Tips for learning new motor patterns for golf.
Struggle is required…
To build circuitry.
The firing of the circuit is paramount.. Electrical impulses along nerve fibers create skill. Circuits have to fire. Focused practice is critical to skill building.
At age 50 Mylin is lost and the ability to build Mylin is lost.
1. Stare at vivid images of what you want to become windshield phenomenon.
Observation is the key energy source for your brain.
2. Engrave skills on your brain – Watch skills being performed until they form the blueprint on the brain. Create an intense connection and project the skill by feeling the movement of someone who is an expert. (the tempo of Ernie Els, the chipping motion of Phil Mickelson)
3. Steal without apology; all improvement is about applying information.
4. Start journaling your practice to come up with clear swing keys.
5. Be willing to be stupid – be willing to risk the emotional pain of being a failure reach for more high quality reach. Make a decision that scares to reinterpret mistakes.
6. Chose spartan over luxurious. Talent hotbeds are not nice pristine practice areas but more like rundown areas.
Humble spaces help focus on the task at hand.
7. Hard skill – hard actions performed consistently over time. Repeatable precision is imperative for skill development. The golf swing is a HARD skill. (Doing the same thing perfectly every time.)
8. Work like a careful carpenter – always on the lookout for the errors. Hard skill development. Move the body without the club. Each fundamental is taught with a series of images. Taught piece by piece. Precision first – repetitions are important. Learn each fundamental carefully.
9. Playing without technique is a mistake. Practice your grip and posture they form the foundation.
10. Don’t fall for the prodigy myth. Early success is a weak predictor of long term success. Talent hotbeds build talent and don’t predict success. Don’t tell your students how great they are. Hard work is the key push yourself to the edge of your ability.
11. Pick a coach that does not keep you comfortable, pick someone who scares you look for someone who is action oriented and wants to figure you out and is blatantly honest. Look for someone you trust. Seek a coach with short clear directions that guide you toward your goals. Long speeches don’t work. Seek teachers who work on fundamentals like grip, posture, etc.
12. Find the sweet spot and reach. People in the hotbeds have a different relationship with practice. Practice is the main focus of their daily lives. Key to deep practice is to reach. Embrace the power of repetition stay engaged.
13. Sweet spot where you learn fastest. Success rate 80 percent.
Survival zone guessing success rate below 50 percent.
One you make a mistake stop and fix it to weld the connection.
Locate sweet spot work in water to slow down.
14. High quality reps is most important – plan on making 25 quality swings
15. Break moves down into chunks skills are built out of small pieces.
What is the Smallest single element that I can master?
16. Build one perfect chunk each session. Smallest achievable perfection.
17. Embrace struggle deep practice is struggle new neural connections will be developed.
Small daily practice snacks 5 min or ten min.
Practice on the days you eat.