Muscle Memory Practice

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Muscle Memory Practice
Category: Psychology
Sub-Category: Swing Mechanics, Swing Drills

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Video Golf Tip | Muscle Memory Practice
By Ed Ibarguen

One of the most exiting things about being a PGA instructor is that we are always learning and we will get together with other PGA instructors and we will talk about golf, talk about their experiences of what is working well for them and if they have heard of any new research. Recently I was with Doctor Jim Suttie from Illinois and we were talking about how he found some research which is showing Olympic athletes working in ultra slow motion, working on their stride where it actually takes five minutes to do a stride. It is his belief and mine as well, because I have done it with many of my students in the past, to get you to look at your swing in slow motion. You know a lot of people talk about muscle memory, the muscle does not have the memory, what has the memory is your brain. The brain is a very powerful and all controlling being in a physio-motor activity. Understand that you are trying to train your brain to repeat a movement that takes less that two seconds. So doesn't it make sense to you, and I think the research is now showing it as Jim Suttie was telling me, that making super slow motion swings helps your brain get organized, and it gets the synapses in your brain to send signals to your body as to what you want it to do. Developing muscle memory is really learning the feel of the proper motion in the golf swing. Understand that the golf swing is this whole unit. It is a holistic motion, not just the takeaway or the top position, or just impact. I think impact is the most important but it is putting it all together in a motion that flows together and allows you to just do it. I love Nike's commercial where they tell athletes don't think about it, don't make yourself do it, just let the good things happen. So try that in your swing and your practice, start to take that attitude of just getting over the ball, understand what you want to do. If you do not understand what you are supposed to do go to a local PGA Professional to help you get your thoughts so that there is no confusion. Then once you have that knowledge and understanding commit to it over the ball and just step right up and make that swing that you are looking for and hit some great shots. Good luck.


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