The Pyramid Of Learning (P1)
By building your golf swing in accordance with the Pyramid of Learning you will learn how to develop your golf swing and not find it.
By achieving constants in your golf swing you will become more consistent in terms of your ability to make and repeat a swing that enables you to hit your target.
By understanding how to put the building blocks in place your practice sessions will become increasingly more productive which–and as a result you will more quickly realise your golfing potential and increase your enjoyment of the game
Establishing good aim is the start of building good foundations. If you do not learn how to develop good aim then the rest of your swing is compromised.
- As with all aspects of the set-up it is possible to achieve perfect aim and alignment.
- Attention to detail is vital. Quality is always better than quantity. 10 minutes quality practice will al ways be more productive than endless hours of poor practice.
- To enable you to practice properly, I suggest you should always practice within a ‘work station’ fea turing clubs on the ground that correspond with your target.
- The simplest way to construct your work station is to lay clubs on the ground to correspond with your target line and to provide a perpendicular in dication of the ball position (see example below).
HOW TO BUILD YOUR WORK-STATION
(As below) Place Club A on the ground 6 inches outside the strike area, parallel to the intended line of flight/target line. Place Club B parallel to Club A between the strike area and your intended stance. Place Club C at 90 degrees to Club B, pointing at the strike area. To achieve a square clubface, the club is placed directly behind the ball with the leading edge at 90 degrees to clubs A & B. Your feet, knees, hips, forearms and shoulders should be aligned parallel to Club B. Working within this work station will ensure that your practice drill is 100% productive and will soon give you the overall sensation of square alignment, and therefore perfect aim.
Spot Alignment Tip
Stand behind the ball and pick out a distinctive spot about two feet in front of the ball between the ball and the target. This could be an old divot, a shaded patch of grass or a worm cast – anything that gives you an easier target to focus on. Referring to this line, place the clubface squarely behind the ball and align your feet, hips, forearms and shoulders parallel to this line.
The width of your stance will vary slightly according to the club you are using. A sageneral guide line (and this will give you a good starting position), I recommend that the stance for a 5 iron should correspond to the width of your shoulders (i.e. the distance between the nsides of your heels should equate to the width of the shoulders–as I am demon strating here).
To establish this on the practice tee, take a club, hold it up to your shoulders, measure off the width and then translate that measurement to the ground, so that the insides of your heels are that same distance apart. [Like I say, this is a standard width for a 5-iron; for longer clubs, your stance should be slightly wider and for shorter clubs slightly narrower.]
Check your stance regularly when you practise. A wider stance will give you good stability but poor mobility. A narrower stance will give you more mobility but less stability.
A common misconception with the stance is to aim your feet, hips and shoulders directly at the target, whereas in fact they should aim ‘parallel left’ to allow for the swing plane. The work station referred to opposite will help you to practise and get used to the sensation of assuming good posture, stance and alignment in relation to the target.