Video can be useful as a golf teaching and learning aid. One important principle is to use a professional golfer a model swing. Comparing to an ideal swing is known as modeling. Video modeling involves presenting the golfer with a video clip of an expert performing the skill side by side with the student. Golfers try to copy or mimic the technique of the expert model. Showing an expert model side by side with a student’s own modeling provides the best visual aid. However it takes the eye of an experienced professional instructor to point out the importnat movements or positions. Video modeling utilized as a visual aid will along with the guidance of an experiened professional will cue golf students to what is important, provide visual reference points and reinforce key concepts of skill performance. Additionally it is of equal importance to note that golfers of different skill levels should focus on different aspects of the swing. A knowledgeble experienced teaching prfessional has gained the insight to know what should be the focus.

The combined use of video modeling and feedback can speed the improvement of golf performance skills. Movement-related feedback is necessary to optimize learning. Video feedback involves showing the golf student a video clip of his or her own performance of a particular skill. Once again, knowing which skill to focus on is guided by an experienced teaching professinal. Video feedback helps the golf student distinguish between correct and incorrect movement patterns. It is most effective when used to refine a skill that has already been learned at a basic level. A golf student benefits most when instructor feedback is limited, directing the student toward improving the general mechanical principle of a shot. For instance the general principle may be referencing the correct club position during the initial take-away. The instructor can point out the correct position and which muscle groups are used to get to that position. Comparing to a model sise by side improves feedback.

Instructors increase student motivation when the student is allowed to control when movement-related feedback is given. In other words students can take advantage of video feedback when they have the readiness to learn. Instructors must be alert to student readiness to learn. While video can provide valuable feedback on the spot, remember it takes time for a new skill to be learned. Video is helpful but not instantaneous, positive effects may take some time to develop.

Author Mike Cahill is an instuctor at Cahill’s International Golf Schools in Palm Springs Ca, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Nicaragua. You can read all of Cahill Golf School’s articles at the Cahill Golf School Blog.