Just because the majority of golf clubs around the UK are currently closed, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep your golf game razor sharp.
Let’s face it, the weather isn’t great anyway, so get the training aids out and make use of that back garden or brand new carpet in the living room.
No lockdown or cold snap can prevent you from honing your skills at home, and there are some super golf training aids on the market.
In fact, golfers have never had so much choice, with hundreds of different devices and tools designed to improve every aspect game.
Here, we pick out nine of the best golf training aids for you to consider. Equip yourself with a new toy now, and you’ll hit the ground running when golf gets the green light to return.
PuttOUT Pressure Putt Golf Training Aid, RRP £19.99
With its scientifically designed parabolic curve, this device auto-returns your good putts, rejects missed putts and holds your perfect putts, giving you crucial feedback to help with pace and line.
With a host of PuttOut challenges, such as holing 25 in a row, you can enhance your ability to perform under pressure, which is only going to help when you’re stood over a meaningful putt in real competition.
ON PAR Tri Turf Mat, RRP £59.99
If there’s one downside to hitting balls in your back garden, it’s the damage that’s inflicted on the lawn.
This 25″ x 16″ mat isn’t designed with horticulturalists in mind; rather it simulates three different types of lie golfers encounter on the course, so you can practise off compact lies as well as longer grass, something you don’t always get at the local driving range.
And yes, it will stop all those divots spoiling your perfectly manicured turf.
Pure 2 Improve Pop-Up Triangle Practice Net, RRP £179.99
Of course, if you’re going to hit balls in the back garden then you’ll need a net – such as this one.
It looks a little like a tent, only it’s nowhere near as difficult to erect. In fact, the beauty of this net is the user-friendly, pop-up design.
It’s not always easy to work out how well you’re hitting the ball into a net, but with the 60cm diameter target you can at least get an idea of your starting line.
Having a target also adds an element of fun to your practice.
PuttOUT Training Mirror & Gate, RRP £49.99
If you’re struggling on the greens and feel like your stroke is lacking consistency, this training aid will put you on the road to recovery – excuse the pun.
The mirror provides instant feedback, so you can see your own swing path in action and work out the reasons why you might not be delivering a square face at impact.
Meanwhile, the 50mm putting gate provides the ultimate test: place it a foot in front of the ball and see if you can roll the ball through it.
Get used to this and it’s amazing how big the hole appears when you switch back to putting for real.
Orange Whip Compact, RRP $109.00
We’ve all stood in front of the mirror and rehearsed our swing, haven’t we? Well, try doing it with this device, designed to help you with the rhythm of your golf swing.
An orange ball replaces the clubhead and allows you to focus on swinging naturally without thinking about the position of the clubface.
It’s weighted in such a way to promote a fluid swinging motion rather than a jerky hitting motion.
Meanwhile, a counterweight helps stabilise the swing, providing feedback as to whether you are loading or unloading the club properly, whilst a proprietary shaft naturally promotes the need to swing in rhythm creating synchronization between your arms, upper body, and lower body.
The Compact model (35.5in) simulates short iron motion, but there’s also the longer Whip Trainer (47in) and Mid-Size (43in), which simulate the driver motion.
Just make sure no-one’s standing too close when you have a swing!
Brand Fusion Tour Alignment Sticks, RRP £9.99
Quite frankly, everyone should own a set of alignment sticks.
Whether you want alignment assistance, or an accessory for a drill, these training aids are really versatile – and inexpensive.
Wouldn’t know what to use them for? This pair from Brand Fusion comes with drill sheets and instructions.
Once you’ve started using them, you’ll never head to the range without your sticks.
Swing Speed Golf Training Aid, RRP £129.99
If more distance is what you’re after, this is the training aid to help you reach those new yardage goals. How does an extra 20 yards sound in less than eight weeks?
Ok, you might have to put some work in, but with its interchangeable head weights (100g, 150g and 200g) the Swing Speed golf training aid is a very effective bit of kit.
Not only does it help build up your swing speed, but it also provides a core muscle work out and improves your sequencing through the ball.
Sklz Smash Bag, RRP £24.99
It might be called a smash bag – and let’s be honest, we all feel like letting off a bit of steam at the moment – but there’s far more to this training aid.
Have you ever found yourself marvelling at the world’s best ball strikers, wondering how they produce such well-struck shots time after time?
Of course you have, and that’s largely due to the position top professionals get into at impact – which is what makes this training aid so effective.
By learning that correct feeling you can transform your ball striking – and release some pent-up frustration, of course.
The Lag Stick, RRP £19.95
Keeping your heads ahead of the ball is key to making a good, solid contact – and this clever training aid will help you to see and feel what it’s like t compress the ball.
Simply place the plastic rod into the butt of your club and midway through the downswing the rod will elongate, which will encourage you to keep your hands ahead of the ball.
The result? More divots after the ball has gone, and a more penetrating ball flight.