|Tip: A great drill to train the correct
engram for hitting the ball off the ground is
to put a penny about four inches to the
target side of the ball. Then make a short
swing where you focus on hitting the penny
and not the ball. If you shift correctly and
keep your head still, you should be able to
hit the ball and the penny. This will give you
the feeling of a solid correct ball strike.
Learning the correct engram and relying on it on the golf course takes some work. First you need to
understand exactly what a good engram is for you. Then you do need to get an enough perfect repetitions
to build a strong enough engram that it will work without conscious thought.
'Perfect Practice' is the key. Seeing your swing instantly replay on video is the optimal method. Mirror work is a
close second. Top coaches have also discovered that the subconscious blueprint can be reinforced with vivid
imagination. After you have had success with a shot on the course or in practice, if you go home and replay
the successful shot in your imagination this will reinforce it much the same way actual practice will. Your brain
can not differentiate between what is real and what is vividly imagined.
The absolute key is to build a new strong and correct engram. One that you can rely on time after time.
Lasting improvement will soon follow.
|Technical information....and some credits:
Definition of Engram: "A physical alteration thought to occur in living neural tissue in response to stimuli,
posited as an explanation for memory."
Their are many slight variations to the basic golf swing engram...for putting, sand play, Driving, etc. Yet the
basic motion is common to every swing.
Brain Science is still in its infancy. In the book "The Talent Code," Daniel Coyle suggests that every human
skill is created by chains of nerve fibers carrying a tiny electrical impulse...basically, a signal traveling through a
circuit. These circuits are wrapped with a neural insulator called myelin. Myelin's vital role is to wrap those
nerve fibers the same way that rubber insulation wraps around copper wire, making the signal stronger and
faster by preventing the electric impulses from leaking out. When we fire our circuits the right way (make a
great golf swing) our myelin responds by wrapping layers of insulation around the neural circuit. The thicker
the myelin gets, the better it insulates, and the faster and more accurate our movements and thoughts become.
Dr Bob Rotella has done some amazing work with his understanding of how the swing you have build in your
subconscious will always over ride the swing you try to force out with your conscious mind. For example, if
your subconscious blueprint of a pitch shot over a bunker with water behind the green produces a "skulled" shot
that flies into the water, then that shot will take place...despite the conscious effort to swing otherwise.
Your goal has to be to create that strong subconscious model of the perfect pitch landing 6 feet from the hole
and rolling in.
As you can see we are learning more and more about how we can produce and repeat correct motor skill.
There is a secret to lasting improvement after all.
|How have other sports affected your Golf Swing Ingram?
There are a couple of sports that share a lot of the correct Engram that produces good golf swings.
Ice Hockey, Tennis, and Baseball are a few. Sports that do nothing to help your golf are Football and
Wresting. Using fast hands to hit something lays a great groundwork. Every fast pitch baseball player that I
have given a lesson too hits the golf ball a long way....not necessarily straight though.
Unfortunately, You can't easily mix motor skill engrams into your golf swing blueprint. I call this "Engram Soup."
Despite the similarities Even Baseball and Tennis have some very different key engrams from golf.
Consultations in the academy can help you determine what your Motor skill past has contributed to your
What is the hole on your home course that gives you the most trouble?
Next time you go to the range. Imagine that you are playing that hole. Make some great practice swings and
then visualize the shot you want to hit on that hole. Make sure that the shot you are trying to hit is one that
you are comfortable with. Once you have some success on the range.....repeat the swing over and over
again...let it become your subconscious blueprint for the swing you want to use on your problem hole.
I guarantee that your results will start to change.