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feels like using the robot,” reports Small. “The overwhelming comments we hear all the time from students are, ‘Wow that’s interesting, I never knew that,’ or, ‘That’s what it’s supposed to feel like?’ ” You just don’t jump on the Robo-


GolfPro and attain instant perfection however. Small fi rst records students hitting some balls on the range and dis- cusses their goals. They then move in- side one of two studios to swing on the robot and establish a feel for the swing they are striving for. The RoboGolfPro then records that swing for future refer- ence. Students then go back out on the range and hit some more balls. “When you make swings on the


robot there is a memory to that, and your body retains it,” suggests Small. “Each time you do it on the robot, the memory becomes stronger as the pat- terns change.” It’s not unlike the process a musi-


cian goes through when learning a new song. “They get to a diffi cult piece and go through it note by note,” cites Small. “Once they get the notes, sequence and motion down, they increase the tempo and speed of the note and start to string it together. That’s similar to what the robotic swing trainer has done for us—it creates a conversation with each student that is all based upon feel. Golfers always say they are about feel. So the question I have is, are your feel- ings correct? Are you really feeling what


Laird Small, founding director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy, working with a student in a practice bunker, part of the facility’s 40,000 square foot short game area.


Master Golf Instructor Dan Pasquariello providing instruction on the 350-yard, double ended practice range at the new Pebble Beach Golf Academy.


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