I’m sure everyone is familiar with the golf phrase, “drive for show, putt for dough.” But what if I told you that it should be the other way around? Well, here’s why! Did you know that driving is 28% of the best pros’ scoring advantage and putting is only 15% when compared to the average amateur (Mark Brodie, Every Shot Counts). Ask yourself this, how much do you think your score would change if you could hit the ball 20 yards further?
Modeling is a subject I remain fascinated by and one that many coaches I know are striving to create through the way we teach. Broadly speaking what I gathered from my studies was that any type of human behavior can be modeled through mastering the beliefs, physiology, and specific thought processes that inhabit a particular skill or behavior. In even simpler terms, it’s about achieving an outcome through studying how others go about achieving it.
Take a second and throw an object to your friend, or even towards the trashcan; it can be anything, a piece of balled up paper, a pen, or a tennis ball. Whatever it is, try to accomplish this task of getting an object from point A to point B. Where were you looking when you threw that object? I’m going to guess that you were focused on the target, sounds like common sense no?
Like with any sport, there are always going to be certain movements that the average Joe will struggle with that the pros can do. Perhaps, due to physiological limitations. For instance, without the proper training or mobility I will never be able to perform a backwards arch or a perfect split, quite like a seasoned gymnast can. This doesn’t mean I could never do so. It would take a lot of time and effort, along with the right advice and help, in developing the necessary pathway towards achieving those goals.
Once upon a time it was believed that feedback that was very specific, detailed, and as fast as possible had the greatest impact on learning, which is how private lessons work. Now (in 2017) we have so much more information - we know that is not the case.