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LeaderBoard The Aussies may be on to something here. The LeaderBoard, which Stuart Appleby helped design, is also used and endorsed by Robert Allenby, Adam Scott and other pros from Down Under. Its main purpose is to help you feel and practice a balanced swing that loads onto the right side and finishes strong on the left. You can hit balls with your lead foot on a fixed platform and the other on a sliding skate controlled by resistance cords, and do many more drills and exercises in your home. $200. Call 888-610-3877 or visit leaderboard.tv.

Leadbetter Interactive In five-plus hours of well-organized video, David Leadbetter covers every aspect of the swing, with demonstrations of common flaws and easy links to relevant drills. But what really sets this DVD set apart is its interactivity. You can download video of your swing and, following Leadbetter's lead, draw lines on the screen to help identify what needs work. The tech-savvy can also send video to Leadbetter instructors for feedback. $99. Call 888-367-1323 or visit leadbetterinteractive.com.

Tempotimer The best of the three gadgets in the Ernie Els Training System, the Tempotimer is a nine-ounce sleeve that straps on any club. It enforces a smooth, Els-like transition at the top of the swing and helps you feel the proper swing plane. Good for a quick first-tee warm-up, too. $50; $99 for the full system. Call 888-970-7625 or visit therockroller.com.

Tour Tempo Player Top instructor John Novosel's breakthrough system for teaching tempo involves responding to tones as you swing. This tiny preloaded MP3 player makes it simple to take those tones to the range or the course. It also includes new slower tones for putting and chipping. $100. Call 888-411-1989 or visit tourtempo.com.

Impact Ball The best swing trainers are those that help you feel (rather than force) the right move. For players who flip their wrists, scoop at the ball or fly their elbows out, the simple Impact Ball is one such device. Lodging it between your forearms as you swing creates a unified takeaway and hands-ahead-of-the-clubhead delivery. It helps with the putting and chipping strokes as well. $40. Call 877-866-6728 or visit theimpactball.com.

Learning Curve Part-time Tour player Stan Utley is the hottest thing in putting instruction right now, and the Learning Curve comes with his excellent putting DVD. Utley's commonsense system involves keeping the putterhead square to your swing path, which translates to a slightly inside-to-square-to-inside putting stroke. The multipart Learning Curve helps you see, understand and groove that stroke in several ways, including finding the proper shaft plane and alignment. $100. Call 800-969-3764 or visit eyelinegolf.com.

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