At the Left Rough, we love golf gadgets and training aids. We’re huge fans of reviewing top tools to help you improve your golf game. But not all are created equal and we don’t want you wasting your time and money on ones that don’t work.
Because let’s face it, golf is one of the most challenging sports out there. Despite all the technology in the world, the game still isn’t easy by any means.
And even if you’re not playing for millions of dollars on the PGA Tour, you inevitably want to get better. Of all the sports out there, I’m not sure any of them compare to golfers wanting to improve their game.
It’s why we spend hundreds of dollars banging away at range balls and endless hours on the putting green. But what if there was a training aid that could help lower your scores without endless hours at the range?
Sounds too good to be true?
I promise it isn’t… introducing the PlaneMate from Tour Striker. This training aid is a one of a kind device that can help you improve your ball striking with every club in the bag.
Lets breakdown in this review post what makes this tool so unique and popular among golfers worldwide.
First off, what is the PlaneMate?
It’s a golf training aid designed by Martin Chuck, founder of Tour Striker Golf Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. If you know the name, you might have already used one of his other products before too – the “Tour Striker Smart Ball.”
After the wildly successful release of that product, he recently released the PlaneMate. It’s designed to help you feel what an elite player feels on takeaway and during the most important part of the swing – the transition.
The device will help you shallow the golf club more in your downswing to create a more fluid swing. This is arguably the most important factor to improve your ball striking. A swing that has a slight loop and comes from the inside is what separates good from great ball strikers.
Since most golfers (especially beginners), make a casting over the top motion, this will help correct it quickly. This device will help get the right backswing and downswing to get to the most powerful impact position. Which should lead to better ball striking and a straighter ball flight – and maybe even a draw!
One of the reasons I love this device is that it lets you feel a great takeaway and transition. And if you’re not using it right, you’ll get instant feedback and know which part of your swing needs improvement.
Here’s how it works…
Shallowing the golf club happens in two places – the backswing and downswing. While most people think it happens on the downswing, without the right backswing, it’s nearly impossible to shallow the club on the way down.
This device is so great because it helps you create and feel the perfect takeaway. Then, once you nail the takeaway, you can learn the motion to relax your arms and wrists at the top so that you come from the inside on the downswing. Using their “Resist, Relax, and Rotate” method, your ball striking can improve quickly.
The PlaneMate is pretty unique compared to most training aids in terms of looks and design. It comes with a belt, three resistance bands, and a club connector clip that attaches to the club.
Here’s how it works:
- Position the belt around your waist and have the front center line aligned to the center of your body.
- Then, clip a band (if you’re just starting out, use the short green band) to a wedge. You’ll want it a few inches below the grip so that you feel some resistance but not so much that the band could snap.
- If you’re using a standard or pro band, you’ll want to go lower on the shaft since they are significantly longer. More on those bands later…
- Then, follow the training protocol and drills to in grain your new backswing and transition.
This training aid also comes with a super helpful 7-day training video series to help you understand how to best use the device. This is very helpful for most golfers as you can watch on at home or at the driving range with your phone.
Do you have more questions about the PlaneMate from Tour Striker? If so, we got answers…
When you purchase, you get everything you need to take your device straight to the range. Each PlaneMate comes with a Tour Striker belt, three bands, and shaft clip.
The three bands included are:
- Green Pitch Motion Band: The short green one isn’t intended for full swings but can work. It’s about helping you develop discipline and the feel of a proper takeaway and follow through.
- Green Standard Band: Once you start to understand the proper feeling with shorter shots, then you can move to this band for longer clubs and shots.
- Red Pro Band: Finally, the red band is for more skilled players and professional golfers who want the most resistance possible.
Make sure to watch the full 7-day practice plan before heading straight to full size bands.
While there are no instructions with the purchase, you can always check out their 7-day practice plan and corresponding videos on their website. The only downside is that you don’t get a carrying bag to take to the range (which it is kind of bulky).
The great part about this device is that you can use it both indoors and outdoors.
To me, this is one of the biggest perks of any training aid that you can use at home or at the range. Because when winter golf hits and you can’t practice outside, it’s still nice to work on your game at home.
This device is incredibly practical for all golfers as you can train your game at home without a ball. Or, you can take it straight to the range and use it while you’re hitting pitches and full swing shots.
The PlaneMate works great for both chipping/pitching and your full swing. In fact, the secret benefit is how much it can help with your short game.
Since most amateur golfers have an over the top move in their full swing, it also translates to short game as well. This steep, over the top move makes it really hard to score well around the greens thanks to inconsistent contact.
Once you start to use this device from 30 yards and in, you’ll probably see a huge difference in contact and proximity to the hole. This should lead to shorter putts and hopefully lower scores.
Not to mention, once you master it from short range, then you can keep using it for your long game too. I also love that you can use it with driver and fairway woods, not just irons as well.
Yes! The PlaneMate is reversible so you can use it as a left-handed golfer. This is a huge perk as so many helpful training aids are only made in right handed models.
Yes, the PlaneMate does have a 30-day money back guarantee. If you aren’t 100% satisfied with your purchase, contact them for a refund.
As you can tell, this training aid packs a punch and is a great investment for your game. If you want to improve your ball striking without spending hundreds of dollars on lessons, I couldn’t recommend this product more.
It’s so effective because it helps shallow the golf club by learning the proper takeaway and downswing. Once you master the takeaway, it’s so much easier to shallow the club and hit it longer and straighter.
Another reason this device works so well is because it helps train your muscles and gives you instant feedback. Plus, you can use it indoors or outdoors so it’s a year round training device to master one of the most important pieces of the golf swing.