The use of technology in golf is a MUST in today’s day in age. But too many players and instructors beginning their careers use it a little too much in my opinion. Technology has it’s place in instruction to either give needed feedback on club performance, or to give feedback of a desired outcome the player is trying to produce.
The way that I use ball flight technology is through my Foresight GC Quad. This is the same device that you see Bryson Dechambeau, Tiger Woods, and countless others use on the driving range on Monday and Tuesday before the tournament. I use this technology very much like they do, to allow my players to check carry distances, peak height, angle of decent, etc, but it isn’t the end all. When performing a club analysis and or a club fitting, technology makes it 10x easier and more efficient. But the question is, is it helping average golfers get better and understand their swings?
I tend to be a little traditional and lean heavily on Ball Flight Laws. These principles have been consistent throughout the years, and will never change. I have always thought that it is our job as instructors to make ourselves “obsolete”. What I mean by this is it is our job to give the students the knowledge to understand what is causing their golf ball to move the way it is. It is then our job to explain how a certain path / face angle can be cause by either a grip, posture, club position, movement pattern, etc. If you rely solely on technology you are hindering their learning. You could cure a slice in 1 hour, but what are they doing to do when in 2 weeks in creeps back?
You eyes and the golf ball are the only ball flight technology you need as a player. If you can see the ball fly through the air, then you know how it was created. Part of getting better is understanding.