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Gift ideas for golfers: SensoGlove and the Golf-X-Cube training aids

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Looking to break 100, 90, 80 by the time the new golf season kicks in? Hoping to shoot your age? Two new golf-training aids can help put you on the road to being a better golfer. It will take work, the best things always do but these training aids can provide you with the necessary focus to improve one element of your game from which everything else should improve as well.

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The Golf-X-Cube works on the premise that a good, solid repeatable golf swing originates with a consistent shoulder turn around the core of the upper body. Too many golfers sway away from the ball on the back swing rather than complete a full shoulder turn.

The Golf-X-Cube promotes such a turn by use of a simple visual aid. It is often said that the best solutions are those that are the most straightforward. This is certainly a very good swing guide.

You place the Golf-X-Cube on the ground between you and the clubhead and, as it sits on the ground, you swing away while looking at the top of the Golf-X-Cube.

If you sway too much you’ll be distracted by the bright neon yellow sides of the Golf-X-Cube. Make a good shoulder rortation and all you'll see is the green top of the Golf-X-Cube.

The DVD that comes with the Golf-X-Cube suggests that you start your practice without a ball on the ground, swinging freely without the added distraction of a ball. That is sound advice as it allows you to focus on your body rotation rather than the flight of the ball.

I practiced with the Golf-X-Cube in my basement and it really does provide instant feedback if you sway too much off the central core rotation. If you can see the bright neon sides of the cube you are swaying too far resulting in an inconsistent swing path and an inconsistent strike zone.

If you rotate rather than sway you get a much more consistent swing path and more consistency in the strike-zone that will lead to more consistent contact.

When I put a ball down, I focused on the ball but could still see the Golf-X-Cube in my peripheral vision thereby still providing me the same feedback. After several warm-up swings I noticed a much more consistent solid feel as I hit balls into the net.

It’s a simple visual aid but sometimes it’s the simple solutions that work the best. Golf-X-Cube is available from www.golf-x-cube.com.

Working on the swing will improve your golf game. Understanding and adjusting your grip pressure is another element of the swing that will reap incredible benefit, if you get it right and get it consistent.

The SensoGlove is a piece of ingenuity that provides immediate feedback regarding your grip pressure through pressure sensitive pads actually sewn into the golf glove. Those pressure-sensitive pads provide grip pressure information to the SensoGlove computer that sits on the Velcro glove fastener on the back of your hand. As I said this is an ingenious piece of equipment!

Once you take the glove out of its packing the next important step is to “read the manual”! Too many people will take it out, put it on and flail away. I’m speaking from personal experience! But this is one manual that you should read thoroughly as it will provide invaluable information about the calibration of the glove and setting your personal "grip pressure" profile.

The glove is very user-friendly and the information it feeds back is critically important. Each of the four fingers has its own sensor and the LED readout on the computer can provide finger specific grip information to tell you if your little finger is too tight or if your ring finger is not tight enough.

The glove can be adjusted and calibrated to your own grip pressure to promote modifying your grip pressure according to the idiosyncrasies of your own grip and swing.

Once you’ve set the glove up, you practice. All too often golfers' forearms and hands tense up, which in turn, tightens the grip pressure and causes poor swings to occur. This glove provides an alarm that promotes a looser, more relaxed grip.

I practiced with the SensoGlove and found its feedback to be appropriately sensitive. I started with the “Automatic Sensitivity Selection”, a factory setting that promotes a loose grip, and then moved onto a personal setting. In doing all of this I found the manual to be very easy to follow and its guidelines all made perfect sense.

The thing I liked most about the glove, however, was its “wearability” You might think a golf glove that has pressure-sensitive pads in the fingers and a computer on the back of your hand would be uncomfortable and cumbersome.

Nothing could be further from the truth! The manufacturers have created a comfortable, well fitting golf glove that just so happens to have these added features. It’s amazing how completely unobtrusive the glove’s computer and finger pads are, you can focus on your swing and your grip pressure and only those things. If your swing pressure is too much for the kind of swing you’re attempting the glove provides instant feedback.

The people behind SensoGlove also suggest that you wear it on course as everyone’s grip pressure changes under the pressure of playing an actual round of golf.

What happens when the glove wears out? Replacement gloves are available from the manufacturer for about the same price as a regular glove. Just attach your existing computer to the plastic panel on the back of the hand.

Overall the SensoGlove is a very useful training aid that any golfer would be happy to unwrap at Christmas or on their birthday. It will train you to lighten your grip pressure which, in turn will allow you to hit the ball further and more consistently.

SensoGlove is available at www.SensoGlove.com.

With these two practice aids shooting your age or breaking 100, 90, or 80 might just become more attainable. Don’t forget to practice!

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