Originally Posted by ChrisGSZ
I've just completed a thorough review of the science underlying the golf swing (I'm a sports scientist). The main conclusion is that we'd improve faster by paying less (far less...) attention to technique. Focusing on complex technique (any technique...) stifles our innate skill-learning mechanisms - which thrive on simplicity.
This is great news - our fastest route to improvement isn't some complex theory - it's the ability to focus on just a handful of extremely simple swing thoughts.
So the 'swing of a thousand positions' is a major barrier to improvement - it's great fun to discuss and debate, but it's of little practical use to swing improvement.
Happy to expand on this in any way...
Go to YouTube and search for "Shawn Clement golf." You and he will be exactly on the same page. In fact, you'll find dozens of hours of videos of him talking about exactly these things.
Shawn is all about using rhythm, gravity and momentum combined with an understanding of how human anatomy and the golf swing fit together.
I firmly believe Shawn has discovered the right way to teach the golf swing. Well, perhaps not "discovered" as many of the concepts are not new, but he is delivering it more clearly than ever before. The laws of physics don't change. If you swing to get maximum benefit from those laws, you will create a highly repeatable swing. Will you always be perfect? Of course not - we're human beings after all. However, if you swing in such a way that you're fighting gravity or anatomy, or trying to actively manipulate the club, you may have temporary success, but eventually you're going to lose the battle.
Now, does that mean that one cannot learn to be a good golfer from one who teaches traditional "club manipulation?" No, it doesn't. After all, probably every pro on the PGA tour was taught in this style. For some people (like them), it "clicks" early. They think, "Oh....that's what I'm supposed to be feeling. That's what it feels like when gravity and centrifugal force act upon my swing." Others take decades before they finally start to get it. Still others, like myself, never did get that feeling and likely never would have, had we not discovered the teachings of Shawn Clement.
So preach on brother! I'm front row in the choir.