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.
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.
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