Weird and Wonderful Golf Gadgets to Improve Your Game

Mark Crossfield takes us through some new golf gadgets.

Released on 8/24/2015

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Starring: Mark Crossfield

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Hello, I'm Mark Crossfield.
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Welcome to The Waggle, and today I'm checking out
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some of the weird and wonderful golf gadgets,
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training aids, whatever you want to call 'em,
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that you will buy to try and help you play some better golf.
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Let's look at these training aids.
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The Sure Set.
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It's this little kind of shortened golf club
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with a little ball on the end.
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It's got a hinge in the middle,
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and an adjustable kind of telescopic bit as well.
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As well as a training grip on the end.
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Now there's a few applications to this one.
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The one I use the most, and I use this with students,
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and to be honest with you, it works very well,
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is getting them to get this little end bit
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right up in there.
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If I just get the angle set here.
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So there we go.
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I got this end bit here right up in my left armpit.
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Now for people with downswing issues,
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it does give a good feeling.
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Now if I want to try and get the club
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to feel like it's dropping below my hand path,
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so if you imagine the real golf club in here,
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and I wanted to try and get the feeling of the club
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dropping below my hand path on the downswing,
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this does really give you that feeling.
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Because I can feel as I pull this handle down,
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if I am putting this kind of torque into the club,
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so making that handle, so you imagine
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the club on the end of this, flatten off on the downswing.
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I can really feel that turning in my left armpit.
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I've used this on lessons.
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I find it's a really good application for people.
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It helps them really get the feeling
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of different torques on the downswing.
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Common downswing, what people call over the top,
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it's a term I don't particularly like,
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but club coming this way on the downswing,
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so over the hand playing, you can really feel that as well.
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So you can feel which kind of torques
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you're putting on that handle through that shaft,
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up in that left armpit with this little ball.
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I really like this one.
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Also works quite well for giving people
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a little bit of feeling of creating some width
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on the downswing, rather than getting everything to pull in,
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again with this ball stuck up in your left elbow.
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I like the Sure Set.
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The other thing I love about it,
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is if you're having a bad day,
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can just walk with it.
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Lovely little walking stick just to get me home.
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So I've come inside for my last teaching aid.
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We're talking Laser Putt.
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Now I really like Laser Putt.
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Comes in this little bag, takes your standard I think,
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AAA batteries, smaller batteries.
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It's two lasers.
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One that's gonna align the face,
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and also give a red line aim at the bottom.
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Comes with a funky little line-up mat, as well.
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This is a teaching aid you can use indoors or outdoors.
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The laser's strong enough to be able to use in the sun,
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as well as indoors.
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And it's a great way of honing in your putting stroke.
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So setting it on the shaft, it's a little bit fiddly.
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You have to fiddle with it and use your eyes to make sure
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the lasers are aligned in a way that you want them to be.
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And then it's a case of literally training your stroke
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along the lines of the mat it gives you,
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or you could literally train it to a actual hole
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if you don't want to use those lines.
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And it gives you great visual aid
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of where your putter might be twisting to,
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where the face is aiming at different points of the stroke,
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the kind of lines your stroke is taking as well.
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Like I say, it's a teaching aid you can use indoors and out.
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It's one you could use at home.
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It's one you could use off the course, or not,
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which I really like.
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I think these kind of teaching aids out of all of them,
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offer the most kind of use for golfers
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'cause it's a real visual proof to see if you're hitting
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the right spots or not.
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The other thing I really love about the Laser Putt
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is when all else fails, and your putt has just gone to pot,
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you could always play a little bit of spy kids
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with the little people in your house.
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Can't believe they're letting me have free run on this show.
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