Best Golf Training Aids 2022

A look at some of the superb training aids that are on the market and that could help you improve your game

Best Golf Training Aids
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Best Golf Training Aids

Golf is one of the most technically challenging sports out there and playing just once a week will not be enough to see you make big improvements. Therefore one of the best golf accessories (opens in new tab) you should consider getting if you want to see a drop in your handicap is a training aid for the parts of your game that need work.

You might not have time to make it to the course more often than that but there are plenty of tools available to allow you to work on your game at home or at the driving range. Whether the aids are designed to help you hone your swing or to improve your putting, a little bit of work goes a long way and could see you knocking shots off your handicap, so below we look at some of the best golf training aids on the market. Also be sure to have a read of our guides on the best golf launch monitors, best golf simulator and our pick for the best golf net.

Best Golf Training Aids

PuttOUT Putting Mat

Specifications

Designed to help: Putting, pace control
Material: TPR rubber

Reasons to buy

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One of the best putting mats on the market
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Great for pace control
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10 on the stimpmeter

Reasons to avoid

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Need a lot of space to use

Complete with printed alignment guides, target points and distance markings, the mat replicates a medium-to-fast green. It is designed to help you improve your putting stroke and work on drills in the comfort of your own home which is convenient to say the least. We also like the fact it comes in slim, medium and large designs, whilst you can also get them in different colors as well, such as the Patriot range in blue, red and white. Additionally, for more putting mats, have a read of our best golf mat (opens in new tab) guide.

dewiz on wristEditors Choice 2022

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Specifications

Designed to help: Golf swing
Material: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Innovate device that connects feel and real
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Real time feedback on your hand position initiates rapid change
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Variety of training modes

Reasons to avoid

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Takes time to get used to how it works
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Challenge feature could be better

The Dewiz uses real time biofeedback to help golfers modify their swing and implement changes quickly and more effectively. It comprises this wristband, which you wear on your lead arm and features an internal motion sensor chip that analyses movement in three dimensions. It generates a 3D image of your swing and displays it in the app, which you pair to via Bluetooth. 

In our testing the app was an easy process and the wristband is comfortable to wear and stays in position securely. You’re able to set certain numerical parameters for elements of your swing like the transition, tempo, length of backswing to encourage a new and improved movement or feel. If you don’t achieve them, Dewiz will instantly provide a short electronic pulse to let you know, discouraging you from doing it again. 

Overall, the Dewiz is a highly effective tool that allows golfers to feel what they are doing in their swing and get real-time feedback on whether they are implementing changes in movement, perhaps prescribed by their coach.

Blast Golf Swing Analyser unboxedEditors Choice 2022

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Specifications

Designed to help: Practice
Material: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Measures a huge amount of metrics
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Instant feedback via an app
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Encourages meaningful, focussed practice sessions
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Can be used indoors or outdoors

Reasons to avoid

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Sensor attaches to clubs rather awkwardly
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Beginners will struggle to comprehend the data

A recent inclusion in our 2022 Editor's Choice List (opens in new tab), the Blast Golf Swing Analyser is designed to help golfers improve all elements of their swing and ball striking. Alongside the free app, the swing analyser captures an incredible amount of data about your golf swing and quickly feeds back that information so you can work on things like tempo and attack angle to achieve a better swing. The speed of the feedback, the accuracy of the data and the way it feeds it back is incredibly intuitive.

The number of statistics and numbers can be overwhelming to some, but there are videos led by brand ambassador and putting guru Brad Faxon. The videos range from simple explainers on what each metric on the app means, to useful drills on putting and chipping.

Finally while a few things need to be ironed out from a user experience point of view, the Blast Golf Swing Analyser has the potential to transform the way you practice.

SKLZ Grip Trainer

SKLZ Grip Trainer

Specifications

Designed to help: Grip
Material: Synthetic, Plastic

Reasons to buy

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Designed to enhance muscle memory
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Attaches to most clubs nicely
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Incredibly simple design

Reasons to avoid

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Only built for right-handed golfers

Easily attach and detach this device to your clubs to help keep your hands in the correct position before, during and after your swing. A perfectly-neutral grip is arguably the most important part of the golf swing - for a very reasonable price this can help you achieve that.

Also if your grips need an upgrade, we also created a best golf grips (opens in new tab) guide so why not have a read of that as well if your clubs need a refresh.

PGA Pop Up Chipping Net

PGA Tour Pop Up Chipping Target Net

Specifications

Designed to help: Chipping, strike
Material: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Can chip anywhere
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Folds away nicely

Reasons to avoid

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Can feel a touch flimsy

A cheap and more simple alternative to heading to your club's short game area to work on your chipping is this PGA Tour pop up chipping net. It has one large target that is still very useful to help keep your short game in shape at home. It pops up to easily be set up and is very small to store.

PuttOut Premium Pressure Putt TrainerEditors Choice 2022

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Specifications

Designed to help: Putting, pace control
Material: Plastic, rubber

Reasons to buy

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Great for practicing pace control with your putts.
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Very hard wearing

Reasons to avoid

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Need to invest in the PuttOut mat to get the best use out of it.

The PuttOUT Pressure Trainer is the perfect tool to pair with the PuttOUT mat along with a mirror and gate. The trainer works on its own well, too, as it will help you hit your putts at the perfect speed to get it resting in the indentation. It's frustratingly difficult but, once you've mastered it, you'll be a demon on the greens. You can also get Premium (opens in new tab) and Platinum (opens in new tab) versions which are made from slightly different materials and are just as fun to use. 

superspeed-golf-webEditors Choice 2022

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Specifications

Designed to help: Ball speed, distance
Material: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Simple to use
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Well made
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Distance gains can be had if instructions and training techniques are stuck to

Reasons to avoid

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Requires consistent and repetitive use to increase ball speed and distance

The SuperSpeed Golf training set is said to help you add a whopping 30 yards to your overall driver distance - quite a claim! To do this, the manufacturer says it takes at least six weeks of patient and persistent to help get that club head speed up.

Out of the box you get three golf shafts of varying color and weight that each have a grip on the butt end. Essentially, once you’ve done some stretching to prepare your body, the idea is to start with the lightest stick and swing as hard as possible a few times on your dominant side, before switching to do the same on the opposite side.

In our testing, we couldn’t devote that kind of time to try this to the fullest. But what we can tell you is that after two weeks of testing, we felt better about our swing speed and, more importantly, our flexibility to make a bigger shoulder turn. The SuperSpeed Golf men’s training set essentially works off your muscle memory, so the more time you put into it, the better and more permanent your results will be.

Perfect practice perfect putting matEditors Choice 2022

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Specifications

Designed to help: Putting
Material: Crystal velvet

Reasons to buy

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Lots of lines and checkpoints for honing both the consistency of your stroke and your start lines
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Nicely made

Reasons to avoid

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You will need to make sure you have a flat floor with enough space to lay the mat

Endorsed by none other than Dustin Johnson (opens in new tab), the Perfect Practice Putting Mat is another great putting mat that can help you get better pace control of the greens and become more consistent at address.

The putting mat essentially comes in three main parts. There is the mat itself which is attached to the raised, wooden end part with two holes, of different sizes in it, a wooden backstop and four wooden slats that fit together to create a channel for the ball to roll back to back the player (which worked really well). Assembly was straight forward, only taking a couple of minutes in total and the end result looked good.

There are various different lines on the mat to help with both the path of your stroke and the start line of your putts. These are the elements that really matter when it comes to consistency on the greens and finding the best putter for your stroke. Clear visual aids like these (which also help with alignment) are a great way to practice golf indoors and making any putting stroke improvements improvements you need. For more aids like this, check out our best putting aids (opens in new tab) guide.

Sklz Smash Bag Training Aid

Sklz Smash Bag Training Aid

Specifications

Designed to help: Impact position
Material: Synthetic

Reasons to buy

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Improve impact position
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Heavy duty materials
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Can be used anywhere

Reasons to avoid

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Need to fill the bag up yourself

Great for use at home or on the practice range, the smash bag looks to seeks to help you learn the feeling of the correct impact position with your hands ahead of the ball for a powerful, descending blow. This smash bag can really help you stop flipping your hands at the point of impact, keep the club head as square as possible and learn to keep the handle ahead of the club head at impact.

Orange Whip Compact Swing Trainer

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Orange Whip Compact Swing Trainer

Specifications

Designed to help: Tempo, ball speed
Material: Rubber

Reasons to buy

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Ideal for warming up
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Designed to improve tempo

Reasons to avoid

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Uses are a bit limited

Regularly seen near the first tee on golf courses, the orange whip compact swing trainer is a popular tool to use just before warming up or teeing off. It helps train a perfect tempo and rhythm and helps get the feeling of your arms and body working together correctly. It also helps stretch out your golf muscles. The compact version is 35 inches whilst there is also a longer version at over 47 inches.

Brand Fusion Tour Alignment Sticks

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Brand Fusion Tour Alignment Sticks

Specifications

Designed to help: Alignment, swing path, setup
Material: Fibreglass

A set of alignment sticks can help your practice in so many more ways than just one and should be a staple in the bag of any serious golfer.

They're superb for alignment on the range, ball position checks, swing drills, putting alignment and much more. They're also very cheap and don't take up much room in your bag so can always be kept in there.

Prak-tis Alignment Training Aid

Prak-tis Alignment Training Aid

Specifications

Designed to help: Alignment, setup
Material: Recyclable polypropylene

Reasons to buy

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Excellent and inexpensive way to get the basics right
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Can easily carry around in golf bags

Reasons to avoid

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Can look complicated to use

Most golfers know how important it is to get the fundamentals right at address, but they can often prove quite hard to self-diagnose and adjust when things go wrong. This is where the Prak-tis range of training aids comes in unbelievably handy, covering not just the long game but also the short game and putting.

It's made from recyclable polypropylene, has sliding features that guide you to the ideal stance with each club, advising you on the correct distance to stand from the ball and whether or not you are aligned to the target, with pointers to optimum ball position and width of stance.

We found all elements an excellent and inexpensive way to get the basics right, with the Consistent Set-up kit easily adjusted according to the type of shot we were practising, providing instant information about our optimum ball and feet position.

Anywhere Golf Hole Training Aid

Anywhere Golf Hole Training Aid

Specifications

Designed to help: Putting, confidence
Material: Silicone

Reasons to buy

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Quick, easy and simple to use
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Good to see ball go in a hole 
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Can play fun putting games 

Reasons to avoid

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Hard to get hold of

This silicone aid's slight incline promotes perfect speed and lets you practice your putting anywhere. It is the same size as a hole so really does replicate putting into a real one - we're big fans of this for chucking down on the carpet at home to roll a few balls. In fact we have had several competitions in the office with this nifty little training aid. Also take a look at our best putters (opens in new tab) post too if you want to upgrade your wand.

Pure 2 Improve Putting Mirror 21"

Pure 2 Improve Putting Mirror 21"

Specifications

Designed to help: Putting, alignment
Material: Synthetic

Reasons to buy

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Will aid consistency and alignment 
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Visual learning 

Reasons to avoid

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Can be confusing to use

Some of the best golf training aids are really as simple as this excellent putting mirror. Pure 2 Improve has created this training aid so it's small enough to fit in your bag, therefore you can take it to the putting green to work on your stroke and improve your alignment. It's also perfect for home use, too.

Good alignment will lead to better, more consistent putts and this can help with just that.

PuttOUT Putting Plane Alignment Stick Set

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Specifications

Designed to help: Putting, alignment
Material: Glass fibre, rubber

Reasons to buy

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Works for any putting stroke
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Almost endless amount of drills to be done
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Works indoors and outdoors

Reasons to avoid

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Instructions and drills are placed on the packaging rather than a separate booklet.

Another stellar PuttOUT product to make this list is this alignment set. This set comes with two putting gates made from aluminium with accompanying weighted rubber feet, two alignment sticks and a putting plane board. Together, these complete what we think is one of the most comprehensive putting plane tools currently on the market.

How does it work we hear you ask? Well by putting the alignment sticks though the gates and adding the putting plane board, you can create the perfect path and arc to practice at home. Holding the putter shaft against one of the four angles makes the stroke feel more repeatable. A tool that has a multitude of drills, our only nit-pick is the drills are printed on the packaging, not on a little guidebook. 

puttout compact mirror

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Specifications

Designed to help: Putting, alignment
Material: Rubber, Shatterproof mirror

Reasons to buy

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Scratch-proof and shatterproof
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Can hold in place on any surface
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Comes with a protective carry case

Reasons to avoid

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Larger mirrors are available

Our final pick is this mirror from PuttOUT. Whether it's to look at where your eyes are lined up or checking the arc of your putting stroke, a good putting mirror is an essential if you want to keep your putting game in check. Usable on any surface, this model is one of the best out there. It is smaller than other models but we found this made it easy to carry in the bag, and the fact it comes with a carry case sweetens this aspect. 

How we test training aids

We think the best way to see if a training aid is any good is by using it (opens in new tab). That sounds like an obvious statement to make but it is only by using a product a lot, and often, that we can gain an idea of usability, versatility, durability, value for money, and above all else, does it actually have a positive impact on our game? We use products at home, at the range, on the putting green, etc to see if specific training aids are actually worth buying. 

We should also mention that no manufacturer can pay for a good review because our team tells it how it is. 

What to consider when buying a training aid

There are several factors to consider when looking at buying a training aid. Let's go into them here. 

What do you want to work on? - First things first, what is the part of your game that needs work? Putting? Short-game? Grip? Whatever it is there will be a training aid to help so this is obviously the first question you have to consider. Indeed be very specific with this, because the more detailed you can be, the more a specific aid will help. 

Usability - Do you want a training aid to be simple to use, or do you want something that can be complicated so you can really delve into the process and fine-tune your game to minute detail? Ultimately there are models above and elsewhere in the golf world which are both. 

Versatility - Do you want to be able to carry around the training aid? Do you want to be able to use it at home as well as the local course? Many aids slot nicely into your bag whilst others are more difficult to pack away and store. So have a think about how versatile and portable you want your training aid to be. 

Durability - A good golf training aid should also be strong as well so be aware of what certain models are made from and whether brands offer warranty's on their products in case they break from use. 

Price - Golf can be an expensive sport right and given the choice of buying new clubs, balls, bags or clothes, a training aid might be the bottom of that list despite it helping maybe the most. However it is important to realise that there are aids at lots of different price points so if you do decide to invest in one, be aware of how much you are willing to spend. 

Lessons? - Our final point here is to have a good think about whether a training aid is the right way to go in solving a problem in your game. Perhaps investing in lessons may be a better way to go because a professional coach will be able to point out the issue and look at solving it, whereas a training aid may not get to the root of the issue. Whereas if you just want to gain more confidence by playing putting games or seeing the ball go in the hole, then a training aid like a model we picked above will be perfect for this and a lesson won't be needed. We cannot recommend thinking about this enough. 

FAQ's

What training aids do golf pros use?

When we cover Tour golf we tend to see lots of different players using different training aids to help them practice. This is because every single golfer on the planet is different and swings the club in unique ways. However, despite this was tend to see a lot of professionals carry alignment sticks and putting mirrors for their work on the driving range and putting greens. 

Are golf training aids worth it?

The simple answer to this question is yes. We have found there are aids to help in every aspect of the game and most golfers can benefit from a quality model, and yet it is worth saying that training aids don't solve every problem. We have rarely found a training aid that doesn't work but no single aid is perfect for every golfer either. 

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6