The value of video


Many of the golfers I teach have never seen their golf swings on video.  They are often surprised at what they see.  “I didn’t know I was doing that” is a common response.

There are three kinds of learners and all can benefit from the use of video.  There are visual learners, who need to see things demonstrated.  There are kinesthetic learners who play by how positions and movement feels to them.   There are also auditory learners who relate to words and the feel of rhythm and balance in the swing…  All of them can benefit from the use of video during golf instruction.

The visual golfer will be able to see their golf swing and picture the changes they need to make happen.  The kinesthetic golfer can match up what they feel in their golf swing to what is really happening.  The auditory learner can now match up the words you are using to describe their swing motion with what they are seeing.  They can also relate to the rhythm and balance they see.

I have found the use of video to be of great assistance to all of these golfers because what they think is happening is usually far from the reality. The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is really true.   Seeing their swing convinces them of the truth and the changes necessary for improvement.  It is a great stimulus for change.

Most teachers who make their livelihood from teaching the game of golf recognize this and use video in their instruction.  The use of computer software programs which allow drawing graphics to illustrate and help you understand what they are saying has become very popular among teachers as well.  These programs also allow you to see yourself next to a player who demonstrates the attributes the instructor is encouraging you to incorporate in perhaps your posture, some area of your set-up, or in the swing itself.

Video also allows you to get immediate feedback to see if the change you are working on is happening or not.  This is invaluable since most golfers practice without any feedback and often do not know whether or not they are really doing what was recommended.  A well known instructor, Charles Sorrell, says it this way “What you feel is not real”.  Video allows you to see what is real versus what you feel.

Video takes the guesswork out of what is causing the errant ball flight.  When the camera slows the swing down to frame by frame, it becomes very obvious where the error happens.

Video may not be appropriate for all lessons, especially beginning golfers but I have found that students change much faster when they see it with their own eyes.

If you have not taken a lesson from an instructor who uses video and software programs, you might just ask for this for your Father’s Day present.

About golf52todo

I am a Top 5o Golf Digest Best Woman Teacher 2010-2011. I teach at Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. I am a PGA and LPGA member and have 26 years of teaching experience. I played on the LPGA Tour for 13 years.
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