Anyone who remembers the movie Karate Kid will never forget the scene where Daniel, an aspiring Karate student, ambitiously awaits instruction from his teacher, Mr. Miyagi. They make as secret pact, where Mr. Miyagi promises to teach Daniel what he knows about Karate and Daniel promises to learn but he is not allowed to ask any questions.
“I say, you do” explains Mr. Miyagi.
But then, thinking that he will reveal special Karate secrets, Mr. Miyagi hands Daniel a rag and tells him to wash and wax his cars.
“But why do I have to wash your cars” Daniel asks.
“Remember deal, no questions” says Mr. Miyagi.
Later, after washing and waxing all of Mr. Miyagi’s cars, painting his house and sanding his wooden floors, a frustrated Daniel accuses Mr. Miyagi of not teaching him anything about karate.
Mr. Miyagi responds, “Not everything is as seen” he says and then he demonstrates how all of the chores that Daniel had reluctantly completed, including waxing the cars, painting the fence and sanding the floor were actually ways of teaching the same movements as needed for karate.
Mr. Miyagi had taught Daniel Karate without actually “teaching” him karate. He did it through teaching the movements of Karate without actually teaching Daniel Karate. Mr. Miyagi’s household chores were actually karate, disguised as drills.
Golf, like Karate, is an art form. It is a learned set of bodily movements that when sequenced together, form a golf swing. The golf swing, once formed, is then used to strike a golf ball at a target.
Historically, however, most people do not approach learning golf in a similar fashion to learning martial arts. If martial arts was taught the same way as golf, you would begin your training by fighting the most skilled martial artists – black belts.
Just think of the frustration (and pain) you would feel, attempting to fight the most skilled black belt opponent. Quite frankly, you are going to get your but kicked. Why? Because you are untrained and unskilled.
This is not the way to learn martial arts. As a matter of fact, over the thousands of years of martial arts training, they developed a color coded belting system – a way to measure and test skills. This way, you could learn, improve and develop skills in an organized way to eventually reach higher degrees of skills to compete against your opponent.
Golf is not quite as punishing as side kicks, blocks and fist fighting, however, your opponent in golf is thousands of yards of fairways and rough with 18 holes of bunkers, water hazards, and undulations. The Golf Course is always a black belt and he is often quite formidable.
So why do untrained and unskilled golfers keep fighting him? Maybe its because of an occasional long drive or squarely struck putt (a lucky punch) but most of the time, golfers are getting their butts kicked. Could losing the fight be why so many golfers are quitting the game each year?
Golf is a game that is meant to be enjoyed as a recreation however, the attrition of golfers (golfers quitting the game) and the frustration of those who keep trying exemplifys the need for better ways to develop the skills necessary to enjoy the game at a much higher level.
Golf, in my opinion, must be trained and learned in a systematic and efficient way – similar to martial arts. Simplifying the golf swing technique – using the single plane and effective skill training and there are key positions that are mandatory to become skilled at ball-striking.
When Daniel discovered that he actually learned Karate without “knowing” that he had learned it, he realized that by washing cars he had developed karate skill
When thought of this way, does it really matter if you are hitting golf balls when you learn the movements of the golf swing? Like waxing cars to learn the necessary arm movements of karate, doesn’t it make more sense to train the movements of the golf swing without the results a ball to interrupt the learning process?
The “Making Feel Real” Drills video is designed to teach you, thorough various drills some with a ball and some without, the necessary movements and feelings of a perfect single plane golf swing. This ebook is a supplemental guide to explain how the drills you are learning improve your overall movement and mastery of the Single Plane Golf swing.
If Mr. Miyagi was teaching you the art form of golf, the Graves Golf Academy Drills Video “Making Feel Real” would be his guide to helping you master the Single Plane Swing without you even knowing it. So buy the video and get to work on mastering the Feeling of the Single Plane Swing and – “don’t ask questions. Deal?