Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:17 PM
“okay it's cold and rainy outside so I'll bite. How do you propose one learn said motion?”
Just as every golfer is different, the answer to your question will also vary.
The most proficient GOLFERS typically originate from PLAYING and LEARNING the game at a YOUNG age. This is not unlike any other sport. This represents only one population of golfers and, for them, the key is simply PLAYING golf, or golf-related games (chipping contests in backyard with friends, etc). Young golfers, unless prompted otherwise, do not think about the golf swing (motion). Their OBJECTIVE is, most often, to simply advance a ball from point A to point B. Through this objective, they develop their motion. . . not vice versa.
Do all golfers who play the game in their youth become proficient, or equally proficient in the process? Is it not possible to become a proficient golfer if one does not play the game his/her youth? The answer is ‘no’ to both questions. Do all young boys who play baseball in their youth go on to play MLB? Is a human who has never been exposed to a baseball more likely to develop a good throwing motion during their youth, or as an adult? Motion (motor mapping) is most easily/proficiently developed in youth, but I do not wish to digress too far down this well-established path.
What about the golfer who never developed the ability to play golf proficiently in their youth, or the adult who either takes up the game or wishes to become more proficient than he/she had become in earlier stages of their life? How do they become proficient? Despite good intentions, this is the typical population of golfers that gives chase down the rabbit hole.
For many, including the vast majority of WXR golfers that have chased furthest down the rabbit hole, the following statement resonates: it is harder to unlearn than it is to learn. It is not just WRX golfers, but nearly all golfers that have pursued modern golf instruction. In each instance, the focus has been – and increasingly so – shifted to the wrong objective. From advancing a ball from point A to point B on the golf course, to the golf swing motion in a hitting bay.
The proper objective is to move the ball from point A to point B and, in the process of executing said objective, one LEARNS their most proficient motion. Unfortunately, the motion itself has almost universally become the objective in non-proficient and frustrated golfers. In this population, unlike those in their youth, the first and most difficult objective is to unlearn – reset focus on the proper objective. My apologies to PepsiDuck, but his concurrent thread serves prime example.
With regard to modern golf instruction, there needs to be a shift in paradigm. Nearly all golf instruction has become golf ‘swing’ instruction. You cannot teach motion and thus, the focus of modern golf instruction has, as I repeatedly state, slipped into the dark ages through this growing attempt to do so. It is giving golfers chase further and further down the rabbit hole. In my prior post, I carried the current course of instruction to its ideal – and fruitless - end point.
What is the best paradigm for golf instruction? As you might expect, I suggest it begins with abandoning focus on trying to teach the golf swing (motion). In this regard, instruction should emphasize and foster focus on the proper objective - moving the ball from point A to point B. In the process, the golfer will develop their most proficient motion – some more proficient than others.
How can the golf instructor foster the process? The options are extensive, but include emphasizing external over internal cues, such as visualizing ball flight (external cue) and not body positions (internal cues). . . etc, etc, etc.
Honestly, this post could be a book – and has already become a chapter. I realize nobody wants to read posts that are too long on this forum, so I will refrain from expressing further thought at this time. Hopefully, however, I have provided meaningful feedback to the question posed.