Golfing Lessons Sandhurst – More Help to Avoid Wasting Your Time

It has been said that repetition is the mother of all learning. I agree for it is by repetition that habits are formed, both good and bad. It is by repeatedly practicing a thing in the correct fashion that you can eventually do it correctly without thinking. It is by repeatedly practicing a thing incorrectly that everything eventually goes pear-shaped. It becomes a learned skill, knowledge, habit, either good or bad. So beware if you are not paying attention to detail on a move you want to learn.

Any coach worth his salt will not only get you to practice a new skill perfectly, but will also introduce you to the term “Ageing” or perhaps “Grooving.” These are the development of new Neural Pathways (brain programs in essence) in the brain and they are developed by repeating a skill or Ageing it (Grooving) by doing it again and again and again….. until it is learned. Remember: It must be done correctly not “sort of ok.” Golfing Lessons Sandhurst

Know this: There is no such thing as muscle memory. (Quantum Biology Aside) Every muscle move is controlled by the brain and it is in the brain that you must “write” the program of firing and sequencing muscle moves to perform ANY skill. Why do you think that tremendous learning occurs through pure visualisation alone? (This is proven many times over and is not in any doubt) When you are consciously trying to move your body in a certain way, your brain is paying special attention to that sequence of moves and the positions it achieves. Your brain is not a knowledgeable golf coach so it cannot differentiate between a right move or a wrong one. It just learns the move you happen to be practicing. That’s why you consciously have to make sure that you are doing it correctly. Your unconscious mind is always listening and learning but does not judge right or wrong.

All too often I observe coaching where at the very end of the lesson the coach quickly gives out a drill for the golfer to practice. Very little time is spent making sure that the client can do to drill perfectly every time and invariably what happens is that the golfer quickly ends up doing it wrong. Too many times I have seen the coach hurry away to another lesson, leaving the golfer to muddle with this new move. Literally within minutes I can see that they are getting elements of it wrong. With no coach on hand to point out where it is breaking down and get the moves back on track, the golfer continues to work on a move which will at best have no lasting benefit and at worse their game will be damaged. If the golfer does have another lesson this incorrect learning is going to have to be undone, which makes learning the new skill more complex and take longer than necessary. A waste of time and money.

If the client continues to practice the move incorrectly they will not improve, and may get worse, thus adding to evidence that “Lessons don’t really work” a belief held by a large portion of the amateur golfers and with good reason, lessons far too often don’t work. One of the most important things a coach can do is to give the drill in good enough time that it can be practiced and learned properly before the lesson ends. This is vital! Drills are not an afterthought; they are hugely important and simply have to be correct. Good lessons can be completely wasted through bad drill practice.

The bottom line is this. If the golfer cannot repeat the drill with precision every time, then it is best NOT to practice it. That’s right, DON’T DO IT! This may seem like a waste of time and money on a lesson and you’re right, it is a waste. The fact of the matter is, if you can’t do the drill perfectly and your coach has not watched you do the drill perfectly for at least ten minutes, don’t risk drilling in a move that is wrong!

How will you know if you are doing the drill correctly? Start by judging how much time your coach has spent observing you and giving little corrections until they are completely happy with the move you are making. You don’t want any terms like “nearly” or “Close enough”. Forget that, it’s either perfect or it’s no good.

Also make sure they are checking the positions of the drill from lots of different angles and positions because a drill can look right in one sense but be incorrect and off line on another plane. Don’t worry too much about teaching positions just make sure they are checking you from more than one angle. (Avoid like the plague any coach who stands in one position pretty much the whole lesson.)

If at any time you are not sure or confused, STOP and wait until you can get confirmation. A good coach can be contacted and questioned on the lesson you have just had. Great coaches will give you a check up if you call in and say you are unsure of the drill they gave you.