The Shuggy Training Aid

With the launch of The Shuggy Training Aid only about 24 hours away I thought I would answer a few questions that have been popping up on the blog and in my inbox.

Question #1 Is the training aid too high?

The Shuggy has been designed with modern drivers in mind. To hit these well you need to tee the ball high and feel that you hit up on the ball. Too many golfers tee the ball low and make a descending blow – this never works and results in a weak and powerless ball flight.

The Shuggy Training Aid helps you learn the correct and powerful way to hit the ball long and straight. By teeing the ball high you can transform your driving – teeing it low makes it nearly impossible to make significant progress. Long drivers have known for years that teeing the ball high gives them an advantage – I think many golfers are worried about skying or going under the ball if they tee it high. With this aid you’ll learn the correct way of approaching the ball – and you’ll never mark the top of your club!

Question #2 Does it work for left and right handers?

Yes, it has been designed for both lefties and righties. I’m left handed and usually demonstrate things left handed, but I’m getting better with my right handed swing πŸ˜‰

Question #3 How hard is it to get the club through the gate?

The Shuggy has been made to be difficult without being impossible. Shuggy was keen to make it harder but I opted for a slightly easier version. Testing has shown that many golfers struggle early on, but after some practice they get the hang of it. Once you can swing the club through the gate your driver swing will be perfect. I haven’t found anyone who has mastered the closed eyes drill – this is something to strive for!

Question #4 Will this actually work?

It will. You have to learn to let go and make your natural swing through the gate. Consciously controlling your swing will make using this aid very difficult. You have to let go and let your subconscious perform the task (the objective). I love this type of drill and believe it works far better than worrying about your grip, back swing, down swing, release and follow through all at once. Simply swing the club through the gate and your golf swing will be fine – you will learn a better golf swing much more naturally.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Good golfing,


Dear golfer,

After months of development and testing my new golf training aid is finally ready. I’ve decided to name it after my twin brother. I don’t normally do this kind of thing, but since he broke his leg while helping me at my new teaching studio I thought it was the right thing to do.

He’s also been in the dumps the last few days. I don’t blame him – he’s stuck in the house with my parents! Enough to drive anyone mad πŸ˜‰

I’ve started this blog to give people a place to leave some feedback on my new training aid. If you haven’t seen the video you can check it out here,

I’ll also be answering any questions that you may have – so fire away. I’m sure Shuggy will be interested in your response!

To leave a comment you may have to click the subject line above “The Shuggy Training Aid”

Good golfing,



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  • Clive

    Reply Reply March 18, 2008

    Cameron ….thanks for sending this information through and I hope your brother is recovering well from his accident…

    Do you think this device could help reduce my slice and help me hit the ball further? I currently play off a handicap of 11 but really want to improve particularly off the tee.

    p.s. I liked your Power Stool – it was simple and easy to use.

    I look forward to your response.


  • Cameron Strachan

    Reply Reply March 18, 2008

    Hi Clive,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Yes, it will help you approach the ball on an ideal path. You get accurate feedback on the shots you don’t do correctly. When you learn to automate this swing your slice will be reduced or even eliminated.

    You will also learn to give the ball a solid hit right out of the sweet spot. This will automatically give you extra metres.

    Shuggy is going ok…


    Cameron Strachan

  • Brendan Otto

    Reply Reply March 18, 2008

    Hi Cameron, must reply as I have a very similar problem, slice & very short off the tee, though I`m a higher handicapper, out to 21 now. I`m a real sucker for training aids, especially after all the lessons over the years that haven`t worked. Have been using the power stool for a couple of months with no real improvement. Will another training aid help? Not been a natural sports person, I can really struggle. What if I just can`t get my brain to work out how to find the gap? No pro to date has been able to cure my out to in swing. I don`t expect miracles but am sceptical. Love my golf & would probably give anything a go. Thanks for the opportunity to reply.

  • Brendan Otto

    Reply Reply March 18, 2008

    Hi Cameron, don`t you think the shuggy is too high. At address, you wouldn`t be holding the club that high above the ground. Was wondering what you do if after much practice, you can`t find the gate. I`m not the world`s best sportmans & struggle on a 21 handicap. Nice legs in the video & who owns the stomach?

  • Cameron Strachan

    Reply Reply March 19, 2008

    G’day Brendan,

    The idea with an ‘objective’ based aid is that your subconscious will work it out for you. You have to free up and let it do the hard work.

    During testing even low handicappers had trouble swinging through the gate. High handicappers couldn’t get close.

    With some practice people get better. Their swings change naturally and their driving improves. The Shuggy has been designed to be difficult…but not impossible. Shuggy was keen to make it even harder … I had to hold him back a little bit πŸ™‚

    The closed eyes drill gets most people. I have been using this for a few months now and can get it through most times with my eyes closed.

    The Shuggy is high. It has been built with modern drivers in mind. Most golfers tee it up too low. To be a good driver you need to contact the tee up near the top during impact. The Shuggy teaches you to do this.

    Yes, I have lovely white legs and a bit of a gut πŸ™‚ I have lost three kilos but still need some work. Thanks for your great observation πŸ™‚

    Let me know if I can help further.


  • Cameron Strachan

    Reply Reply March 19, 2008

    I’m still working out some special bonuses…haven’t locked everything in at this stage but I’m hoping to sell it for around $100

    Good golfing,


  • John Wigley

    Reply Reply March 20, 2008


    I have viewed your video on the Shuggy Training Aid and it seems to be the answer to my driving weakness in that I struggle for distance and accuracy.
    I would like to purchase it and request how to do this.
    Your emails are always welcome to keep me focussed on my golf.

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