Why does this more often than not fail to happen? What is science and tradition telling us that we have not caught onto yet? The answer is; traditional practice just doesn’t offer up as easily the carefully designed pleasures, the thrilling challenges, and the powerful social bonding afforded by game environments. It doesn’t motivate us effectively. It doesn’t maximize our potential. Training ‘Game like’ fulfills our genuine human needs; it’s inspiring and can engage us in ways that the traditional training method does not. Games help bring us together and work towards a common goal as a team rather than against each other in solitary. Games will, if created using the following structure, create all of the above and can re-shape the golfing world. Performance games for the twentyfirst century will be a primary platform for enabling the future of golf. Games can often become too complex when they don’t contain three vital elements.
One is the goal (the objective, the specifics). Two are the rules that guide players to achieve the goals. Rules limit the obvious ways in how one will achieve the goal, so they actually do the opposite of what is commonly believed. They unleash creativity and enhance strategic thinking. The polar opposite to restrict, confine and remove thought processes. The final element is feedback – this tells players how close they are to achieving their goals – through the use of points, levels, scores or some form of progress that is seen visually.
“Expertise is defined as a sequence of mastered challenges with increased levels of difficulty in specific areas of functioning.”
Dr K. Anders Ericsson
If we embrace what science tells us and evidence shows us, we can revolutionize the golfing world. Lets open our minds and take what we can from the Xbox and PlayStation; their secrets lie in the structure of their games and with that structure we can take our youth outside and away from the TV screen.
By Matthew Cooke