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SKLZ Ball First Trainer - Golf Ball Striking Trainer

by SKLZ

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  • Improves ball striking consistency and precision
  • Maximizes distance and accuracy with iron shots
  • Designed with durable, impact resistant material
  • Includes built-in ball placement markers for consistent setup and works for right and left handed players, just flip over
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Product Description

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Ball First Trainer

Ball First Trainer - Ball Striking Mat


The Ball-First Trainer mat is designed to perfect your swing accuracy, consistency, and power. Improves ball striking consistency and precision, which are necessary to maximize distance and accuracy with iron shots. The mat encourages a proper lag, a downward strike, and a square clubface at impact. Use the markers on the mat for comparison analysis of divots to original ball placement.



Product Features

  • Holes for golf tees stabilize the mat
  • Includes built-in ball placement markers for consistent setup
  • Visual club path guides
  • Designed with durable, impact resistant material
  • Flexible material can be stuffed into any golf bag and used anywhere
  • Flip over the mat to use for right and left handed players
  • 17 x 9.5 inches







About SKLZ

SKLZ is committed to elevating the athlete in each of us by guiding and serving athletes on their journeys to be their personal best. As the flagship brand of Pro Performance Sports, based in San Diego California, SKLZ develops innovative athletic performance and skill development training products, technology and knowledge for serious athletes of all ages, skill levels and sports including baseball, football, soccer, golf, softball and basketball. SKLZ is known around the world for delivering durable, high-performance training products used by professional and amateur athletes as well as their coaches and trainers seeking to improve on a sport-specific skill or a performance-focused goal such as speed, agility, balance or core strength.

SKLZ
Ball First Trainer


Product Description

SKLZ Ball First Training Mat Learn to hit it like the Pros! Use the SKLZ Ball First Training Mat for greater golf ball-striking consistency, accuracy and power. SKLZ Ball First Training Mat features: Develop precise ball-first impact just like the Pros Patented J-shaped trainer for developing the most important part of the game, actual ball striking J-shape frames the ball striking area and triangular markings focus club alignment, takeaway, and downswing Improves ball striking consistency and precision Durable, impact-resistant and flexible material rolls up easily to fit into a golf bag Flip over for RH or LH use Ball First Training Mat... Simple, Yet Effective Training Aid!

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 18.7 x 0.3 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B008VILMIW
  • Item model number: BF01-000-04
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,729 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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A simple, but partially effective, tool for learning.
Samson Malina
I somehow thought this was an interesting idea that should work well, but in reality, I just don't care enough about "getting better" to want to keep messing with it.
MussSyke
I want to hit my irons cleaner by ball first contact with divot in front of ball.
K. Croswell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2013
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I believe I'm getting very good results with this plastic trainer. My iron shots in the fairway often result in divots. And the divots are very often starting behind the ball. That's wrong and hard to correct.

Good divots start just in front of the ball. That happens when the ball is hit first and it is meant to be. The way I've been training with this item is to line it up with decreasing distance from the ball as I get more comfortable using it in a session on the driving range. That is how I believe the object is best used.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meijer Bjorn on July 25, 2013
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I picked up the SKLZ Ball First Trainer to help with my golf swing. I am very green when it comes to golf. I have a lot to learn about stance, swing, etc. I had trouble keeping my swing from hitting the trainer. I agree with many of the other reviewers: If you have a low handicap this would probably help more than a newbie like me. I will probably keep it around for if that time comes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maverick001 on September 23, 2013
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Way overpriced for what it is... Save some money and simply put some tees in the ground or a towel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Croswell on August 12, 2013
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I do not feel like this was good purchase. I want to hit my irons cleaner by ball first contact with divot in front of ball. This product is touted to help with this, however, I feel like it is not so good because: if you hit it fat which unfortunately I do too often, then you have to move the aide to new location with fresh sod so that you again can attempt ball first contact. Too much trouble for me to keep re-adjusting position. I am just going to use a tee in front of ball and leave this in garage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 1, 2013
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The Skilz J trainer is a good tool that might motivate you to track your swing. It is pretty simple to do the exact same thing with a stack of tees, no real need for the big sheet of plastic.

There is a significant negative to this tool, it doesn't fit in a golf bag. The sheet is too big and oddly shaped to fit in a bag pocket anywhere. If the sheet had a hinge in the center, it would fold over and fit easily in the large bag pocket. As it is, the sheet would have to be folded over and might ruin the device.

The concept behind this trainer is to contact the ball before the ground and make sure your swing is straight through following the ball path. You lay the J down on the ground, it can be spiked down with tees, but that isn't absolutely necessary. Place a ball in the center of opening lined up with the two big vees. Hit the ball with a wedge or iron. Now study the divot compared to the tick marks on the J. Ideally the divot will start at the tick mark just beyond the big vees. At the vees or earlier means you are hitting the ground first and probably getting short distances. Much later and your hitting too early and getting too much spin or longer distances.

A pocket full of tees can do the exact same thing, it is very easy to set up. On the other hand, having this big old yellow thing is a motivator to go and use it.

This is a tool that most every skill level can benefit from. If it was easier to stash in a golf bag, that would make all the difference in the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MussSyke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 27, 2013
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I am only a novice golfer at best. I somehow thought this was an interesting idea that should work well, but in reality, I just don't care enough about "getting better" to want to keep messing with it. I don't know if I'm using some bargain bin tees or what, but they are too fat to fit in the proper holes on this trainer. I can stick them in the big triangles on the side, but that's really not how it's meant to work. You have to, too, because otherwise you'll be chasing after this thing if you hit it.

Even though it's only ~1-2mm thick, it sort of makes a mental block for me, like I think I'm going to hit it all the time, as if it is in the way. And somehow, even though this might be a problem with my mind, I think it does make my swing worse. Anyway, I guess I don't play enough to care enough, but I'd rather just try to have fun than make the game un-fun while trying to perfect my swing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lola Bunny VINE VOICE on July 12, 2013
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I ordered this item for my husband who is an extremely casual golfer looking to improve his game. The unit really is helpful if you can keep your club lined up properly. My husband found himself hitting the plastic trainer more often than not in the beginning but has improved on that as he has spent more time working on his swing. The unit is pretty durable and it's nice that it can be flipped over and used for both right and left-handed golfers. All in all a decent product.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hoppaguy VINE VOICE on May 27, 2013
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As a quick background, I have a 12 handicap and I was curious to see if this would be helpful at the driving range. I have mixed feelings about this ball striking trainer in that I can see the benefits for the low handicapper less than 10 handicap who has a consistent swing path and has pretty good ball striking capability. It would benefit the low handicapper to see what his/her divot line is and to make sure they are making solid contact. However, I think the device is visually distracting to a high handicap player. For myself, I did find the trainer to be distracting and also sometimes I would hit the trainer on the initial backswing. I also had a very bad swing and hit the trainer itself (it is made of rubber so you can't damage the trainer) and launched it a few feet into the driving range, which I had to carefully retrieve. You can put a tee into the trainer to lock it into place but this becomes a pain because when you take a divot you need to move the trainer back an inch or so to get a fresh piece of grass. Anyways, I would say this trainer is helpful for the low handicap golfer but probably isn't that helpful for the high handicapper.
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