First came video and we all thought that if you didn’t LOOK perfect you couldn’t play consistently well
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Over time technology has improved so that we (as teachers) can see and understand motion and forces in action during the swing. Teachers have been so excited with the advent of new technology that we have vomited everything we have learned and “figured out” thus tying our students into knots. I have been guilty and so has everyone in the business; however, the best teachers quickly evolve out of this trend and shifted their focus on insulating their students from all the stuff they don’t need to know. Frankly a lesson is not about showing the student how smart you are or how much you know as a teacher…your only job is to shift the student’s attention to the “one or two things they need to know” in order to get better!
Technology like 3D Motion Analysis, Force Plates, Trackman and Video have all been around for many years, but instructors have gravitated to them in a certain order (for whatever reason) and I’d like to help better understand this process.
In the beginning golfers hit balls with someone watching and then an opinion was rendered (right or wrong) by the teacher. This was based on what he personally did personally, what he saw others do, or what good players told him that they did. It was a very opinionated system and one that was fraught with inconsistencies but it was all that we had for many, many years.
With that being said we have made TREMENDOUS mistakes over the years as to how we have disseminated this information to the masses!
Now we understood why weird swing worked thus you didn’t have to look “pretty” as long as you controlled your “numbers.”
But for a while we hyper-focused on the numbers being too exact- if you didn’t have “these” numbers you couldn’t play.
However, over time we figured out that you can play at any level as long as you had two things: a repeatable pattern (face to path with centered contact) so you could predict ball-flight, and two, the necessary power (ball speed) to hit the ball the distance needed for your level of competition.
While this was great, we were still at a loss regarding the best way to produce power for each golfer…was it adding more swing length, more width in the backswing, making your clubs longer, adding a more aggressive leg drive…what was best?
Now we could finally understand what was going on during the swing as it pertained to power and speed production. We could see the video coupled with the way we moved our sugar daddy edinburgh pressure back and forth, as well as, how and when we used the ground to produce horizontal, rotational, and vertical forces as well.
Now most teachers are consumed with how much and when these forces should occur and this is the same trends we saw with Video and Trackman as well. Eventually most instructors will learn that these forces should definitely be audited, controlled, and improved if necessary but you don’t immediately go in and “fix” these just because! Don’t mistake an idiosyncrasy for a swing flaw. Even their literature and top biomechanistic Dr. Scott Lynn, will tell you that there are exceptions to all the rules and we are not robots whereas changing “X” will make you instantly 30 yards longer.