Scientist have to admit they’re curious to see how the TOUR’s longest hitter stacks up against the guys who blast bombs for a living.

Of course, at the Equipment Report, our interest is a tad more specific. Namely, how would Bryson switch up his driver setup to hit the golf ball as far as he possibly can — with only a modest concern for accuracy.

According to Cobra’s Ben Schomin, DeChambeau is using a prototype Cobra RadSpeed driver with 5 degrees of loft for this week’s competition (he used a 2015 Cobra King LTD Pro driver for most of the 2021 season). We assume that, since the club is outfitted with a MyFly loft sleeve, the club is turned down a half-degree from the 5.5 degrees it is labeled as having. DeChambeau could dial the loft down even further — to as low as 4 degrees with the MyFly adjustability.

“We chose to remove adjustable weights to lighten overall head weight and give us more discretionary internal weight movement,” Schomin told PGATOUR.COM.

According to Schomin, along with the 190-gram head, Bryson is using a 48-inch version of the LA Golf Axis Blue 60 X shaft he plays on the PGA TOUR.

Two interesting items here about the clubhead: the weight ports and hot melt.

In a bid to maximize ball speed while still offering a measure of forgiveness, the retail Cobra RadSpeed driver has a 12-gram weight near the face and a two-gram weight near the rear of the club. Cobra’s RadSpeed driver uses radial weighting, by which engineers were able to maximize the distance between the front and back weights for greater stability. Built on a T-Bar Speed Chassis, RadSpeed drivers also feature a thin-ply carbon wrap crown for additional weight savings.

Read the full story here.

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Adams Golf unveils new Tight Lies fairways and hybrids

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Adams Golf has today introduced the reimagination of Tight Lies fairways and hybrids with a modern take on an Adams classic.

First launched in 1995, the OG Tight Lies featured a trapezoidal sole – labeled Tri-Sole – for versatility. Today Adams Golf is building upon that history with its new Tight Lies fairways and hybrids, which not only feature the classic Tri-Sole but also revamped technology in design to make it easy to hit high, consistent and long shots from any lie.

Speaking on the new additions, John Gonsalves, Vice President Direct-To-Consumer, said

“Adams Golf has a lot of history in the game and we are excited to re-introduce the Tight Lies fairways and hybrids into the market.

Over the last 18 months, we’ve seen elevated interest for a recognized brand like Adams that provides great value for golfers looking to reconnect with Tight Lies technology, as well as new golfers coming into the sport.”

In addition to the classic Tri-Sole, the new fairways and hybrids from Adams Golf feature an extended face with a new face design that extends the top of the face in a bid to make it easier to hit off the tee while retaining the low-profile head design for optimal performance from the fairway.

Located on the sole of the club directly behind the face is a ‘Velocity Slot’. This open slot is designed to increase face flexibility, ball speeds and improve launch on off-center strikes.

While the clubheads also appear larger from address, the fairways and hybrids feature a low-profile design with a shallow face for a lower center of gravity to provide excellent launch characteristics.

Individual Tight Lies fairways are priced at an MSRP of $179.99 (USD) and are available now at www.adamsgolf.com.

Tight Lies hybrids are priced at an MSRP of $149.99. Both individual hybrids and Tight Lies bundles will be available on October 1, with the bundles ranging from $289.98 to $579.96.

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Using a 46, 52, 58, 64 wedge setup – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing wedge setup strategy. WRXer ‘HyperGolf’ has been experimenting with a 46, 52, 58, 64 degree wedge setup that has been working very well recently, and kicks off the thread, saying:

“I started experimenting with this wedge setup and found that it is working quite well for me. I only use 58 and 64 for partial swing or out of the bunker.

I initially thought 6 degrees would be too much gapping in the wedges but found they covered a wider range of distance, both long and short, compared to my older setup of 46, 50, 54, 58.

Just curious if anyone else is using the 46, 52, 58, 64 or similar wider gapping in wedges and having good performance around the green.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the strategy in our forum.

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.

  • JMB3: “I have in the past and liked it a lot. I tend to prefer 6* gaps because they generally provide a 15-yard gap for me, and I can manipulate ball position or backswing to hit the in-between numbers.”
  • rkillian: “I’ve thought about looking for a 64 to add to the bag for fun (and probably to my detriment) since I have room. I thought it might be at least interesting to practice with even if it doesn’t get much use.”
  • benclab: “I’ve tried it before. Worthless for me. I can do everything with a 58 that I can with a 64.”
  • llewol007: “I do. Biggest reason for me falls on the courses that I play often having really small greens. I need more options wedges rather than opening up wedges which for me doesn’t work with the high bounces.”

Entire Thread: “Using a 46, 52, 58, 64 wedge setup – GolfWRXers discuss”

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