Originally Posted by uttexas
On improving feel: I like the following quote from Hogan: "muscles ain't got no memory they do what I tell them to do.''
So, how do we improve muscle memory (feel) for the golf swing?
When learning a new complex task, I hypothesize that focus should initially be internal, then as the motion is ingrained the focus moves to more and more external.
"Feel" is built with variation hitting shots with focus and attending the feedback from those shots with criteria as impact and flight..
Originally Posted by MiniBlueDragon
I think the "understand" part is the part people seem to ignore, gloss-over or assume is unimportant.
Another problem people have with learning and the improvement loop is that everyone naturally compares the information they are being given with information they've heard in the past and then they weigh up what's more likely. With golf because there's been so much incorrect information, deliberate mis-information or just plain stupidity passed through generations when someone says, "actually the vast majority of the ball's starting position is the face angle at impact" they immediately think, "Well all these classic golf teachers and friends of golf pro's say otherwise, therefore you're wrong" unless you can provide them with un-arguable facts like video or physics equations.
I find golf a game of bad instructions with a lot of theory.
I find it more to become video and to look right and loose the athletic edge.
When I talk to good golfers means scratch or + index, they have themselves little knowledge about what their body does in their swing.
Turning to a golf guru or doing what their teacher tells them to do is then easy even for them to do and create all kinds of compensations and flaws and they can still play with it.
Just not so consistent.
The amateurs seldom take the time to work trough their own swing due to thinking they should do it simply.
I dont agree necessarily they need to understand the swing, but to understand when they do things right at impact and what to use as feedback.
Swing thoughts isnt needed, nor is loosing the athletic portion of the motion which has become an effect aftr David Leadbetters work with Faldo.
As I do swing, and also dosnt look textbook video theory I get a lot of suggestions "what to do" so I ask them to hit a shot, they cant hit the target, so I go, seems I can do that so I continue with what I do then. ;)
Lot of good ideas inside instruction but it has been watered down so the player dont know what they mean.