How to Practice so You can Swing Like a Pro
Golf practice. Practice golf. However you say it, without a practice routine you can never become the best version of your golf self.
Ben Hogan believed in digging his game out of the dirt. He must have dug all the way through to China from Texas ‘cause he was possibly the greatest ball striker ever. Consider, someone once asked Hogan what club he hit 135 yards. He proceeded to hit EVERY CLUB in his bag 135 yards!!!
But simply digging the dirt is not the way to that best self version. It takes a structured routine and a commitment to the routine to see the improvement. Just hitting ball after ball on the range ain’t getting you nowhere folks. Maybe a blister or too but little else.
Thus the dilemma. How does a golfer practice to be able to swing like a pro.
Here's What We Have Come to Believe
The team at GLT Golf has spent the past decade considering that very dilemma. They’ve accumulated thousands of hours coaching golf at all levels. They’ve studied sports psychology techniques. And listened and learned from the greatest minds in all fields of human performance.
And with all the above accounted for GLT conclude the following - “Learning happens via cognitive stress”.
And the way to this learning is through three basic fundamentals: Spacing, Variability and Challenge.
The Spacing Effect
To Forget is to Remember. Most golfers on the range look to mass produce their golf game by hitting ball after ball in short order at nothing in particular. This produces muscle memory and a swing that works on the range and little else. GLT Golf offers this alternative. Hit a ball a minute for 20 minutes not 20 balls in a minute. Incorporating the spacing effect initiates the aforementioned cognitive stress to your working memory and induces a deeper degree of learning. Your body and mind will be challenged as never before to recall your swing and shot making mechanics.
The Variability Effect
Our brains need variety to learn. Chew on that for awhile. Think about Ben Hogan. If he had practiced hitting one club over and over 135 yards at the same target he would have become a one club robot. Instead he challenged himself with practice with this self-same variability effect and mastered a swing that allowed him to hit every club that yardage. To every target in front of him. Change your club and target regularly and repeatedly. Cognitive stress!
The Challenge Effect
Or an Optimal Challenge Point.
We all need challenges. Achieved via goals. Runners, swimmers and bikers seek PR’s. Golfers hope to break 100, then 90, then 80, then 70. To hit these goals GLT Golf believes you must challenge yourself while practicing. Combining, or rather embellishing the scenarios from spacing and variability effects with outcome goals, the Challenge Effect, creates cognitive stress.
Here’s An Example:
Hit 20 balls in 20 minutes.
Change the club and direction every 2 balls.
Award a point every time the balls is struck on the sweet spot.
Set a goal to achieve 14 points in those 20 balls.
Follow this practice routine and you in in cognitive stress, and therefore, a state of learning.
And, this practice routine gets you on your way to swinging like a pro.
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