Monday, April 23, 2007

I was invited to give a talk about my methods at South Bedfordshire Golf Club last week. I always find golfers are open to my techniques because they more than anyone how the smallest of adjustments can a huge difference to performance. I spoke for about an hour about habits and their influence on the game but how difficult it can be to change a habit if you are unaware of them.

Many golfers 'go wrong' long before they play their shot due to unconscious action that have become part of their preparations. These often include holding breath, tightening the shoulders and stiffening the legs. All of these are unnecessary and will impact negatively in the shot. When ever I do a talk I always include practicals for people to try to help prove my theories. These went down well and judging by the number of people who bought my book afterwards I think it was very well received.

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Of if you would like me to come and give a talk and demonstration at your sports club please feel free to contact me.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I use this phrase alot and you may have heard of it, it goes 'when the only tool you have is a hammer every problem resembles a nail!' I like that because its such an easy trap to fall into. Most people I see with poor posture in my Alexander Technique practice have been told by someone to strengthen their core to improve it. Its been repeated so often now that people begin to accept it as true.

Yet could anyone tell me how the 'core' muscles are supposed to effortlessly support the body above it? Our postural reflexes coordinate muscles to maintain position and balance. This is a sub-cortical process, that is, its done without conscious effort. How are we supposed to coordinate our muscles to maintain good posture - there is just too many variables. If someones posture is poor its a coordination problem and therefore you cannot 'do it' yourself. One of the best authority on spine health, Prof Stuart McGill, sees it as a matter of endurance amd stamina and NOT a strength issue.

If you 'try' to maintain your posture either by conscious will or by strengthening exercises you will use too much effort and the wrong muscles. Find out what you are doing to cause your poor posture and then just stop doing it! Yes, that doesnt sound easier than the actual process of overcoming the habits but it is possible.

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