Late Night Online Purchase: SKLZ Ball-First Trainer


Golfers are gear heads, equipment nerds and endless tinkerers, so when one of those late-night infomercials comes on promising instant results after having a few drinks, we listen a little more intently and have a tendency to get a little click-happy online. That’s where our Late Night Online Purchases franchise comes in, a review of a certain piece of equipment, training aid or something else that caught our eye with the help of our friends at

There is nothing more frustrating that hitting a great drive, pulling out a short iron from a great yardage and then laying the sod over the ball. The bounce that was in your step from the tee to your drive has been traded in for slumped shoulders and “what ifs.” Instead of letting those great drives go to waste time and again, the SKLZ Ball-First Trainer will school you in the art of perfect contact.

Endorsed by Rick Smith, who has helped to teach the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh, David Duval, Paul Azinger, John Daly and Greg Norman, the Ball-First Trainer not only trains your swing, but also helps your visualization when the training aid is not present.


The Ball-First Trainer’s design uses notches on the side to indicate where the ball should be placed as well as other to show where the club should start and the path on which it should be taken back. Not only does the training aid give you a good setup position, it gives immediate feedback — both good and bad — so that you can adjust your swing to make the best contact.

The one thing all of the best players in the world have in common is that their impact begins at the golf ball, not before it. The Ball-First Training aid ensures that you will share that trait, leading to better contact, better accuracy and more distance.

[SKLZ Ball-First Trainer]


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