Improving Your Game With a Golf Swing Trainer

Sure, someone can tell you the right way to swing a golf club: head down, balance, shift your weight, and all that stuff.

But what about a contraption that actually guides you from backswing to follow through? That’s what many golfers are looking for with the purchase of a golf swing trainer, a device made to lock you into swinging with the proper form.

As with any product, swing trainers range from the relatively inexpensive (straps and bungee chords) to pricey (large halos made from PVC pipe).

slice cure Slicecure.com features the kind of simple devices that are light on your wallet but still helpful. They start with an “elbow return," a light resistance tube that attaches to your forearm and held in place by a foot strap. There’s also devices such as a triangle lock, a strap that keeps your arms at the proper width during a swing. They also sell a strap that goes from your forearm to the actual club, helping you keep the desired 90 degree angle between club and arm. Simple devices such as these are in the $25-$40 range.

Golfers looking for more complex mechanical aids have plenty of options – so long as they’re not averse to making a bigger divot in their wallets.

Powerstik is one of several companies that manufacture a weighted club. The idea is that the heavier motion not only builds the right muscles, but helps maintain the proper form. (Think of a baseball player on deck with a rubber donut around his bat.) The Powerstik and other weighted golf clubs range anywhere from $70 to $120.

The Medicus Dual Hinge Driver advertises itself as the most popular swing trainer club in the world. According to its website, it has sold more than 1 million units. The club features a hinge located just above the driver head. Swing incorrectly and the driver bends at the hinge. Swing properly, and the club remains stiff. The product retails for approximately $160.

But if straps and special clubs aren’t enough, don’t worry, there’s something else. Just make sure you have the room in your garage.

There’s the Dreamswing, a chord attached to a tripod, that connects to your club as you swing (retail price: $219).

Super Swing Trainer

Then there’s contraptions like the Super Swing Trainer, a large halo made out of high-quality PVC pipe that you stand inside of. The idea is that the club follows the circle from back swing to follow through. The most expensive model sells for close to $400.

Of course, the products mentioned above are just a small sampling. There are dozens of other tools that claim to help smooth out the rough edges in your swing.

Which is right for you? Like all products, the best way to find out is to ask questions, try them out and see which feels best.

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