Our Picks: Best golf training aids of 2023

Check out GOLF’s picks for the hottest brands and most convenient items we've seen all year. Get excited for these must-have training aids


Welcome to GOLF’s 2023 edition of the Best of Everything, where we’re providing you with, well… the best of everything!

Check out GOLF’s picks for the best golf training aids of 2023, which include the hottest brands and most convenient items we’ve seen all year.

Whether you’re a beginner who simply needs help swinging the golf club, an amateur trying to shave some strokes off their putting game, or a player looking for more clubhead speed to increase distance off the tee, these are the must-have items this year.

Add these items to your wish list and start your path to lower scores today!

These are the best of the best!

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Best of GolF TRAINING AIDS 2023

Keep scrolling for all the best golf training aids we saw this year.

Divot Board

Divot Board

Introducing the Divot Board, your ultimate golfing companion for immediate feedback and swing correction. This game-changing board reads your divots, providing real-time data on ball flight and helping you improve your technique. Experience the power of instant feedback and elevate your game with this portable and user-friendly device. Perfect for golfers of all levels. Get the Divot Board and take your golfing journey to new heights.
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There’s nothing like hitting a crispy wedge shot with some wicked backspin, landing it within just a few feet of the hole.

Thing is, it’s not always easy to master such a shot — and there aren’t too many places an amateur can practice doing so.

Until now, thanks to the Divot Board.

Take this portable training aid with you anywhere you go, simply lay it on the ground, drop your ball on the dedicated area of the board and practice using the bounce of the club for top-notch precision.

With instant feedback, you’ll be able to get the necessary touch and feel for better shots around the green.

Rukket Sports SPDR Portable Driving Range

Rukket Sports SPDR Portable Driving Range

The SPDR Portable Driving Range is a large 10 ft wide by 7 ft tall net with side wings and an overhang designed to catch shots hit from every club in the bag. The folding frame is easy to deploy and pack-up between uses. Don’t let its portability fool you, this is a heavy duty net used by professionals that includes a ball return feature so you can practice with a single ball. Improve your game with confidence using the most versatile and practical golf net available today. Features COMMERCIAL GRADE FOR THE MOST DEMANDING PRACTICE SETUPS! TOUGH and RUGGED: Heavy-duty folding metal frame. 2-minute setup, quicker to store away with the included carrying case. FOOLPROOF PRACTICE: Net STAYS on. NO need to remove each time the net is packed away! USE REAL GOLF BALLS:  Rukket Tough Netting! Use real golf balls and your own tee with any club in your bag. ADDED BENEFITS: Use only one ball and includes our NO scratch rubber base. Product Specs 10ft x 7ft What’s in the Box (1) SPDR Net (1) FREE Side Barrier Protective Wings (1) Tri turf Mat RUKKET FAIR PLAY GUARANTEE & LIFETIME WARRANTY: At Rukket Sports we know you came to win. We also understand that in order to win you need to train hard, so that’s why we’re proud to offer the Rukket Fair Play Guarantee & Lifetime Warranty for no-risk purchasing plus outstanding USA-based customer service!  
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If you’re like me, there’s a good chance you’ve carved out sometime in the afternoon to head to the driving range to hit balls, only to show up and realize there isn’t a single bay open to practice from.

It’s brutal.

But with the Rukket Sports SPDR Portable Driving Range, you can bring the practice range to your own backyard or garage.

Thanks to the 10 feet x 7 feet dimension, even players who traditionally slice or snap hook can pound balls into the net, providing a great trainer to help with your golf swing — even during the offseason.

Both the net and frame are commercial grade, so it’s heavy-duty enough to hit real golf balls over and over without having fear of wear and tear.

Rukket Sports Pathfinder Impact Mat

Rukket Sports Pathfinder Impact Mat™

Are you looking for a golf training mat to help your golf game? The Rukket Pathfinder Impact Mat™ was designed with input from professional golfers and golf teachers to help players of all abilities improve their game. The strike mat tracks club face alignment and helps ensure clean contact with the ball while the foam pylons can be used to keep your swing on plane. Use all four pylons to practice hitting straighter shots or remove pylons to practice hitting draw or fade shots. It’s the most versatile golf swing practice mat available and works with every club in your bag! Features 2-in-1 golf swing training mat combining the features of an impact mat / strike mat and a swing path trainer to help golfers quickly identify and correct common swing problems like hooks and slices. It’s a golf swing impact / strike mat to help identify and correct club face alignment. Use the “velvet” turf to ensure you’re making clean contact with the ball. It’s also a golf swing training aid to help with swing plane alignment. Use it to fix a slice or a hook, and to practice hitting draw and fade shots. What’s in the Box (1) Rukket Pathfinder Impact Mat™ (4) Foam Pylons (1) Instruction Booklet Product Specs 25in x 13in x 0.8in RUKKET FAIR PLAY GUARANTEE & LIFETIME WARRANTY: At Rukket Sports we know you came to win. We also understand that in order to win you need to train hard, so that’s why we’re proud to offer the Rukket Fair Play Guarantee & Lifetime Warranty for no-risk purchasing plus outstanding USA-based customer service!
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The quickest way towards hitting better shots? Making sure the clubface is square at impact, allowing you to hit the sweet spot of the club.

Unfortunately, squaring the clubface isn’t something that comes easily for many amateur players — which is why the Rukket Sports Pathfinder Impact Mat™ is here to serve as your personalized swing coach.

Either use all four pylons to correct your club path, or remove the pylons to work on hitting either draws or fades. However you’re looking to improve your swing, the Pathfinder Impact Mat™ is here to help.

So whether you’re looking to improve your center-face contact, identify flaws with your swing path, or just trying to stay sharp between rounds, it’s the ideal companion to have before heading to the first tee.

Short Game Gains Putting Mirror

Short Game Gains Putting Mirror

This detailed mirror helps you to check your alignment, confirm that your stroke is on the right path, and help you start every putt on your intended line.

Great putters never mess with a good thing, so the Short Game Gains Putting Mirror exists to achieve just that — consistency!

With this putting mirror, you can confidently stand over your ball and instantly see that your setup, stroke and start line are all aligned properly each time, allowing you to put your best stroke forward.

Lower scores start with commanding the flat stick. And with the help of this training aid, you’ll become a sniper anytime you step foot on the putting surface.

TheStack Swing Speed Trainer (Hardware + App Bundle)

TheStack Swing Speed Trainer (Hardware + App Bundle)

$314 (was $349)
  TheStack Hardware 5 milled Stack weights enable 30 weight combinations between 0g and 300g Dual-purpose weight case / phone stand Highly engineered training club – Adult (41.5″) or Junior (38.5″) version (see Fitting Juniors) Speed radar not included. View all compatible devices here.  We recommend the PRGR TheStack App Training 2-year License included, accessible on iOS only. Dynamic speed training formulated by Dr. Sasho MacKenzie Guided workout timer for reps, sets, and rest intervals Custom speed metrics to track your gains Hands-free data entry using voice entry technology Includes access to Stack Putting (Beta) – Learn more Includes Single User License – Enables training and tracking for up to five local (i.e. family) users under one login. Multi-user Coaches License license sold separately. Access TheStack App from the App Store when your order arrives. Requires iOS 15.0 or later.
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OK, so you want to hit the ball farther? The quickest way to do that is by increasing your clubhead speed — but doing so within the framework of your existing mechanics.

That’s where TheStack Swing Speed Trainer helps, which provides golfers of all skill levels the ability to see major gains.

Offering dynamic speed training and guided workouts, TheStack tracks your progress over time, allowing you to see and feel just how lethal you’re becoming while swinging the golf club.

Wellputt Mat – 10 feet

Wellputt Mat 10ft

THE BEST PUTTING MAT EVER, APPROVED BY WORLD-RENOWNED COACH CAMERON MCCORMICK, JORDAN SPIETH’S COACH. Used by the world’s top professional players, the Wellputt Mats are the most scientifically accurate in reproducing a real-life green. Their patented design & rolling speed have been tested by our engineers and coach Cameron McCormick to make you a putting expert. Length : 10 ft Width : 1.64 ft Stimp meter speed : 10/11.5 ft Weight : 4.28 lbs Approved by Cameron McCormick Aiming & speed control training More than 50 practice exercises Wellputt App for iOS & android
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With a stamp of approval from Jordan Spieth’s coach Cameron McCormick, the Wellputt Mat is the quintessential training aid when you’re working on your short game.

The patented design and rolling speed have been tested and approved by top engineers, meaning it’s comparable to working on your putting distance control on the practice greens at your favorite course.

So gain the confidence you need in order to shave some strokes off your scoredcard with the flatstick.

Hazy Sticks “The Volunteer” – Golf Alignment Sticks

Hazy Sticks “The Volunteer” – Golf Alignment Sticks

100% Genuine Hickory Length: 45” / Diameter: 3/8” Medium-Dark Stain Navy/Orange/White Color Combo Gloss Protective Coating Nickel End Caps High Quality Golf Alignment Sticks
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The versatile Hazy Sticks Alignment Sticks are a must-have for your next trip to the driving range.

Whether you’re working on alignment and aim, or need a refresher on your club path, these sticks are a useful training aid to help you hit more shots pure, while giving you answers on a variety of flaws in your game.

The RainDrop – Retractable Putting String

The RainDrop – Retractable Putting String

Developed in partnership with world renowned golf instructor and putting guru, Matt Killen. Close to 20 feet of retractable cable! The Raindrop will help you work on start line easily and quickly on the putting green. Either straight putts or breaking putts, this retractable string can do it all! Quick and easy to setup, and stores easily in your golf bag. Includes a neoprene carrying case to protect your raindrop and metal stakes.
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Take the guesswork out of reading your next putt with the help of The Raindrop!

With nearly 20 feet of retractable cable, this training aid was designed to help find your start line, acting as your North Star as you hit your shot towards the hole. So now you can have peace of mind with each stroke, developing the confidence you need to sink more putts.

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Nick Dimengo

Golf.com Editor

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