GOLF TRAINING TOOLS FOR WARM UP, STRENGTH, & TEMPO

GOLF TRAINING TOOLS FOR WARM UP, STRENGTH, & TEMPO

Equipment Options & Debates


While researching current options for a weighted golf club that could serve as both a warm up and strength training purposes, I came to realize that there are two different types of golf training products. The first is what I call a static weighted club.  The second category is the dynamic, or high flex, weighted club.  Any pure tempo trainer, or stick without weight (such as the fan clubs) was left off this list.  It might be best to pick based off your goals and purposes.   Do you want a golf training aid for either strength training, or warm up.

For warm up, the dyanmic high flex ‘whip-action’ training aids might be better suited than a static higher weight training aid.  This is just personal opinion as there are currently arguments for both ways.  I know major league baseball players throw weights on their bats just before they step into the box, so let me just say, find out for yourself which works best.  And if you have the funds, why not one of each.

Golf Training Tools for Strength and Warm Up Details

Grips.  The molded golf grip that aligns your hands where they need to be is very popular for swing weighted clubs that I was looking for.  While the molded golf grip may have its function for beginners, I don’t like it.  They rarely fit my grip and hand size, while lefties are sometimes left out of the equation entirely.  Having a normal golf grip on the weighted club or stick to be is important to me.  Of course you can always replace for about $10 to any grip you want.

Balance.  I use to make hundreds of swings with the red donut that is seen everywhere in golf.  Until I read somewhere that it is probably not properly balanced to ensure correct movement.  I personally wanted something that just didn’t feel like a hammer, but was balanced throughout the swing.  Red donut for me is out, and there is debated conversation about where weight should be located as well.

Check out this Article for a good Pros & Cons of popular options.

Weight.  Ideally, for warm up, I’d prefer the weight to be only slightly heavier than a normal club.  But for golf strength training, maybe a little heavier.  All the dyanmic, high flex options below are weighted, and I couldn’t find all the weight data, the chart below will give you some item by item detail.

Tempo Training vs. Strength Training.  All the websites will naturally claim there tool the best, and there are some differences.  One of the terms the high flex vendors like to use is ‘tempo’.  I’ve experimented around with tempo and find there to be legitimacy in it.  And this is something, the whips are specifically designed for.  They also claim strength training as well.  Theoretically, if there is weight you are lifting off the ground, that is strength training.  A trap I fell into was picking up the club instead of pushing it slow and back.  I blame the red donut.  Experiment for yourself and think about what you want for your own golf training purposes.


GOLF TRAINING TOOLS FOR WARM UP, STRENGTH, & TEMPO LIST

Here are some popular options to get you started.  As mentioned, I couldn’t always find weight data.  Most of these come in different lengths, (40″ & 47/48″ seem popular for the whips).  I’ve swung the Power Stik, Orange Whip, Matzie, and Momentus.  I like them all.  I was doubtful of the swing balance with the Power Stik, but it’s shorter length really works great.


SKLZ Gold Flex Trainer

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The SKLZ Gold Flex Trainer is my top pick of what is out there.  It’s without moulded grip, although you can purchase a snap on as an add on if you prefer.  The weight is in the head, so not sure how well balanced or relative to average swing weight is.  But it doesn’t look like a red donut problem either. They are sold in 40″ and 48″ starting at $59.99.

GRIP:  Normal
BALANCE: Weight in Clubhead
LENGTH: 40″ & 48″
WEIGHT: 1.766 Pounds
TRAINING: Warm up or Strength Training
PRICE:  $59.99

Momentus

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Momentus Sports has been around a long time.  One of the first properly balanced swing weighted clubs.  You can order with or without the training molded grip for $79.99.  Good for training or warm up, the Momentus says you can hit balls with .

GRIP:  Normal & Training Option
BALANCE: Weight In Clubhead & Shaft
LENGTH: 30″, 32″, 33″, 34″
WEIGHT: 2.5 Pounds (Standard Mens)
TRAINING: Warm up or Strength Training
PRICE:  $79.99

Power Stik

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The Power Stik has 75% of the weight in the clubhead.  I was doubtful bout the swing balance before trying thinking it would be so heavy it would force me to pick up the club with my arms instead of a shoulder turn option, but was surprised to find it is very well balanced.

GRIP:  Normal & Training Option
BALANCE: 75% of Weight In Clubhead, 25% in Shaft
LENGTH: N/A
WEIGHT: 1.8 Pounds
TRAINING: Warm up or Strength Training
PRICE:  $99.95

Matzie Assist Swing Trainer

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Another popular and long time golf training aid is the Matzie ‘Amazing Assist Swing Trainer’.  Slightly weighted swing weight, I’ve used before and the balance is very good.  I can’t find an exact answer on how much it weighs, but my best guess is around 3 pounds with the red version another 1/4 pound heavier.  The shipping weight on Amazon says 3.5 pounds.  Of course different sizes will make a difference as well.

GRIP:  Training
BALANCE: Weight in Clubhead
LENGTH: N/A
WEIGHT: 3 Pounds (best guess)
TRAINING: Warm up or Strength Training
PRICE:  $90.00

Rukket Red Head

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Rukket Red Head.  I’ve never swung this golf training aid, but it looks very similar to the Orange Whip and SKLZ Golf Flex Trainer.  But it is red.  And less expensive.  There are two white alignment lines down the side of the Rukket Red Head.  I can find no exact information about the weight. But Amazon shipping says 1.8 pounds and Rukket says 1lb in the head.

GRIP:  Normal
BALANCE: Weight in Clubhead
LENGTH: 40″, 48″
WEIGHT: 1.75 Pounds (Best Guess)
TRAINING: Warm up or Strength Training
PRICE:  $49.99

Orange Whip

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A bit more expensive than their competitors, the orange whip is another option for golf training.  They have many options in different lengths as well.

GRIP:  Normal
BALANCE: Weight in Clubhead
LENGTH: 35.5″, 38″, 43″, 47″
WEIGHT: 1.75 Pounds
TRAINING: Warm up or Strength Training
PRICE:  $109.00

OSI Golf Tempo Trainer

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The unique stick in the pack.  From the site…”improve ball striking and distance through its unique dynamic weighted sleeve mechanism.”

GRIP:  Normal
BALANCE: Weight in Blue Steel Sleeve
LENGTH: N/A
WEIGHT:   40% heavier than a long iron
TRAINING: Strength Training
PRICE:  $69.95

If nothing on this lists suits you, swing a couple irons at the same time usually does the trick as well.  There are endless number of golf training aids that could be added to the list.  Many look like knock offs with the flex shaft and ball.  You can probably find a low cost option for around $27 on Amazon.

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