The Practice Manual And The
Fluid Motion Factor:
Variability and Compensations!
This past month I reread one of my favorite golf improvement books - Adam Young's The Practice Manual. I also rewatched some of the Steven Yellin's Fluid Motion Factor training videos (I am a certified Fluid Motion Factor Instructor). Hang in with me while I provide some interesting quotes from The Practice Manual - and then I will provide some insights that can help you play YOUR Exceptional Golf...
"Technique is the procedure used to complete a task."
"Skill is the ability to coordinate the entirety of movement to produce the desired outcome." "Skill is adaptability."
"An ability to compensate may actually define a skill rather than detract from it."
"Encourage both a lower need for compensations, and at the same time encourage more positive movement variability."
"The central nervous system does not eliminate degrees of freedom, but instead it uses all of them to ensure flexible and stable performance of motor tasks."
We use techniques and skills to accomplish tasks - like hitting drives, pitch shots, and putts. To play OUR Best Golf, we want to keep unnecessary compensations to a minimum (like play with custom clubs that really fit our game), but also realize that movement variability to create golf swings is ALWAYS there.
We NEVER swing exactly the same way to create a shot result. NEVER. But the GOOD news is our brains and central nervous system know how to use variability to create great results - IF WE DO NOT GET IN THE WAY BY TRYING TO OVER CONTROL OUR GOLF SWINGS!!
The Practice Manual and The Fluid Motion Factor are on exactly the same page - Optimizing Golf Performance!