We all know it, and Golf Digest’s Roger Shiffman wrote a good review about the ubiquitous lack of feel after the season break. Also, top trainers like Tom Stickney provide a substantial list of little drills and hacks to re-gain your feel. There are even books about feel in golf like ‘How to Feel a Real Golf Swing’ by Bob Toski and Davis Love Jr. (if you want to quick-deep-dive here is an extensive review by an avid Golfwrx.com user).
More than often coaches recommend, “feel your grip, feel your legs, feel this and that…” We are grateful for the advice, but how exactly do you develop and practice the ability to feel?
Are you a good feel player?
First, we would suggest a quick self-assessment.
How would you rate your skills in the following aspects of your game? See how you compare to others.
Where do you want to go?
Secondly, you should set some goals. Try not to be overambitious, but trust in your ability to grow. As ever the truth is somewhere in the middle.
We want to help you to develop and improve feel, so that it serves you as another strong tool you will bring to the golf course.
Stop seeing, start feeling
One solution and our key to success to is to trick your brain so that it directs its attention to other senses than our dominant visual input channel. Yes, your vision is distracting you from all the invaluable information that our sensory-motor system provides. This effect is known from visually impaired, who develop superior sensory skills due to their encroachment of one sense.
Basically, we are suggesting: Close your eyes. And start feeling. But there is one clue, when the elimination of sight is triggered automatically, your awareness is purely directed to your body feel. Whereas closing your eyes intentionally, will always take a lot of attention to perform that task itself. We are only able to multi-task really when activities can run in full auto-pilot.
SensuGlasses help you to do exactly that. The shutter glasses go black/opaque triggered by the impact. Your coach can also actuate the blackening manually or set on random mode. In our app you will find countless exercises to specifically train your feel and touch for all game situations and levels.
- Tactile perception: perceived surface and pressure
- Proprioception: perceived orientation of the body and limbs
- Kinaesthetic perception: perceived movement and acceleration of the body
- Vestibular: perception of balance
The Science of Feel
The more you practice your tactile, proprioceptive, kinesthetic and vestibular sensory perception, the better you become at it. When you envy your play partners for their silky smoothness and you may have thought this is out of reach. We advocate the trainability of feel!