SLOMO Putting Can Make You a Fast Eddy!

When thinking about using slow motion training techniques what comes to mind for most folks is the big movement, the full power swing. However, we’ve been working on developing a slowmo process for putting this winter, and the results are promising. Just like the big muscles, the fine motor skills used in putting are in need of stored repetitive skill circuits, building myelin superhighways in the brain through repetition of high quality movement. We KNOW this is the path to excellence. At this stage of our understanding, I believe the slow motion practice to be the most effective method of building skills circuits known.

If you need any motivation to spend more time getting better at putting, let the following statistic tell the story. On the PGA Tour for the years 2008 and 2009, 40% of all strokes were putts, and these are the best players in the world. Over time, your ability to putt effectively will determine your score more than any other part of your game. Continue reading

SLOMO Practice!

The word is out. Muscle memory doesn’t exist. It is a myth. The memory of your golf swing is actually stored as an electrical-chemical code in your brain within neurons. You have about 15 billion of them in your brain, so no need to fear getting overloaded with information or distinctions. The information on a neuron is connected to other neurons via connectors called dendrites. As you build skill, over thousands of repetitions, you build up a cluster of connected neurons. The communication pathway between dendrites is either strong or weak, depending on how much of the chemical known as myelin has been built up through repetition. The more myelin is built up, the more reliable and faster will the signals be to your muscles. Experts have super highways between their neurons that insure a repeatable and accurate re-creation of the physical movement, again and again. As Moe Norman said. “I don’t know how to do it wrong.” This is a literal and true statement.

However, the same holds true for the hacker. If they have practiced the wrong movements for thousands of repetitions over many years, all they have accomplished is to insure that they can repeat their ineffective swing over and over. When they try to make a change they often find it hard because it ‘doesn’t feel right’. As teachers, we know they are relating to an ineffectual model they have stored in their brain. In fact, when a student tells me it doesn’t ‘feel right’ my response is to tell them to celebrate, because that means they are doing something different. Continue reading

THE ONE Secret You Need To Know About Willpower (Part 2 of 2)

The One Secret About Willpower You Should Know
The key insight about willpower is to recognize it is situational and based on personal values. It is a mistake to view willpower as some ubiquitous force that permeates every part of our lives. Willpower is nothing more than consistent behavior or action, regardless of your emotional state towards accomplishing a pre-selected goal. Notice I said consistently, not every single month, week, day or hour. You demonstrate willpower by unswervingly staying focused on a particular outcome because you value Continue reading

The Secret to More Willpower, Resolve, Determination and.…Blah,Blah,Blah!

This winter my personal focus has been on intelligent golf training (thousands of repetitions, building myelin skill circuits and constant video feedback) and getting physically fit for next years season. By getting fit, I mean losing weight and hitting the gym regularly as I work on being more flexible and stronger.
Sounds great, but then the cold shower of reality hit. Part A of my objectives has been easy as I work on my swing. I like it, love to do it, get great enjoyment from it, happy to see the improvement. However, Part B has been more challenging because I don’t really feel like dieting and getting to the gym in the Canadian cold has its drawbacks. Man, that’s a bummer. I think I’d rather side with Mae West when she said. “I generally avoid temptation, unless I can’t resist it.”
Given this situation, it dawned on me with the blinding glimpse of the obvious. What I need to meet my goals is MORE WILLPOWER. Bundles, sacks and gallons of it would be good I thought. Continue reading

The Essence Game

In a recent blog I wrote about the Essence Game and defined true simplicity as the process of crunching complexity to the point that we can take action without losing elegance or functionality. True simplicity allows us to capture the essence of a subject while giving us increased understanding.

It turned out this idea resonated with people and I’ve had several requests to write more about this self-revealing game. The game is designed to stimulate your thinking about what is MOST important about any subject, mostly yourself, and to be a vehicle for sharing or discussing this insight with others.
Why Is Insight Important? The presupposition inherent in playing this game is that self-knowledge or insight is a valuable tool in managing ourselves, especially our emotional selves, and optimizing our performance when it counts. Continue reading

Consistency Formula – Own Your Swing

Technique: Have a Formula for Becoming Consistent
Over the Christmas period I’ve had several conversations with students about their goals for the coming year concerning their golf game. Without fail, each person eventually came to the conclusion that they desired CONSISTENCY above all else in their game. They want to show up at the golf course and know they will hit the ball well on any given day. Continue reading

So, Ya Wanna Be a Golfing Genius?

The System With The Most Choices Wins!
Early in my professional career as a behavioral scientist I was exposed to the Law of Requisite Variety. The law of requisite variety (also known as the first law of cybernetics – cybernetics is the science of systems and controls in animals, including humans, and machines) states: “in any cybernetic system the element or person in the system with the widest range of behaviors or variability of choice will control the system”. In other words, the system with the most options wins! Continue reading