When the Picture Doesn't Match

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Today I’m going to share with you that sometimes the biggest obstacle to making a change is the mental concept (conscious or sub-conscious) of how to hit the ball. I’ve seen lately how changing mental concepts of impact, target and the swing as a whole can make a huge shift.

One of the ways I have been able to understand my swing better is by using TrackMan radar.
I first came into contact with TrackMan at a seminar in Sweden two years ago. Along with being a recovering perfectionist, I am also a seminar junkie. But I am not planning to recover from that;)
TrackMan numbers representing ball and club dynamics were just like 3D graphs of golf swings to me initially- too much information. But I thought: “here is something I need to learn. “
When I stopped playing full-time at the end of 2009, I was so incredibly frustrated about my game. I didn’t hit my irons well enough to compete. I couldn’t figure it out. For a while, I didn’t enjoy golf like I had, even though I got a job at a beautiful country club. But after a while, I fell back in love with the game. And from that place, I started studying. I knew that the things I had achieved as a golfer weren’t necessarily going to make me a good coach.

I finished my LPGA teaching certification. I studied the body/swing connection. I went to a lot of seminars and workshops. I took lessons from teachers I respected. I learned about sequence, short game and putting. I learned about pelvic graphs and side tilt. I read personal development books. But it wasn’t until I got on a launch monitor for the first time, that I started to understand why I had a hard time controlling my iron shots. I started to relate to my swing in a new way. I gained clarity.

I’m pleased to be able to offer TrackMan and video feedback in my lessons. For a beginner, it saves a lot of time going through the initial pangs of learning golf. For an intermediate player, it offers new understanding of why the ball is going where it is going. For an advanced player, it will make practice more focused and productive. I’ve seen dramatic improvement in all levels of players who have used TrackMan.


Golfingly yours,

Unlock Your Mind To Learn

Last week I did something unexpected. I went to a dance class. My friends invited me to go, and since they were so enthusiastic about it I reluctantly accepted the invitation.  
I grew up dancing ballet; however, I always felt like the clumsy one compared to my sister who had her arms and legs doing the right things at the right time.
On the way there, I felt nervous and a little excited. I was thinking of the people I might meet. I imagined them being nervous too. That helped a little bit. Initially, we learned the basic steps of a Charleston. I had no idea that was what I was going to learn. Rock step here, triple step there. I counted and messed up. When we started to pair up my mind went blank. It was like what we had just practiced didn’t happen. I looked at my feet. Luckily we had to shift partners often, so my missteps was only subjected to the same guy for a few minutes. Somewhere in this process of changing partners every few minutes I lost myself and my feet started to move the right way. I laughed and had fun. I stopped trying so hard and being tense. I became open to learning. As I went home that night, I thought of one of my favorite quotes:
“The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the expert, ready to accept, to doubt, and open to all the possibilities. If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.”      -Shunryu Suzuki
This is a quote that helped me last year in my golf game too. There was something in my swing I thought I could never change. When I became open to learning about it, it changed. And with the change, I stopped having pain in my left shoulder. Funny how the things in our swings (or life) we hold onto can stop us from swinging free and having fun!
This week I’m going to dance class again. I’m going to be nervous again: I’m sure of it. But I’m going to accept it and move my feet. Keep going. Eventually I might learn the dance. At the very least, it is a possibility.
Keep swingin’,