“If you train badly, you play badly. If you work like a beast in training, you play the same way.” - Pep Guardiola

 

“If you train badly, you play badly. If you work like a beast in training, you play the same way.” - Pep Guardiola

The Power of The Environment

The road to success is non-linear, and the score is not an indication of learning. At GLT, we take time to educate our students on the most up to date research regarding how performance can be enhanced or interfered with through the environment. A coach must understand the role of the parents, family, the individual’s motivation, and multiple other factors such as the bio-psycho-social make up of their students to further increase their potential.

Here at GLT, we believe that creating the environment is shaped by four major concepts that all coaches and players need to know about.

Recreate

This is where we re-create the environment that an athlete may be faced with or may experience in competition. The environment can’t be made the same, but it can be made similar or even more difficult. In this instance, the need for specificity is key. You can learn a golf swing, but it has no impact or purpose – for ex. when you are stood on the 17th hole with an in-between distance on an awkward lie, and you have a little bit of dirt on the side of your ball- if you haven't faced a similar situation in practice.

 

Simulate

Simulation is closely intertwined with re-creating but possesses an extra key component: intensity. This comes from forming an outcome where the student athletes can psychologically construct the same (if not more) value. Experts in other sports and industries utilize simulation in their every day (motor skill learning) practice. A great industry to pull from is the medical world. In this industry, lives are on the line and people can be fatally injured if a surgeon or doctor makes the wrong decision. To prepare these professionals and to provide the necessary knowledge and memories, simulation to its highest degree is paramount.

Regulate

There has been extensive research on self-regulation from several sources. However, all are well aligned with each other in that it is a never-ending cycle. High achieving expert performers in all domains partake in some form of regulation. It is formed by goals, progresses to strategies to achieve those goals, and finally reflects on the results of the decided strategies to again create more goals and plan more strategies.

Chunking

This part of training is key to understanding and providing athletes opportunities for conducive memory recall. This helps assist in decision making and the firing of correct motor programs. Athletes in golf have traditionally spent more time on a range facility than on the golf course, which has a detrimental affect to an elite level of chunking.