Do you know how fuzzy logic improves your golf game. If you understand computers at all, fuzzy logic is nothing new. If you are not, “Fuzzy logic is an approach to computing based on “degrees of truth” rather than the usual “true or false” (1 or 0) Boolean logic on which the modern computer is based.” As you read this definition you are probably saying….WHAT? Then you are saying: “Come on, how are you going to connect fuzzy logic to golf?” Well, stick around and find out!
Simplified, fuzzy logic allows any golfer to examine a multitude of challenges to find the root cause. Then, engineer a solution that will improve any area of your game.
Golf is a matter of degrees. We all have strengths and weaknesses and regardless of the state of your game, areas where we can improve. Most amateurs like to focus on their strengths with the intent of making them even stronger. This ostrich approach is designed to overshadow their weaknesses in the hopes they disappear. I can say from experience that his approach does not work.
In my case, I do not react quickly to a poor shot or a couple of messed up holes. I accept that I will not play well all the time. I understand that my poor play is the result of something and start to pay attention to my game. First, I look at the big picture. Am I selecting the right club? Is my course management decisions working? Am I accounting for course conditions? By first looking at the big picture, I might have a clue if there is a real issue.
Next, I start to focus on more specific things like my set up, pre-shot routine, aim point or tempo. Sometimes, unwanted changes sneak into my game I need to figure out what without the rigidity of linear thinking. It is possible that a couple of things have changed and by keeping an open mind, I can sometimes identify them without too much problem.
Once I figure out the issue, I take the time to determine if I need to make a change or just try revert back to my original swing processes. This area is the most challenging because sometimes a change is not required because the fault is based in laziness or a wandering mind. But, as I go through my ‘if this then that’ logic, I can generally find a solution. It is just a matter of apply some fuzzy logic.
I realize that my explanation of fuzzy logic and golf seems a bit far-fetched, but it really does work. The point is to be open to all possibilities, slowly eliminate what is working and eventually focus on an area for improvement. It is a matter of following the logic flow until the end. Have you used fuzzy logic to fix your game?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!