TrackMan Golf and Motor Learning for Golf
These short gaps not only provide some general exercise, which is what you get between shots on the golf course, but also give the player time to think about the mechanisms that mediated their previous actions. This is vital for any golfer in order to plan appropriately for the next shot/test. At the end of the game, TrackMan will give a score out of 100 points based on proximity to the target.
While using Test Center, golfers can also access key performance indicators and receive more specific feedback, such as the example below: ‘A Slight Twist’.
Lets pretend that In the above game, the golfer wants to work on a draw pattern (shaping the golf ball from right to left for the right handed golfer.) Knowing you can pull up on the screen ‘Launch Direction’ and ‘Spin Axis,’ the task can now change to having the ‘Launch Direction’ positive and ‘Spin Axis’ negative. The golfer can check after each shot, or they can guess the result first (based on his/her feeling) and check the data afterwards. This would link directly back to the theory of delaying feedback, and would be based off of the golfers own level of competency at that particular time (beginner, intermediate, or advance golfer skill level.)
There seems to be an infinite amount of strategies TrackMan inspires us to exploit, which can all be tailored to the exact science of what academics have been preaching for years. Most notably , and not only, the ‘desirable difficulties’ framework popularized by Dr. Robert Bjork and his team at the learning and forgetting lab.
Research, facts, data, and science about the brain, learning and the body are providing new literature for us golf coaches to better our ways. Dr. K Anders Ericsson's pioneering work on ‘Deliberate practice’ has stood a great test of time, leading us no other option but to know that it is one of, if not the biggest, predictor of a golfer performing to a higher level than another golfer. If the TrackMan is placed in the hands of a coach who is up to speed on the new science of learning, the results are limitless.