Let’s face it, when it comes to golf, you can have the best clubs, but if you don’t make a solid hit on the ball, it simply doesn’t matter. Here is a simple, easy-to-use tool that can really help you. In short, the mat helps you groove a proper lag with a downward strike, and a square clubface at impact – essential ingredients with any approach shot!
There is something to be said for simplicity, especially when it comes to golf practice devices. I’ve got a closet full of game improvement gadgets that have hinges, velcro, and all kinds of contraptions that range up to more than $300. Well, this durable, little yellow $19.99 gadget gets my two thumbs-up rating.
The BALL-FIRST Trainer Ball-Striking Mat is an innovative little L-shaped yellow mat that is fixed into the ground by four tees. In addition to encouraging a downward strike and lag, it is designed to develop a proper alignment and clubhead path as well to providing you instant feedback when hit too far behind the ball. (Turn it upside down for left-handed use.)
There are sticks and rods that aid with alignment, but the BALL-FIRST fits right around the ball providing you with a very clear picture and instant feedback as to how you are doing. Everything is already set up for you in perfect alignment. The mat’s triangle markings allow for instant visual comparison of ground entry versus ball positions and as you move the ball back in the three-sided frame, you can quickly get valuable feedback as to “fat hits.” There are also clubhead guides to encourage the proper inside-to-out path.
The mat is extremely durable (believe me I tested this with several mis-swings) and flexible enough to easily roll up and fit into your golf bag.
I like the BALL-FIRST for several reasons. First, it is a valuable swing development tool that gives you instant feedback and alignment. Secondly, it is exceedingly simple both to use and understand – and the feedback is immediate. Thirdly, it is attractive and extremely durable. Finally, it is affordable. At $19.99, this makes for a great investment to not only improve your practice sessions, but more importantly your actual ball-striking!
Refer to: http://www.sklz.com/golf/accuracy/ball-first-trainer.