The idea behind this is not to start playing basketball or synchronized swimming instead. It means to stop practicing the golf swing as a full movement. In my previous article, I mentioned 4 critical components for the learning process to be maximized.
- Move with intention
- Take baby steps
- Break down complex patterns
- Practice good form
How many golfers do you know who, as an attempt to get better at the golf swing, just hit a few buckets of balls and then leave because they have a meeting or a dinner or other obligations?
Where is the intention there? If you go to the driving range without being mentally there at 100%, chances are you are wasting your time. You need to be mentally present to operate changes that will be ingrained. Concentration is key. See every golf swing as a new opportunity to hit your best one.
Now, it’s hard to be fully concentrated on such a complex movement as the golf swing, with explosive and multi-planar components. That is why you work first on segments of the movement. It could be simple rotations first. Checking the hips level of flexibility. Checking how the arms move.
Whenever you see a limitation, you should start your practice from there. Those are your baby steps. When one is completed, then and only then, you take the next one. Breaking down complex patterns has a lot to do with baby steps too. It could mean to practice at slow speed, or only a certain range of motion.
At this point, we are not even speaking about holding a golf club yet. I was mentioning at the beginning of the article those golf players who just practice hitting the ball in the standard movement.
If they have flaws in their hips turn or shoulders turn…what do you think they are getting good at? To take another angle, how good do you think Mozart would have been at playing piano if he had played only with his elbows?
Because he logged many hours, according to the principle of neuroplasticity, he would have probably become a good pianist among the (restricted) circle of pianists who play with their elbows. Using his fingers would require different neural connections that would not be developed, because he would not have used them.
Same principle applies for the golf swing (or tennis backhand, or anything that requires learning) (Daniel Coyle, “the Talent Code”). To be in the (restricted) circle of the players who are progressing, practicing with the right form is necessary.
All this above could be summarized with this simple idea; regardless what you want to achieve, run faster, lift heavier, be a better golf player or pianist, you do the same thing…you teach the brain.
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