Your use your QL in the swing.
Now, I’m not much into knowing all the little muscles and actions that constitute a proper motion – I don’t have to know what muscles I’m using to walk, I simply walk and my muscles take care of the rest.
For swinging, when you get to a certain skill level, you will swing the same way – you will swing, and the muscles you use will do the rest.
I think one of the most brilliant terms I’ve ever heard comes from the late Mike Austin’s video entitled “Golf Is Mental Imagery,” which is what the golf swing is really about.
It seems contradictory, but the idea of a mental image in the golf swing is crucial, and this is my personal theory – we are not reacting to something, and so cannot rely on instincts and reflex, which is how we play most games or sports. We react to the ball, we don’t attack a stationary ball – one thing that comes to mind as an example is place-kicking in football – think of how obsessed kickers are with technique and form.
My friends, I’ve had a little problem with the special DVDs that I had burned and ready to go out – I chose a different labeling route instead of the usual Lightscribe technique and when it came time to label the DVDs before mailing – it turned out horribly.
I was contemplating the time and perhaps sending them out as was, but I couldn’t do it – these DVDs are going for the most part to people who have supported the blog and effort for some time, and I want the DVDs, while not of a quality to win technical awards, to at least look palatable.
If you look at a swing sequence from a 1992-era Tiger Woods, you may see the epic tragedy that has unfolded over the last 20 years or so.
John Anselmo was Tiger Woods’ first golf swing instructor until his father decided that Butch Harmon was a better fit for his young superstar, and you can see clearly in this GolfDigest article why Tiger was one of the best golfers on the planet even at 15 years of age.
This is a pretty darned good golf swing compared to his other motions, if not mechanically perfect.
If you accept the premise that the golf swing is simply a motion of the human body, then you will never accept again the assertion from an expert or instructor in the golf industry that somehow, golf is “different” when it comes to swinging.
Watch this little clip of a Russian martial artist (Val Riazanov) who specializes in “ballistic” punching. What I want you to see is what Val is doing with his C7 and body when he teaches these guys the basic action of the ballistic punch.
It’s Shark & Bake Saturday, and I have decided to scrap my intended free “Golf Swing For Beginners” video and am going to head in another direction – the kinesiology of the golf swing.
You’ll notice I’m not going to call it “Wattsology,” as this is not something I’ve invented or innovated. I’m simply going to explain in terms that a kinesiology student would be able to apply their own technical terms to the positions and motions I describe.
I will call it “Swingology,” and that’s my hat-tip to the man who actually blazed the trail years ago. We all know what I’m talking about.
I have to say I’m in a forgiving mood today. With the ripples of a recent book shaking the Mike Austin community, I was getting the impression that this was not going to be the positive thing I have expected it to be.
Did I have those expectations because I knew much of Mike Austin’s “history” was fiction? Perhaps it’s more because I still know more about this story than you all do, due to my friendship with certain people. I know how Mike Austin acquired his knowledge, or at least I’ve been told, but it would be hearsay coming from me, so I’ll keep it to myself.