“Feel is Not Real:” Why You Need to Use Training Aids
By Ben Pellicani - Head Coach, Mike Bender Elite Golf Academy
There are many reasons to hit balls on a practice range.
These include a pre-round warm up, shot making practice,
working on your pre-shot routine and/or improving your swing
mechanics. It has been our experience at the Mike Bender
Elite Golf Academy that most golfers go to the range to
“work on their swing.” This is true for PGA and LPGA Tour
players as well as junior golfers, but, unfortunately, it is
a slow process to make changes for most players as “feel is
not real” as Greg Norman once said.
We have found that having feedback tools that tell the
student if they are making the correct motion quickens the
learning process. We use the MEGSA Perfect Practice
Equipment, which allows students to set up a practice
station with feedback for a variety of swing faults. For
example if a student tends to sway off the ball and make an
excessively long back swing we would attach a station that
stabilizes the head and a bumper that stops an over-swing.
These stations mimic an instructor holding a club next to
the student’s head and limit the length of the golfer’s
backswing. By hitting balls in this set up the student will
learn "feel" from proper mechanics.
Even if you don’t have access to something as detailed as
the MEGSA unit to practice in, there are many simpler
training aids that can substitute very nicely for the same
effects. The key is to be very careful to set up the
training aid as instructed each time you practice with it.
Used correctly, your progress will come along much more
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