For me knowing the correct ballflight laws and understanding how the D Plane works have been very very instrumental in my golf evolution. I feel that they are one of the building blocks to learning how to play good golf and should be taught to any golfer as soon as they begin to play. Before I understood them I had alot of "I think I figured it out " days, but we all know that feel isn't real and so the next day I wouldn't hit it as well and be chasing my tail again. Impact conditions are the same for everyone to hit a fade or draw, but feel isn't. For a child I think as soon as they come to an age of reasonable understanding that they should begin to be introduced to understanding why the ball flies the way it does. I have been in some other forums and I see the common topics: Why am I hitting pulls, why am I pulling everything, why am I hitting hooks, or slices. The one that kills me the most is " I set up for a draw, and hit a slices." That one kills me because those two shot shapes are polar opposites.
Now I would consider myself more of a feel golfer than at any point in my golfing life because when I practice I dial in the FEEL of executing all the shot shapes and trajectories because I know exactly what needs to happen to hit any given shot. I practice each shot shape until I am confident that I have given up trying to control the shot, and am simply playing to my feel for the shot shape or trajectory. I never go onto the course thinkin about BFL's or D Plane because I got set straight by iacas, and now I just know them and don't have to worry about it. On the course though it freed me up becuase I KNOW what I am trying to execute, and I KNOW the punishment if I don't commit to the shot.
When I hear of all the common " Why am I hitting pulls, why am I pushing everything, why am I hitting hooks, or slices" forums it says to me that the golfer doesn't really understand what they are trying to do really. I get drilled in these forums because I mention that the golfer needs to review BFL's and D Plane and then they would see that if they truly set up for a draw....and hit a slice......repeatedly.....just how far away from each other that those shots truly are. I get responses to my post like " why would you want to make the game less fun by teaching a rank beginner about BFL's or D Plane." But I always see replies like....your balance is off, your grip is too strong or weak, you aren't committing to your target, you aren't keeping your head down, and the such. Sure you might have a problem in one of these areas but I find that I never have to make any major adjustments to my swing becuase I'm just tweaking clubface and clubpath to get the shot that I want. Knowing that I am set up properly, and knowing that the feel that I have developed in practice is correct has allowed me to really learn to play " just how close am I gonna stick this one to the flag" and really play the course.
I guess my real question is....when should you learn the BFL's and D Plane? If you guys feel that I am wrong about believing that they should be learned and understood as early as possible if you are ever to develop true feel in golf then please say so....I can handle it.