ABFU, on 18 October 2010 - 11:41 AM, said:
happyroman, on 18 October 2010 - 11:16 AM, said:
I have historically been a sucker for training aids, but have changed my tune somewhat after reading Practice to Learn, Play to Win
by Mark Guadagnoli. In it, he says that one should avoid practice aids that physically limit the movement or stroke in some way, or force you into certain positions. These types of aids do not enhance the learning process, but act as a crutch and inhibit learning. Training aids that enhance certain feelings without restricting movement (like the TourStriker) are excellent however.
Since I haven't tried this one, and don't have any plans to do so, I can't say if it is good or not. However, it appears to be closer to the first category of practice aid that Guadagnoli says one should avoid.
I have been working on a combination of David Blair's Swingbuild Golf method and Shawn Clement's swing philosophies, and have made some tremendous strides with my swing this year. In particular, this video by Shawn Clement has really turned on some light bulbs for me. His concept of the rotational forces generated during the swing causing a tugging feeling at the shoulders as the arms are pulled outward has been invaluable to me.
For those who are not familiar with Shawn's work, here is the perpetual motion drill.
All I do now is work on his perpetual motion drill and try and feel my arms tugging on my shoulders (and feel the weight of the club being pulled outward in my hands) . If I can create this feeling, I stay connected, my arms are in sync with the torso, and I am more easily able to avoid the hit impulse. Seems to me that this is what the V-Harness is trying to do, and I am able to accomplish this for free. Plus, I don't look like Tin Cup when I'm at the range.
Do you have to hijack every thread and post videos for shawn clement. This isn't even relevant to the post. I'm super happy you have found an instructor that works for you but, it seems every post you make is about shawn clement...
I'll address your points specifically and then generally. The first video I posted (Taut Swing Philosophy) is perfectly relevant to the discussion of the V-harness because it accomplishes the same things that the training aid is supposed to help one learn. Both are trying to help one feel a connected swing, where the arms are in sync with the torso and help create a wide swing arc. I posted the video as an example of how one could practice the swing and work on the things the V-harness is supposed to help one learn. I felt that by watching a free video, and practicing the information presented in it, one can achieve the same things without having to spend $100 or $200.
The second video was to clarify a drill that I find helpful, and would also benefit anyone trying to accomplish the things the V-harness is supposed to be useful for. I can only assume that you don't think they are relevant because you either haven't watched them, or don't understand them.
Now, I'll address your concerns in general. I am of the belief that a picture (or even better a video) is more useful than commenting in a thread using only words, which can be easily misinterpreted by the reader. I also think that the instructors whose videos I link have said things much better than I ever could, so I post links to them to illustrate points which I believe to be relevant and helpful.
There's an old saying, "If your favorite tool is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail." I'll admit that there may be some of that flavor in my postings. However, I really do try not to hijack threads and only post things that I believe are relevant and helpful.
Finally, I don't only post links to Shawn's videos. I post links to videos by Shawn, Martin Chuck, Jeff Ritter, Monte Scheinblum, Geoff Mangum, Brian Manzella, and David Lee. I used to post links to David Blair' s stuff, but his YouTube videos don't work anymore for some reason.
Of the instructors I follow, I personally find Shawn's videos to be the most helpful. Based on the responses I have received to my posts, many other people seem to find them helpful as well.
Considering the number of thumbs up he got, I would be willing to wager that Shawn will be a finalist on the Golf Channel Instructor Search. Given his communication skills and excellent teaching concepts, I would imagine he would have an excellent chance of winning the whole thing.
Edited by happyroman, 18 October 2010 - 01:06 PM.