Are You A World Class Chef?

by Ryan on May 29, 2011

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Justin May 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Michael,

I love the post, and it makes a lot of sense. Your video made me think of something:

Since the object of golf is to get the ball in the hole in the fewest strokes as possible, the game is designed with judgement. The game is designed with score, and that is really the only way to evaluate how you played. Well I was thinking that if we introduced brand new beginners that have no knowledge of the game at all, and gave them the club and a ball and told them to experiment with the stick and the ball, that they would eventually figure out how the club is designed, and what it was built to do. They may start out by pushing the ball around like a hockey stick, and then maybe move to trying to pick the ball off the ground with the loft of the club, and then eventually come to realize that delivering by delivering the loft of the club with a force towards the golf ball will result in the ball going up in the air. It seems to me that when someone goes through this process of learning they would technically “OWN” their swing because they would’ve created their own swing from scratch and through self discovery.

Your video post just helped me discover what I wrote above, and I figured I could share this with you and hear your feedback.

Justin

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Michael May 31, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Justin,

When it comes to the importance of score, keep in mind that tour players are always saying “I played great but did not have a good score,” so I am not so sure we should say the only way to evaluate the game is by score.

I think if we just play knowing you cannot possibly control your score – this would be a big step in the right direction for lowering frustration that slows down progress.

Yes people can own their swing through self discovery. But we do show them core knowledge, i.e. the two design angles of the golf club – forward leaning shaft and a “roof-like” incline.

We would then ask the players what would happen if we returned the club differently than it was designed.

We provide this analogy by asking people – What we have to know to be able to read?

Than answer that we are looking for is simply, “The Alphabet.” The simple core knowledge that we provide is like the alphabet and we then help them learn through self discovery how to take those few letters and use them to make words, then sentences, then paragraphs with out using specific “how to directions.”

The score is always a surprise and should not be used as a way of judging progress.

Michael

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Nannette June 28, 2011 at 2:26 am

Mike made golf fun for our group of women golfers, new to the game. He suggested we go up to the Par 3 course (now the Learning Links) and just have fun, but let us know to let others play through! When we had an upcoming event on a regulation golf course he suggested that we let others we are playing with know that we were new golfers and that we would pick up and keep pace with the foursome but might do some on conventional things, such as tee the ball up in the rough, in order to make the game more playable on our level at the time.

Two decades later all these women he started out are still playing golf and still having fun! Thanks Mike:>)

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