Its adherents also say that it improves grace and general ease in movement. Its educational system teaches people how to best use their bodies in ordinary action to avoid or reduce unnecessary stress and pain. It enables clients to get better faster and stay better longer.
Alexander , an Australian,developed the Technique because he was suffering from chronic laryngitis. On the advice of doctors Alexander rested his voice. This worked - but only until he started using his voice again at which point his hoarseness would return.
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Through a period of self-observation, Alexander realized that he was causing his own problem because of the way he was using his voice and his whole body in general. By becoming aware of and preventing unconscious habits of tension as he spoke, Alexander was able to cure himself.
Convinced of the value of his work, he moved to England in where he taught his Technique to thousands of people, including the philosopher John Dewey, the novelist Aldous Huxley and the playwright George Bernard Shaw. The traditional golf instruction information that you are exposed to in lessons and via the golf media is based on the Outer Game model. This mechanistic model's main flaw one of many is the mistaken belief that you can consciously control your body and club motion by effort and thinking when swinging at normal speeds. Science clearly proves this idea to be false.
It's a lot like believing the earth to be flat because it "looks flat" and "everybody knows" it to be flat. It is an unquestioned "common sense" assumption that lies at the heart of the traditional golf instruction model but it is totally incorrect and one of the primary reasons why so many golfers fail to improve. One of the reasons for the dramatic performance breakthroughs on the PGA Tour during the past few years has been the rejection of that mechanistic model by the top players in favor of a target-oriented, trusting, free motion.
They do all their mechanical practice away from the golf course, usually in slow motion or by using a drill, with a mirror or video and an experienced teacher to guide them. The Inner Game or Second Wave model uses a New Age approach which is anti-science and very much rooted in a mystical approach to golf.
The chief limitation of this model is the belief that the golf swing is "natural" or "innate". This is total nonsense. There is no spot on the human genome labeled "golf swing".
The golf swing is a learned skill. You acquire information from your environment - a teacher, video or book - then internalize that information to the subconscious mind level of automatic habit. Only then does it become "natural" - a habit that you can trust to execute without conscious thought.
Swing Sequence: Tiger Woods - Golf Digest
Our cutting-edge Third Wave model combines the best of the two earlier models but transcends both with a totally new and effective approach to game improvement. There are always two main tasks to consider. The what to learn, the information about the mechanical laws of the golf swing, for example - and the how to learn it. If you don't know how, or your teacher doesn't show you how, to internalize that information to the level of long term movement memory - permanent ownership of that skill - you are wasting your time trying to learn the swing.
Good golf is all about the Target! You need to always clearly choose a precise Target for every golf shot that you play. When you keep that Target Intention in your mind's eye - and couple that with sound physical and mental skills, you play your best. The skills are divided into two separate but related categories because a golf shot starts in your mind, moves to your body's execution, and then ends at the target - when you have good physical and mental skills!
Target Intention alone is not enough. You need skills. Good golf is both an art and a science. The art of shotmaking - your mental focus, emotional state control, time sense, pre-shot routine, course management, playing skills that require adapting elements like grip pressure, setup, ball position, tempo, length of swing, etc to fit unusual lies, wind, trouble shots and to curve the golf ball and alter trajectory and spin.
The science of ball striking - swing theory, mechanics, club control, balance, tempo, rhythm, educated hands, setup, posture, etc. The golf swing is a dynamic athletic motion that transfers energy from the "ground up and the inside out". That means you get your power from the resistance the ground provides to your body's rotation and lateral weight shift. And it means that the Core or inside muscles along your spine add to that ground power, and that the energy flows from the inside to the outside, or your arms, wrists and club.
By focusing your attention and training efforts on these two Root Causes - feet to ground connection pressure for power and balance, and the flow of energy from the inside Core muscles to the outside body parts of arms, wrists and club - you will experience immediate improvement in your ball striking and continue to make improvements. The endless cycle of working on effects and symptoms - and avoiding the unknown Root Causes - will finally and forever be broken.
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This means using your Pivot as the primary source of your power and power application during Release and it means letting go of hand-eye coordination or manipulation of the arms, hands and clubhead. When the geometry and physics of your Pivot is correct, and you have trained your arms, wrists and hands to behave properly - you can master the art of ball striking to a very high degree.
The term "kinetic chain" is used in biomechanics to describe how this transfer of energy occurs "from the ground up and the inside out", similar to cracking a whip. Asian martial arts masters have known about this principle for over two thousand years and this is how they are able to break boards and bricks with apparent ease. And this is precisely how relatively small in stature pro golfers like Sergio Garcia, Anthony Kim and Camillo Villegas can bomb yard drives.
We developed our golf swing model to be as simple in terms of mechanics as possible. We call it a Zero Compensation swing model. That is the template for all our students, but we fine-tune the specific instruction to fit each student's flexibility, strength, current swing skill and athletic ability. So in the real world, you probably will not match the model point by point - that kind of moving toward perfection is only possible with very committed tour professionals - most of whom already come pretty close to matching our model in the first place!
The purpose of our swing model is to function exactly like a map or blueprint. It gives the student clarity and a series of benchmarks for gauging their progress. A swing that features very few moving parts is easier to learn, and it is also much easier to stay balanced and in good timing.
Our swing model is centered strongly on the notion that an effective and repeating swing requires a Synchronized Motion of Arms and Body - both moving independently but in harmony. We have indentified Four Swing Styles that have been used by pros and top amateur golfers since the game began. We show our students which of the Four Styles they are currently using and if it is the the best style for them - their body type, flexibility, strength, athletic ability and current skill. It is vitally important that you be matched to the style that will give you the best results. Please see our Game Improvement page for a complete explanation of these styles.
We reject the currently popular and trendy notion that there are so-called One Plane versus Two Plane golf swings. Taller players can be a little bit higher than this line but no more than four inches higher! We also reject the other trendy swing model, "Stack and Tilt". This swing theory is really just an exaggeration drill for some tour pros who have too much right tilt of the spine and too much lateral weight shift on the backswing.
A "cure" for one particular swing flaw should never be the basis for a golf swing model. Your golfing brain uses two different neuromuscular control systems when executing a golf swing. A basic swing motor program - "how to do it mechanically" - that you acquire through learning and training in the fundamentals and a sensory feedback loop system that allows your mind to sense your body parts, timing, clubhead and hand speed and location.
That feel sense awareness not thinking! Traditional golf instruction is usually geared toward only one of those two systems. At Balance Point, we believe that you need to train and use both systems in order to be truly effective at golf. Golf is a game of control. Control is the heart of the game. There is a hard-wired sequence to developing control that must be followed to achieve success. When you focus your efforts on the wrong part of the sequence, you are struggling with an effect of a prior cause and you will fail at every attempt to acquire control over that area.
Golf In Mind
Example: you are slicing the ball and a book or teacher tells you it's because your clubface is open at impact. True - but can you control the clubface angle with anywhere near the precision required when it is moving at mph outside your field of vision? Of course not. If you think you can you are kidding yourself.
Your club only moves the way it does because your body mechanics make it move that way. Your body creates dynamic forces that move the club. In order to control your club, you must learn to control your body first. Your conscious mind's efforts to control the clubface by thinking are sheer folly.
Understanding is the all important first step. If you don't really "get it", if your "light bulb" doesn't come on, you will never believe in it, commit to it, practice it and learn it. Our golf schools are designed specifically to help you experience many "light bulbs" - real insight. GM Top 25 coach Ged Walters takes a look This year the golfing world has celebrated the return to form of Tiger Woods. Where persistent back injuries had prevented him from moving freely, now he is swinging with power and balance. As the Open Championship progressed, it was clear that this was the best we have seen Tiger Woods swing the club for years.
His hands and arms move more around the body than back in so the lead arm is covering the shoulders and the hands are behind the trail shoulder.