IMPEDIMENTS TO LEARNING THE GAME

Are You Prepared To Learn Everything You Can About The Golf Swing AND KNOW YOUR GOLF SWING?

The origins of Golf are unclear and much debated. However, it is generally accepted that modern golf developed in Scotland from the Middle Ages onwards. Fast forward to today, and Golf practice and player development is going through a period of tremendous change.

 

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For decades, many golfers have NOT been learning the right things, their games have not been improving. Why is this happening? For one, there has been no consensus on the basic physics of the game, such as what makes the ball go where it goes (Ball-Flight Laws). Plus, there has been no universal language for golfers to communicate the moves they’re making or the shots they’re hitting. Consequently, they’re forced to use vague clichés, like “I swung too fast” or “I looked up,” or other bits of handed-down jargon or as Ben Hogan once said, “bromides that don’t mean anything.”

These impediments have made the barrier of entry into golf unnecessarily high. Golfers routinely leave the game out of frustration, lack of direction, regression, or improvement that comes too slowly or not at all.

Have you been grasping for straws with your Golf Game & Golf Swing? Looking for that next ‘magical tip’? Has that quick fix band-aid fallen off? What you are lacking is a SYSTEM for playing golf.

“We are surrounded every day by systems…why is there a fear about having a system of playing golf, especially one based on historical precedence, geometry, physics and which has been measured and validated by contemporary science!”

Having a system in place also helps the student to identify the day to day inconsistencies with his swing and allows him to make the necessary changes to function better. Without a system he would be plucking at straws and going from one YouTube video to the next. Many of you have experienced the chaos of Instruction that has lots of info but no structure or system to pull it all together.

The most efficient decision makers have a system in place to ensure their decisions are coherent and consistent with their intentions. Basketball teams and Football teams have a system. Businesses have systems. In Golf, Bryson DeChambeau has a system throughout his game, to a degree not seen in the game of Golf before. Tiger Woods has always had a system. Ben Hogan & Jack Nicklaus had a system. Professionalizing your decisions by using a system is a great start.

 

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Every good golf swing has its own style and is unique. But all good golf swings have several things in common.

The Golf Swing is obviously a function of Bio-Mechanics, Geometry & Physics which is important because:

  1. We must understand how the body moves, how the body works, because it is making a golf swing.
  2. The second thing is that we must understand the geometry in swinging in an arc and what those principles hold true.
  3. Thirdly there is the physics of velocity and speed.

 

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Why A Systematic Approach?

We use systems for everything!  They are used every day in every industry. Doctor’s use a system to diagnose and treat patients.  Lawyers use systems to win cases.  Farmers use a system to plant, pick, and organize crops. Manufacturers use systems in all parts of the production cycle. The Periodic Table of Elements is a system used to organize the elements that make up the universe.  Libraries use the dewy decimal system to organize and classify books. We have a system to classify and organize the animals of the Animal kingdom. Systems to classify, organize, problem-solve, diagnose, and treat are a part of everyday life.  Without systems the world would be nonfunctional and chaotic.

In golf instruction, differing layers of sophistication is required when teaching golfers of differing skill levels and backgrounds.  A system is required to have the flexibility to give a multi-faceted answer to the golfer. It gives me as a coach the ability to break down the game into as simple as a few words for a beginning golfer or give a very detailed and sophisticated answer to a tour level player depending on the need of the player. It is also required for the student to be able to walk away from a lesson with an understanding, a plan, and the ability to diagnose and treat their own faults. This in effect making them a more functional player.

I fully accept everyone is different but to not have a system to work with and the swing components mapped out is very dangerous and detrimental to the student. I think the point people miss (at times in a convenient manner) is that systematic coaching IS NOT method coaching, we do not get everyone to swing it the same rather we use the system to identify the key issue, broaden the players understanding and implement efficient change. Having the model (mapped out for Mr. Perfect) allows all concerned to have a common understanding of the moves required and a “place to go” when discussing change. Swings will look different BUT demonstrate the same key elements,if anyone out there can disprove this or advise me of a better approach I’m open to discussion (but not holding my breath).

 

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When you learn from a great instructor, you learn from someone who can combine a very sophisticated understanding of the complexities of the golf swing, with a teaching style and communication skills that will allow you to understand, simply and plainly, how you can consistently hit golf shots that are straight and true. The focus should be on you and your level of expertise and understanding and working with you to bring out your very best!Today the games top instructors use a more holistic approach to their instruction. This holistic approach consists of designing a system and strategies that are based on Physics, Biomechanics & Geometry.

Mapping of a swing’s DNA is now possible, as is the quantification and comparison of swing feel vs. real. Modern technology is a central component in this transformation. Today’s top instructor’s must use every tool in their toolbox.

 

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