WATCH: Michael “Diceman” Jacobs on the golf swing

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    Many years ago at one of the Top-100 Instructor retreats I was sitting next to Brian Manzella. He introduced me to his friend, a golf instructor named Michael Jacobs, who Brian described as a “very smart guy.” Brian and I go way back, so I know for him to say that about a fellow teacher means he must be a superstar. Naturally, I wanted to know more about this guy.

    Later that night over some cocktails, Michael and I were sitting around talking with a few other people and I couldn’t help but laugh at his thick New York accent. I told him that he reminded me of the popular comedian Andrew “Dice” Clay, and from there “Dice” became his nickname to me.

    As time went on, Michael and I stayed in touch. I followed his maturation on the research side and became a huge fan of the work he and Brian did on Michael’s 3D-system.

    In this video, I’m happy to introduce to GolfWRX readers to my friend Michael Jacobs, a golf nut who has invested everything in his success as a teacher. He will likely lead the teaching industry at some point in the near future, so sit back and enjoy the Diceman!

    Check out this video and more at Michael Jacobs’ website.

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    1. “Feel” is real…. but unfortunately it’s only a delayed feedback to and from your brain because once you feel the forces and torques the swing event has already happened. Even by the time you consciously decide to apply forces within the golfswing, the neuro-muscular time delay creates an overlapping or out-of-sync reaction.
      Feel is like history, but on a millisecond time frame within the golfswing. Best to practice a lot and have a ‘thinkless’ automatic golfswing…. and let the ‘feel’ come to you after it’s all over.

      • You’re correct that feel is delayed. But I believe his point is to use what you feel on a previous swing to help change in advance of your next swing. As you say, the purpose practice is the attempt to groove a swing. Practice becomes more effective when you connect swings and patterns to optimize – what you feel is a huge tool in that process.

        • Yes…. feel is a process, not an instant ‘fix’ when you are practicing for the long term.
          For most golfers they react to good and bad shots by saying ‘that feels good’ or ‘that feels bad’…. and what they are expressing is their ‘feelings’ about what happened and not ‘feel’. You can’t process conscious feelings that are occurring throughout the golfswing because there is not enough time to correctly interpret what you ‘feel’.
          An instructor will explain what they should consciously ‘feel’ in a golfswing because that’s what the instructor feels and has determined what others feel when successful.
          Feel is a totally conscious sensation and the automatic golfswing cannot have that feel. Even pros get stymied by the unconscious faults that creep into their swings and they have no idea what is happening. Then a swing coach is necessary.
          Rec golfers who claim they are ‘feel’ golfers have no neuro-psychological idea what they mean. And BTW, when you attempt to groove any athletic movement, you don’t constantly strive for perfect repetition; you aim for a range of grooving when training. The body and mind don’t get grooved into one groove because you cannot duplicate your large movements exactly. Even pros hit fat and thin and towards the toe.

    2. With due respect, you confuse me in this and your other YouTube videos on the subject of forces and torques…. and I am a retired graduate professional engineer.
      I’ve read Dr. Nesbit’s doctoral research on the golfswing and I’m surprised he only analyzed the lead arm-club assembly of the golfswing. Where’s the rest of it? A three segment lever system is not a ‘golf swing’… it’s just a convenient construct that simplifies the mathematics for the Newtonian physics of a 3-lever thrashing ‘flail’.
      You may be a fine teaching pro, but your explanation of the Newtonian physics attached to the golfswing and club are… to say the least, inadequate (on par with Homer’s TGM)!
      The golfswing is not just the arm(s) swinging around some nebulous pivot points, it’s the entire body and club that must be considered. Perhaps you address this aspect in your 3D motion capture analysis…. and you had better include force plates for the feet if you want to be scientifically accurate and complete.
      Nevertheless, keep up your pioneering work as the ‘teacher of teachers’ to advance the science.

    3. Mike Jacobs is the man! This guy knows more than you will ever need to know about the golf swing and is great at communicating that to you in person. Listen to what the man has to say and you’ll definitely learn a few things that could help you improve your swing!

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