I’ve been a long time lurker, but I’ve never signed up for an account until now. I’ve gotten a lot out of Lag’s posts and my ballstriking has gotten back to an acceptable point since I’ve been working on the 4:30 line and actively firing with the hands. I just wanted to share a few products that I’ve been using which have helped me out quite a bit.
The first is the Vision Track by Medicus. It gives an excellent visual representation of the swingplane from the “birds eye” view of the golfer. You hit balls off of it and it makes the invisible 4:30 line a reality. It’s also great for indoor slow motion and mirror work.
Another product is the Power Swing Fan. Most of you have probably seen one of these around somewhere. It has quite a bit of wind resistance and it really gives your hands something to hit against. It’s great for feeling shaft flex and you can do a lot of half swings or even just hand and wrist drills. It’s also a great workout without the noise of an impact bag.
The last thing I’ve had success with is a grass whip, particularly the Bill Mehlhorn one. This was recommended by Mehlhorn and Harvey Penick as the best training aid in golf. You literally just use it to cut grass back and forth. It helps to shallow out impact, it teaches you to square the clubface up with the hands, it builds tempo and “golf muscles,” and it simulates the feel of impact.