Slow Motion Golf Practice

Slow Motion Practice:  What's the Big Deal?

slow-motion-practice"If you practice slow, you'll get it fast.  If you practice fast, you'll get it slow, or maybe never at all." said John Wilkinson, founder of Down Under Par Golf Academy.

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).

Proverbs 4:7 says, "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."  When someone has mastered an endeavor that you or I wish to master, it makes a lot of sense to study what those people did and how they did it in order to extract as much wisdom from them as possible.  When we see themes or similarities repeat themselves among great achievers in these endeavors, then we have perhaps discovered a fundamental Truth about that endeavor that demand our closest attention if we truly desire to be the best we can be.  
Among many things, Ben Hogan practiced his swing in slow motion more than we probably know, and he also moved his body according to essential primary moves that can be seen in the swings of a few other of the sport's historically best ball strikers.  These primary moves are what made Ben Hogan, George Knudson, Peter Thomson and a few others the great ball strikers that they were.  I believe that John has unlocked these primary moves over 27 years of professional instruction, and we use them to train our student to achieve great golf accomplishments.

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.

Give us a call for more information on how we can help you achieve your best! 


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