It’s no secret that every golfer is looking for the miracle Training aid that will fix all of your Swing flaws and have you hunting birdies and shooting in the low-70s after just a couple of uses. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of expensive training aids out there and, I’m sorry to deliver the bad news, most of them probably aren’t going to help improve your game.
In fact, there’s a possibility that some will even cause you to develop bad habits.
However, while each golfer’s swing is unique like their fingerprint or a snowflake, there are certain positions that we all should strive to achieve. Perhaps one of the most well known is the lead flat wrist position, which is also one of the largest factors determining club face direction and control and, as a result, is a very important in order to achieve a quality strike.
So what’s the best way to achieve this pillar of golf swing enlightenment?
TheHanger by Watson Golf takes its name and concept from a golf drill we’re all familiar with: the hanger drill. The idea is simple; by positioning a coat hanger inside your arms, the hanger should maintain contact with your lead forearm during the downswing and cause a proper lead wrist condition.
The problem with using an actual coat hanger is that it’s very clumsy and difficult to hold your club and the hanger while taking full swings and make sure that it actually was in the right position. Thehanger addresses the shortcomings of this drill and will have you compressing the ball.
TheHanger easily screws onto any club with a few very quick turns. But its versatility is a highlight feature and shouldn’t be overlooked.
While a lot of other training devices promoting the same benefits can only be used for practice (probably because they cannot be separated from the training club), theHanger allows you to practice with your gamer clubs and seamlessly transition from warming up on the range to playing that first hole.
Now, there’s only one warning when using theHanger: start slow.
Chances are you won’t be able to regularly replicate a proper impact position when you first start, so going straight to full-speed swings won’t help you learn. Instead, take your time and work on quarter swings, then half-swings, and then up to full swings at a reduced speed before taking swings at your playing speed. By learning to walk before running, you’ll begin to develop the muscle memory that will help you out on the course.
In addition to helping with your stock swing, theHanger can also be repositioned to help learn proper positions with your driver or wedges or other training devices like the Orange Whip or Super Speed Golf. In fact, one of my favorite Instagram coaches, Adam Kolloff (IG @akolloff PGA Professional and Director of Instruction at Liberty National), is a very adamant fan of theHanger and has several Instagram videos featuring the different ways he incorporates it into his lessons.
For example, here’s a video illustrating how theHanger can be used with a wedge to work on bunker play.
After using theHanger for a few months and incorporating it everywhere into my swing practice, I can honestly say that I’m hitting the ball with a lot more consistency, confidence, and power. Although I’ve spent most of my time taking cuts at the range or in a simulator, I’m already very excited to see how much my iron and wedge play has improved on the course.
In sum, there’s lots of training devices that help with “ideal” swing positions, but theHanger does it in a unique way that bundles several swing trainers into one that also allows you to use your real clubs. Add in the all the different ways you can use theHanger and it’s no surprise that this training aid can have a genuine, beneficial impact on your swing. So do yourself a favor and ditch that wire hanger you keep trying to hold or tape onto your irons and, instead, replace it with theHanger.
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