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Best Training Aids For Golf: Editors Choice

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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.

GOLF DIGEST | April 12, 2017

 

Impact Snap Golf Training Aid Review

According to the National Golf Foundation, one million people take up the game of golf and one million people quit every year in United States. Yes, the game can cost a lot to play and it can take 5+ hours to play a round of golf.

However, the uncomfortable reality is that the game can be really hard for most of us. Barely half of all recreational golfers can consistently break 100.

That difficulty level is why there are over 18,000 PGA instructors currently active in the golf business. It’s also a reason why no sport lends itself to training aids more than golf.

Throughout my career, I’ve tried more training aids than I could possibly remember. But one of the more “impactful” has been the Impact Snap golf impact release trainer.

The Impact Snap is an easy to use training aid that helps you improve your impact position and to teach a proper release. The device contains a ball bearing inside that moves during your swing, allowing you to feel the load that sets at the top and releases at impact.

Set the club properly at the top of the back swing and you’ll hear a click. Release the club properly and you’ll also hear a click at impact.

The training aid is owned by PGA instructor Martin Nowicki and was developed by Kelvin Miyahira, who noticed that a primary difference between high handicappers and low handicappers is at the point of impact. He saw that the wrists and forearms of the high handicappers are often not connecting the right way and are breaking down at impact. This can cause flipping, casting or scooping, which is obviously not good for consistent ball striking.

The goal of the Impact Snap is to achieve the perfect impact position every time by optimizing three key motions of the wrist – ulnar deviation, flexion and supination. It can also train you to acquire a preferred forward shaft lean at impact, which can produce crisper shots and better trajectory.

“The importance of the motion of the wrist angles (especially through the impact interval) should ALWAYS be at the forefront of modern golf instruction” said PGA Tour coach and Chicago Golf Report Instructor of the Year Jake Thurm, who also recommends the Impact Snap to his students. “In 3D we see how the treatment of these wrist angles has direct implications on how that club is being delivered functionally.”

Impact Snap is beneficial to all players of any age or skill level. Best of all, its compact size makes it easy to use in just about any room or environment.

There are tons of golf training aids out there, but few can help you “feel” a proper release. The Impact Snap is a great tool to help improve your swing and make the game more enjoyable.

-CHICAGO GOLF REPORT | Walter Lis | February 24, 2019

 

GEAR FACTOR

Ashley Mayo
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 | Gear Factor Video | October 12, 2016


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.

GOLF TIPS MAGAZINE | April 4, 2016