Modeling is a way to analyze what happens when someone accomplish a result. Normally one would first replicate and then break it down into what’s essential. I did this differently as I made Hans swing like Mike and while I knew what to do I also knew I would when I started the range practice I would need to deal with my old swing patterns and habits.
I lack, as I map this a bit more integrity after impact as I am still used to the amateurish way of swinging which built bad habits for me. Now I know what to do as my impact have improved so much and last sessions it started to go beyond scratch. How one measure impact and handicap is when the divot starts if it starts before the ball you’re a low handicap and even if it starts at the ball which would indicate scratch level we want it to be after the ball.
Example Link to article
In the image we can see what you want to happen with the divot and ball.
Divot happens after the ball. If it isn’t your swing center isn’t correct as it influence your release. The article stats that every “inch” of the divot center and ball its a 5 shot handicap difference! I hit balls from the mat and I just measure when I hit the ball first vs the mat. I also test this on grass obviously as you want things measured.
Now I don’t teach what Mike Austin taught or what Mike Austin trainers teach as I use a different grip and suggest people to use it and even if you do loose some distance you gain increased accuracy much beyond any distance gains.
I am already hitting a club longer on the range or two than I was before. One reason is better impact and release pattern. Its still not where it should be yet but on its way there. I do this a bit differently as I also learned over the years to go slow and small allows a better understanding of what happens and how to design better instructions. Once you feel your impact is effortless and the ball jumps off the club head you know the difference between that and whatever you done before.
Backtracking a bit as the Motion was found early January 2014. Then instruction set was developed that took me another year as I was slow going due to my health. Hans spent 3 months doing the new structures I developed and looked like this when it was all done to that point. A few Mike Austin trainers said that some good stuff right there as they recognize the signal they seen once before from Mike Austin himself.
My main works this spring with Hans has been applying the new instruction set, identify essential bits what is needed to make the motion work identifying the needed feedback to happen and then applying working approaches.
Modeling don’t mean we copy what Mike said he did or teach what he thought he did. It means one builds a model that allows you to reach the same or similar result the model have. I changed a few things in this to suit better accuracy. After all Mike Austin had issues scoring when we talk professional golf.
The golf swing wont win you a major.
It’s a tool to allow you to score as low as you want to.
So my own golf swing will demonstrate a faster swing pattern than Hans as I am built differently in height and have a different temperament. The look isn’t what I am after it wont look as a carbon copy of Mike it will retain patterns he did but be in use differently as I am mainly concerned with scoring. Distance is of little concern after your able to do 300 yards or such.
I am satisfied as far with the modeling and the model itself. Key postures and angles has been identified so teaching a kid would be easy enough. Adults with amateur swings will have issues as they don’t know what the feel should be and what their body are doing and would need to educate their body.
Main reason golf is difficult is simply a lack of proper feedback.
I built instructions to account what you should feel and check for evidence with proper feedback along the way and continue to build such instructions. I cant ask Hans as he don’t know. He can just do. I then have to go the way I do slow and small. Practice then map and measure.
In the images I posted was from the last range session early on, battery died so I could tape the last bit of the session as things improved. I already implemented changes to the next session and its all progressing as it should.
Building a model doesn’t mean I copy or clone what you see Mike Austin doing as that wont work as you see people trying to emulate and clone Ben Hogan and still 60 years later NO one can do it. That shows whatever people see and perceive what people do isn’t working to copy or clone what someone is able to do. Also true for Mike Austin students and trainers
NLP was created when they study Gregory Bateson and people doing therapy and identified language patterns people used to resolve issues people had. The model later known as NLP consists of patterns people used to create result in therapy and such. The models themselves are different as you can be trained to do similar result people needed years of university and practice to be able to do but now you had normal people going trough 30 days and could do better than psychology and academia trained by far.
It takes 2 minutes to learn how to do feldenkrais for example not 3 years.
You learn the essence of the model what the end result is and that cut down in learning time and allows others to reach similar result. I had students doing change work no NLP trained individual have been able to do due to me taught them better. I even had Master practitioners from NLP institutes coming to me to help them fix things.
Golf is simple once you can do it obviously.
I also understood early that you also needed a performance model along the way as scoring for golf isn’t about the golf swing. Its purely mental as there is after a point not about the swing as its about consistency.
So how do one create consistency then?
I found no tour pro is able to.
I then dug into NLP and other models and found none knew. I also knew I been able to do things differently so it was along that way it started. The performance model allows you to utilize the golf swing better to achieve a higher retain consistency. Using those I already know I be able to play better golf this year than before how much I will find out.
The three phases was developed to account for the golf performance.
- Phase one to establish the swing mechanics with putting etc..
- Phase two to train one to do the basic zone performance.
- Phase 3 to control and change the performance after ones desire.
How do you bring consistency and your best performance each and every time you go play?
That’s for me is a much more interesting question than to discuss swing theory and mechanics. In 4 sessions I establish for myself the proper movement and now its fine tuning them into the impact movement and integrity I want to have. Once courses opens up I have an indication how much work there is to do to make it fool proof. One thing one can note is a modern golf swing many of the pros stand on their toes. They also use a held off release. Its compensational moves they need to do to play on tour. What you want is as simple mechanics as possible without needed compensations. To create consistency.
The bowling move like Greg Norman used in his golf swing Mike Austin also did back in his younger days. While he could cuss and say we aint doing the bowling move he himself did that at a point. I guess Mike forgot to mention that along the way. I recently in fact today updated the down swing instruction a bit as its ongoing work.
What you want at impact is to go down not up like tour pros does it.
Standing on toes allows them to save the swing and impact.
One could argue they do it for more power but toe standing don’t allow for consistency. I seen they play really great and then somehow hit such a bad shot you cant believe from nowhere.