If you play golf, you are always looking for a way to improve your golf swing. Without a doubt, the best way to achieve the perfect golf swing is to get good quality golf swing instructions. Unfortunately, not all instructors are created equal. Even when you find a good trainer, he can only take you so far. To master your golf lessons, you still need to do a lot of work on your own. Luckily, there are inexpensive tools and golf aids that can help you.
The most important principle to improve your golf swing is practice. Correct practice. Lots and lots of practice. The top three golf aids listed below are selected with this central principle in mind – to give you the ability to do lots of correct practice.
1. More golf balls.
To get lots of practice, you need lots of golf balls. How many do you have? Ten? Twenty? I say that’s not enough. You need at least a hundred. You need to be able to just swing away at the ball, without having to go pick them up. If you just hit the ball five or ten times every time you practice, you will never improve.
A quick check at Amazon shows that a dozen balls sell for around $15 to $30. Wilson’s Staff Fifty, which travels 250 yards (as tested by CNN’s Golf Lab), costs $15. If you don’t have the budget for new golf balls, secondhand balls are a good choice. Modern golf balls are very resilient and can last you very many games. Amazon offers good quality used golf balls like Titleists NXT Tour, (which travels 254 yards), at $37 for 36 balls. If you look carefully, you can get even better deals on eBay, effectively paying $0.50 per ball.
2. Golf net.
Whether you hit your balls at the driving range or at home, a net is a must. At the driving range, having your own net helps you to easily recover your golf balls after your practice session. After all, you don’t want to hunt for your golf balls every time you finish your practice, do you? And there is no way for you to practice at home without a net.
You can buy a golf net at your local golf shop, or look for a good deal from Amazon on eBay. You’ll find that some nets are easy to set up and take down, but a bit flimsy. Others are sturdy but difficult to set up. What you get will depend on your needs. If you have a fixed place to practice at home, buy the sturdier net. If you need to take your net to the driving range, then pick the one which is easier to put up and dismantle.
You can even make your own golf net. Just use a double or triple layer of fine-meshed fishing net and you ready for lots of practice.
The third essential (and inexpensive) golf aid is a digital camera. Set it up on its tripod or a folding chair and turn it on. Record your golf swings and play them back in slow motion. Find out where your mistakes are and fix them your next practice session. Fix your mistakes one by one and improve your golf swing step by step. Compare the playback of your swing against a good reference – either borrow a good golf swing book from your local library or look at the videos on the PGA’s web-site.