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What Is a Golf Mirror?

A golf mirror is a training aid designed to enhance a player's form and posture by providing instant visual feedback. It's a reflective tool that helps golfers self-assess their stance, swing, and alignment. By observing their own movements, golfers can make precise adjustments for a more effective game. Curious about how a golf mirror can improve your swing? Let's delve deeper.
Alex Newth
Alex Newth

A golf mirror is a periscope used by spectators to watch the action at crowded golf matches and tournaments. These devices allow the user to look over the crowd to see the golfer swing. The amount of magnification varies from golf mirror to golf mirror, but usually ranges between four and 10 times normal; some mirrors have fixed magnification, while others can be adjusted. In the past, golf periscopes were large and bulky, but modern versions are slim and lightweight, so they can be carried easily. The device's case is usually made of aluminum, which makes it durable but lightweight.

A person using a golf mirror holds the device — typically a long tube with an eyepiece on the bottom and a mirror on the top — to his eye, and the mirror relays a reflection that lets the user see above and beyond the crowd. This works by using periscope technology similar to that used on submarines. The user looks into the front lens and, thanks to a series of other glass lenses, he or she is able to see through the top of the scope, enhancing the user’s angle and vision. Five lenses commonly are used for optimal vision.

A person playing golf.
A person playing golf.

Depending on the strength and size of the glass lenses, the amount of vision magnification may differ. Most golf mirrors start with a minimum magnification of four times normal, while high-end versions can magnify up to 10 times normal. Some units have a fixed magnification, meaning the user cannot change it, while others are adjustable.

Along with adjustable magnification, the top part of the periscope is often adjustable. This is the area through which the spectator sees, and raising this piece allows the spectator to see higher than before. This will help if there is a tall crowd or the proper angle is necessary to see the game.

A golf course.
A golf course.

The first golf mirror devices were large, bulky and wide enough to fill the entire hand. Modern versions of the golf mirror are slender, about the width of a small pipe, making them much easier to hold and less awkward looking. The smaller size also means fewer materials, making the mirror lightweight and easier for spectators to hold while watching a golf match.

Golf mirror bodies are typically made of metal, usually aluminum, to keep the device safe. This means a dropped device should not break unless someone steps on it and, even then, it should be fine. While the body is durable, the glass lenses can break if dropped, so spectators should still be careful.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a golf mirror and how does it help improve putting?

A golf mirror is a training aid designed to provide immediate visual feedback on a golfer's stance, eye alignment, and head position during the putting stroke. By reflecting the player's posture and eye position, the mirror helps in ensuring that the golfer's eyes are directly over the ball and that the head remains still throughout the stroke, which are critical for consistent putting. This tool is especially useful for developing a repeatable and accurate putting setup.

Can using a golf mirror help fix common putting mistakes?

Yes, a golf mirror can be instrumental in correcting common putting mistakes. For instance, if a golfer tends to move their head during the stroke, the mirror will show this unwanted motion, allowing the player to work on keeping their head still. It also helps in aligning the putter face squarely to the target line and ensuring the eyes are properly over the ball, which can address issues like pulling or pushing putts.

How often should a golfer practice with a golf mirror to see improvement?

Consistency is key when it comes to practice. Golfers should aim to use the golf mirror regularly, incorporating it into their practice routine at least several times a week. The frequency can vary depending on the individual's goals and the extent of the issues they're addressing, but even short, focused sessions can lead to significant improvements over time. The key is to use the mirror to develop a consistent and repeatable putting stroke.

Is a golf mirror suitable for golfers of all skill levels?

Absolutely, a golf mirror is a versatile training aid that benefits golfers of all skill levels, from beginners to professionals. Novice players can use it to establish good fundamentals, while experienced golfers can refine their technique and maintain consistency. It's a simple yet effective tool that can be used for both learning and perfecting the art of putting.

Where is the best place to purchase a golf mirror, and what should I look for?

Golf mirrors can be purchased at most sporting goods stores, golf specialty shops, or online retailers. When selecting a golf mirror, look for one that is durable, portable, and has clear markings to assist with alignment. Some mirrors also come with additional features like guides for shoulder alignment or slots for tees to practice stroke path. Reading customer reviews and product descriptions can help you choose a mirror that best suits your needs.

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Discussion Comments

Emilski
@jmc88 - You are absolutely correct, and they best thing about them is that they are easy to create, all one needs it two mirrors and a long tube.

The metal ones seem to cost a little bit of money and as long as someone does not want to keep one as a keepsake or souvenir from the tournament, they can make their own for a cheap price.

I have made my own in the past and they are really easy to make as one could even use a paper towel roll if they can find a mirror small enough.

I do have to say though I do not know the going rate on these types of durable, metal devices and I was wondering if anyone would know that has been to more tournaments than I have?

jmc88

@stl156 - I will say that is quite a unique story and those golf mirrors probably mean a lot to them.

As far as their practicality goes, these devices prove that nothing beat simplicity as these devices have the most simple design one could conjure up and still be effective to the point there is no design better for what it does.

Being in a crowd I can say that these golf mirrors help so much in seeing the action and they do not stick above people's heads enough that they become a problem for people behind.

One thing that is neat too is to see how many people actually use these at the tournaments they watch as it can be a pretty unique sight to see.

stl156

@JimmyT - You are correct as I have seen many people collect these that like the game of golf.

A lot of times when people are looking to collect these they are looking to buy some from specific tournaments that are famous in the history of golf.

I read a story recently that at the United States Open in 2012 there were people that brought the golf mirrors they bought in the 1960's when the tournament first came there and have gotten players, and all the winners, to sign them at one point or another.

Of course they do not look to get their autographs to sell these, but rather collect them as keepsakes to show that they were in the audience and managed to follow all the winners of the tournament and that is worth more than money to them.

JimmyT

I have to say that a golf mirror is not the best way to describe one of these devices as there are other things out there that pertain to someone's golf swing, which are also called golf mirrors.

Anyway, I have been to many golf tournaments and I can really say that it is a real pain to try and see anything if someone is following a group that has a lot of people following it.

Most of the time this occurs with the front runners in the tournament and these devices make it a great way for someone to be able to see the action without losing their spot in the crowd.

I know that they have sold these devices at tournaments since the 1960's and they have actually begun to be a very valuable collectors item that some people will pay top dollar for.

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