I am really excited about my new blog here on the Balance Point Golf Schools website. As many of you know, I have been a prolific contributor to some of the major golf forums for the past eight years, posting on a variety of topics such as swing theory, mental game concepts, short game and putting. Now that I have my own blog, I will be posting less often on the public golf forums, and much more often here, at least once a week, and often daily. I encourage you to visit here often and email me your questions. I will try to answer them on a regular basis.
I know many of you have asked me in the past about what exactly distinguishes my golf instruction model from the rest of the golf instruction world. That is a pretty big topic, and a full and complete answer could probably require a short book.
But here a few key points. First, we use the mind-brain/body connection approach to all of our instruction, which means that your mind and body must both be taken into consideration when learning new golf skills. Your body does not learn new mechanics on it's own – the muscles do not have "memory." Any attempt by your conscious mind to direct or control your body parts and their motion will fail to work well whenever you are moving at normal swing speeds. At that higher speed, the part of your brain that can precisely control your body is the subconscious mind, which means involuntary control – the opposite of "making the body do something." Your subconscious has a Swing Map or blueprint composed of two main kinds of root causes for how your body will move in the golf swing. One, mental pictures, images, concepts, beliefs and feels about impact and how the club is used during impact, power application, the shape and plane of the swing and basic body mechanics. Two, established motor habit patterns that tend to repeat themselves automatically. Those dominant body movement patterns are the result of thousands of repetitions of your swing motion, or a strong neuro-muscular pathway.
The mental concepts part of your Swing Map is the easiest and fastest to change, and can literally change in one second, as a result of you experiencing a massive learning breakthrough or Light Bulb Moment. I call this Deep Insight and it is one of my most important teaching principles. When you achieve this insight, your very next swing will be much closer to how a tour pro does it, at least in terms of the swing part that you are working on, say wrist mechanics, for example.
Taking that new movement pattern to next level- of dominant habit – simply means making those thousands of reps to deeply ingrain it into long term motor memory.
More to come on this topic in the next two weeks.....