Originally Posted by 9iron
I completely disagree with your assertion here that with regard to technique tour pros are stupid monkeys. I think your position on this subject is overly defensive because youi are an instruictor yourself.
Well, I have absolutely zero interest in going on Tour and teaching PGA Tour players, so I don't know why I'd be overly defensive. I'm not the least bit worried about an influx of former PGA Tour players taking over some of my business, if that's what you mean.
I've been on the range with them many times, worked with and helped and listened to the instructions they've gotten, walked the fairways with them during practice rounds, and helped some individually and as part of a small team on the range from time to time.
That's the basis of my opinion: observation of PGA Tour players and their instructors, as close as you can get, including having taught some.
PGA Tour players are great at hitting the ball. Absolutely great.
They're not swing experts, they're not technically minded, they don't know biomechanics, physics, or geometry.
I thought to liken it to a F1 driver just driving while his team of scientists and mechanics work on the cars, but I think those guys are pretty tuned in to what their cars are doing. Like, orders of magnitude more than the average PGA Tour star.
BTW, while I strive to keep things simple for every student I have, I'm especially cautious with better players, to keep things simple, and make smaller changes more slowly. It's very consistent, too: the better the player, the less they care about the "why" and the more they care about the "how" (or the "what"). "My instructor says to do this little thing here with my right wrist in this part of the swing." Ask the guy why and he'll probably say "because I hit it better when I do it." And that's all they want to know, because it's all they care about. They just want to hit it better. They don't care about the "why" because they don't have to teach it to someone else.
To say it again: a PGA Tour player doesn't care (nor should they, honestly) about the WHY of the golf swing. They just need to know the WHAT/HOW part. "What/How" puts food on their table (well, that and a bunch of other stuff) and trophies in their display case. Why doesn't get them anything. They don't earn extra money for being able to explain something, and that knowledge doesn't make the ball go in the hole any faster than being able to DO the thing properly.