Instruction for Better Players
A New Kind of Instruction
By James Surber
There are a number of considerations to look at when evaluating your golf game. The swing and scores you produce are a combination of your mental, physical and mechanical characteristics and your knowledge of how to approach areas that would best benefit from your attention to alter them for the better. There is a great interrelationship between your vision, ability, mechanical features, to produce optium results for each individual. There is plenty of room for style but rooting any stye in solid fundamentals. A good instructor will look at how all these fit what you wish to accomplish. Below is an idea for another view rarely considered in how to approach performing optimumly.
Ever thought of taking a lesson when you are hitting the ball great? Maybe you should. So much for if it’s not broken don’t go in for a lesson. A new kind of instruction we will label “Templating” has emerged. It is emerging because I am developing it!
I have often thought that when I am hitting it good, I would like to know exactly what I am doing so I can replicate it and get back to it when things go out of adjustment. With todays technology, I believe this is very possible.
From a visual perspective, you will need three cameras to monitor the three dimensions of the swing, some exactness about how you set the cameras up, and some education in how to interpret what you see from this specific information. You can certainly see the easy things like plane and ball postion, relative body positions.... but you can also see things like rhythm, tempo, and synchronization of movement if you know how to look. By recording a sample of 6 of my best possible shots with a particular club based on flight, results, and feel, I can verify which swings I want to use for my baseline. These are then recorded for 4 clubs: My Driver, my long hybrid, my 7 iron and my wedge. The filming is done outside to verify ball flight. I would also add a ball launch monitor read out to these shots and see how well they coincide for key characteristics of what the ball launch monitor can tell me about optimal perfomance. I record my swing when I like it, and then store it away for a day when things are out of adjustment and then I can compare my best swings and -MY STYLE- to what is happening when things go awry and learn where to adjust. Is it set up? Alignment? Better synchronizing of body components? Body movement and balance? Grip pressure and position? Etc etc. All these elements and idiosyncrasies should be able to be observed and compared to find out the proper information to get back to the pattern of the desired “Best Swing “ which has proven to work in the past. A knowledgeable professional could do this for you.
I surely believe better players would greatly benefit from this method and knowledge.. Especially competition players who do this for a living or serious hobby.
In what will be a much more detailed article, I will explain precisely how to set this process up. Ask yourself the logical question, “ Does this make sense? “ “Would this be good to know?” I would surely like to know this about my golfswing.
An intelligent way to chart your progress and improve your game by knowing where you should spend the most time during your practice sessions is to keep a statistical accounting of your game. A for instance would be putting statistics. It would be nice to know not only how many putts per round you average, but how many putts you miss right of the hole to how many putts you miss to the left. Even more important is how many putts you leave long of the hole as short of the hole. Then how many feet of green did you have to negotiate on each putt. Did you have to putt a combined footage of 220 feet for the day or only 60 feet? It depends on how close you hit the shot to the green. How many uphill putts do you leave yourself compared to downhill? There are many ways to figure out how good a putter you are....just as there is to measure how good a driver you are or your prowess as a bunker player. So, keep a statistical program to chart your progress and know your status relative to how good you could be.....usually a comparative look at tour players games gives you an idea of what is possible. So, the best statistical program I know of that will not cost you a dime is on the website ' Scratchgolfer.org ' Here you will have access to a great statistical program for free and lots of other interesting matereial. For instance, ideas about how to apply for a college scholarship and many of great practice games to play to enhance and better your practice.
Among other important aspects that should be reviewed are the mental and physical components of your golf game. Your flexibility, strength, and their limitations should be taken into consideration. Your mental approach regarding focus, confidence and strategic thinking should also be reviewed and evaluated. How do you practice? These all are important elements of the whole package.