Tuesday, January 10, 2012

GOLF SWING OVERHAUL: What Can The Juggler Teach Us About the Golf Swing?

Plenty.  Just as we have a dominant eye. . .we also have a dominant hand.  The other hand is called the subordinate hand.  Holding a ball in each hand. . .throw a ball from your subordinate hand to your dominant hand.  Then just before you catch the ball in with your dominant hand. . .throw the other ball to the subordinate hand.  This isn’t as easy as you might think.  To make it easier. . .make sure you throw the balls around eye level.  You know. . .so you can see them.  

Okay. . .you did that.  Now try it with three balls in two hands.  Which hands? you ask.  Start slow.  Hold ONE ball in your dominant hand. . .and TWO balls in your subordinate hand.  Throw one of the balls in your subordinate hand to your dominant hand.  Just as you’re about to catch the ball with your dominant hand. . . throw the ball in your dominant hand to your subordinate hand.  But this time. . . try and throw the remaining ball in your subordinate hand back to the dominant.
Okay. . .I know you’re not going to try this.  And if you do. . .you’re going to drop the balls a lot of times before you get it right.  The point is. . .we train our brain to do things.  Learning how to walk is a classic example.  We crawl a lot before we walk.  We drop to our butts. . .often.  Such is the case of learning a new golf swing.  But the results are worth it.  I doubt anyone reading this would opt to return to crawling around on the floor.
We have this mass of nerve tissue between the two halves of our brain.  The name isn’t important.  What it helps us do is incredibly important.  It helps us coordinate one side of our body with the other.  Whether juggling or running or any other activity. . .including learning to swing a golf club. . .we have to go through a learning curve.  The modern overlapping grips taught by almost all professionals in the world. . .makes it hard to wield the club.  Even the best golfer ever. . .Mr. Nicklaus. . .used an interlocking finger grip (which is better than the Vardon. . .but more uncomfortable to most players).