How To Train & Practice In Sports

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If you haven’t come from an athletic background, you’ll likely be surprised to find out something to which I alluded earlier, and if you happen to have an athletic background – you’ve probably forgotten what I’m about to discuss.

That is, when you’re involved in a particular sport, you don’t practice and train to improve by playing that sport as if in competition.

It’s that simple.

It’s also the main reason for the upcoming “EMCS – The Follow Up” video – not just to discuss and solve common swing problems that people have, but to present drills and concepts to aid in getting that swing MCS’d.

For this example, when it comes to golf – take it from me, after more than twelve years researching the swing – you aren’t going to improve quickly, if at all, by going to the range and beating balls for hour after hour.

That is practicing as if you’re in competition, and it’s the worst thing you can do if you’re trying to play competitive golf or just improve to a certain level.

Because, when you’re raking over ball after ball (and especially with the same club for more than a few swings), you’re either adjusting your swing after each shot, or simply hitting ball after ball and taking delight in the good results while ignoring the bad ones.

So, it’s no wonder that when you get to the course and put the tee in the ground, you have no idea where the ball is going, and from there it just gets worse and worse.

Not to mention, if you’re not particularly versed in swing technique, all you’re doing when you spend hours on the range is ingraining bad habits.

You don’t get rid of bad habits or moves, believe it or not, by saying “I’m going to hit 10 buckets and get rid of this move…”

All you’re doing, once again, is digging a deeper hole from which you’ll have to climb eventually.

I spent the first years of my swing research doing exactly that – beating ball after ball for hours at a time, and video filming it all, to bring home to watch.

But a funny thing – I was likely no better at the end of an hours-long session than at the outset. I may have thought I was, because my hand-eye coordination allowed me to improve my striking by the end of the session with the same flawed move, but I didn’t really improve my technique.

I have hours and hours of video sessions and the last swing was essentially the same as the first.

And when I made “swing changes,” of course the next time out, any swing changes I had made the last time out were either gone or didn’t work – back to beating ball after ball and feeling at the end of the session that finally I had made progress.

I did this for some time before I learned that the way to improve my technique was to go back to the way I’d done it when I played baseball, hockey, basketball, or competed in track & field – drills, drills and more drills.

Not just any drills, mind you – luckily, golf has been the only sport in which I didn’t have competent instruction (both of the instructors from whom I took lessons before striking out solo were fine men, I am sure, but taught the modern swing, and that is just not proper technique).

In organized sport, you have coaches, and you’ll know if you’ve been there, that the majority of practice time is spent drilling the fundamentals.

Practice, Practice, Practice…

And more time you spent drilling (I was rather obsessive, so I took that stuff home and did it there as well), the better you got.

This is why most people dread practice time and love game time – practice time can be mind-numbing and physically exhausting, and for a reason – you’re preparing for actual game time.

So, unless you already have a competent swing action, you shouldn’t be spending hours on the range hitting balls.  When your swing is competent, then the time is spent hitting and practicing various shots like fades, draws, high, low, whatever shots you need in the bag to play a round of golf and score.

Short game, same thing. Lots and lots of short game drilling, not just going out on the course and playing.

So, if you’re struggling with your swing and you are trying to swing MCS, you will know that I have lots of little drills and concepts that I’ve developed to aid one in improving that action.

And if you haven’t been doing those drills – then that’s a large part of the reason you’re struggling.

If you wish to know why I can take weeks off, even an entire winter, living in a northern climate, and then get back to the range and swing just as solidly after a warm-up (sometimes without one) as I was before – it’s because I’m always drilling my swing.

That’s right – I don’t have a swing that I can maintain due to the fact that I am always hitting balls, but because I’m always drilling my swing...

I do my pivot drills, the same pivot drills I’ve put in my videos, such as this one:

Or this one:

And if you watch a javelin thrower training, you will see that most of the training involved has very little to do with actually throwing the javelin:

One thing I’d love you to watch, if you view the above clip, is how the javelin throw is powered by the hips and legs – how much of that training involves the hips & legs, friends?

A great deal, no?

So, I am building a training regimen in the “EMCS – The Follow Up” video to build upon the drills and concepts I’ve already developed over the years, and you’re going to see some new ones as well as some old tried and true ones, that I will advise strenuously for you to practice.

The more you drill the proper moves that emulate the actual golf swing, the more unconscious and natural your swing will feel and be, and the less maintenance you’ll require to keep your groove.

Back to work!

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8 thoughts on “How To Train & Practice In Sports

  1. msattler2013

    Maybe this is what I need to do . Certianly going to the range isn’t getting it done. I am really struggling !

    1. D Watts Post author

      Maybe this is what I need to do… I am really struggling!

      OH Boy, msattler – you’ve just made the connection, and if you haven’t, let me do it for you:

      You’re likely really struggling because you haven’t been doing the drills.

      I myself grooved my motion doing the exact drills and moves that are in all of my videos. I would never give anyone something I haven’t used successfully myself in building a swing over the years, so if there is a drill in the video, and I suggest doing it – perhaps I should be more forceful and insist that people do it.

      Simply watching the video isn’t going help, although some people have claimed that, but they are usually the lower handicappers who have a pretty good swing to begin with and can implement what they’ve seen quickly.

      If you’re struggling with your swing and aren’t doing the drills… there is a very likely cause right there!

  2. Chief Cowpie

    I know when I have my MCS on because the game gets very easy and the swing has a quality of just sitting back and watching the kinetic train go by. It’s only in the past month that I’ve gotten my MCS groove on and a mechanically safe swing and a mechanically correct swing can be in separate universe’.The feeling of allowing the MCS swing to happen after nipping at its shores for years is a heightened mystical ectstacy. But don’t my word for it.

    I think many of us have accidentally swung MCS in some aspects as it truly is what the body wants to do but the mind or teaching pro’s drain the last drop of MCS essence at every opportunity. The power of DJ’s work is the process he gives to get to this place of swing perfection, which is truly a very high and profound place to achieve for everyone who begins the quest.

    And yes, it’s all about the drills in identifying for the body this space of leveraged power.

    1. D Watts Post author

      … it’s all about the drills in identifying for the body this space of leveraged power.

      Correctamundo, Chief!

  3. msattler2013

    I admit that I have been guilty of just watching the video and expecting to go out and see Big improvement ! Time to start doing the drills . I certianly don’t have it done now . I have had some great shots here and there , but still over the top too much and not keeping head still and behind the ball.

    1. D Watts Post author

      That’s correct, msattler, and let me quote you with two things you just wrote, re-arranged a little:

      I have had some great shots here and there, but still over the top too much and not keeping head still and behind the ball… Time to start doing the drills.


    1. D Watts Post author

      The drills are the key, msattler.

      I apologize to you and any others who might have taken the drills as novelties, but the reality is that I took it for granted that everyone would do the drills that I presented, as homework if you will, not just in the last, but in all of my videos.

      They are crucial to ingraining the proper position and motion, and when you do them, you’ll benefit immensely.

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