ConfusedMay 5 2009 at 7:20 AM
|Todd Graves (Login Tgraves)|
SAGF Members 2006
Response to Re: You can put Genius on a DVD
What I meant by confused is that Simple does not mean Easy. That is for the most part what I meant. By making those statements and worse, believing them, inhibits the learning process. The golf swing, in my opinion is extremely simple. You grip the club correctly, set up correctly, make a back swing correctly, make the downswing correctly, etc.
The difficulty comes when the student asks: So how do you grip the golf club or how do you set up correctly. Often when I teach, it is very effective to put a student in the correct position so I will simply move the golf club with the student into the backswing for example. Once I do so, the student will sometimes ask, "So how do I do that?". I always say, "I just did it with you - that is how you do it." This is the art and the difficulty of instruction. The student must be able to do it for himself - ultimately.
You know the saying - "The teacher opens the door, you enter by yourself". Therefore, learning is ultimately the responsibility of the learner and until this happens, learning is inhibited.
Do I believe our instruction is superior? I stopped comparing myself to anyone years ago. I look for results from my work with students to answer that question.
Results matter as well as passion for helping people, compassion for helping people and the passion for the continued improvement of our company so that it can do those things. I will let those who learn from us decide for themselves.
Scott and I are friends and I enjoy much of his teaching. I enjoy sharing ideas with Scott - there is no competition in my world only my desire to improve and do my best work. I am sure Scott would say the same. What I do know is that my goal as a teacher is to make sure my door is always open so that students can enter when they are ready.
There is so much to winning and playing on the PGA tour besides ball striking. Good players know this and amateurs are confused by this. Your question implies that you look to the PGA Tour for your model to play golf yet, there are hundreds of different methods to swing on the PGA Tour - which do you choose?
Herbert, If you can master the PVC drill and then achieve those positions with a golf club, you will swing the golf club exactly like Moe Norman. IF you train that movement, you can then strike a golf ball like Moe Norman - but that does not mean you can play on the PGA Tour.
The question must be asked is whether there is an easier method that makes the game easier to learn for the average non-tour player. I think the answer once again is in the biomechanics of Moe Norman and his golf swing.
Why would you hang your hands straight below the shoulders at address if you do not impact the golf ball with the arms straight down below the shoulders?
Why is there so many back problems and back pain in the average golfers?
Why is hitting a golf ball so difficult for the average golfer?
You see, it is asking questions like this that matters - and finding answers to these issues also ultimately to find a better way to help everyone who wants to hit a golf ball better. The PGA Tour is a separate issue and most amateurs should look elsewhere if they are trying to improve.
OF course the game is mere than hitting a golf ball, there is the other issues of chipping and putting, reading greens, course management, club fitting etc, all of which are, in many cases, equally vital parts of the game.
When we teach schools, we measure a students ability to align the putter face at the hole with a laser. Not one student this year came to our school with the ability to align the putter face at the hole and in some cases, the putter face is over one foot off of line from 10 feet. Furthermore, rarely do students have clubs that even remotely fit them.
Herbert, can you see that the PGA Tour is the least of my interests?
The purpose is to bring awareness to these issues and help people. So when I say confused, I am only shining a light on the types of thinking that keep many people in the dark.
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