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Best Golf Training Aids: Our Top Picks For 2021

Over the past 2 years, we’ve tested the most popular golf training aids on the market. And for the second year running, The Orange Whip is our number 1 pick. But since each training aid has a different purpose, and the right choice for you will depend on what you’re looking to improve in your game, we’ve also included a top pick for 7 different different categories.

So whether you’re looking to boost your swing speed, work on your swing plane, or fix an over the top move, you’ll find the perfect training aid for you below.

This Year’s Best Golf Training Aids

  1. Orange Whip – best overall golf training aid
  2. SuperSpeed Golf Training System – best training aid for swing speed
  3. Impact Bag – best training aid for slice
  4. Grip Trainer – best training aid for grip
  5. TOTAL GOLF TRAINER Arm – best training aid for correct wrist positions
  6. 300 Yard Impact – simple training aid
  7. Full Circle PVC Golf Swing Trainer – best training aid for swing plane
  8. Tour Striker PlaneMate – Best training aid for over the top

1. Orange Whip – best overall golf training aid

orange whip

I’ve had my Orange Whip for over 4 years now, and it’s still my go-to training aid for practicing golf at home.

The Orange Whip is incredibly simple:

It’s basically a heavy ball at the end of a bendy shaft, with a weight at the other end.

But it’s also incredibly effective.

If you get out of sequence you’ll slam the ball on the end into the ground. Above all else, the Orange Whip forces you to be patient in transition, which is always a good thing.

It has a few uses (including a decent core workout), but without doubt its most useful one is for working on rhythm, tempo, and balance.

If you get out of sequence you’ll slam the ball on the end into the ground. Above all else, the Orange Whip forces you to be patient in transition, which is always a good thing.

Here’s me working on swinging back and through while maintaining balance and a nice, smooth tempo.

The Orange Whip is particularly handy if you’re getting a bit bogged down in technical swing thoughts. It will get you “feeling” the swing again and stopping obsessing over positions.

Great For Warm Ups

On the course, the Orange Whip is perfect for warming up before a round.

It’s much heavier than a regular club, so give it a few swings before heading out, and your golf muscles will be nice and lose, and your driver will feel super light. Which can help you get a bit more zip on the first tee.

A Pretty Decent Core Workout

As mentioned, the weight of the Orange Whip makes it a pretty solid core workout.

So not only will you be grooving your tempo, you’ll be working on your abs too!

All in all, the Orange Whip is our pick for the best golf training aid this year.

Bonus: Want an orange whip style club you can hit balls with? Try the Lag Shot

The Orange Whip is our top training aid. But it does have one drawback:

You can’t hit balls with it.

The Lag Shot training aid fills that gap. It has the flexible shaft of the Orange Whip, allowing you to groove your tempo and rhythm, but also has a head (specifically a 7 iron) that you can use to hit real golf balls with on the range.

Here’s three times PGA teacher of the year Adam Bazalgette demonstrating how to use the Lag Shot training club.

The Lag Shot comes in at roughly the same price as the Orange Whip and is available to buy here.

2. SuperSpeed Golf Training System – best training aid for swing speed

superspeed golf

I mentioned how the weight of the Orange Whip can help you pick up a little more speed when it comes to swinging your regular clubs.

But if you want the ultimate training aid for developing swing speed, then it’s worth looking at the SuperSpeed Golf Training System.

When you purchase the system you’ll get 3 weighted clubs + an online video training series.

That might not sound like much, but it could easily add 30 yards to your drives. Which is pretty considerable.

According to SuperSpeed, most players will pick up at least 5% more swing speed within the first 4-6 weeks of working on the program.

That might not sound like much, but it could easily add 30 yards to your drives. Which is pretty considerable.

SuperSpeed weighted clubs have been used by a ton of tour pros, including Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Bryson De Chambeau, and Matt Kuchar. There’s a full list of PGA pros who have used their system to increase their swing speed here.

Available from PGA Tour Superstore.

3. Impact Bag – best training aid for slice

impact bag

It’s not very technical, but it works.

If you’ve ever worked on your impact position, you’ll probably try to freeze your swing on the way down, stopping at the moment of impact.

Thing is: that doesn’t really work.

Because in reality, you’ll have started decelerating about half way down. Which means you’re not really getting a true indication of what your impact position would be in a full swing.

You’ll get a true impact position. And of course you’re looking for a little bit of shaft lean (with your irons) and a square clubface.

When you use an impact bag, you can just swing as normal and hit into the bag. You’ll get a true impact position. And of course you’re looking for a little bit of shaft lean (with your irons) and a square clubface.

This is definitely a golf training aid you can DIY. An old laundry bag stuffed with clothes will probably do the trick.

But if you don’t fancy making one yourself you can grab one without breaking the bank here.

A word of warning: hitting an impact bag is pretty loud, so if you’re doing it outside make sure you have understanding neighbours!

4. Grip Trainer – best training aid for grip

grip trainer

There’s definitely an argument to be had about whether grip is a fundamental of golf.

Look at the PGA tour and you’ll see a variety of grips. And there’s an argument to be had that if it’s comfortable, and it works, then it’s fine.

But with that being said, there’s no doubt that grip is one of the first things an instructor will look at when you go for a lesson.

So if you want to build a textbook grip, then a grip trainer is worth considering.

Just slip it over the end of your club and pop your fingers into the slots to groove the correct grip.

…if you want to build a textbook grip, then a grip trainer is worth considering.

I use this one from SKLZ golf.

Note: you can use your grip trainer during casual rounds/practice, which is recommended while you get comfortable. But they are not legal for tournament play.

5. TOTAL GOLF TRAINER Arm – best training aid for correct wrist positions

trainer arm

This is another one of the golf training aids that’s ridiculously simple.

And again, it’s another one you could probably DIY. In fact, I’ve definitely seen similar done with a coat hanger.

But if you don’t fancy raiding your cupboard, then this is a great training aid for training the correct movement of the trail wrist during the golf swing.

You’ll get instant feedback if you’re doing it wrong, as your wrist will bump into the ball.

Use the Total Golf Trainer in full swings to ensure a flat wrist at the top, or for chipping to eliminate excess wrist movement (which causes inconsistent contact).

You’ll get instant feedback if you’re doing it wrong, as your wrist will bump into the ball.

Pick one up here.

6. 300 Yard Impact – simple training aid

300 yard impact

I don’t see this golf training aid get much press, but it should.

And that’s because it was developed by former world long drive champion Monte Scheinblum. A guy who most definitely knows his stuff.

According to Monte, the 300 Yard Impact will FORCE you to both:

  • swing correctly
  • get into the perfect impact position

And will eliminate faults including:

  • Over the top
  • Sliding
  • Upper body lunge
  • Coming too far from the inside
  • Flipping

Pretty much any fault you can name.

All you’ll need is the 300 Yard Impact + a wall.

Here’s Monte explaining how it works.

Grab one here.

7. Full Circle PVC Golf Swing Trainer – best training aid for swing plane

Full Circle swing plane trainer

Swinging on the correct plane (or arc) is one of the most important factors in determining how well you’re going to hit the golf ball.

Sure you can make compensations for an off-plane swing, but it’s going to cost you speed and consistency.

Fortunately the Full Circle PVC Golf Swing Trainer makes it ridiculously easy to train the correct swing plane.

You literally trace the arc with your club, which builds muscle memory, and over-time you’ll learn the correct moves you need to make in your golf swing to get your club on plane.

Whether you’re under plane (my fault) or over plane, the Full Circle Swing Trainer will get you on track. And it’s adjustable to fit every club in your bag.

8. Tour Striker PlaneMate – Best training aid for over the top

Tour Striker PlaneMate

Over the top is one of the biggest faults which afflicts amateur golfers, and leads to slices and pulls.

It’s generally caused by the hit impulse, which we all suffer from to some extent. In a rush to get back to the ball, your shoulders turn too early, the club gets kicked out and steep, and you come into the ball from out to in. If your club face is open to this left path you’ll slice it to the right, and if your club face is square or closed you’ll pull it left or hook it. The dreaded two way miss.

Being able to feel the correct transition is one of the keys to stopping an over the top move. And that’s exactly what the Tour Striker PlaneMate will allow you to do.

The resistance band will give you instant feedback on your transition, helping you feel the correct move to shallow the club, and stop your destructive over the top move.

It will also help to increase width and extension, which should increase your swing speed (a wider arc = more time for the club to accelerate).

Golf Training Aid FAQs

Are golf training aids worth it?

Yes. Golf training aids will give you instant feedback on your swing, and help to build the muscle memory that will improve your swing over time.

How can I practice golf at home?

Many golf training aids don’t require hitting a ball to practice as they are designed to help you hit the correct positions in your swing. Those that do, you’ll often get away with hitting whiffle balls into a net. But if you have the budget, we’d recommend a golf simulator to help get more accurate feedback on ball flight.

What golf training aids do the pros use?

The Orange Whip and SuperSpeed’s Golf Training System are two of the most popular golf training aids used by PGA pros.

About David McSweeney

David is one of the founders of Golfer Logic, and on a mission to improve his swing, while sharing advice, tips and "eureka!" moments with the GL community.

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