Golf has changed a heckuva lot since I started teaching in the mid-1990s.
Golfers… not so much.
Hard to believe, but students want the same things today that they wanted a quarter-century ago. Namely:
Advice for hitting longer drives, and…
An easy way to play a draw
Like any teacher worth their salt, I tailor solutions to each individual golfer. After all, no two swings are exactly alike.
The laws of ball flight, on the other hand?
Those are the same for everyone.
So before I turn a student loose to apply their lessons on the course, I make sure they’ve got a few things down pat. Namely:
The basics of aim and alignment – and how they dictate the results of every shot you hit.
Now, some golfers already understand these fundamentals backwards, forwards and sideways.
Others could probably pass a quiz on the topic, but their grasp is pretty shaky.
And the rest of them, well, they’re often beginners who barely know the difference between open, closed and square.
Let me be clear: Regarding the product I’m about to show you, it doesn’t matter which group you fit into. It’s designed to help serious golfers and novices alike.
That’s because it solves a problem all golfers have shared since Mary Queen of Scots was smacking a feathery ‘round St. Andrews:
There’s never been a simple, foolproof way to practice lining up correctly for the shot you want (or don’t want) to hit.
The same goes for swinging the club on the proper path… which I’ll get to in a moment.
Before moving on, a quick introduction: I’m Todd Kolb, a four-time Golf Digest best-in-state instructor and host of a YouTube channel with nearly 180,000 dedicated subscribers (and counting).
As a teacher, I’ve always found it strange that there’s no single, easy-to-use practice aid that hones such critical fundamentals.
Sure, lots of golfers use alignment sticks to work on foot placement, body alignment and ball position.
But the sticks are long and awkward, and adjusting them from target to target can be a royal pain. That makes for some exhausting range sessions.
Even worse, alignment sticks don’t really help with your clubface aim, your takeaway or your swing path.
Those are huge keys to hitting solid golf shots – not things you want to be guessing about and hoping to get right.
Believe me, I’ve tried countless training aids over the years. (Seriously, I couldn’t possibly count them all!)
Some were great for alignment, others for clubface aim or ball position or club path.
But notice all the ORs in that sentence.
See, I’ve never found a single tool for perfecting alignment AND clubface aim AND ball position AND club path.
So, finally, my team and I took matters into our own hands – and built a training aid the game was sorely missing.
Here it is: