Slow Motion Golf Practice
Slow Motion Practice: What's the Big Deal?
I heard John say this recently, and I understood it because I have been exposed to the benefits of it.
But, what exactly does this mean?
Since the publication of the best selling book, "The Talent Code" by Daniel Coyle, much attention to physiological and practical secrets of world-class talent beds has become wide-spread.
Among some of the similarities among hot talent beds found in these obscure, off-the-map, podunk towns, were the concepts of slow motion and super slow motion practice. Whether it was music, tennis, or algebra, Daniel Coyle stated that slow practice was a key element in the super success of these obscure locations creating an unusually high percentage (per-capita) of world-class talent.
In an interview, he even mentioned that in some places where classical music was practiced, that if it was recognizable, it was probably being practiced too quickly. Mastery and world-class mastery has come in large part to these talent beds due to the concept of very slow practice and the formation of myelin.
Myelin is essentially the fatty acid and protein complex insulator over nerve cells, allowing the normal impulse of nerve messages or transmissions (signals) throughout the CNS (Central Nervous System) and PNS (Peripheral Nervous System). When someone practices using super slow motion, the production of myelin to reinforce those movements is produced at a higher rate.
Many world class musicians and athletes have used this secret, along with visualization exercises to rapidly improve the mastery of primary moves that are essential to the mastery of the sport or the musical instrument.
Ben Hogan, legendary golf professional, had been taped by some home videos from decades ago, showing that he indeed used this concept in his training routines. Among his many secrets, this might have been one that helped him ingrain such a consistent, repeatable move that allowed him to be remembered as one of the best ball strikers in history, in fact, one of only a few golfers who has been heralded as "owning his swing" by current professional golfing greats (including Tiger Woods).
Can anyone become great using slow motion practice to enhance the growth of myelin?
Unfortunately, the old saying still goes, "Perfect Practice Makes Perfect", and although anyone can virtually have access to slow motion practice as often as their schedule allows, it does not help to utilize slow motion practice if the primary movements are not correct.
The best intentions and the most dedicated athlete can easily plateau or be hindered from achieving his or her ultimate potential by "going it alone".
Having a coach that understands the primary moves of the game's legendary ball strikers is imperative. Not only should your coach understand these primary moves, but he or she should also be able to teach them and communicate them effectively while also understanding the individual temperament of each student.
Teaching and coaching is a lot like being a great parent. While it is best to treat, appreciate and love all of your students equally, each student is so uniquely designed and endowed (just read Psalm 139), that a great coach will work to understand those differences and use that understanding to get the student to reach his or her optimum potential.
At Down Under Par Golf Academy, we utilize the concept of slow motion practice, along with the proper primary moves, to help students advance their competitive skills at a very noticeable rate compared to traditional teaching.
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