Why is the Eyeball Golf Trainer any different from the mess we see regularly.
Yes, there is still plenty of training aids out there. I know, hard to believe right?
We all see the infomercials on the Golf Channel and wonder “Who the hell buys this crap?” From the Square Strike (Chipping with an 8 iron, I swear I’ve heard of that before) to the Driver you can hit off the deck and even out of a divot. You know, a 5 Wood. Regardless if its THE HAMMER or some crazy concept of clicks and whistles, people buy this stuff and that my friends are why they’re so popular. At least to the executive selling the ad space.
For me to get interested in a training aid, a few things have to take place.
- It has to have a purpose that means something to me.
- I have to think it might work
- The price needs to be affordable
The Eyeball Golf Trainer hit all those points.
It has to have a purpose
I came across a flaw in my backswing by total accident. I honestly couldn’t tell you how long this has been going on, but it kind of freaked me out. When I start to take the club back, my eyes tend to wander. Over the last 4-6 weeks, I’ve been trying to focus more on my entire swing from setup to follow through. I was playing out at Revere last month, and I noticed when I was picking my Aimpoint from the tee box my eyes would merely drift off after choosing my spot. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but it did get me to concentrate a bit more on the moment.
The realization that I was losing focus had me concentrating, even more, the rest of the rest of the round. A few holes later I noticed what I mentioned earlier. Upon starting my backswing, again, my eyes began to wander off the ball. It was a disturbing revelation. I began to wonder how long this had been going on and how long have I been oblivious to the problem. It was an accident the way I stumbled upon the flaw, but now, it was entrenched in my brain and was causing some concerns.
Out of nowhere, I received an email from the creator of the Eyeball Golf Trainer, Robert Stassi Jr. The timing couldn’t have been any better. If his email shows up two days prior, I might not have even been enticed to check it out. Now, however, I had a reason to look into his training aid. Receiving the email was a visible sign from the golfing gods. So, because of the sheer coincidence, I responded to the email, and here we are.
So what is the purpose of the Eyeball Golf Trainer?
Besides being creepy how I needed to find out about the Eyeball Golf Trainer and “bing” here it is, the concept is designed to help out the exact problem I was having. Either by moving my head off the ball (which I think is the main flaw to be corrected by this aid) or losing focus and allowing my eyes to wander, the Eyeball Trainer is an excellent aid for helping you program you set up and maintain a focus on the golf ball throughout the swing.
I have to think it might work.
When looking at training aid, the last thing you want to be thinking is “There’s no way I’m using that.” The items you have to strap on, tie down, attach to a club or do something completely unrelated to the golf swing scare me. I have to believe that if I spend some time with a training aid, it’s going to have some positive change in my swing.
The Eyeball Golf Trainer is so simple to use and, as their ads say, it’s good for all fourteen clubs in your bag. From driver to putter you can utilize the Eyeball Golf Trainer and not have to change anything but your position to the ball. What I have found to be most useful for me is putting and chipping. It takes 10 seconds to set up the aid, and I can chip or putt ball after ball, and in no way does the device hamper the swings. It’s lightweight, the design is well constructed and most of all, it works.
After just a few short sessions, I’m talking 15 to 20 minutes out in the backyard; I was able to notice how much more focused and locked in on the ball I was. The results of the shots were telling as well.
The price has to be affordable.
I’ve wanted to try the SwingSpeed trainer for a while now. But I haven’t been fond of the price point. For the most part, training aids are affordable mainly because most of them are junk from China. High price dictates high quality, typically, and in the training aid world that can be a curse. The SwingSpeed system is making waves all over the place, even on tour, so there is some justification that comes along with their product. Still, $200 is a lot to ask of someone trying to get better in a single area of the swing. It’s not going to help your putting, and it’s not going to improve your chipping. But, if you’re looking for that specific change to your game, they have the market cornered.
For the Eyeball Golf Trainer, the value I feel is much higher. For $30 you can get a training aid that can help you across your entire bag. Of course, if you don’t have any issues with coming off the ball or losing focus, as I do, then there’s no reason to use one. But, even as a device to practice with your putting stroke, I find it very useful. Being able to utilize the training aid for multiple clubs and more than one “flaw” makes the Eyeball Golf Trainer, in my opinion, a great value.
Putting the Eyeball Golf Trainer to the test
The setup from opening the packaging to using the training aid took all of a minute. The flexible neck screws into the base, and you’re good to go. Next, place a ball down and adjust the ring into a position where you can see the ball through it, and you’re good to go. Swing away. It’s the most straightforward setup I’ve ever experienced with a new training aid.
As easy as the setup is, using the aid is equally as simple. Keep the ball within the ring or eyelet and swing away. The ideology is to train your brain to keep your head in the game, literally. Now I know not every golfer or swing coach in the world believes that keeping your head still at impact is the ONLY way to learn the game. Instructors have taught me head movement is a good thing, and others have shown how head movement is a bad thing. The Eyeball Golf Trainer, for me, is more of a focus tool. If I try to implement a “still head” that’s just another swing thought I don’t need in my brain. But, locking in like a laser on the golf ball, now that’s a new ball game for me.
Have I seen any results?
I’m happy to say YES, emphatically! Training my eyes to stay focused on the ball has helped my ball striking so much more than I ever could have imagined. The last round I played I know damn well that every shot I hit, I was locked in on the ball. No more of my eyes wandering off and my miss hits we nearly extinct.
As far as putting goes, I haven’t seen much improvement. I think it has more to do with the fact I’ve always been decent at focusing on the ball while putting. At least over the last couple of years. That doesn’t mean it can’t help you, it works. My chipping was the best it’s been all year in that last round I played. My main chipping flaw is pulling my head up and out of position during the swing. Much like my full swings I was losing focus with the ball and not staying fully committed to the shot. It happens in bunkers as well. However, after adding the Eyeball Golf Trainer to my practice session at home, I noticed a huge difference in my chipping. It has helped.
If you’re having similar issues as I was, check out the Eyeball Golf Trainer
It’s hard to find a fix for $30. Especially when it comes to the golf swing. The Eyeball Golf Trainer surprised me. It’s an incredibly simple yet highly effective training aid. I love the fact I can utilize it at home in the backyard, and if needed I can break it down and toss it in my bag for some range sessions at the course.
Head on over to the Eyeball Golf Trainer website and watch some of their videos to gather up some additional information on the training aid. You can purchase the training aid directly from their website.
They also have a Facebook page if you would like to follow them there.