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Minnesota Golf Golf Tips
Feedback, The Cornerstone of all Learning
Greg Schulze · PGA Master Professional of Instruction
Sawmill & Loggers Trail Golf Clubs
When you go to the practice range, do you really know how to evaluate your progress? Real learning can only take place with proper and valid feedback. Did you think that learning golf would be different than learning anything else? The steps needed are the same.

Most golfers have only focused on one area of feedback called BALL FLIGHT. This would be fine if you truly could explain why the ball is doing what it is doing in flight, but can you? It sounds sarcastic, but I'm afraid that the only thing ball flight tells most golfers is which direction to start walking. So what did you really learn? And if it was a poor result, what is your plan for the upcoming shot to reduce the odds of it happening again? Unfortunately the answer for most golfers is to create another mistake to compensate for the last one. Is that true learning do you think?

If ball flight is all you analyze following your swing, you are not extrapolating ALL vital information from that practice (or on-course) shot. If two players each get a large bucket of range balls and one player uses four sources of feedback while the other only one, who will improve faster? By the way, feedback does not always have to be in a positive form to be valuable for your progress; analyzing and understanding why a poor result occurred may be more valuable for your long-term gain since golf really is a game of mistakes… understand your mistakes, and you just might win the tournament!

Evaluate these 4 sources of feedback following EVERY practice ball:

  1. Ball Flight - Actually the weakest area of the 4 for reasons already mentioned.
  2. Divot - What is the ground trying to teach/tell you? The direction, depth and starting point of the divot is valuable cause and effect information to understand.
  3. Impact Point - What is your clubface trying to teach you? Put masking tape on the clubface sometime and discover where the ball is being struck. The mark should, of course, be near the center of the clubface. Are yours in another spot? Do you know why?
  4. Finish Position - What is your body and balance trying to teach you about what just happened? Are you facing the target with a full turn? Has your weight transferred properly? Do you know why? Why not?
See your local LPGA or PGA Professional and learn how to "read" all 4 sources of feedback and quadruple your knowledge each swing!



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