Much on the science of golf has been written, little on learning golfPercy Boomer - 1940
The Crowley Golf Training curriculum is based on Danny Crowley's thirty years of research, study, and experience in teaching and student learning. Recently, Danny and Dr. Jay Hall finished a five year research project based in applying the psychological principles of cognitive learning to the execution of the golf swing. This project, now a manuscript, titled Golfthink, was continually field tested throughout the years, resulting in students experiencing amazing results with accelerated learning and improvement in their golf games. Golfthink is a manuscript that introduces a new perspective-a new approach to teaching and learning- by applying the psychological principles of cognitive learning to the physical execution of the golf swing.This manuscript is based on the fact that golf is a voluntary sport and students-golfers require structured conceptual learning as a means for athletic physical learning, training, and performance in the game of golf. Golfthink, when published, will serve as a unique and effective teaching-learning curriculum for Crowley Golf Training and will represent the future in how golf is taught and learned.
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Mind-Side Preparation for Body-Side Execution
GolfThink provides the mental means to achieving the physical motion of a proper golf swing. It is the first book in the world of golf to explain the swing in terms of its cognitive-behavioral dynamics-that is, how one thinks about the golf swing determines what one does.
From its beginning, golfers and their teachers have tried to understand the golf swing by studying the golf club. They have studied positions, club shafts, the face of the club head, angles between club and the target line, ad nausea. These are all effects of physical movements. Few if any have addressed what causes the positions of the club shaft or club face or angles of the golf swing. Without an understanding of causes, a golfer cannot understand the effects obtained.
There is more to the golf swing than the golf club.
A New Perspective
Conventional instruction books have looked for answers in all the wrong places. They are based on what teacher and student alike can observe-the behavior of the golf club. GolfThink provides a different perspective.
In the golf swing, what you can see is caused by what you cannot see-the mind.
Golf is not a game of positions-it is a game of motion. Motion causes the club to go where it goes.
The mind cannot talk to the golf club, but it can and does talk to the golfer's body. In other words, the mind tells the body what motion to make to swing the golf club. Different messages, different golf swings.
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For example, you may be able to see what a golfer is doing but you cannot see what the golfer intends to do. A preoccupation with what the golf club is doing-where it is,its weight, its tempo, and the like. These are all effects; a concern with effect distracts the typical golfer from what causes the golf club to do what it does. This is why so many golfers struggle with inconsistency, imbalance, and poor contact between golf club and ball. The cause lies not with club motion but with swing motion-the motion of the golfer's wrist, arms, and torso.
To understand the whole golf swing, you must think about both club motion and swing motion and the relationship of one with the other. How you think about the golf swing dictates how you will try to swing your golf club.
Many years ago, the legendary teacher Percy Boomer addressed the core issue in swing the golf club-either well or badly. "One's golf swing," he said "can be no better than one's concept of the golf swing. In other words, how golfers conceive and think about the golf swing dictates is the key to a good golf swing. Good concepts produce good golf swings and faulty concepts produce faulty golf swings. To learn to swing your club properly requires that you learn to conceive the golf swing properly.
There are few if any golf books about conceiving the golf swing-the whole golf swing-and the cause-and-effect relationships between swing motion and club motion.
GolfThink fills the void left by a concentration on the golf club alone-it explains the missing half of the golf swing equation. It helps golfers think about, conceive, and develop a mental model of the whole golf swing-with particular emphasis on the dynamics of swing motion that cause the golf club to do what you want it to do.
Ben Hogan said that to develop a good golf swing, your thoughts must be on the right path.
GolfThink acknowledges this basic fact.
Your mind tells your body what to do-and your concept of the golf swing determines what your mind will tell your body.