So You Want To Really Change A Golf Swing?
Some of the most common questions Team GLT gets asked by golf coaches revolve around swing changes.
How to change a golf swing?
How do I make a swing change?
How to change my golf technique?
Not only are these some of the most common questions we receive, changing a golf swing is one of the most misunderstood areas of focus for golf instructors. Traditionally, golf coaches have focused on changing different elements of the swing in various ways, usually involving some type of blocked, repetitive practice. At GLT Golf, thanks to our understanding of the role of motor learning in the changing of a golf swing, we know the way to change a swing is through a varied, interleaved style of practice.
The essence of the old-school approach to changing a golf swing is built upon two key misconceptions: perfect practice creates perfect and performance is indicative of learning. Both ideas have a merit of truth, but with a central caveat. While perfecting an element of a swing and practicing the motion continuously and repetitively, golfers will see an improvement in performance; however, studies and scientific research dealing specifically with golf motor learning have proven that changes created in such a blocked manner will only result in an improvement in immediate performance, the likelihood of the changes being retained is negligible. To encourage the long-term, retainable skill acquisition necessary to truly change a golf swing, changes should be created in an essentially organic manner by fostering varied, interleaved methods of practice designed to simulate on-course conditions rather than simply hitting balls over and over on a range.