The 2 Core Realizations Every Golfer Must Embrace
The first 5:22 of this video covers the first part of the video series.
Ted then goes on to speak about the Laws of Physics in relation to the club.
It takes 0.25 seconds for the club head to go from the top of the backswing to impact with the ball.
We stand zero chance of making consistently clean strikes on the ball if we don’t fully engage our “fast” brain [instinctive-reflexive movement].
That is, our “slow” conscious brain isn’t designed for such a precise flash of movement;
> we simply can’t consciously instruct our muscles to consistently perform such a task with any kind of precision.
We stand zero chance of making consistently clean strikes on the ball if we don’t fully engage our “fast” brain [instinctive-reflexive movement] and leave the conscious control of our muscles out of the swing.*
*Now, because the club head at the address is not in motion, and motionless objects remain motionless until some force is exerted upon them, we do consciously move the handle of the club back first until the club head starts being dragged so that it slings back with its own free momentum.
*So, yes, the first few inches back away from the ball are conscious, but there is no muscling of the club head; once the club head starts dragging it will soon be slung back with no conscious effort to control it.
We need to come to the realization that in 0.25 seconds from the time the club is at the top until impact that there is no possible way that you can consciously send messages to your muscles to move in such a way that the ball is struck cleanly; such an idea is pure folly.
That is, using a 5 meters per second process involving the “slow” conscious brain to perform such a precise task in a flash just isn’t going to work regardless of how much you practice.
You have no more chance of performing such a task consciously as you do to consciously spike your blood pressure way up in a flash so that when you go from lying down and sleeping all night to sitting up in the morning that you don’t faint from not having enough blood in your brain.
Therefore, the only chance we have to consistently make clean contact in such a short period of time is to engage the subconscious brain, or instinctive-reflexive “brains” that reside in our joints-tendons-muscles; as in Golgi Tendon Organ nerve packs that reside in the joints that aren’t even connected to the brain.
This “fast” brain functions at 125 meters per second; learning how to tap the “fast” brain to conduct the precise movements we need to make in a quarter of a second will at least give us the possibility of being able to consistently strike the ball cleanly and solidly and squarely.
A club is a tool that is designed to work on us; it is not designed for us to be working on it.
This tool won’t work right when we impose our will on it – instead, we need to let this tool impose its will on our hands. This tool operates properly when the laws of physics are imposed upon it.
A club is a tool. A tool that is designed to be operated by the “fast” brain. To operate properly that tool needs to be allowed to do what it “wants” to do in terms of physical forces that are placed on it.
With some understanding and drills designed for us to experience and feel, we can learn how our hands and body are designed to react to the forces being imposed upon us by the club.
This tool is designed to be articulated by the laws of physics;
AND thereby designed to articulate our hands based upon physical law being imposed upon it.
This sets up a chain reaction of natural instinctive movements; that is, the hands’ reactive movements to the club will articulate the arms in a certain way, which then makes the body react in certain ways.
Through a combination of intellectual education [25%] and experiential learning [75%], we will gradually work this chain reaction of events into your swing without you trying to change anything specifically.
The home drills don’t entail hitting balls so that your attention can be 100% on experiential learning and feeling how to move more athletically, reflexively, and instinctively.
When you go play or practice golf, don’t try to change anything, but just observe if you start to move more athletically.
Keep doing the drills – keep ingraining the concepts and ways of moving – those new ways of moving will gradually show up in your golf swing along with better-struck golf shots.
It will take some time – but it will be fun and at least you are on the right road to becoming a consistently solid ball striker.
Signing off for now.
Feel free to reach me at TWilliams@MyGolfingStore.com
Yours In Better Ball Striking,,
Ted Williams, Certified Instructor – Croker Golf System