Below is a blog written by a long time student, Joe Losek. Reading it (even though I lived it) allowed me to see it with a new perspective.
There is a major theme in my LEARNING philosophy…. Has been for over 15 years. I’m proud to say that this blog validates what I so strongly believe- I’ve got to admit that it’s rewarding to know that I practice what I preach! Here’s 2 quick ways to understand this very powerful LEARNING philosophy:
1. “Put your best swing on the next shot” -J. Busuttil…… (That’s the best answer to how to ‘fix’ the last shot….golfers too often change their next swing… Fix their next swing and end up in a constant cycle of swing, fix, swing, fix, swing…..)
2. “It’s the BELIEF in the method that makes the greatest difference in learning”
-Dr. David Cook
OK, on to the blog. Thanks Joe!
Guest Blogger: Joe Losek
Title: See it, feel it and TRUST IT. Pre-shot routine
I have the good fortune each week of doing the Driver Drill with our pro Pete Dunham [You hit 100 balls in 12 minutes]. During the most recent drill, Pete started with right arm and left arm only cross- footed and transfer drills for the first 30 balls. Then advanced to off the deck, 2-arm front route, cross-footed and transfers for the next 40 balls.
The shots were not up to his usual level of “beautiful”, but considering these were one arm only and off the deck shots it was hard to be too critical. However, he then hit the last 30 shots from the tee alternating every 5 shots between spread-footed front routes to regular swings. Normally these shots from the mats easily clear the trees, but most of Pete’s hits were falling into or short of the trees and many shots were weak ballooning to the right hits. We did not know what to say. But Pete continued with no words of doubt, frustration or anger. Gravity Golf drills have worked in the past and there was no reason to think that the forces of gravity and rotation had changed. The laws of physics do not change. Just ask David Lee.
When done, Pete asked us if we saw any obvious flaws. We have been doing Drive Drill together for over 4 years and know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and routinely critique our sessions, usually with words of congratulation. However we did not see any flaws, Pete was turning deep and level and finishing balanced, but the hits did not have the sharp pop and piercing slight draw trajectory as in the past. Did the forces of gravity and rotation suddenly abandon our talented pro? Will those who of us have seen great improvement and a renewed enjoyment to our golf need to find a new method to advance our games?
Fortunately NO. The principles of Gravity Golf are as true as ever. Pete’s driver head was cracked. For once it was the arrow and not the Indian.
Take home message, despite poor shots, Pete continued to turn deep and finish balanced, completely trusting the principles of Gravity golf. For us who have not worked at Gravity golf for as many years as Pete, such an experience would have likely transformed us into raging, foul worded, doubting complainers. Learn from Pete, TRUST IT.