Instead of just going to the range and smacking balls around you’d be way better off getting some sort of training device that actually works on part of your game. In this post, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the best driving range equipment so you can figure out which will be the right fit for you and your game, and also the best place to pick them up.
I’ve tried and tested a bunch of different devices for bringing to the range and most of them have been big gimmicks that don’t really work. That being said, here are my top picks:
When we were trying out all the equipment we ranked them all based on how they actually performed, how the quality was, and also how much they cost. We tried the best we could to find a cheaper option as well as a more heavy-duty one. Continue reading for my full review of each and info on where to get them for the best price.
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#4: Tee Claw
This is something I’ve come across just recently and has become one of my favorite devices to bring to the range. It’s nice and compact and can be taken pretty much anywhere. It’s also cheap so there’s no reason you shouldn’t pick it up.
The Tee Claw is a device you can use to hit off of real tees at the range (no more crappy rubber ones). They have a lanyard attached to them which can help you with your alignment, stance, swing plane, and a bunch of other things. I use it all the time on the green as well to make sure I’m hitting the face square and I’m aiming at the right target.
You can also use it on the green to work on your alignment. I like to draw one line that goes towards the pin and another one that shows me where I should be aiming. It’s helped a lot to understand how the greens actually break.
#3: Speed Trap 2.0
This was one of the first training aids I purchased and I’ve tried a lot since then and most of them were nowhere near as useful as this one was for me.
It’s so simple, yet effective, and once you see it in action you’ll immediately understand what it’s trying to do and why it actually works (which isn’t the case for a lot of products out there).
It’s easy to carry around and would be most helpful for someone who struggles with out to in or in to out shots (slices and hooks). That’s pretty much every single weekend golfer. You’ll know right away what you did wrong because you’ll either hit one of the pylons or the plastic base.
Here are some PROS:
- It’ll give you immediate feedback on what you did wrong.
- It’ll show you your swing path and where you’re making contact.
- The base will withstand you hitting it.
Here are the CONS:
- The red pylons will fly off when you make contact which might not be the best for busy areas (you’ll constantly have to walk and pick them up).
- The pylons are attached with velcro and will eventually need to be replaced.
Overall, one of my favorite devices. Check the current price. Here’s a demo video:
#2: Liveview Golf Camera
This is my favorite golf camera and even though it’s a bit expensive, it’ll give you immediate feedback and you can see your swing in real-time.
It’s an awesome concept and it’ll make things so much easier and is almost like being at a GolfTec center.
All you have to do is put the camera behind you, download the app on your phone/tablet, swing your club, and then you’ll see your swing path and head movement. If you’ve ever tried recording your swing I’m sure you’ve been able to see what you’re doing wrong. This will take it one step further.
Here are some PROS:
- It’s far more effective than a regular camera or golf mirror.
- It makes practice a lot more fun because you can see what you’re doing wrong and improve it in real-time.
How about some CONS:
- The only downside is that it only improves a few areas of your game and is a little expensive.
If you need a camera, this is the choice to go with. Check the current price. Here’s a demo video:
#1: The Swing Plane Perfector
This has been my favorite trainer to bring to the range because it’s been the one that’s given me the best results.
Again, it’s not exactly cheap but the good news is that it’s well built so you’ll have it for pretty much forever and it’s actually used quite often by professional coaches.
It’s designed to do 2 things:
- The first is to align with your target properly.
- The second is to keep your club on plane.
It uses one alignment stick on the ground to help you align and another one that’ll show you where your downswing should go. Sometimes it’s hard to understand what a proper swing should be like and this will give you no choice but to swing the right way.
Let’s cover the PROS:
- It’ll help with both alignments and staying on plane.
- You’ll get instant feedback on what you’re doing wrong.
- It’s been the best thing for improving my long game by far.
Now the CONS:
- Again, it’s not the cheapest thing out there.
- It won’t help with grip, tempo, contact, etc.
If you can only get 1, go with this one. Check the current price. Here’s a demo video:
If you want to improve your golf game but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on lessons, these 3 devices are great options. There are so many gimmicky products out there that’ll end up in the back of your shed because they flat out don’t work.
These 3 have all helped my game and I highly recommend any of them. They won’t fix your game overnight but as long as you use them on a regular basis, you should have no trouble lowering your scores.
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