The Whole SWOMG MOTION. CraftSmith Golf Academy Online Presentation By James F. Smith. Learning to Play Golf is a Team Sport.
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The Whole SWOMG MOTION
CraftSmith Golf Academy Online Presentation By
James F. Smith
Teaching the client how to properly practice outside of your supervision is critical to effective progress. Typically, practice is not a lot of fun. Making practice fun as opposed to work is a good teaching/learning strategy. Teach the 10 ball game to make practice more like competitive play than the mule work of practice.
First, separate ten balls into a group. Have the client focus ALL OF HIS/HER ATTENTION on the learning task you have just taught (i.e. … center the swing motion by looking down at where the ball was). That single task becomes the focus of the learning activity. Hit a ball. Every time the learner correctly executes the task, one ball comes off the pile of ten. When the ten balls are gone, you can move on to the next instruction. The objective of this technique is to focus and execute a single point of performance.
With the learner’s attention focused on the task at hand, you can then “test” his/her concentration by asking pointed questions. For example, when teaching the person to “look at the ball … look at where the ball was and let your arms fly through your nose”, you might ask “Where was your nose”? The correct answer is “it was down”. The wrong answer was “it was up”. The worst possible answer was “I don’t know”.
If the learner fails to perform, two balls are added to the pile. If the learner is not sure, three balls are added to the pile. You are the coach, if the learner disputes your judgment, five balls are added to the pile. This of course is a tricky/fun way to extend the length of this part of the lesson.
As a coach, you may want to deliberately create a dispute (in a fun manner) … the technique might be for the purpose of review which you limit to successful trials or it may be for the purpose of learning something new in which case you extend the learning period. The learner can play the game on his/her own when practicing independently of your lesson.
This is NOT the same thing as “keep your head down” or “keep your head still”