I just finished my first round of golf for the year and I couldn’t be happier. Why? Well usually I start the year by shooting close to what would be my worst round of the year. For instance. If I finish the year shooting an 84, 82, and 85, I might start the following year shooting a 94. It just comes to be expected and I don’t like the term but it is what it is. This year however that phrase didn’t come into play. I had a couple of nice shot and woohoo moments in my first round of the year along the way to shooting an 87. Sure, I missed a couple of puts and flubbed a short iron shot but on the whole I couldn’t be happier. I’m giving full credit to some of the golf training aids that I used during the off season.

Lets start with my favorite. It is the Dancin Dogg Optishot Golf Simulator. If you are familiar with golf simulators at a golf store or sporting goods store, the Optishot is very similar. Well that is except for the price. I paid what you might expect to pay for the best drivers out on the market today. But that is a far cry from the $10,000+ that the stores pay for their golf simulators.

The Dancin Dogg Optishot is one of those golf training aids that lets you play golf at home using your own clubs and your own golf balls if you would like. You are also able to play world class courses or just practice the same shot after shot. So, when the weather is bad or when there is snow or ice on the ground like we have 4 months out of the year, I can simply head over to my basement or garage and start practicing. Practice does not make perfect but better practice makes for a better golfer. When combined with the Swingyde Golf Swing Training Aid which I used in conjunction with Optishot, my golf swing stayed on plane during practice. When practice changed to live golf at the course, I shot an excellent score for the first time out for the year.