If I wrote how to do things right as a headline none would read it. People want to know what they did wrong and do wrong and how to fix it.
Once a trainer teach an adept an instruction the student takes it and then try to implement it, for some this works but for some it don’t, the trainer then run some variation but often it just don’t work the way it should.
Main reason are the theory or the trainer then get stuck in theory teaching due to them it should work for the student as it does for some. Once we receive an instruction we try to do it, we more often than not have to adapt to the instruction itself to make it work……….
What I mean by that is this, someone tells you what to do, you do it but cant do it. You are then told to “work on it” practice to get better. Many however don’t get better doing so. When I ask such students what they are doing they tell me they are practicing to get better….and I look at them and asks – have you?
The answer is no however they still believe they are improving when they are not.
Conceptually a golf instruction don’t make sense, I tried them and I am good to follow instructions and it means you have to “adapt” to the instruction to make it work so why even have a golf trainer at all?
If you get the position right with wrists or the elbow in P3 or and or and or?
The instruction your told more often goes against your athletic actions and then your stuck between what your body wants to do and what the trainer told you.
I seen enough videos from golf instructors and talked to a few that the field itself is basically making it complex and hard to learn to swing a club at a ball. One of my modeling things I also do is to find easier instructions to follow to master the skill sets. Its true in the dyslexia field where the model I follow takes me 20 minutes or less time to apply. The rest is basically practice the proper sequence and in some cases that takes time to build the neural net work response.
In golf like Mike Austin did say, it’s a step and throw. Now if I ask the trainers in the Mike Austin how do I do that? Then they cant tell me.
If you see Sean Foley you find that he teaches theory and when he teach he make the player struggle between what he want him to do vs what his athletic action wants him to do. Foley don’t understand the brain. (none really does though)
Hans sometimes says to me, I hit it left or right or such, so I ask him what he is doing then tell him what to do and then he tells me, it works just fine now. I make sure my instruction don’t get in the way for his golf athletic intuitions or feel. He already know what to do he just often don’t understands it.
I just make sure whatever I tell him makes him able to do it without my instruction would get in his way. My teaching isn’t normal though as most wants a specific instruction that teach them a position.
If you do a step and throw I ask, did you do a external rotation of the right shoulder? If you didn’t then you need to make sure you do. I would also ask a few other questions along the way which are evidence for your learning the sequence right. Once you do that external action we can get you to do a lateral bend /vertical axis by making sure you engage the scapula and latimus dorsi properly. You don’t need to know what those muscles are but once they engage there is evidence for it.
Now most wont like the way I teach as its to simple. You follow the instruction, test a few variations and then find the feel for what its like for you to do that. This bypasses what people call conscious thought or getting their head in the way to learn things like a golf swing.
I have students over the years that wanted to understand not to do. The difference is, one can understand but also deceive and fool oneself that you can do when you cant. I met many NLP Practitioners from Bandler that cant do but believe they can. It’s a bad idea.
To do a golf swing its just a step and throw but to make sure your able to do that you also need a instruction that tells you, where to throw, evidence your throwing stuff properly which is the feedback you then adjust from.
How does this work then?
I played 18 holes 2 days ago, in that round I struggled a lot the first 5 holes then started to get things going a bit better, on hole 12, 13 and 14 I had 2 shots that was absolute tour level quality to them. Two amazing shots. Those I recall.
I felt that when I did those shots I was doing things right for the first time in my golf career. I had no idea what I was doing when I did them but if you videotaped them you would seen a external rotation of the right shoulder and a throw.
So its working.
Now I have to organize and sort trough old habits while I practice this naturally if I was healthy I do it much faster but today I compete and its likely the last round I play this year as I am just tired and its is what it is.
Once someone tells you what to do mostly it means you have to adapt but this also cause confusion due to the misinformation you trying to do what they tell you. The trainer has an ability to do and then they tell you what they think they do or assume they do and once you try to make it work you cant do it.
Simon I used as a teaching pad, as I told him things he been upset with me as it’s a new instruction every time we go to the range, however I just checks, does the instruction work to do directly or do he need to adapt to it?
Last time, he didn’t need to adapt.
It just worked.
I was then done.
He then could take what I told him and make it work on his own without me needing to adjust stuff for him. He later played golf and the best he ever done due to this without having good putting or such.
Modeling skills what people do to accomplish result is more an art than a science. Its what I do. I look at things people do and ask, how do I do that? I then if interested enough might check it out to do it or just make a note what people are doing there to make things work.
My approach for golf is elite level golf, tour level like Rory Mcilroy, Jim Furyk, and such, its about consistency, putting and mentally state what to do to make one enjoying the play and pressure to produce your best game when its needed. I don’t do amateur golf swings. I want to do and learn to do a tour level quality swing that just works. Then later apply that to teach someone to become tour level and then say, this is how you do it.
Language and concepts are however interesting for many those images you have in your head you take words people use and make a translation to them and some cant do that with enough precision or they lack the skill to translate words into a movie to do the action. Many times the bridge between what is told to you, what you do and what you understand what to do are often more than not confused.
I had a guy asking me, what was my best shot of the day? He did that for a week, I looked at him after a week and asked him, what is your best shot of your career? Hes toppped dead stop right there and said nothing for 30 seconds. The next day he did that shot…….and he told me that and I waited for him to ask me this “how do I do that every time I play every shot out there?” However he didn’t ask me that so I knew he didn’t want it.
He didn’t want to be that good.
I put my head down and drank my coffee.
I don’t do amateur.
I do what works and what is elite level.
Now and then I don’t know what that might be so I go study as I done with the golf swing due to Hans didn’t want to change his old one that hurt his back.
Still the confusion is obvious in golf instructions, what people tell you and what your suppose to do might be confusion at best. The trainer believes it will work when it doesn’t they tell you to change but then they more often than not get in your way to actually learn to do it.
In essence, do, receive feedback adjust until your doing what you want to do.
Its that simple.
However to make it that simple the answer is often to discover what works and what to focus on which is there but not known to the trainer and often the player themselves.
The nerves in our hands for example receive information on heat, cold, pressure, are then those conscious when they do that? If the wind is felt on the face is then those neurons that receive the wind and change of pressure alive and conscious or unconscious entity sitting there and then send it to be received? If you don’t clean your house or apartment does it clean itself?
Who then cleans it?
(more often than not it’s the wife dammit)
I told Hand do this, he told me this works and said what worked, I said, do more of that, this he said and I said YES!
He then texted me and said, is it this simple?
Do more of that.
If you get in your own way and try to follow instructions that don’t work directly and then try to fix that by practicing more then your doing it to complex.
My new instruction works for me, it works for Simon, Hans and also Larry. Its not getting in your way and it just is about do, feedback, adapt do more of the same. Once the external rotation has been confirmed and you do that then your shot pattern and swing should be immensely better and then you can start going for distance.
Trying to swing and hit it long without the basic foundation is a bad idea.
Build it and then distance will be there. Hans carry the driver 280-300meter (around 320-340 yards) if he wants. Its not long driving but he isn’t there to do long driving he is there to hit fairways and play tour golf.