I really get a kick out of many of the commercials or infomercials for swing aids. In the background of the setting may sit at least one golf club and some golf balls to give the appearance of a more “professional” look, and the advertisement is often filmed or taped at a nice outdoor driving range to boot. There in the center of the frame is someone performing something with a swing aid that might perhaps help one’s swing to look prettier or more traditional, yet does absolutely nothing of any substance to actually help one play the game better. Why anyone would choose anything else but to swing a real golf club and hit a real golf ball given the chance over any other option is really beyond me. Swinging an actual club and hitting golf balls will help one learn how to grip and swing a golf club most effectively in the course of the repeated cycling of placing one’s hands on the club, swinging, and then removing them. The same process will aid in coordinating the eyes and body to improve hitting contact and help one learn to play various shots. This would include the fullest, hardest of swings down to the smallest of chips or putts (and everything in between), curving the ball in different directions, and hitting it high and low, all learnable by utilizing these best golfing aids. Then there is the knowledge gained about one’s own golf clubs and the proper fitting thereof during the experiences of all those various types of swings made with real golf clubs in hand, a task best not left in the hands of today’s clubfitters. I will explore that issue in great detail shortly.
These are all extremely integral factors in learning how to play golf decently, and no other training aids even come close insofar as versatility and completeness of skill development. And I am not even considering the probability that inadvertently hitting some lousy shots on the range (or golf course) can help one to develop shot strategy, patience, and other advantageous playing traits. Poor play today can potentially lead to a more relevant improvement in one’s golf game tomorrow over working with that swing aid or swing analysis device today. So if you would really like to improve your “swinging,” albeit commonly in a fruitless manner, then perhaps you should use the swing aid of your choice. If, however, you are looking more for “playing” improvement, there are a couple of novel, seemingly almost unheard of golfing aids called a golf club and a golf ball. A bit of dedicated practice including the use of these items can help golfers learn all of the above abilities that are required to achieve regular golfing success. Such multifaceted learning is not possible utilizing any other training means, therefore comprehensive, or even partial triumph with respect to playing skill may be realized sooner. Even swinging a normal golf club by itself without hitting golf balls can be superior to any other teaching aid available, but I will not elaborate more on what comprises that technique until later.