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Learning a complex skill is not different subjects being taught separately but knowing subjects are connected in the real world and need to be learned in a real-world environment, together and seamlessly. Often this is forgotten in golf and there is a huge disconnect in learning what the game is all about. Rather, golf is taught by teaching a golf swing that is someone else’s to those who cannot perform the same way physically. Golf is a game of many variables and all those variables need to be understood, measured, and integrated for seamless learning and development.
It is reasonable to open a book, magazine, YouTube page, the Golf Channel or basically any other medium about golf instruction to see contradictions and improbable methodologies being preached to someone trying to learn the game from discovery to mastery. A common mistake is relying on past events of someone other than yourself to give you the answers to a complex puzzle, only you have the power to determine the arrangement of the puzzle pieces! What I am saying is after 25+ years of developing as a golf coach I have heard almost everything under the sun from golf teachers to their audiences about how easy golf can be if you just follow this ‘one simple swing tip’ or how easy it is to gain 10 yards or more. Regardless of what you are attempting to learn, know that it is hard! If you are thinking that golf is easy, and you do not need to put effort into learning then you probably will not learn anything! You will only find yourself frustrated and chasing an elusive goal or dream of lasting improvement!
At The Golf Performance Center, we have created an environment that allows for all of the separate elements of player development to be integrated into seamless learning. If you find yourself not improving, you may want to check out the environment you are in, as it will have a lot to do with real learning. Our 5 Elements of Success methodology isn’t about a one swing fit all approach. It’s about how do you become the best version of yourself as a golf athlete – by improving how well your body functions, a measured approach to skill development, emphasis on key mental skill development (as in learning how to lean into the struggle), having a growth mindset, and understanding what the right equipment for the task will do for your game improvement.
Golf season is in full swing, however if you find yourself still struggling, it is never too late or too early to find out why and to create a developmental plan for more enjoyment of a beautiful sport!
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The Clubs That Made Morikawa a
With the first Major of the year, we have seen not an emergence but a verification that Colin Morikawa is a certified superstar! Not only did he win his first major last week, but last month Morikawa beat world #2 Justin Thomas in a playoff to win his second PGA Tour title at the Workday Charity Open. Morikawa rallied from a three-shot deficit with three holes remaining, and made a 25-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to stay alive, before winning with a par on the third playoff hole. Like many of the players on the PGA Tour, Morikawa uses a “combo” iron set, made up of two different models. This gives him forgiveness on the long irons and precision on the short irons. His driver is an 8° TaylorMade Sim with the Tensei White 70 TX shaft while his Fairway Wood is the TaylorMade SIM 14° with the Diamana D+ 80TX shaft. He does use a Hybrid, it is the TaylorMade SIM Max with the Tensei White 100TX shaft. Morikawa rounds out his set with a TaylorMade MG2 52 wedge and a pair of Vokey SM8 Wedges. The Flat stick that has helped him earn over $6.8 million dollars in the last two seasons on the PGA Tour is the TaylorMade TP Juto, which is a classic “heel-toe weighted blade”. The ball he used to win the 2020 PGA Championship is the TaylorMade TP5X. Equipment is such a big part of performance so seeing the best players in the world using the latest and greatest equipment is a testament to their quality and craftsmanship. If you are not confident you have the best equipment for your game, you are selling yourself short of your potential!Read More
You Need A Session!
Here at GPC, both golf and physical coaches look at your golf development through the philosophy “function dictates form.” That means how your body is moving will dictate how you swing the golf club. It is important that you work on your physical function every day, whether that be a corrective exercise workout or a strength and cardio workout. What if I told you that you might be doing those correctives or strength exercises wrong? If you continually perform exercises incorrectly you could actually be hindering your golf game and actually strengthening your dysfunctions!
This is why now is the time. Let’s look at an example; if your hip is in the wrong position on a lunge, you might be favoring external rotation rather than what you need (especially in the golf swing), internal rotation! As with improving your golf mechanics, this takes a trained eye to ensure you are in the right position and you feel the proper muscles working. Doing so will make sure the changes you are looking to make from your most recent evaluation are being worked on properly and the efforts you are making on the golf side will be possible!
If you are interested in booking a session please reach out to myself or Kyle, because we know that poor physical function could be the source of frustration you are experiencing in your golf game!
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Dig Deep and Find Your Growth
With the opening of the school year upon us it is time to embrace…. or dig deep and find our growth mindset. If we didn’t know already, the last several months have taught us that we can handle difficult times with resiliency, creativity, empathy and compassion. If nothing else, embracing these dispositions will help us and our children approach the coming challenges of uncertainty with the confidence that we can be productive and contribute positively to society on a large scale. College and secondary school students, and their families, have been rethinking the “norm” and looking for other methods of engagement with what a new school year normally presents us. As we look at what school districts, colleges and universities are doing, it is clear that there is no one recipe for successfully re-creating the “norm.” To that end, I encourage us all to view this disruptive time as an opportunity to think differently. New fields of study and therefore, careers, are being developed in the physical, biological, and social sciences, among others, so that we can learn and grow from these unprecedented times. Perhaps equally as important, the “traditional” models of learning are not set up for students to master these new fields so we must think differently and openly about how we can best set our children up for an uncertain future. I am confident that we will continue to learn from experience and apply the resulting knowledge to ensuring that the world our children and our children’s children grow up in keeps getting better.
“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.” ~John Allen Paulos
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