I've seen and tried scores of training aids over the years. A few deliver on their promise while too many others are a waste of your time and money. A new gizmo, the Ernie Els Training System by Rockroller, is definitely worth a try. The best part is you can hit shots while using each one of the three devices Stimpdimple, Rockroller and Tempotimer.
And, really, it's no surprise that this products work. This startup company has two strong leading men in co-founders, Jim Flood and Brad Adams. Each guy has enjoyed a long and successful run in the golf biz. Flood started Aldila and Odyssey, and invented the Bass Ackwards putter; Adams was also a co-founder at Odyssey and Never Compromise. (His father, Gary, started TaylorMade.)
But enough on the fellas behind the scenes.
The Stimpdimple ($10) slides easily onto your putter shaft. Go ahead and stroke some putts after placing a ball in its "dimple," or cavity. You'll find that Stimpdimple helps to build tempo during the stroke. It also forces you to make a more assertive stroke, so you follow through with authority. Stimpdimple can definitely help those who struggle with the flat stick and can serve as a helpful reminder for folks who already putt well.
The Rockroller ($60) is a metal apparatus that slips into the top of your putter grip. The contraption positions your upper body so you feel a one-piece stroke where your shoulders, hands and putter rock back and forth as a solid unit. Variations on this idea have been around for years. But the Rockroller does the trick.
Lastly, the Tempotimer ($50) makes you feel like you're swinging a weighted club. Again, the good thing is you can smack balls while the 9.5-ounce sleeve is wrapped around your shaft. Work with it awhile and you may begin to get into a groove with better tempo and timing.
You can purchase the three aids individually or get the entire package (including an instructional DVD) for $100. To order, go to therockroller.com or call 866-970-7625.
|Rob Sauerhaft is the Managing Editor of Equipment for GOLF MAGAZINE. E-mail him your questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org|