Sunday, November 22, 2009

3Jack's Translation of TGM: Part 10A

3-C (Crash Translation Procedure)

Just one way to translate the components/procedures of the golf swing. This is a 'crash course' way where the golfer focuses on one component at a time and doesn't worry about what the other components are doing. So if you're working on a full sweep release, a 'crash translation procedure' will have the golfer just focus on executing the full sweep release without worrying about the other 23 components like the power package loading, grip style, drag loading, delivery path, etc.

Then once you master the component, you can fit that component into your swing by adjusting alignments into your swing to accomodate that component.

3-D (Relative Translation Procedure)

The other translation procedure is 'relative translation.' Here the golfer actually looks at the components of their actual swing and they will 'inspect' the component and how well it's executed. Then you can classify the component and compare it to a variation of a component that you plan on adopting.

So, let's say you want to use a 'snap release.' In this 'relative translation procedure' the golfer would first see what type of release they are using. So if you're actually using a 'random sweep release' you want to compare that random sweep release to the snap release which you plan on adopting to your swing.
As te primary purpose, carefully avoid disturbing the other components. As the secondary purpose, supervise the change-over procedure. The change-over may include some realignment or adjustment of other Components, or a tightening of tolerances here and there. Then all these areas should be slowly shifted to the new pattern.

3-E (Expanded Translation)

Basically, once you have developed a good swing with sound components and you have an advanced sense of learning feel from mechanics, it's advisable to come up with a 'key factor' for a simplified feel of your swing.

I think this is something along the lines of figuring out what part of your swing is the key between good ballstriking and lesser ballstriking. Earlier this year I found that to be the #1 Pressure Point and maximizing that pressure at impact. So with this 'expanded translation', my main swing feel/thought was 'max pressure at impact' and I was good to go. If I was still a bit off, then I knew I had to delay that pressure a little more.

In other words, you learn feel from mechanics and then you want to limit the amount of swing feels you have to say 1 or 2 feels so it doesn't clutter the mind and makes the swing more automatic.

3-F-1 (Practice Procedures)

3-D applies more to high handicappers and beginners trying to learn the game:
Golfdom would do the game a great service if it would encourage learning to hit before learning to score. Demanding that beginner observe all the tournament rules when he is practicing Stroke techniques, is kicking him when he's down. He should be admonished, instead, against trying to hit off the fairway grass, out of deep rough, nearly unplayable lies, rocks and traps until he has learned to hit consistently from improved lies -- or even from tees.
Tournament rules are for tournaments and are fair because tournaments are scoring tests. Players should shun tournament play util they have mastered 'Practicing and Playing.'
Then he goes into 'Cross Referencing', 'Instant Simplification' and 'Practice Ranges' which are pretty self explanatory and not overly critical to understanding the book.


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