To be able to play well in any sport we want skills. While the skills don’t make or break things we want them to be as good as they can be and while many focus on the technique and mechanics to no end without real improvement.
Many modern golf swings says they cant hit the shot where they want. Many tour pros shot 67 one day or 77 the next day they have no idea how to smoothen their scores out over a weekend or season.
Mapping the mechanics is done for me as far I can tell. I can explain the upswing and I can explain the transition and the down swing and pivot now. Looking at putting and other skills the same way its evidently so most build bad habits.
If you mastered the mechanical side wont matter what swing system you use then is all about what we call the mental side to master the emotions and state while you play.
That however is complex.
One of the outcomes I had with coaching and modeling the golf swing was to build a template to how to make it to the tour identifying and defining things along the way to shorten the curve.
Currently the last 2 months I applied the template for the golf swing and I had to invent a feedback system to increase the speed of learning there, none existed. Larry couldn’t take the video and evidence and measurement as that wasn’t working to apply for him. Raw feedback did work over skype. So the obvious question become what to create to make such feedback possible and doable.
You want to master the technique first anyhow.
Once that is done you want to master sub skills within like putting or chipping, course management etc..
You want to have a plan to play from and you want to master the state playing from.
If you cant do it, (technique) then having the plan and state wont help you enough as if you suddenly hook it or something else without knowing what’s going on your turn to fixing technique which will draw attention away from mastering the game. The story of Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Mike Weir and many many others on tour.
So I solved putting, its as easy as riding a bike now. You always read greens perfectly and you always make a good stroke. To do that you apply both a mechanical approach but then mastering the plan to execute that stroke is as much mental as its tied to skill. I find I make putts without even trying and many 3m putts are now and then gimme putts.
The way I used to do putting was immensely more complex. The study I made and applied for myself made me drop 10 shots from putting a round. A tour pro can make 2 to 5 shots at their current level. If you check any around top 30 or top 100 players dropping 2 shots a round make them top 10 in the world.
That’s a significant difference just by the putting alone. It’s a reason I keep this under wraps.
For an amateur it wont matter much due to most also have issues making the ball go where they want to.
I like to say, master the mechanics then we can go play.
Currently the only thing I haven’t mastered yet is the golf swing to be able to do it and while I can teach it and know what to do, who cares right? Its always about doing.
So I was hitting balls, adjusting and improving and at some point I thought, ok goes to slow. Then feedback improvement was set and applied and that did lead to the next step as my pivot was out of order. My brain and body just did the pattern I built since age 28. First a change to the upswing was made and working. No need to repeat patterns as once you understand the posture and upswing that will work automatically. Next the transition and down swing and looking at that and identifying what I did it was then a question of defining what to do.
So I took a look at Hans then Mike Austin and sure enough they did that the same way and they did it like that which I didn’t do. Naturally at this point one can ask, so how come you didn’t know that then? Its like everything else, one you tasted chocolate ice cream many knows what that’s like and then explaining that to someone else that never eaten ice cream wont understand. How did I not see it before? The same way our perception works, we cant see it.
We are seeing something else that we can overlap and translate.
I see when someone swings the level of grip pressure someone use, what muscles isn’t working in order and many things so I can adjust and give feedback real fast. Hans ask one thing I take a look and say do this.
However, I cant really do that with myself the same way so I worked to utilize feedback and then that allowed me to start thinking differently about learning the golf swing. Obviously at this point it become obvious what I needed to do.
Templates don’t happen by themselves they are developed trough work.
One way is to say you lacking information or you have the information but don’t understand it. You then return to step one which is, is the result happening that you want?
I taught Hans focus like this, do this and he took several months before he started to be able to do it. Something I can do directly out of the box.
Mastering the mental side of the game is as much a mastery of oneself.
How do we handle rejection, hate, stagnation, difficulty, mistakes, and various things we cant control like the weather, other people what side the grass is growing on if the greens are fast or slow and whatever else we can be upset or disturb or unbalanced about?
What people think as control is the idea of a concept the memory like “I am stupid” and you did act stupidly but do that mean your stupid now? No but your likely to either think you did act stupidly or think your stupid.
What difference does it do how you remember that?
If you did act stupidly, you have a choice to act differently.
If you are stupid your stuck.
It then affects your decisions soon you start to confirm your stupid also by checking that its true. Confirming the identity becomes then a solidified thing and soon your fucked.
Can you build and create talent?
Sure I created my own talent in what I do today the RBIm side of stuff. I built a putting system for golf that makes it as easy as riding a bike. You never need to think about practicing putting again as you can just do it.
Once that stupid thing been solidify your potential goes down the drain.
The tour pro struggles so they think its their technique due to them are hitting it sideways now and then but I tell them if they ask me, your mechanics isn’t good enough. Your coach isn’t good enough.
That’s seems to hold true sure I dont win any friends in the golf swing theory club but I am interested to build stuff that works not having the player complaining and whining about their golf swing isn’t working when its based on shit.
I can prove it to them also.
Hans been having nightmares as he is so afraid to ask me questions due to I will answer them in a way that now and then goes against his most held assumptions and truths about himself and the game of golf.
Proving things seems to work well, whatever you believe is faced with the sign of oh shit now. Its what evidence does and measurement and then pure logic.
Ok I cant believe like this due to its simply wrong.
I say, do this.
To do it simply means you need to focus on what to do, simply.
Isolating skills are needed to improve them as the talent book tells the tale if you cant isolate a skill, improve it your not doing it right. Isolating, use improve feedback leads to your able to do it.
However it also goes trough the box that’s called mistakes and failures as your not able to do it and have to work trough to be able to do it.
That btw the individual don’t know what its like. If you never done it, you don’t know what its like, doing it……………….
You miss it when your able to do it unless you measure the evidence.
How you feel now?
Client, hum I feel fine.
Me, so what did you come see me for?
Client, don’t know really…..
Me so you just paid me and showed up here for no reason really?
Client, no I am sure I had a good reason……
Such conversations been common the client suddenly don’t understand their whole reality is different due to them simply cant recall and remember what they were doing there. I forget stuff all the time.
When your focused on the task other things wont enter your mind then.
I taught Hans a few things and last week I went and played 18 and did what I taught him and thought, gee he must shoot 62 every round if he can do this. I did teach something that I built from Jack Nicklaus that I picked up from an interview he did back in the day. Worked splendidly.
It did allow me to play at my best and my putting and chipping been awesome the last two rounds. I had two chip shot that wasn’t spot on. So I understand ok no wonder he was able to play consistently over 40 years.
Naturally for me I am currently working trough the mechanical side of the golf swing and have made progress so I can play better but the real fun thing happens when you master what you work on as then you can play to your potential.
That’s the true mastery