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TOPIC: Active Perception in Reading / Aiming / Setting Up

Active Perception in Reading / Aiming / Setting Up 6 years 1 month ago #1420

  • Geoff Mangum
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Brain research teaches that perceptions are part of an integrated action, such that the forthcoming movement guides and influences and shapes the perceptions we generate and receive, and by the same token the perceptions guide and shape the movement.

The research also teaches that perceiving is a process of mechanically gathering raw information and then "processing" the significance of the data by making a highest-probability guess as to what it means.

The gathering is partly just stuff like do you have okay / good eyeballs, sense of balance, body-in-space awareness, partly what have you previously experienced and learned and remember, and partly do you have good focus and attention in looking for and paying attention to and accurately perceiving the factors or aspects of the situation that matter (or matter most).

So knowing what to go after in perceptions is part of skill, as is knowing what this or that perceived situation means.

Reading is active imagining the future until the perceived break matches the reality of the situation and the ball's delivery speed.

The process of predicting the break is an active USE of visualization / kinaesthetic imagining to probe the green for a given ball-hole situation (slope steepness, slope direction, distance, ball position, green speed, ball delivery speed, un-flat contour between ball and hole, elevation change, plus a few other odds and ends like dizziness, flu, still hot about the fluffed chip that left this dreaded 6-foot par save!).

Before there is a settled-upon break to commit to for later visualization, there is this use of "finding" or "hunting" or "probing" for the break with trial visualizations.


Geoff Mangum
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