Why you have to know what you are doing

I am working with Frank this week in Vegas.

The hard part about getting better at golf is knowing where in the chain of events to attack the problem.

I used to think just attack what happens first, but that sometimes isn’t where the problem lies.

The human brain is a wonderful, yet awful thing.

You tell one person to swing left and around more and they come over the top, while the next guy will shallow the club perfectly.

Sometimes, just a perception change is all that is needed to line everything up, while other times it is a step by step process where you have to knock down one domino at a time…and it isn’t until the sixth one that the chain of dominos all fall.

The point is this whole theory of zeroing out positions turns out to be an even worse idea than I previously thought.

Frank is having trouble with his chipping. His feels were backwards to what was actually happening.

So I told him to do what was technically the opposite of correct and it lined him right up.

So between “feel isn’t real” and zeroing out positions golf instruction, it’s no wonder handicaps haven’t come down with all this great new equipment.




  1. woody

    “whole theory of zeroing out positions turns out to be an even worse idea than I previously thought”

    –Yup, because “positions” is an invalid approach. It assumes that the student can have an out-of-body experience and see what the instructor is seeing.

    In 1920, a student of Ernest Jones wrote a book, “The Golf Swing.” The author stated: “…if the golfer tried to make his movements correspond with those indicated by an action photograph, he would be tempted to give undue attention to the accommodating movements…” Hmmm.

    Besides, the last time I see the club is at address. Therefore, trying to do something with the club (plane?) is invalid. There’s no feedback.

    And, any type of restriction is out. If there’s a restriction, it means that you are trying to DO something and NOT DO something at the same time. Could be bad.

    I’d have to be a method teacher, which means that I’d strike-out with people who aren’t in shape. My best guess is that instruction would involve telling someone what to do, the steps to achieve it (maybe one back, two phases forward), what the steps accomplish, and what it feels like.

    Apologies to Hogan and Sports Illustrated’s “Five Lessons” team, but the steps wouldn’t include hips or shoulders because the body’s lines of force don’t work that way. They work in diagonals across your front and back.

    • Robert Johansson

      Yea theory and instructions today is a mess.
      Its way worse due to modern theory ala Leadbetter/S&T/Haney etc…

  2. banner12

    How about this instruction: “Hit the ball in the hole.”

    Funny how simple is better.


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