Overcomplicating the Swing

Here is a recent comment:

Todd, I believe you are the best instructor to teach the SPS and Moe’s swing ever. I truly appreciate all your postings, DVDs and stories. But I can’t help but remember how Moe always said to “keep it simple stupid”. Is this posting getting a little too deep? Holo-sensorybiomechanic may be a very good way to describe a learning process by feelings, but for me, it’s going a little beyond my thought process of learning what should be a simpler way to swing a golf club.

Again thank you for all your unselfish contributions to help us all learn a better and simpler way to have fun and play golf. Your teachings have helped me tremendously.

– Dave

Here is my response:

Dave, thank you for your feedback and comments.

I agree. You should keep is simple. No argument there. Holosensorybiomechanic is just a word to describe what is already happening in the body – as you learn.  Instead of using holosensorybiomechanic how about I use the words “LEARN through all your senses working together”.  This includes feeling and sight.

Dave, you said “Holosensoorybiomencanic … goes beyond your thought process of learning what should be a simpler way of swinging a club”.

This is the problem, you are trying to “Think” to learn and it doesn’t work. You cannot “think” your way to a better golf swing. You can solve mental equations by thinking but the thought doesn’t train the body-mind connection. Our main problem learning is that we actually think too much and do too little.

It’s not your fault.  As kids, educators sit us in chairs in school and we problem solve.  We think, using our heads only, to solve mathematical equations and physics problems.  We stop moving. Our bodies become disconnected from our brains. We try to solve all of our issues in our heads.

Today the kids that move too much are labeled “ADD or ADHD” and we drug them to keep them still.  Can you see what is happening? We are attaching young growing humans to cell phones, iPods and yes, sitting them in chairs to make them focus on their heads. We are disconnecting kids from their bodies. We are programming our kids to sit to learn.  You too were programmed to sit still to learn. No wonder young kids aren’t playing golf. We have forgotten how to stimulate kids through movement.

Athletes are often considered “jocks” because they use their bodies rather than their heads. They move rather than think. We have sometimes labeled them “slow” when it comes to their mental capacity. The fact is that they are just more connected to their bodies. Same holds true for dancers, musicians, and golfers.

When we get older and want to play golf we try to use “How” we learned and we try to “Think” our way to playing golf.  We read books, and magazines.  We watch DVDs and the Golf Channel on television. We study.  The problem – is that this type of thinking and studying only works when you apply it to movement. You must use your thoughts to move your body.  Then something miraculous occurs – our body teaches our mind. Our brain starts to wire itself.  You are teaching your brain through movement – not thought.

Let me give you a fun experiment. Next time you read a book, don’t sit in the chair and read, get out of the chair and act out the parts of the character. Get inside the book by letting it get inside your body. You will find that you not only comprehend the book better but you will resonate with the experience of the book. You will learn the book. You are becoming the book. This is how actors learn scripts.  They don’t sit in a chair and read the script – they perform an act the part.

When you learn to swing like Moe – you are Re-creating yourself through moving like Moe. You are becoming a new person through activity. This is how I learned to swing. This is the technique I used when I wrote the Single Plane Solution – Play Better Golf the Moe Norman Way (www.thesingleplanegolfswing.com).

(Keep in mind that I am not overcomplicating the golf swing here – I am describing with words what happens when you learn.  This is happening whether you think about it or not.)

Your body begins to feel and learn through movement. This is a foreign language to your brain. This new language is the feedback your body is sending to your nervous system.

This is highly significant. As we age, we have slowly lost the ability to change and adapt. Our brains have become less pliable. We have become fixed in our thoughts and actions.

I want to help you change that so you can become a better golfer – and have more fun.  I want to help you RE-CREATE yourself so you can recreate with golf.

As I mentioned in a recent post – you can’t fix your golf swing. It just doesn’t work. I know this from teaching thousands of golfers. I know this from my research. You must re-create your golf swing by changing and learning the movement. You must MOVE and engage all of your senses.

I believe the golf swing is simply because I understand it. I also understand myself and how my body works. I also have trained my body for years. I did it the hard way through trial and error – hitting thousands of golf balls.  Here is my question. How can I shortcut the process for someone else?  How can I shortcut the process for you? The answer – teach you a holistic approach and get you moving correctly.

When I asked Moe questions about his swing and how he learned it. He said that he understood himself better. He was his own best friend. He said, “keep it simple stupid”. He knew about kinesiology, physiology and the body-mind. Do I think that he actually knew kinesiology?  I don’t think so. I do think that he knew HIS own personal kinesiology. He had figured out that most of the learning occurs, not in the mind, but in HOW you use your mind and body. Something to think about (or not).

Thanks for your comments.


One comment on “Overcomplicating the Swing”
  1. Jim Hussey says:

    I read the book The Talent Code and immediately found it helpful in my golf game. It is more about physical-izing the habits of the swing by moving very slowly, step by step, through the swing. Todd’s videos, breaking the swing down, and the Talent Code’s practice model have been a great combination. I just “got” the hip movement. It was not something my mind could understand, turning my hips as the first part of the Kinesmatic Sequence. But when I felt the hips turn my arms, everything fell into place. Exciting.


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