Join me in this 6-Part Video Series on making golf a reflexive sport!
Let me start out by saying that everyone has a reflexive golf swing; it’s just a question as to whether;
> your reflexes are tightening you up during the swing in order to protect you from injuring yourself, or
> whether your central nervous system (CNS) is confident you are moving in ways that won’t cause injury and therefore allows you to relax and move with speed and precision.
In this series of six videos we explore how to get the stability and safety the CNS requires in order to let you move with the speed and precision needed to strike the ball well.
For instance, the hands and wrists are our most critical and most vulnerable joints – if your CNS senses that these joints aren’t properly braced for impact with the ball and the Earth it rests upon,
> then your instincts will seek to minimize the potential for injury from impact by tightening your muscles up to slow down impact [thereby reducing the force of impact thus minimizing damage to the hands and wrists].
Additionally, if your body isn’t in the type of alignment at address that will keep larger joints in alignment during the swing,
> then your body will tighten up in an effort to slow things down so as to reduce the force exerted on those misaligned joints during the swing [thereby, again, protecting you from injury].
(Hopefully) no amount of psychological methodology will allow you to relax enough so as to thwart your CNS’ built in efforts [stemming from 10s of millions of years of evolution] to protect you from injury.
Golf is a physical game. That’s not to say that psychology doesn’t play a role in how we move.
But the basic role of sports psychology is to keep your “slow brain” [5 meters per second] from interfering with your “fast-reflexive brain” [125 meters per second].
Only proper employment of the “reflexive brain” will allow you to move in a way that squares a speeding club face up to the ball in the .25 seconds from the top of the backswing to impact;
> if you are moving in a way that your CNS knows won’t injure you, then it will allow you to be relaxed enough to accomplish this task with great precision and speed.
But if your bigger joints are misaligned and the vulnerable joints in the hands and wrists won’t be safe at impact,
> then your CNS won’t let you move with speed [nor precision] as it’s primary job is to tighten you up so as to slow your movements down in order to protect you from injuring yourself.
I trust this Series will help you understand the root cause of what is keeping you back from improving;
> I can tell you with confidence that it isn’t what most people think it is – that is, it isn’t for lack of sports psychology nor lack of athleticism nor lack of strength and flexibility.
Don’t get me wrong, those things are important, but of really no value until you learn how the hands react reflexively to the FREE momentum of the club head;
> when the hands react reflexively to the free momentum of the club head, then you will discover,
– how the arms react reflexively to the hands’ movements, and
– how the body reacts reflexively to the arms’ movements.
Then you will discover how this kinematic sequence of reflexive movements is inherently safe,
> and how that safety from injurious movements gets your central nervous system to allow you to move with speed and precision.
– no amount of sport psychology nor exercise can circumvent the CNS from protecting you from inherently injurious movement [at least let’s hope not].
Epiphanies await you if you’re open to them.
Yours In Better Ball Striking,
Ted Williams, Certified Instructor – Croker Golf System