World Champion Lesson 11
Over the next two weeks we will send you the drills referred to, directly from the 5 Keys to Distance.
We say unconditional the Eric Jones: ( World Long Drive Champion) Five Keys to Distance is the best instruction course we have ever reviewed, we have carried out extensive tests with golf of all levels – we pro golfers have taken the course the results with amazing, of-course you got the ones looking for a magic overnight transformation? They were the only ones disappointed, every golfer including your truly who but the time and effort in to read and understand the principles of the 5 Keys to distance ALL had the satisfaction of seeing their ball go longer and straighter than ever before. Every age group show remarkable improvement.
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If you really are keen to improve your game and learn to drive long and on target then take time to read and practise, all the instruction we sent and continue to send. If you have missed the first ten lessons they are posted on http://golfcoachblog.com
There is perhaps nothing more deadly to your game than “practicing while you play”. -Trying to play a relaxing round with a head full of “shot thoughts” rattling around -struggling to remember every single tip you’ve ever heard. -dripping with sweat while you drive your buddies crazy with your 5-minute-long pre-shot routine. -muttering to yourself and twitching while you try to incorporate every nuance you’ve been taught. Just torture. Because you have no confidence in your new techniques, tips, thoughts, etc.
Here’s my advice: Don’t try to incorporate any key or thought or technique until you’ve mastered it on the range. So, that begs the question…How do you know you’re ready to bring it to the course? On page 138 I’ve given you a handy checklist to help you know for sure when a key is “safe” to bring with you to the course. Here it is in a nutshell… -if you can do the drill well every time on your 5-ball sequence AND -you consider the shot quality you’re getting to be at least and “8 out of 10″ consistently AND -you can perform the drill masterfully without conscious thought
Then you’re ready to take that shot to the course. OR…if you’re new shot now gives you more CONFIDENCE than your previous shot. Confidence is hugely important and trumps the other three considerations combined. Confidence is king. It’s what we’re striving for. Perhaps nothing will take you further down the fairway than confidence. And what’s the best way to get confidence in your swing?
You practise the “5 Keys” in sequence.
Then your confidence will be sky high and you will have positive thought over every shot
As you learn each of The 5 Keys to Distance, your goal is to progress through the three stages of learning as rapidly as possible, until effortless distance is automatic. It will take some time, however, as well as some practice. There is simply no getting around this fact. There is a process your brain and body have to follow in order to learn even simple skills like walking. Learning Is A Positive Experience Understanding the process as well as how you are progressing can inform one of the most important weapons in your bag—your positive mental attitude. As you are learning, you will be refining your swing for speed. Not every shot you hit will be perfect. Far from it. I would like to reinforce the notion that it is critical for your positive attitude that you resist the temptation to judge your shots when you are learning. Avoid using words like good or bad when you are practicing. There are no good or bad shots when you are practicing—only information. Instead, use descriptive words like left, right, high, low, open club face, outside-in swing, etc. These terms represent useful, practical data. Words like good and bad are subjective, they don’t carry much valuable data, and they have a distinct emotional overtone that can lead to frustration instead of learning. Keep your judgment neutral to keep your thought process positive. You will learn much faster and your learning experience will be much more enjoyable. With a non- judgmental approach, you will find it easier to build a repeatable swing that generates effortless distance. In the next section we’ll talk about the biological building blocks necessary for grooving your repeatable swing. The Myelin Express When you begin to repeat a motion, your body looks for ways to optimize the motion—to make it more efficient and effective. One of the ways it does this is to reinforce the neural pathways that create the motion. The more the movement is repeated, the more the neurons are optimized. To optimize electrical signal strength the body uses a substance called myelin, discovered in 1854 by Rudolf Virshow, a German doctor, anthropologist, pathologist and biologist. Myelin is a naturally-occurring substance composed primarily of fatty tissue. It is found wrapped around nerve cells throughout the body. Although technically white in colour, it is what we call “grey matter” when we see a picture of the brain. During the last few decades research scientists from England, Germany, Canada and the United States have learned a lot more about what happens in the brain and body when people develop, learn and age. In particular, scientists have used brain imaging and other scientific methodologies to show that when people learn a new skill, white matter in the brain increases. That increase in white matter is due to myelination. Myelin acts like an electrical insulator, increasing the strength of electrical signals. The more a physical movement gets repeated, the more myelin gets wrapped around the specific neurons used to create that motion. Specifically, the myelin layer serves to increase the speed at which impulses move along myelinated neurons. The stronger the electrical signal along the neural pathways, the more optimized the physical movement associated with those pathways becomes. And the easier it is to repeat the motion. When a certain set of neurons become super-insulated for a specific motion, that motion is more likely than any other to emerge when you swing a golf club, for example. But neurons don’t get myelinated by themselves. When you think about a particular motion and/or actually create the motion, you fire a specific set of neurons, which in turn activates them. When neurons are activated myelin begins to encircle them, little by little, layer by layer. It’s the little by little, layer by layer part that is important. You have to keep repeating the motion in order to keep firing the neurons. Firing the neurons leads to more myelination. More myelination improves signal strength, which in turn makes the motion easier and more automatic. You may have heard an old adage that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. It may be that the adage has its root in the biological process of myelination. Whatever the root of the adage, the fact remains: it is important to stick with your practice, even during times when it seems as if you are not making progress. This is also why smart practice is so important to making a swing refinement become automatic. When you focus, deliberately, on making the correct motion, your brain gets busy reinforcing the neural impulses that make the correct motion easier to repeat. Over time your brain will optimize the move by creating a superhighway of myelinated neurons. The end result is that the new or refined motion will become your normal, reliable golf swing. If you learn the 5 distance keys in order, using the drills associated with each key, you will literally “groove” the distance you want, automatically. Now that you have some basic understanding of how you will be grooving your new swing refinements, let’s tee it up! 5 DISTANCE KEY #1: BALANCE is one of the most important elements of a consistent and powerful golf swing I honestly don’t know why more teaching professionals aren’t spending more time on it with their students. Forget swing plane, x-factors, or holding lag. It doesn’t matter what I tell you to do mechanically. If you are out of balance in your swing you will not hit consistent golf shots, and you will not be making the best use of your athleticism to get additional distance. When you finish your shot and find yourself leaning back, falling forward, falling inward, or taking a step, you are out of balance. You have a major power leak. It is important to fix the balance issue first before making any additional mechanical refinements. Being out of balance nearly always has negative consequences for the swing, both in terms of inefficiently used energy as well as inconsistency. Just as important, many swing flaws can be traced back to balance. You may be fighting an over-the-top move, thinking it is the primary cause of your erratic ball flight pattern, when in fact it may be a symptom of poor balance. In this case, the over-the-top move is your compensation for lack of athletic balance. Balance Is A Root Fundamental When lack of balance causes a swing fault, we say balance is the root issue or underlying cause. Whenever you are making any swing improvements, focus on treating the root issue, not the symptom. Treating the symptom is a Band-Aid fix, and, unfortunately, it is exactly the type of quick fix that you’ll sometimes find in golf help magazines and TV shows. Band-Aid fixes do not last, which is why you may have experienced some frustration in the past when you tried a hot new tip, found that it worked for a little while, and then stopped working. The material in this book deals with root fundamentals. Once you learn them, they won’t fade away.
Once you learn how to generate more club head speed, you will permanently have more distance. So this is where we start. Learn balance first. You cannot attain your maximum swing speed if you are out of balance during your swing. You must be in an athletic position to deliver fast club head speed, and being in an athletic position means being in athletic balance. Athletic Balance Allow me to clarify what I mean when I refer to balance. When I use the term balance in the remainder of this book, I am not just referring to the ability to merely remain standing before, during, or after a golf shot. I am really referring to “athletic” balance. Let me be specific about what I mean by “athletic balance.” In almost any open-skill sport like football, baseball, basketball, or skiing there is a “ready” position that puts you in your most athletic posture to perform. From this position you are “ready” to react. You can move in any direction and respond instantly to the situation. Often you are not even aware of the balance adjustments your body is making when you move. Your body is moving automatically and efficiently to put you in the best position to execute whatever your mind is focused on achieving. So it is with golf. An athletic posture or ready position has you in a posture with your knees slightly flexed and your centre of mass positioned directly over the balls of your feet. In this position you are capable of moving in any direction. You are athletically “ready.” You have “centred balance.” Whether your club is on the ground or in the air, your balance is independent and remains unaffected by your club position. I hope that you have experienced this sense of balance, because it is critical to your success. It is a key foundational concept. You have to get this right in order to allow your body to make its most athletic move. You will not be able to generate your maximum core rotation, and do it consistently, if you don’t understand centred balance. Balance And Your “Centre Of Mass” Your centre of mass is generally thought of as a spot a couple of inches above your belly button and a couple of inches in front of your spine. Here is a way for you to experience centred balance. Imagine you are a basketball player and you are going to jump up to grab a rebound. You bend your knees to gather some force in your legs and then align your centre of mass with the direction you want to jump. If you are jumping straight up, you will automatically centre your weight directly over the balls of your feet. If you want to jump forward, you will position your centre of mass forward of the balls of your feet. To jump backwards, you will position your centre of mass in back of the balls of your feet. You can picture the relationship between the balls of your feet and your centre of mass as a straight vertical line or an axis. The most stable position for that axis is straight up and down. If you make a golf swing with your axis in a stable vertical orientation you will remain in good balance. If you tilt the axis forward at address or during the swing your body will try to make compensations during the swing to return the axis to a stable, vertical position. Most Golfers Are Out Of Balance Almost 90% of my students first come to me with their centre of mass too far forward—out over their toes. It’s not their fault they are out of balance. For the most part, nobody has ever explained the importance of balance. Some students even have to lean on their club at address to remain standing. If they were at the address position and I were to suddenly remove the club, they would fall forward toward the ball! When I ask them to get into their address position and then hop (without re-setting their weight) most of them hop forward. Try it for yourself. If you are in the correct, athletically centred balance position at address and you hop, you should hop straight up and come straight down. And you should still be in balance when you land. Put the book aside for a moment, grab a club and get in your address position. Then hop. If you hop forward, try it again. If you hopped straight up down you are in the correct athletically centred balance position. If you made a slight adjustment to your weight just before you jumped try it again and pay attention to any adjustments your body may be making before you hop. Balance Adjustments Do your hips rock back slightly? Do your shoulders move slightly back or slightly up? Do you straighten up your spine before you hop? Some students are already centred, but they are in the minority. Most students have to make at least one adjustment to their hips, shoulders, or spine before they get into an athletically centred position. About half of my students make all three adjustments when they hop. When I point out the adjustments they are making, students are usually not aware of them. They make the decision to hop and then let their body figure out how to make it happen. But when they focus their attention on it, without consciously manipulating their set-up position, they are often able to feel their body making adjustments right away. By focusing on their balance as they make more hops they can feel each part of their body lining up in the correct position. Once students understand the adjustments they are making automatically, it is a relatively simple next step to get them to make those same adjustments prior to hitting the ball, and then to stay in that position to make the golf swing. It is more natural for us to be in balance than to be out of balance, so the adjustments feel comfortable right away. Hip Adjustments The first adjustment is usually the hips. When students focus on their hips while they get set to jump from their address position, they can usually feel their hips rock back slightly to line up over the balls of their feet. It is an instinctive adjustment. They may move their hips as little as a half-inch to as much as several inches. It is the most common adjustment made by students and one that nearly all players need to make. The adjustment may also involve flattening out the belt angle, or the forward tilt of the pelvis. That is usually a great additional adjustment for people with back issues. Most of the time, the hip adjustment is sufficient to create an athletically centred stance. Students report almost unanimously that their swing immediately feels freer and more athletic when they are in this posture. Their turn feels better, as does their release. The ball almost always goes farther as well. It is a small but dramatic change. Students can almost always take it to the course and see immediate improvement in their shot making, without it interfering with their normal swing thoughts. Shoulder Adjustments The next type of adjustment I often see is a shoulder adjustment. It is a little more subtle, but it can be as dramatic as the hip adjustments in producing a freer swing and more distance. THE 5 KEYS T O DISTANCE www.TargetCenteredGolf.com 26When students assume their address position and focus on getting set to jump, they instinctively align their shoulders over their hips and move their shoulders back and down. This action centers their weight over the balls of their feet, and it is the only position that will allow them to hop straight up and down. Try it the wrong way once to get a feel for the difference. Get into your golf address position, hunch your shoulders forward (as though you are trying to touch your elbows together), and hop. You’ll hop forward. You’ll also notice that this hunched over posture is not very comfortable or athletic. Now try the same jump in the correct athletic balance with your shoulders open (like you are trying to pinch your shoulder blades together and stick out your chest). It is a much more natural and athletic feel. If you can feel the difference between the two positions, take your normal address position with a club in your hands and get ready to jump. Do you feel your shoulders move back and down just before you hop? If so, then consider getting yourself into that position at address. Your chest out. Shoulders back and down. Spine Adjustments The third adjustment I often see (and encourage) is when students straighten and lengthen their spine. Try getting into your address position again and get ready to jump. Pay particular attention this time to your spine. Many students can feel their spine straighten out just before a jump. Their back gets longer. It is a more natural, athletic position. It is a more stable, protected position for the spine that can help avoid back injuries from the long term wear and tear of golf swings. It is very common for me to see students take their address position by bending at the waist, rather than the hips. Bending from the waist nearly always results in a rounded spine. While this may be a comfortable position at address, the rounded spine often leads to multiple issues during the swing. It is not your most athletic posture. It is far more beneficial for the player to have a straight spine, since that is the axis around which your entire swing rotates. With a rounded spine you actually set yourself up with two different spine angles, and it is anybody’s guess which one you will use as your rotational axis— which means it is anyone’s guess as to where the ball will go. Instead, address the ball. Stand up straight and lock your knees so your legs are straight. This will help you to bend down to the ball from your hips, instead of from your waist, with a straight spine. When the club is grounded behind the ball flex the knees to get into your athletic posture. If you can tap your toes in this posture, you should be athletically centred. You’ll see more on the toe tap drill as you read on. You want to keep yourself in good athletic balance throughout the swing. This means keeping your centre of mass positioned over the balls of your feet throughout the swing. Balance Issues In The Swing One of the common issues that results from allowing your centre of balance to move too far forward—either at address or during the backswing—is that your hips will compensate by moving underneath your centre of mass on the downswing. That usually means your hips will move inward toward the ball on the downswing, changing your spine angle. If you were to see a video of your swing and pause it at impact you would see that your spine will curve, your arms will move in closer to your body, your hands will rise up compared to their start position, and your hips may stop rotating. All of these symptoms derive from the loss of athletic balance and will result in inconsistent ball striking and a loss of power at impact. Now, let’s talk about that toe tap drill. The Simple Balance Check—Happy Toes This is a very simple way to get into an athletically balanced posture prior to the swing and to see if you are truly in an athletically balanced position. It is also a great step to add into your pre-shot routine and one that I would encourage you to implement right away. Simply take your stance over the ball with club in hand. 28 your club just barely off the ground and tap your toes one at a time. If you can’t lift your toes at all when you are at address, your centre of mass is too far forward. If you can lift both toes off the ground at the same time, your weight is too far back. You need to find a balance in between these extremes where you can only tap one foot at a time. That should put your centre of mass directly over the balls of your feet. That is your action position. Once you find your athletically centred balance point, be careful to get the club head back to the ball without changing your posture. Keep your athletic balance once you have it. Either drop the club into position or extend your left arm to get the club back down to the ball. Do not bend forward. If you cannot do this easily, try the happy toes process again, but move closer to the ball before you begin to tap your toes. In any case, don’t change your upper body posture or your weight position once you have established your athletically balanced address position by tapping your toes. This simple happy toes exercise serves two purposes. It is not only the first step in helping you make a more athletically centred and balanced swing, it is also the first step in working on your self-awareness and feedback system. When you do this simple drill you will become more aware of how your body is positioned and more aware of the subtle adjustments you need to make in order to make more athletic swings. Pay attention to this learning process, not just to the act of getting into a more balanced posture. I’ll talk more about this later, but for now let me just say this: often highly productive drill practice means being able to consistently tell the difference between one swing and the next, even if the ball flight looks exactly the same on both shots. Select the “Balance” section on the main menu of the accompanying DVD to view the Happy Toes drill. Or you can find the drill online at: http://www.targetcenteredgolf.com/videos/happy_toes.htmlwww. Drill Format: What To Look For Let me take just a moment to explain what I will be sharing with you for each drill. Name With each drill you will get the Name of the drill. For instance, the name of the first drill you will see in the Balance section is what we call the “tight ankles” drill. Purpose Next, I will tell you the Purpose of the drill—what you are trying to learn from that specific drill. Please note that the purpose of any given drill is NOT to hit perfect golf shots. As you read on, you’ll get a clearer understanding of this. In the case of Tight Ankles, the Purpose is to learn to make a full weight shift while staying in balance. Short Description You will then see a short description of the drill—a condensed version that will have all the key elements you need to remember for the drill without the philosophy and detailed discussion of the intent of the drill. The short descriptions will be grouped again at the end of the book so you can copy the pages and bring them with you to the range or paste them in a notebook (recommended!). Swing Thought I will also give you a specific Swing Thought to use for focus on the drill. In the case of tight ankles, your Swing Thought will be “solid left side.” Keep this single swing thought running through your mind as you perform your drill. It will help you stay focused on what you are attempting to accomplish. Detailed Drill Description After the short summary you will then get a much longer description with detailed instructions of how the drill should work and what you should be attempting to accomplish. The long description will contain technique and theory, as well as right ways and wrong ways to perform the drill. You will also get some variations on the drill to help you work on other aspects of your swing. These variations should be used once you have mastered the basic drill. They allow you to extend your repertoire and to combine elements to help groove the particular B.L.A.S.T. key the drill is reinforcing. What the Drills Will—And Won’t—Give You I’ve already mentioned that the purpose of any given drill is NOT to hit perfect golf shots. Let me explain. By their nature, drills are designed to work on one particular aspect of the swing. They are to help you achieve a particular motion in the swing. They are also designed to help you increase your self-awareness and your feedback system. Generally, they are not designed to be an exact replication of the swing. They are also generally not designed to help you hit perfect golf shots. Rather, drills are an exaggeration of a component of the swing or of a movement. That exaggeration will make it easier for you to feel what you should be doing compared to what you are currently doing. Once again, if you are not aware of what you are doing versus what you should be doing, you won’t be able to make refinements. The drill is not the swing. And it is not the way you will be making your normal golf swing. The way the drill feels, however, is something you want to incorporate into your swing. Remember, your goal when you practice these drills is to improve your self-awareness and feedback system. Once you are aware of something, only then can you work to improve or refine a particular aspect of your swing.
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