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Teeing the ball up during practice.



Teeing the ball up during practice is far and away the best way to develop motor learning skills if you plan on changing something in your swing.  The reasoning is simple:  Why would I want my student, while learning something new, to do two things at once?

Hitting the golf ball solid already requires concentration and skill.  How could I expect my student to learn something new while executing the shot?

Having the golf ball elevated off the ground makes it easier to concentrate on the task at hand while building confidence by seeing the golf ball soar down the range.  Once this task is built into skill then the student can experiment with the golf ball resting on the ground.

While everyone wants to see instantaneous results, that’s not realistic. As instructors/coaches, we feel as if we have to give the student something else in order to produce some type of better result.   We need to stick to our guns; follow the plan set forth before changing to something new and the students must trust their professional to do what is best.

We, the student and instructor/coach, must stick to creating that new motor learning pattern until it’s consistent.  How long it takes is dependent on how the information is given and then how well the golfer is able to execute.  Just because they may find it difficult at first, it doesn’t mean that they quit.

Nothing in life is easy and why would anyone expect a complicated motion like the golf swing to be any different?  We as golf instructors/coaches need to communicate more effectively with the student and the student also needs to know that this road to better golf is a long bumpy one.

By committing to the plan set forth one will easily reach the goal that was set.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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One response to “Teeing the ball up during practice.

  1. johngrahamgolf February 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Dennis,

    I’m also a big fan of using tees while learning new skills. I don’t want the extra challenge of hitting solid shots while doing something new to get in the way.

    Sometimes it is just a few shots and sometimes its more. If it was such a bad thing, why do most tee it up on a par three? They do it because it makes it easier to hit the ball well.

    Nice post.

    JG

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