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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