Well, I have no problem with my CFI holding me to a higher standard that was is the min necessary, I prefer it even. There is some truth to the last bit though. Yesterday we did 11 landings, they were all safe, but I would say ~2 of them were perfect (nose bang on centerline, smooth even flare and wheels touching down evenly and smoothly just as the stall horn chirps), and those were the ones were he stopped telling me what to do and just let me fly. Overall though he is an excellent pilot and CFI so if he thinks this is what I need to be doing, I trust that he's right. EDIT: Flying a 172, since others asked.