What is your favorite golf accessory or gadget and how does it help your game?
19 Professionals Contributed
Don’t Overlook the Importance of Clean Clubs
We all have at one point or another carried the dual golf brush with the soft and wire brush. And it worked just fine. Scrub the club and wipe it off. But typically I’d have to carry a wet towel with me as well to help keep out the grooves.
I have found a company called Caddy Splash that makes a Water Brush. It has a reservoir that you fill with water and when it comes time to clean your clubs you just squeeze and scrub.
Why do I feel something like this is so important? Because it makes keeping your clubs clean all that easier, faster, and overall more effective. Hitting a wedge shot with clean grooves over dirty ones can be the difference of that ball checking and stopping for a short birdie or releasing.
On top of that. Keeping taking care of and keeping our clubs clean will make them last longer and we all know clubs are not cheap.
Keep your clubs clean so you can be rewarded for your great shots.
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Tempo Trainers Help More Than Tempo
My favorite training aid/accessory is the Perfect Swing Tempo Program from BobbySteiner.com. You see, I call tempo and timing the invisible fundamentals because there are no pictures of it in magazine articles or books. But, like a Lotus race car, everything can be perfect, but if the timing is off, not only will it not perform, but the engine can be damaged! In addition to building one’s tempo, it can be a valuable aid to free the mind of unhelpful swing thoughts. I recently got into a bout of the shanks, and after identifying the source and correcting it, the thought, “Just don’t shank it” lingered in my mind as I stood over the ball. By putting the mind to work on something else, the tempo trainer helps eliminate the negative thoughts.
The Orange Whip Trainer is the best swing tool on the market.
The Orange Whip Trainer is the best swing tool on the market. It is designed to help you improve your tempo. Swing the Orange Whip before hitting balls in order to loosen up on the range and you will get warmed up in no time! Swing it daily, on the days that you don’t get to play, in order to maintain your swing rhythm. It is also a great golf fitness tool! Let me assist you with a discount, when ordering online, by entering PROMO CODE: Adam Smith, at www.orangewhiptrainer.com
I’d have to say that my favorite golf gadgets are the laser rangefinders
I’d have to say that my favorite golf gadgets are the laser rangefinders because they give you very accurate yardage readings, they really help speed up the pace of play and they make each round that much more enjoyable! I recommend that every avid golfer buy one. It’s way worth the one time investment. Just remember, that if you’re looking to buy one, that if you compete in tournaments there are oftentimes rules against having rangefinders with slope. If so, just buy one without slope. Good luck.
My favorite golf gadget/accessory is my point and shoot Leupold Range Finder.
My favorite golf gadget/accessory is my point and shoot Leupold Range Finder. I use it diligently through out every round and teach students how to use it effectively as well. Obviously, the range finder helps me and my students find accurate distances to various targets. However, most amateurs only use them to find the yardages to the flagstick. Realistically, they should be using them for tee shots, layups, and approach shots.
When using the range finder off of the tee, golfers can determine how far the hazards, bunkers, and other trouble areas are. This can help golfers make the correct club selection for the tee shot. As for lay ups, golfers can both see how far trouble areas are and determine how far they want their approach shot to the green to be. And with approach shots to the green, golfers can figure out the distance to carry the hazards and bunkers to ensure they have enough club to land on the green.
The Divot Board
The Divot Board is a useful tool for all who struggle with bottom of swing issues. Very few golfers know what it even feels like to hit the ball before the turf. A wing bottom some 3-4″ in front of the ball is a confidence builder, and the Divot Board is an effective way to learn that feel.
The Best Golf Gadget in the past 20 years...
IMHO, the best gadget in the past 20 years has been the creation and refinement of range finders for both the amateur and professional golfer. It has taken out any guess work on yardage and being fooled by optical illusions during the round of golf. Golfers of today can practice precise distances and carry that practice over to their round of golf seamlessly.
Hitting balls with a heavy iron or heavy driver to obtain proper sequence and smoothness of movements.
The best way to help your golf game is to play the game as much as you can, then work on the thing that prevents you from Achieving what you want.
The best “players” play allot. The “learning aids” are not accessories or tools or gadgets. If there was one aid that Helped people allot, is hitting balls with a heavy iron or heavy driver to obtain proper sequence and smoothness of movements. We did it with lead tape stuck on the back of a used 7 iron and a couple year old driver not in use. Distance was not the purpose, proper sequencing was the goal and it worked. After that is done go to a normal 7 iron, swing a few times without a ball till a similar feel of sequence is felt then go back and forth between the heavy and the normal clubs. This is for practice session only, not before play. One noticeable bonus result over several weeks not intended was an increase in club speed!
I believe everyone should have some kind of a Range Finder.
To help improve your game I believe everyone should have some kind of a Range Finder. Whether it is one you point and shoot or GPS oriented. Knowing your yardages can help your game out a lot.
For enjoyment, I really like all the choices that are now offered for golf specific portable speakers. So long as you are not blasting the music and bothering others I think they are a great way to relax and enjoy your round.
The ultimate swing aid
The perfect swing aid for the entire golf swing is called TheRemedy4Golf. I developed The Remedy4Golf several years ago. The main benefit is it eliminates the “Sway” golfers have in the trail leg. The Remedy not only helps with proper weight distribution both in the backswing and through swing but it can be used to develop short game skills as well. Check it out! WWW.TheRemedy4Golf.com
Little One training club
Strongly benefits improved face contact; but turns out it is just as beneficial for chipping and pitching.
PGA Teaching Professional
NCPGA professional of the year 2006
Hidden Valley Country Club, Reno, NV
Range Finders will sharpen your golf
I think the most important accessory for any golfer is a good rangefinder. Knowing your yardage is critical in lowering your score and I watch students every day play shots no truly knowing their yardage. I think this is extremely critical in smaller shots because dialing in those distances will really lower your scores. Work on your wedge and all yardages and then use that rangefinder to know that yardage perfectly. Good luck and stuff it!!
PGA Golf Professional
Director of Instruction
Westin Mission Hills Resort, Rancho Mirage, CA
This reminds me of the Beach Boy's song in the 1960's: "The Man with all the Toy's"
This reminds me of the Beach Boy’s song in the 1960’s: “The Man with all the Toy’s”…A Christmas song about Santa Claus…I think that’s what we have today…Toys that try to help us play golf…The range finder is good…Hand warmers…Is all that I can come up with now…
I will typically set up a practice station with 5 alignment sticks. Three on the ground- 2 train tracks, one between legs for ball position, and two angled approximately 60 degrees in the ground on the target line as a guide for backswing and trough swing planes.
I've always felt I played best when I had yardages to front, middle and back of each green. I really like my Bushnell Phantom for that reason.
I’ve always felt I played best when I had yardages to front, middle and back of each green. I really like my Bushnell Phantom for that reason. Fits nicely in my pocket and gives me the numbers I want most. Only need my rangefinder a couple times per round now!
2015 Iowa PGA Professional of the Year. 2004 Iowa Golf Association Professional of the Year
Golf Galaxy, Davenport, Iowa
My favorite accessory is my range finder.
My favorite accessory is my range finder. It helps speed up play by being able to quickly determine my yardages and helps me dial in the appropriate shot.