October 6, 2022

Can Golf Training Aids Improve Distance?

There are hundreds of golf training aids on the market, with a new one coming out every week. Can they really improve your driving distance? I’ve been researching this type of golf improvement equipment for over 10 years, and I’ve only come across a handful that I truly think can help any golfer hit longer golf drives.

What I look for in a product is first and foremost, is it really golf swing specific? Can you actually hit balls using the device? That’s really important, so you can transfer your muscle memory from the product to the real thing. Which is hitting a golf ball as straight as you can for 18 holes. Another important factor for me, is does it allow a conventional technique to use it? Can you make a sound, mechanically simple swing with it? This is also important, as most golfers want to simplify it, not make it more difficult to execute.

As a golf trainer, I look for training aids that will strengthen and stretch golf muscles. This in my opinion is what the older golfer needs desperately. With a declining physical status, the only way to stop it and enjoy years of golf is to face it head on. Realize you aren’t as strong and as flexible as you use to be, and do something about it.

With the plethora of products out there, I want to see golf clubs that are a little heavier than standard, so you can swing it both in the off season, as well as during the season to keep your golf swing muscles strong and limber.These typically are called weighted golf clubs. And lastly, I like golf training aids that help you execute proper golf swing mechanics. That give feedback and feel to how the golf swing should be. This will enhance and speed up the corrective process golfers need who are struggling with golf swing technique.