I am inspired to write this post because it speaks to millions of you out there who have gone through so much in trying to get better at this game. Maybe some of you are coming from dozens of lessons, books, and youtube videos and you just can't seem to figure it out. Chances are that you've either tried to get into certain positions, or had certain thoughts but yet they still don't work or they're short-lived.
After having taught thousands of lessons, over the almost 20 years I've been teaching, I've have begun to increasingly implement a more muscular awareness approach to changing the characteristics of the swing. More and more these days, I've not been trying to get students into positions, but started more manual manipulation of the body to helps students trigger the right muscles and muscle groups in the correct sequence. I am noticing more substantial improvement when I talk about the correct muscles in the motion rather than the motion itself just to get into a particular position. For example: is it the palm of the lead wrist that takes the club back or the outer muscles of the trail wrist? Is it the peck muscle or the trail latt? Should you push off into your lead leg or trail? And also what sequence do all these muscles fire? Here's some food for thought? If you could ever step inside of your favorite gofer's body and feel exactly which muscles they're using in the swing, don't you think you could replicate it far more accurately? That's the approach that I've been taking more as of recent. It's been helping my students tremendously.
But not only showing what positions my students need to get into but exactly which muscles need to be used to get there. And I'm not just talking about simple descriptions, I'm talking about very detailed information as to which exact muscle and when they should fire. It is amazing to see that my students are shocked at their before and after videos of how using the correct muscles will show them swing a lot more like the pros and the positions starting looking better on video analysis as well as in pressure plate traces.
This post should be valuable to all those who are reading it because I am telling you look at learning this game a lot differently. Don't get caught up into simply getting into positions for the sake of it. You need to to know what muscles are involved to a very detailed degree. You can swing into correct positions with incorrect muscle triggers and you won't hit ball well because you are not sequencing your kinematic motion like the pros.