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I'm guilty of falling for some slick marketing and buying over-priced training aids (some that don't actually help that much).  But, I have a training aid that I use frequently that has made a big improvement in my swing - specifically my turn.  I've had plenty of comments about a having short backswing.  So, I invested $8.76 in a closet pole at the local big box home improvement store. It's a six foot long, one inch diameter wooden dowel intended to be used as a clothes hanger rod in a closet.

The drill is simple.  Place the pole behind your neck, place you hands on the pole with your arms stretched out.  Gradually start turning in a golf swing motion.  I start upright and bend over into a golf posture more with each swing.  I do twenty turns for the drill.  By the end, I can get the left end of the pole pointed toward my right foot (I swing right-handed). 

I'm a senior golfer. Doing this drill, I've gained distance - noticeable distance - sometimes crazy long distance. Now the comments are, "What ball are you using?" or "Is that a new driver?"

So, what's your best cheap training aid that really helps your game?

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PING G400 Max - The shaft is too long, has too much flex, the head is too heavy, and the loft is too low for my swing.  Bought cheap on Craigslist. Best driver ever!

Wishon 929HS 4 Wood & 7 Wood Single Length

Wishon EQ1-NX 6, 5, 4 Hybrid Single Length

Wishon EQ1-NX Lob Wedge - 7 iron Single Length

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MaxFli Tour Ball

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Towel under the elbow to keep my elbow/arm in tight to prevent the over the top swing. Pretty cheap I would say!

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:ping-small: G425 LST 10.5 Aldilla Rogue White 70s

:titelist-small: TS3 15.5 3W Fuji Speeder Tour Spec

:titelist-small: 818 H1 19deg Hybrid Fuji Atmos White

:mizuno-small: JPX 921 Hot Metal 4-PW Nippon Modus 120s

:vokey-small: SM8 50,54, and 58deg Dynamic Gold Wedge Flex

:taylormade-small:Spider Tour Putter

Vice Pro Plus White or Titleist ProV1x

:ping-small: Hoofer Stand Bag

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Metal yard stick for putting start line, usually under $5 at a hardware store. 

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:callaway-small: APEX CF19 6-AW

:ping-small: G700 4i, Glide 2.0 54, 58*

:edel-golf-1: EAS 2.0

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Natural Light is pretty cheap I hear.  I don’t drink, but I imagine it helps with forgetting the bad shots.

Yard makers are pretty cheap for alignment aids on serious note.

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$2 Garden rod used as alignment stick, swing plane stick, hip rotation tool

$20 Putting mirror 

 

Driver: :cobra-small: Speed Zone 9* HZRDUS Smoke Yellow Shaft

3 Wood: :cobra-small: King Speedzone 13.5* HZRDUS Smoke Black Shaft

2 & 3 Hybrids: :cobra-small: Speedzone Recoil 480 ESX Shaft

Irons: :cobra-small: Speedzone 5-GW Recoil 460 ESX Shafts

Wedges::callaway-logo-1: PM Grind 54* & 58*

Putter: :odyssey-small: Dual Force Rossi II

Ball: Whatever I find in the woods

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On 5/13/2022 at 6:46 AM, Headhammer said:

$2 Garden rod used as alignment stick, swing plane stick, hip rotation tool

$20 Putting mirror 

 

How do you use it as a hip rotation tool?

It looks like a good day to play golf!

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One in your belt loop, one in the ground work on turning your hips so the rod in your belt hits the stick in the ground. Will help stop you from sliding and instead rotate your hips.

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Driver: :cobra-small: Speed Zone 9* HZRDUS Smoke Yellow Shaft

3 Wood: :cobra-small: King Speedzone 13.5* HZRDUS Smoke Black Shaft

2 & 3 Hybrids: :cobra-small: Speedzone Recoil 480 ESX Shaft

Irons: :cobra-small: Speedzone 5-GW Recoil 460 ESX Shafts

Wedges::callaway-logo-1: PM Grind 54* & 58*

Putter: :odyssey-small: Dual Force Rossi II

Ball: Whatever I find in the woods

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On 5/11/2022 at 3:16 PM, Shankster said:

Natural Light is pretty cheap I hear.  I don’t drink, but I imagine it helps with forgetting the bad shots.

Yard makers are pretty cheap for alignment aids on serious note.

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MATT DAMON - Rannulph Junuh "The Legend of Bagger Vance"

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3 Iron - default_taylormade-small.jpg R7TP DGTT SL S300 Shaft

4-9 Irons - default_taylormade-small.jpg R7TP DGTT X-100 Shafts (6i has mismatched Project X 6.0 shaft)

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Been watching this thread for some ideas.  Currently I have no golf training aids... I feel like the outlay of hard earned coin I made for the ones in my bag are sufficient 🙂.  In fact, some days, I think I could have gotten by with MUCH CHEAPER training aids 🤣.

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:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:srixon-small:  ZX5 Irons 4-AW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

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I wasted plenty of money on training aids. The only one I would buy again (or should I say ask for Christmas again) is the Orange Whip. 

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:taylormade-small: 3 Wood, SLDR  HL 17*  R Flex

:taylormade-small: 5 Wood, SLDR 19* R Flex

:cobra-small: 7 Wood, F6 22.5* R Flex

:Sub70: 939x 5 hybrid

:Sub70: Irons, 699 Pro's S Flex (6 - AW)

:Sub70:  JB Wedge 56*

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I seem to respond better to drills rather than swing aids.  I hit balls L-L with my feet together and drills like that.  I do like the Orange Whip and I have some of the Swingyde knockoff plastic attachments, but I need to make some swings with the aid and then some without or I'm just sort of reacting to the swing aid.

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Rope, wrapped in a spiral to make a thicker, heavier three foot or so length. It's reasonably heavy and flexible, so it works pretty well when swung to work on sequencing and to develop more speed.

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I use an old steel shafted driver with lead down the shaft. It keeps my swing long and makes my golf muscles strong. Buy an old steel shafted driver or other steel shafted wood at a garage sale or thrift shop. Cut a hole in the end of the grip to insert split shot lead weights (usually used for fishing). After inserting eah one use a steel rod the right diameter to squash it into the bottom of the shaft so it doesn't slide back and forth when you swing. Hold the head of the club when you do this so there is no chance of the head coming loose. initially put in less weight than you think you can handle. Swing the club a few times each day gradually working up to 70 or more repetitions. When that becomes easy add more weight, reduce repetitions, and gradually work up to 70 or more repetitions again. Keep doing this until it is heavy enough to keep your swing timing good and your golf swing in good shape. Other than the steel rod which you can get get at most hardware stores, it is all very cheap (and works).

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