Visual Learning for Course Management

My 9 year old Kayla played a horrible round last weekend.  Well, that’s just golf.  Sometimes, her swing is simply off and she’s just not hitting the ball well.  However, there are times when her inexperience and lack of understanding of course management causes her to make mistakes.  That’s when I sit down with her to review her plays and discuss how she could make better decisions in the future.

We use a Kindle Fire. With all of these amazing tablet technologies out now, and so many reasonably priced, how can we afford not to get one?

I used one of the free drawing apps and while at the golf course, sketched out a hole she struggled with.  Now, we not only reviewed the shots she made and what shots she probably should have chosen for future guidance, we also discussed strategy and different ways she could have chosen to play the hole and why.

I’m not my daughters’ swing coach, but sometimes I do play the role of a mental coach.  And, while I prefer she remains confident and play aggressively, there are times when she does need to play it safe.  With time will come experience and that’s definitely going to be important when she’s in a sticky situation.

In golf there are so many variables, not any one lie is the same.  But, having the ability to review her round while it’s still fresh in her mind without the need for paper and pencils is simply amazing to me sometimes.   I was always a natural when it came to math; geometry especially.  I suppose my understanding for course management seems easy to me.  But, I don’t know if my children will have the same understanding of geometry.  So, being able to make it visual by drawing out the hole and ball flight possibilities make it so much easier for me to help her visualize what she needs to learn.

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Sinnary Sam is a marketing professional specializing in Prospect Marketing Events. She works from home part time and manages her four daughters' busy school and sports schedules.

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4 Responses to Visual Learning for Course Management

  1. Robin Wilson November 7, 2012 at 1:51 am #

    Hi Sinnary
    Sounds like a great way to help all golfers with their golf, I believe in ‘playing to learn’ and therefore would suggest during your reviews with your daughter that you ask her questions about what she might have done differently, encouraging her to explore and perhaps discover, this is an empowering experience and delivers a learning environment,
    Good luck and my best wishes for your daughters golf!
    Robin Wilson

    • Sinnary November 7, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      Thanks for the feedback Robin. Yes, as a parent I try my best not to always “tell” but I know it’s not easy. I’ll keep your advice in mind as a reminder to allow her to learn and make her own decisions.

  2. TrinaF November 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    What a wonderful way to review golf shots! Now if we can just do the same thing for the other decisions we make in life. Thanks for sharing Sinnary!

    • Sinnary November 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

      Oh Trina, would that be wonderful or what? Being able to sketch out life decisions! Hmmm… Doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.

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