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7 Nights at the Twitter Academy – “The Experience”

This is one experience that I will never forget for a number of reasons.  I felt much like what an average golfer goes through.  I’ve used TrackMan on a daily basis for almost two years now.  The three topics I talked about have been discussed literary hundreds if not thousands of times before.  But to record this video, I had to go through the process completely different then what I was accustomed too.  This now took my out of my comfort factor and it felt foreign to me.  I didn’t know how to act without having another person to engage with.  I felt like a golfer who feels like they hit it great on the range, but can’t take it to the course.  That’s who I literally felt like during this whole process.   Never mind that the previous 6 videos were awesome and let’s not forget about the additional pressure by having the final episode.  I’m pretty sure you know that feeling I’m referring to.  It’s the one that gets your stomach tied up in knots when you arrive on the first tee.   You get that feeling because of a false sense of security mainly from of how well you think you practiced all week.  The pressure of playing well is now staring you in the face and you’re not prepared to handle it.  Well you can relate that to how I use TrackMan in teaching versus using TrackMan in a video.  Since I was not prepared to perform this action by myself, I became nervous. The more I made mistakes, the worse I got.  Does that sound even more familiar?  Further proof to the situation was when a good friend of mine stopped by.  I was struggling at a specific point in the video, and I explained it perfectly to him.  But when I had to record it, the whole process changed again.  I quickly reverted back to the same mistakes I was making before.

So what does this mean?  I’ll never be able to do it or you will never be able to take it to the course?  Well you and I may never if we both don’t break our comfort factor.  Golfers don’t like to practice in a way that reflects how the game is played.    Hitting golf ball after golf ball with the same club doesn’t recreate the same situation found on the course.  Golfers need to add constant variety to their practice, but doing that makes it so much harder.  Not many people like doing things that they feel are too difficult.  I’m no different in that respect, I don’t like doing videos alone, so we both shy away from doing those things.  We can change this by how we practice. I vow to get better are creating videos by producing more of them by myself. The more I do these the more comfortable I’ll become.  You should vow to add variety to your practice even if you are not doing it well at first. If we commit to the process of learning, in time we will improve at what we both want to do well.

I would first like to thank Jason Helman for inviting me to participate in the 7 Nights at the Twitter Academy.  This is one amazing group of dedicated professionals to be associated with.   Second, without all of you in Twitter land this would never have happened.

Thank you,

Dennis Sales

 
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Assessing Your Game

Mother Nature has done an amazing job in postponing winter fornorthern state folks this year.  But it soon will be that time of year again where the clubs get set aside for a period of time.  I think this time is great to reflect on how your season went.  Sit down and look at the goals you set for yourself.  Do you or did you not hit them?  Start asking yourself questions as to why those goals were not meet?  Once you have those answers written down, you’ll either need to adjust them or find somebody that will help you achieve them. 

Now I need you to look at those goals, questions and answers.  Did any of them have a system in place that you could monitor the progression?  How can you improve your golf game if you are not measuring it?  I personally find it very difficult to improve if you don’t have a specific way of monitoring your progress.

I really like using ShotbyShot with my students.  This provides students with indispensible data to not only track your progress but show you exactly where improvements are needed.  Remember golf is more than just improving the full swing, it requires you to know exactly what area is costing you the most shots. Image