Over the past ten years, SensuSport’s co-founder Nils worked as a sports psychologist for the German Golf Federation. He also worked with professionals from the European Tour, the Challenge Tour and the Pro Golf Tour and also with amateur golfers of all strengths. One fact always fascinated him the most: It is not the outstanding technique and outstanding physique that makes great athletes. What all great athletes in his opinion have in common is great feel and touch. Feel for the ball and the body movement.
Until now, coaches and athletes seem to believe in the proposition that with feel and touch, “you either have it, or you don’t”.
But this is not true. The difference between athletes without and those with great feel and touch is pretty simple: Former have grown up only paying attention to what they see. Latter have always been focusing on what they see AND what the shot feels like.
Many training aids and new technology have been introduced to the fast growing golf industry. And still nothing seems to focus on supporting golfers in developing feel and touch.
This is why we came up with the idea for SensuSports Training Device.
Today we have an internationally patented technology that consists of shutter glasses (known from 3D TV) and a detector unit connected wirelessly.
The Sensu Training Effect
For motor learning our feel is crucial. In order to master a complex motion sequence our brain’s sensory system needs to cooperate with the motor system.
The human brain relies on sensory memories of experienced movement. The clearer and more accessible these memories are the more effective we are able to plan the upcoming motion sequence. Furthermore this defines the precision and success.
Our training device allows for a more intense sensation of ball and body feel, hence better possibilities to analyze and trainability.
During conventional practice, mainly visual information is processed. Since the visual feedback after a movement is blocked by our training device the brain directs its attention automatically on the remaining senses. These complementary, “felt” feedbacks can now be perceived with more awareness and used intentionally to improve the movement.
Children for example can learn in early years to be more aware of what they feel and build up trust in using feel an touch in their game. Grown-ups will come back from a rational controlled game to a more sensitive movement.
To learn with all your senses is a central topic in early learning institutions, schools and rehabilitation centers. The logical progression is to apply this powerful tool to sports of various disciplines, like soccer, football, basketball, tennis, baseball.