Does Fuzzy Logic Improve Your Golf Game

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!

2 thoughts on “Does Fuzzy Logic Improve Your Golf Game

  1. As a programmer, I’d say you are close in your example of fuzzy logic. I should first point out that if/then/else is technically an example of boolean logic as the question “if” is always answered with a yes or no. Stringing together a set of if/then statements is sometimes used as part of the process to help create an artificial representation of fuzzy logic in computers.

    People and animals use fuzzy logic all the time. Based on too little information we can leap to the answer skipping steps with no real need to walk through the problem item by item. When you “take a look at the big picture” and identify the solution, you are making use of fuzzy logic. And when you go through the if/then process, you are using strings of boolean logic to narrow the solution set. But you can also instinctively skip over some of the possible if/then questions or order them in most probable cause order which is as fuzzy as it gets.

    Fixing my swing issues is the one area I can think of that I seldom trust my instincts. I learned to use a combination of some rather fuzzy logic and some boolean logic to correct my swing issues as a matter of habit. I identify the likely cause and solution to a problem based on a combination of my current golf knowledge and my feel and instinct without conscientiously going through a step by step set of criteria and then, whatever solution I determine is correct, I disregard because I know that that conclusion is more likely the exact opposite of the real truth. So if my head tells me the problem is I’m too close to the ball, I move closer. I’ll admit when I found that out I took a hit to my pride, but that went fast because the process is pretty accurate for me.

    Of course, since logic is the discussion today, I have another way I solve problems that works even better today and one I think is the most logical approach to figuring out a swing issue. I break out the phone and tape the swing in slow motion so I can see exactly what I am doing. That’s an advantage we golfers today can take advantage of when we’re out having fun on the course. Nothing better than a 3rd party view of your self to identify an issue.

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    • Kevin

      That is some answer. I agree tjat methodologies have changed over the years and technonolgy does remove much of the guess work. If I could only find that one golden nugget.that would lower my jandicap to scratch. I guess I will keep searching.



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