Briefly De-Brief Your Students
by Bill McKinney, PGA Swing Fit Golf Performance Coach
According to a recent survey by UCLA Professor of Neuroscience, Bob Bjork, almost 90% of people starting out on a lesson program predicted that hitting the same club over and over the same way would out-perform a more “interleaving” approach of changing clubs, targets, and lie angles frequently. Meanwhile, the research proves time and again that this “Random” protocol is actually much more effective for long term skill acquisition.
Knowing this, it behooves us to start off with a brief explanation of this paradox to our students so they understand that there’s a method to our madness. If we skip this step, we’re liable to have an unsatisfied customer on our hands who thinks we keep interrupting their groove and don’t understand “muscle memory”.
If we do educate them about Contextual, Random, and External focus training, we’ve got a chance of getting them to play better golf sooner with a lot less frustration. When you teach them about the benefits of this superior Transfer Training, they might even feel like they’ve got a secret weapon that few others know about–creating another raving fan of golf…and their coach.
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