How long have you been driving? One year, three years, ten years … Chances are you’ve been riding long enough to trust your instincts and stimulate your feelings.
Do you remember the learning process? Let’s take a look at how this process can be applied to create an effective golf swing.
There are three basic stages inherent in mastering any skill. Although the boundaries between stages tend to blur, I think you can make connections.
For novice drivers, the first step is to feel the steering wheel, braking system, rear view mirror, etc. The process usually starts at a slow speed in a quiet street or parking lot. This is a mechanical or conscious phase, in which students try to recall the exact positions of brakes, steering wheels, signals, etc. At this stage, speed doesn’t matter.
Have you ever been trapped by an apprentice driver?
The second stage of the learning process is the gradual application of new knowledge in real life; drive on residential streets with traffic, stop signs, pedestrians and traffic lights. Students gradually learn to trust their intuition and to respond automatically to the constant flow of information.
The third stage of the process is to drive safely on the highway. At this point, the student has (hopefully) practiced enough to focus on the best way to get to the destination and to respond quickly to possible detours.
Each elite athlete can be identified by a unique rhythm, which is beyond the scope of conscious control.
How does this learning process have to do with establishing a consistent golf swing?
In the best learning environment, beginners will begin to develop effective muscle memory by practicing basic poses in slow motion without the need for sticks. This is comparable to a student driver in a parking lot.
The next stage will put students in the practice track, learn how to choose goals and give them an ideal swing feel. It’s important for students to focus on the feel of good photos, rather than analyzing bad photos.
In the third phase, the temporary golfer develops triggers that enable him / her to quickly switch from conscious (mechanical) mode to unconscious (feeling) mode; they only focus on the target and rely on their muscle memory.
The key to developing effective muscle memory is to practice the three basic positions described below every day. In the following article, we will introduce each location in detail.
Each effective swing has three basic positions:
(1) Feel the weight of the club at the address.
(2) Turn your back to the target.
(3) The left hand and the left leg are facing each other at the moment of impact.