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Best Training Aids For Golf
Editors Choice: Gear & Gadgets
What makes a great training aid? It's intuitive, it's original, and it gets results. We picked this year's best in three categories—Full Swing, Putting and Mental Game—based on those criteria, along with value and usage by the game's best players and teachers.
Enduring training aids give great feedback and aren't complicated to use. That's part of what has made the Orange Whip line so successful. It has a weighted ball on the end of a flexible shaft, which promotes an active pivot and arm swing. The wedge version adapts the weights on both ends to mimic an ideal swing with a lofted club.
When golf instructors find a training aid that works quickly and effectively (among the sea of over-hyped, too-complicated ones), they don’t hesitate to get them in the hands of their students. That has certainly been the case for the Impact Snap—a deceptively simple combination of grip, guide rail and sliding internal weight that reinforces the right motion of the club through impact and the correct release timing. Invented by a well-respected teacher, the device makes good impact dynamics something a player can immediately feel and hear. Make a good swing, and the internal weight clacks forward by the ball, and the guide rail bumps against the inside of your forearm. You can use it at the range or in the comfort of your living room, and it costs less than two dozen Pro V1s.
We picked the best training aids in three broad categories based on factors like originality, innovation, value and tour usage. The Impact Snap is a grip with a noise-making ball extending from the butt end. By making the ball clack in the right place and rest against your trailing forearm, you're training a good release.
Full-swing training aids are even more numerous than the shapes of all the amateur swings they're designed to improve. Plenty of the newest ones use technology as a selling point, but the best offer straightforward, technically sound advice you can feel—and almost don't require instructions.
Impact Snap uses a simple combination of sound and feel to promote the right movement of the hands and arms through the ball. You can immediately sense when you're performing the motion correctly.
– GOLF DIGEST - October 12, 2016 | Gear Factor Video - GOLF DIGEST
IMPACT SNAP Trains Proper Hand Release
Grab this training aid to groove a Hogan-like move
By The Editors
Invented by Kelvin Miyahira and developed by Marty Nowicki, lead instructor at Turning Stone Resort near Syracuse, New York, ImpactSnap was designed to train the wrists and forearms in three different motions that occur in a proper release of the golf club during a full swing — cocking and unlocking of the lead wrist, flexion (bowing) of the lead wrist and supination or rotation of the lead wrist and forearm without sacrificing the integrity of the flexed lead wrist.
As Ben Hogan wrote, using the wrist and arms properly is a must if you want to play great golf. Once you’ve got the proper grip and pressure in place on the ImpactSnap’s specially designed flat grip and take the address position, the attached ball will be positioned below the lead forearm; by lowly moving the ball so it touches the inside part of the trailing forearm, the wrist will accomplish all three moves.
Start out slowly, when the ball is near the inside or the under part of the trail arm, swing the unit back to waist high where the wrists will start to cock; the trainer’s sliding weight will will load and the yellow ball moves away from the forearm. Move both forearms forward, leaving your wrists in the loaded position; once the hands pass the center of your body, slowly unlock and move the yellow ball so it touches the trailing forearm. The correct follow-through position finds the barrel of the unit pointing to your ball/target line about 10 feet past your body. After a few slow swings, if pressure is in the correct places, the wrists will start to free up and move correctly. ImpactSnap ingrains what a full speed release feels like and trains motor skill patterns. It doesn’t take long to get the “snap” of it.