Best golf practice aids: 7 simple golf practice aids that will help you improve in a hurry
When it comes to finding the best golf products, every golfer needs a little guidance. Don’t sweat it, we got you covered! For our new Best of Everything series, we’ve canvassed the golf accessories, apparel and game-improvement space to identify the very best stuff for your game. Think of us as your personal shopping assistant.
BEST GOLF PRACTICE AIDS
Ask any Top 100 Teacher or Tour player and they’ll tell you the same thing: The key to actual, genuine improvement isn’t just practice. You must practice with a purpose. Practicing smart requires feedback, which is why practice aids that ensure you’re accomplishing your goals can be so valuable.
There’s a subtle — but important — difference between practice aids and training aids. While a training aid is designed to directly fix a problem, a practice aid is something that operates more in the background. Think of it as a fact-checker; it reinforces positive habits, at times without you even noticing.
The best part? Some of the best golf practice aids are also among the most affordable. Here are our picks for best in class.
Best Multi-Use Practice Aids
There are a few fancier branded versions of this tool on the market, but there’s no better bargain then the classic reflective rods you can buy for a couple dollars. They’re perfect alignment aids (simply line them up on the ground to help you with your address position) and are great for incorporating into drills that can help you with everything from hitting a draw to increasing your clubhead speed.
Best Practice Aid For Putting
The Navigator Putting Aid
This device is one of the most underrated practice aids for putting. Simply attach the Navigator to the bottom of your putter shaft and a small rod shows you where your putter face is aiming. You might be alarmed by your alignment at first, but the rod will easily guide you back to square. Simple. Brilliant.
Best Practice Aid For At-Home Practice
PuttOut Pressure Putt Trainer
If you love practicing your putting at home, there’s nothing better — or more addictive — than the PuttOut Pressure Putt Trainer. It’s a toy that makes practicing your putting fun: Hit the perfect putt, and your ball will stop neatly in the small hole. If not, your ball will roll back toward your feet. Aim small, miss small, and you’ll find yourself holing more putts as a result.
Best Practice Aid For Swing Path
Eyeline Golf Speed Trap 2.0
Our favorite thing about the Speed Trap is its versatility. The directional rods can fix a swing path that’s too severe — say, if you’re coming over the top — but you can also use the device to improve your alignment, plus train yourself to hit different kinds of shots. Did somebody say high draw? Coming right up!
Best Practice Aid For Swing Recording
If you like to record your golf swing, you’ll know what a pain it is finding somewhere to prop up your phone. Enter SelfieGolf, which solves that problem with an easy-to-use phone clip that attaches to an alignment stick. Voila: your own personal video station.
Best Practice Aid For Keeping Your Head Still
The Steadhead may look a little odd, but it’s simple and, more important, it works. Clip it on the brim of your hat and you’ll have an immediate reference point for where your head is — and how much it’s moving. It’s especially helpful for putting and for golfers who tend to sway off the ball.
Best Practice Aid For Green Reading
EyeLine Golf Bullseye Cup Putting Aid
Putting coaches will often tell you that the key to improving your green reading is to focus on which part of the hole you want your putt to roll in. The Bullseye Putting Aid does exactly that. It erects a barrier around most of the cup, narrowing your target and training you to play the perfect amount of break.