Learning How To Repeat

swingrite-addr-topIf I am anything when it comes to the swing, it’s hyper-focused on the “how” far more than that the “what.”

If that doesn’t make sense, then I’ll try this – it means nothing to me that XYZ player achieved X club speed or that even I myself have achieved Z ball speed, without knowing the “how” of that achievement.

I take time off the SwingRite when I reach a new mark, for two reasons – first, to rest the body and not hurt myself by straining or over-working it, and secondly, to think about how I established that new mark, so I can keep pushing higher.

This morning, I was swinging that tool with complete futility, trying to “click” it where I’d left off on Monday.  But nope, nothing.  Harder and harder I swung, and nothing but that tight upper abdominal feeling letting me know I was exceeding my muscular strength with the force of the swings.

So, I regrouped, and tried to think and visualize how I had been swinging two days ago, and sure enough, I wasn’t in quite the proper position, and my back swing was a little too quick.

Transition was lacking…

Once I made the changes, the SwingRite clicked.  And clicked again.  And again.

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I want at least 3 consecutive clicks on my swings on a particular setting, or it doesn’t count, because without knowing how and being able to reproduce it at will, it doesn’t mean anything.

You know when you hear about a long driver or even other athlete, say a track sprinter, who establishes a new mark, and then completely comes apart in the next major competition, whether it’s the Olympics or the World Long Drive Finals?

Not injury, but just bad performance, really bad, nowhere near what they just accomplished?

A lot of that is just that the participant, even after reaching a new personal mark, has no idea what he or she did to do that, and then it all comes apart under the pressure of competition.

But once you can do it and you know how, then repeating it shouldn’t be a problem, provided you aren’t exceeding your body’s strength or endurance levels to do so.

So, while I’ve been excited by the new marks in swing speed I’ve been reaching, I’m more concerned with knowing how I’m doing it, and how to keep doing it.

And today I hit 105 mph in tip speed on the SwingRite, which exceeds the 104 I hit last weekend.  But I didn’t do that until after I pondered what I was doing and made the adjustments.

And doing it once or twice doesn’t interest me – when I hit a new mark, I kind of like to set a new baseline for expected average performance higher than the previous.

And above all, I want to do it with mechanical-correctness, so I can avoid needless risk of injury, and perhaps enjoy doing these things a while longer before old age really sets in.

Onward!


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4 thoughts on “Learning How To Repeat

  1. hkgolf

    You’re totally spot on DJ. After learning the Perfect Pivot my new driving distance benchmark increased 20+ yards. Since then I have replicated the new found results over and over. Now to improve the “MCSness” further to new heights/distances! 🤗

    1. D Watts Post author

      Congrats on your 1st 300+ yard drive as well, HKG! It’s always a thrill when you measure it off, isn’t it? Well done! 😀

  2. Laser

    “I’m more concerned with knowing how I’m doing it, and how to keep doing it.”

    –Since you’re an instructor, that’s understandable. But, you’ll probably never know EXACTLY how you did it biologically. It’s complicated. Mike Austin’s skeleton might work from a physics standpoint, but not from a biological standpoint.

    The beauty of Moe Norman’s contribution to the sport is that the told how he THOUGHT about the swing. But, when it came to actually explaining how it did it…they used to have a clip on Youtube (since removed) of Moe talking to Peter Kessler. Moe said, “It’s so easy. Just put this dumb guy (throwing the club to the ground) on that dumb guy (pointing to the ball).”

    1. D Watts Post author

      But, you’ll probably never know EXACTLY how you did it biologically. It’s complicated. Mike Austin’s skeleton might work from a physics standpoint, but not from a biological standpoint.

      That’s likely true, but I’m actually talking about understanding how I myself do it… visual, position, action, etc.

      Once I know how I’m doing it myself, far easier to show others how to do the same thing.

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