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Critical Golf: Unbiased Golf Equipment Reviews

Training Aid Reviews - Overall Ranking

2016 – Reviews, ratings and rankings of the best golf training aids, which are one of the best golf gifts. Our editors test and compare the newest golf putting and full-swing training aids to help you determine which can help get your game on track.

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Arccos Golf

Arccos Golf

Arccos Golf provides GPS information, statistics tracking, and analytics, all through a set of sensors that you attach to the butt of each club, and then pair with your iPhone to capture information without interruption while you play. Ahh, the easier the better! Read on for more details about Arccos Golf.
Retail price: $299.99
Three-year cost: $299.99
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Score

95

Grade

A


3BaysGSA PRO

3BaysGSA PRO

3BaysGSA is a part of an increasingly competitive field of mobile golf swing analysis devices, and in effort to differentiate from the rest, bill themselves as the “World’s Lightest Golf Swing Analyzer”. The device communicates via Bluetooth with your mobile device, and provides real-time swing analysis information including clubhead speed, face angle, swing path, tempo and more. The mobile app provides an animated graphic of your swing and allows you to compare yours to PGA and LPGA professionals. Interested? Read more about the more about the 3BaysGSA PRO.
Retail price: $199.99
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GAME GOLF Classic

GAME GOLF Classic

GAME GOLF allows players to capture their round of golf (semi) automatically while they play, perhaps a consumer version of Shotlink would be the most apt comparison, with all their stats and trends. The beauty of this is that you don’t have to continuously enter information while you play. Can you imagineā€¦ technology that doesn’t get in the way of you playing your round? Tell me more! After the round, log in and see shot locations (along with a satellite view of the course), clubs used and average distances, as well as other statistics to help you improve your game. Even better, the price has been cut since its introduction! Read more in about the GAME GOLF Classic.
Retail price: $199.00
Three-year cost: $199.00
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IZZO Swami GT

IZZO Swami GT

IZZO takes on Arccos and GAME GOLF with their Swami GT. The device is designed to not only track your shot data without having to manually input any information, but also provide distances to front, center and back of green, and a recommended club based upon your average distances. One of the big selling points is the cost, which at $200 for a combination GPS and game tracking device, will make players who are interested in more data on their game want to take a look. And, we bet, put some pressure on the competition to lower their prices. Read on for more details about the IZZO Swami GT.
Retail price: $199.99
Three year price: $199.99
Availability: “Coming soon!” (as of June 2015)

SkyCaddie SkyPro

SkyCaddie SkyPro

The SkyCaddie SkyPro swing analysis and training tool looks to take on the likes of Swingbyte, 3BaysGSA, and others. The SkyPro connects via Bluetooth to your iPhone (the SkyPro iPhone app is free) to provide 3D graphics of your swing, along with data on your clubhead speed, swing path, club rotation, face angle, swing plane, impact position, tempo and more. Features that sound intriguing include the ability to compare two swings, built-in alerts to help identify swing faults, and drills. We so hope that SkyCaddie has done a good job with the user interface (better than with their ClubSG portal). Just remember: as with any of these mobile swing tools, if you are expecting a TrackMan, please keep your expectations in check. Stay tuned for our detailed SkyCaddie SkyPro review.
Retail price: $199.95
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Swingbyte 2

Swingbyte 2

The upgraded Swingbyte 2 continues to provide a 3D visual of your swing along with key data immediately after your swing, pairing with iOS and Android devices and the use of a free Swingbyte app and allowing you to see real-time feedback. All the better to hone your game at the range…or that kickass home golf studio you’ve been dreaming about building in your kid’s room after they headed off for college. Read on for more details about the Swingbyte 2.
Retail price: $169
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Zepp Golf Kit

Zepp Golf Kit

Zepp moves from their sport-specific GofSense device to an updated Zepp sensor that can be used for golf, and if you really want to do something else other than hit the course, can also be used for tennis or baseball, merely by purchasing additional sport specific mounts (at relatively low cost, about $10), and downloading the sport’s free app from the Apple App Store or Android Google Play Store. Read on for more about the Zepp Golf Kit.
Retail price: $149.99
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