Stages of learning
To better understand “Learning” I would like that you familiarize yourself with the three
stages of learning. Once you understand the learning process you will learn quicker
with a lifetime lasting result.
It is up to us to discuss the different learning stages. Once this is done and when we
understand that there is a great deal of work ahead we must find out how we shall
communicate, i.e. what learning-senses you prefer for this. You can read more about
this in the chapter “What learning type" are you?
To simplify the way we understand how golf education and learning works, I prefer to present the learning progress in the following three stages.
- THE THOUGHT PROCESS (understand how it works)
- PROGRAMMING MOTOR SKILLS (technique training and constructive practice)
- THE AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT (to be able to complete the movement without conscious control)
There are many of us who are impatient in making progress, in changing and improve our swings, putting etc, as well as in achieving results.
Some people like to practice and other prefer to play on the course. To make any changes in your swing you have to spend time on the practice area with constructive and planned practice. It is quality not quantity that counts!
Knowledge of what and how you should do something together with
understanding is what form the first stages of learning. Once the brain knows what to do,
the understanding and results are achieved quickly. A few hours……
Have you played previously and like to make changes and improvements, you have to
take away the old bad compensations, (bad habits) in your old technique and work
on the things that have to be corrected so you can learn to swing freely in the
correct plane and swing path.
You will swing “IN THE BIG WHEEL” freely and with high swing-speed without needing of corrections.
“Quick fixes will never work”!
We remember and learn best with "See - Hear - Do"
And now advancing to stage 3. After extensive constructed practice, your motor skills will become automatic and effortless and you will no longer rely on your conscious control. Your antagonist muscles will not be connected in your swing and all movement will happen freely and naturally, your grip will be relaxed and you will also start to notice other things like the wind conditions, texture on greens and other obstacles. You will free a lot of energy so you can concentrate on course management and improved scoring.
It is when we have reached this point the golf becomes real fun and I hope you have the patience to pass these three stages as early as possible.
All stages I talked about here are also valid for putting, short-game, bunker-shots etc.
Further down on this page you can see the graph “students remember”. Out of this I know that you learn very little from just reading.
Another one: How to Learn to Learn will introduce you to Mental Training, a tool that can help you..Anyway, ….. I hope that you find my WEB interesting and get curious how to become a much better golfer by using the “see, hear and Do, (The understanding comes by itself after a while). Avoid the brain to make translations like in normal tuition.
In the real world there are five stages of learning and it works differently for different personalities. Further down on the page you can learn more about the advanced way of seeing the learning cycles. The five stage presentation is mainly for Tour players, Coaches and Instructors.
If you click the PDF symbol you can read the complete advanced learning levels, the scientific way. They are correct but complicated, very complicated. If golf is your “living”, you are a Tour Player, Coach or Instructor you need to know them so here they are: