MonteScheinblum, on 08 July 2018 - 09:58 AM, said:
Took me months of effort before I did it without thinking and it became my default movement. A year later I will still fall back into old habits, especially when I’m tired.
Changing golf swing works exactly the same way.
Monte, I'm sorry but I don't agree.
In my experience, there's two ways to learn: I'll term them external focus and internal focus with eventual discovery.
Ninety-eight percent of golf pros teach by internal focus with eventual discovery. Why? Because it's how they learned. It's how their mentors taught. It's how everyone they know teaches. So they repeat the pattern.
They teach golf by determining the swing flaws and prescribing drills to correct those swing flaws. Your hands are too inside. You're over the top. Your right leg is straightening. And then they tell us it will take thousands or tens of thousands of reps to "ingrain those moves." And they're right. Because initially, they've got the student so internally focused, so focused on body parts and mechanics, a good swing is nearly impossible once the instructor is not there. Over time, hopefully, with enough dedication and reps, the student eventually acquires the right feel and begins doing the right motion without having to think about it.
The second group of teachers teach external focus. The Shawn Clements and Fred Shoemakers of the world. Have you ever seen Fred Shoemaker's video where he videos students hitting the ball and then videos them throwing the club? The difference is absolutely astounding. The former is a typical hacker, over-the-top move as they attempt to hit the ball. The latter is a beautiful weight shift, sequence, and release. All with a change of task.
I know it's likely you and iTeach are going to mock such teaching. I experienced that when I tried to introduce it to my own pro. He watched politely but then told me the way to make progress is to swing around swim noodles for 3-18 months. I'm here to tell you, external focus teaching works. Perhaps it works better for those of us who were too thick-headed, uncoordinated, or whatever to learn by the "repeat this move" method. No, it doesn't turn you into a scratch player over night. But it gives you hope and a path forward. Your brain is capable of amazing things if you give it the right task and get out of its way. That's easier said than done, but it does work.
I think a LOT of golf pros would benefit from incorporating this external method. I think it would help some of their students who just aren't making progress make more progress. I'd be fascinated to hear how your thoughts would change if you spent significant time studying Shawn's material or better yet, spent some time with him. I realize that's not likely to happen as you're too busy with your own stuff, but having experienced a change in the way I think about the golf swing, I'm willing to bet you might find yourself thinking a bit differently too. (P.S. I think you and he teach a lot of the same concepts, just differently. And if I were to go to a pro that was going to teach me the conventional way, it'd be you.)
Edited by wadesworld, 08 July 2018 - 11:58 AM.