Ask the Experts - Training Aids

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Ask the Experts - Training Aids

Golf Range Times, Scott Schermer’s old magazine, from St Louis, Mo. , now located in Richmond, Virginia has a great section that allows everyone to get into the act: the player, facility, teacher,industry, manufacturer, inventor, innovator; they all come together because of questions asked about teaching aids, which connects all of the above! With diligence and understanding we’ll reduce quantitative percentages to refreshing qualitative refinement. Finding balance is good.

Jamie Turner, publisher of Golf Range Times, timed five questions dealing with Training Aids perfectly!


1) ...which training aids to purchase for my range?
2) What main categories of training aids?
3) What are some of most popular training aids?
4) Where should I set up my training area?
5) Do golf training aids really work?

Expert teachers, educate their players in golf to play the hole in reverse, from green to tee. Why is this so? This is not a turkey shoot! in the literal sense, before ones first shot on any hole, you see the hole played from green to tee for position purposes.

We’ll start with question number five and work backwards - golf training aids:....“ Do they really work?”

Who knows enough about the action to give direction to those looking for direction? What’s the diversity of the game causing diversity in training aids? Could it be that diversity in equipment and terrain of the golf course qualify ....”what really works?

Have you looked closely to understand there may be a formidable challenge here!

Let’s start with the putter. Is this the simplest? If one is speaking of distance it certainly is, but if one is speaking of holing out then all other golf clubs need help! Could it be that the putter connects to the other clubs, or do training aids part ways here? Is this so?

One would agree that the putter is the rolling game, and the other thirteen are loft and/or trajectory. Ball flight and distance seems to separate, but that’s just it! The separating is embodied in the game of golf. No shot is the same. Nature has always been formitable. Man has always struggled. Right now we’re struggling to keep nature in tact. We’ve distanced ourselves from what sustains us. Qualitative energy is gaining on quantitative residue. What teaching aids will unify the separation?

Unlike almost any other sport, golf is in a natural setting. One hundred fifty acres or more to play around on! No wonder we are looking for some outside help!

The putting green is the final space where the hole receives the ball as a finishing point. Even though the putter may be last of club selection in need of a training aid, who would expect the energy of the putter is a mirror replica of the other thirteen clubs?

For those not thinking so, they may see a straight back and straight through action for the putter, not to be connected with the circular pattern of all other clubs. Therefore, their training aid maybe two - two by four’s, laying parallel on the ground with the putter head’s movement between them!

If one is inclined to practice with teaching aids that would provide assistance to this thinking, one would have to answer whether it’s workable alone and not the others.

There are Putting Rods made to provide the player the choice of linear or arc, or both, in one training aid. Remember circular energy or motion on an arc can be inclusive and connected for fourteen clubs.

“Do training aids really work?” Are you one to fulfill your needs by quantitative selection? Is it, “The more the merrier?” Could it be that many training aids handle the diversity of golf, or are you qualitative, and simplify the diversity by maximizing similarities in a diverse system?

If the latter is the case, look no further! The Putting Rod, by Jack Thomsen Golf Enterprises does both linear and the arc, in design, for the correct reasons.

It’s all about angle. Long putters come closest to straight back- straight through, a vertical shaft, a horizontal club head is a carpenter’s club “plumb and level”! Go for it!

Don’t forget the other thirteen clubs when doing so. Remember, golf is “feel”, golf is an art, golf’s very nature is diverse. A natural setting alters lie angle.

A question in Golf Range Times magazine: “ Where should I set up my training area?” If this means location - there is one training aid that surpasses all others. because it connects, includes, and maximizes all clubs, thereby “crooked Lies”, a training aid, authenticates 360 degrees of lie angle, plus the flat lie, still included, but removable, in design, remains - just like a golf course: flat and “crooked lies”.

Who would train for anything else? Aren’t we learning on a golf range? Are we not going to the golf course? Separation is built into this scenario - back and forth, from range to course - course to range. “ Is our concern not a full body of knowledge?”

Questions three and two, “What’s ....most popular training aids?” Also, ....”main categories of training aids?” Have you ever taken a golf ball and used it as a training aid? Two golf balls is best - one ball on the ground, in position designated to mirror an imagined golf club to be represented in an exercise of throwing the second ball to strike the first ball on the ground. Sound easy? Try it!

When you get good, do the same from the other side with opposite hand. Yes, ambedexterity is a challenge. However, when have we not become such in difficult situations? On a ladder, with a screw driver and a pliers, and a bad angle to accomplish? Could it be that ...in the kitchen, when two hands seem not enough to surrender the final ingredient?

So what’s your recipie? What’s your angle? How “centered” will you become? You know golf’s a challenge. It will test you.. Control of the ball can be more than numbers on your score card. What of the flight of the ball to clear the tree, or shape itself around one?

Pay attention to the total experience, you and your surroundings. Any teaching aid that brings you to your “Center”is worthy of your investment. When you discard them all - you’ve arrived!

A yogi does sit on an underlayment, but not always. Such is life. Embrace the common. Embrace the immediate, and experience in a new way.

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fdoleac 6 years ago from Hollis, New Hampshire

A great training aid is your cell phone, digitial camera or a video camera that will take short videos. A video of a good swing provides mental imagery for repeating the process.

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