Method Teaching

Reviewing my last post, when a teacher falls into the trap of teaching swing positions and emphasizes the look of a swing over the effectiveness of a swing, the student usually ends up with a sub standard lesson.  The reason this lesson is ineffective, is that teaching students to hit certain positions may not have a positive effect of their ball flight and may, in fact have just the opposite effect.  Sadly though, the normal course of action for golf teachers is to take all these swing positions and turn them into a swing method. The method is given a name and then all of the normal marketing strategies are pursued in order to get this name out to the ever-hungry golfing public.

Since golf is a very challenging sport and because many golfers like new gadgets, almost any method will take off and become popular. This is great for the inventor of the method, but usually only helps a small percentage of the followers because the swing faults, body types and skill levels of the players trying the method vary so greatly.  If you really think about it, what are the chances that one swing method will help hundreds of different golfers who have hundreds of problems to solve.  Imagine golfers of different age, ability and skill all trying to make the same exact swing. Hopefully as you consider this idea, it seems like a far fetched one.  A few players trying a method might improve but at the same time most of the others would not.   Inevitably, a year or two later, the method has come and gone and golfers are back searching for the secret.  Anyone who applies their practice to learning impact and ball flight, however,  will improve, and will be on their way to developing their own swing, one that is effective and repeats.

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