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Training Aids for Practicing
January 16, 2011Posted by on
With so many training aids on the market, advertising, “this is the one that will change your game!” it’s difficult to figure out which one is best for your needs.
This is my and only my view on training aids: Training aids should only be used as an aid to provide students with the feedback they require to feel the proper motion. These training aids also shouldn’t be attached to the body in such a manner that they cannot fall out and only force the motion to happen. This destroys the creativity that individuals have because we are all created differently.
We all vary in our anatomy, strength and flexibility, which shows why nobody on any professional tour swings the same way. Since that’s the case, why use a training aid that forces every golfer into a specific position?
Training aids that work best in creating new motor learning patterns are the ones that provide feedback when the motion is done correctly. If the motion is done incorrectly, the aid should then provide the necessary feedback to let the user know they just made a mistake. I only say this because many training aids give the illusion of hitting the ball better during practice and then golfers find it difficult to reproduce the same results on the course.
Do you want to practice better or play better on the golf course? This is one of the reasons why golfers can hit the ball great on the range but have issues in taking their game to the golf course. Most have this misconceived notion that they must get great results in practice in order to play well on the course.
Through extensive training, I have learned to use certain training aids less and vary targets more during practice to force students to concentrate on the process of executing good shots at hand rather than the rapid fire technique that so many people use. What are you really getting out of that rapid-fire practice session? Nothing, since golf isn’t played like that. On the course we are forced to hit one shot at a time that continuously varies with various lie and situations.
Golfers need to learn how to practice like they play.