More about the GLT online Motor Learning Course
There's no magic pill to help you become a better golfer. You can't just click your heels and suddenly be a better golf teacher. However, by learning a bit about the science of how we learn and how our bodies develop, retain and transfer skills, you can develop a better understanding of what is required to create the changes you desire in your golf game.
Motor Learning 101
Thank you for your interest in GLT Golf’s Motor Learning online course. Throughout the course, GLT's Matthew Cooke will provide information about Motor Learning, and how to use Motor Learning to create better practice procedures & techniques. This online Motor Learning certification course has been carefully crafted by GLT Founder Matthew Cooke and the GLT content & media team.
Over the last 10 years, Matthew Cooke has spent countless hours studying in the fields of Motor Learning, Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience. Matthew has learned from some of the best minds in academics, including Dr. K Anders Ericsson and Dr. Tim Lee. With the information gathered through these strong relationships, Matthew has been able to transform scientific concepts and theories into proven results.
So, what will you learn in the GLT Online Golf Motor Learning Course with Matthew Cooke, specifically? Glad you asked, find the answers below!
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
How to change a golf swing
Think it's all about mechanical adjustments? Save those for Daytona, Indy and Monaco.
How to Practice effectively
If you want to be the Babe Ruth of the driving range, keep on grooving that same old shot time and time again. If you want a game that shows up on Sundays, we can help.
How to Acquire, Retain & Transfer Skills
Ready to get off the range and onto the leaderboard? We'll start you on on the right track, the rest is up to you.
WHY MOTOR LEARNING FOR GOLF?
At GLT Golf, we believe an understanding of Motor Learning is imperative for developing and implementing effective, long-term training.
Hitting a ball a million times - in the same exact manner, in the same exact environment, under the same exact stresses - is a great way to help groove a swing; however, if you seek actual training that will stick with you and truly help take your results from the range to the course, developing a Game Like Training system using scientifically proven principles of Motor Learning will lead to a much higher rate of performance growth and retention.
To what is the 'Motor' in Golf Motor Learning referring? Dr Tim Lee's Introduction to Motor Learning in Golf
MOTOR LEARNING FOR GOLF - ONLINE COURSE OUTLINE
Module One: An Introduction to Motor Learning
What is motor learning? You'll find out here. Think of this section as Motor Learning 101, but way less time consuming than an actual college course. We collaborated with Dr. Tim Lee and did a podcast covering Motor learning and some common myths. You can watch the podcast named 'The Myth of Muscle Memory' here below, you should... its awesome! Light hearted, but very informational. Bravo Tim!
Module Two: Motor Programs
In this module we will define skills (discrete, serial, continuous, open and closed) and discuss the conceptual model, which is the internal process (from motor learning perspective) of what a golfer goes through when hitting a golf shot. Sounds simple, right? It is... in an in-depth, comprehensive way. We wrote a breakdown of these in a short 'Guide to motor learning', which you can view on our website anytime you want.
Module Three: Acquiring, Retaining, & Transferring Golf SKills
In this section, we're going to explain the basic principles of practice, and how to apply those principles to help golfers better transfer the skills they've acquired and retained. Matthew talks about the power law, variability practice, blocked practice, random practice & interleaved practice. Matthew then talks about observational learning, mental practice, and flipping the traditional Explanation Demonstration model on its head. A good friend of ours Dr. Tim Lee has been writing a series of articles talking on and around this particular subject calling Motor Learning for golf 'perceptual-sensory-motor-cognitive learning' that we think you'll enjoy. Head over to our blog after to check them out.
Module Four: Feedback, & Effective Use of Training Aids
This module explains feedback.. in some depth. Matthew talks about the types of feedback, and how frequently we should give feedback. Also in this module we discuss training aids. Training aids can be a powerful tool, although they can be the biggest problem if not used properly. Learn how to use them in a way that optimizes learning.
We like to video some of our golf lessons at the golf academy and call them 'Live Lessons'. In these live lessons you'll see from time to time us using training aids, and giving golfers feedback. Here is a good live lesson where coach Arick Zeigel uses two pieces of technology as training aids and gives feedback in a very productive and optimal way.
Module Five: Bonus Practice Drills
- 20:20 Short Game Challenge
- Sharper short game
- External Focus
- Intervleaving practice and
- Golf course training
These are the 5 bonus practice drills we have lined up for you.