How to build effective muscle memory

 How to build effective muscle memory

Most once-a-week golfers don't have the time, money, or the willingness to invest to hit thousands of practice balls under the watchful eye of a competent coach. Is there an alternative to the "average" golfer building a better golf swing?

Adopt an exercise that will develop optimal muscle memory.


Every golfer knows the concept of muscle memory. The more often we repeat a particular movement, the faster it becomes rooted or automatic. The ultimate goal is to acquire a "feel" so that the new technology occurs automatically.

The idea is logical but often disappointing.

How can we make sure that the exercises are effective?

There are three main elements that determine effectiveness.

First, the exercise must be adapted to the current skill level of golfers. It would be absurd to ask a novice golfer to focus on developing the "lag" of regression. Start the basic movement of new technology.

Second, make movement a habit. Most golfers have to overcome the natural resistance to change. The first step in developing new muscle memory is to relax the mind and muscles to accept the change in small increments.

Habits are the key to operating on autopilot. Exercise should be your daily exercise routine. Two minutes a day is more beneficial than a thirty-minute session once a week. Tired and sore muscles don't accept new ideas.

Third, develop the discipline to stop thinking about swing mechanics during the game. This is perhaps the biggest challenge. Thinking and feeling are completely opposite; The more you think, the less you feel. The fastest way to shorten muscle memory is through conscious thought. Have you ever wondered how you can hit shot after shot like a semi-pro on the training ground and then struggle to break the 90?

Mental discipline applies to golfers at all skill levels. Your ability to keep thinking and to separate is crucial. Develop a simple routine before the shoot.

The value of the pre-shot routine is to occupy your conscious mind so that you can stop thinking about the mechanics of the swing for a second and a half and hit the damn ball! Some of the examples used by professional golfers were discussed in a previous article, Power Moves.

Discover training that applies to your unique skill level. Start with basic movements and exercise regularly. As the new technique begins to feel natural, gradually improve the movement. Allow your conscious mind to focus on results rather than technology as you take your game to a whole new level.

Thanks for reading.

Have good golf!

Dave Johnston, BA in Psychology, is a semi-retired member of the Canadian Association of Professional Golfers and Director of Instruction at the Bloomington Downs Golf Center in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. He taught over eleven thousand lessons. He teaches private lessons 4 days a week. Dave is an award-winning self-editorial writer whose goal is to help "casual" golfers break down common misconceptions in mainstream education.

For simple lessons visit Daves YouTube Channel: davejohnstongolf
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