RYTHYM AND CONTROL OF THE GOLF SWING
All movements of the universe, from planets and stars to earth and moon, and we athletes, are governed by rhythm. The normal daily routine of walking, swinging of the arms, turning, swiveling, golfing, throwing a baseball, shooting a lay-up in basketball, hitting the puck on the ice, and running or passing the football, all have rhythm in common, which is the orderly dispatch of the motion. This rhythm cannot be controlled by us, or our brain, but is a product of the design and function of the parts of our bodies that produce normal rhythm in sequence to get that ball out there for yardage and accuracy, in each instance, unfettered, and reproducible. Ideally, if golf swing mechanics can be taught, then all will go correctly as Todd and others have done in their schools. Good job! If the rhythm is disturbed, then the ball will go into the sand, too far, or right or left, or to the rough. All unintended and also uncontrolled to the dismay of the player. Then back to lessons, to correct the rhythm. Toski is a master of teaching around the rhythm problem.
The question to ponder is, should we teach around a defective rhythm or approach it from a different vantage point. Certainly, for young golfers much valuable time must be spent on the swing instead of learning the art of golf.
The physiology of the golf swing has now been completely worked out in detail, and should be considered the orderly usage of the supplied anatomical parts in our bodies utilizing its pent up centrifugal forces. This is a medical model.
A disturbance in rhythm then can be defined as an inability to stretch-true on the face of it. The second definition is an injury, and the third is inflammation which is manifest by the first two. An injury causes inflammation, which causes pain on motion and then scarring and restriction of totion, and more pain.
How many of the golfers and other athletes stretch daily, go to the gym, and notice a little glitch in their swing. You know that there is something not easily controlled on the course, and you try to overcome the feeling of tightness. Some substitute strength training for that feeling. But it does not go away, even if your workout is consuming of time and effort.
That little stiffness or glitch, becomes a major impediment to your output-yardage and smooth delivery and control. Your swing suffers.
The structures that may cause this glitch may be minor at first, and you cope and learn around it. But these areas do become worse inexorably, and will then become problematic, requiring more and more effort for control with less control always, so that backs are painful, knees are operated on, and treatment of various worth are offered, with failures a sure thing, and predictable. Any surgery for the musculo-skeletal pain is a failure in treatment .Scar tissue is a more massive pain source to disturb the rhythm and should be avoided at all costs. The minor stiffness or glitch must be considered an early injury to a structure that is integrally related to the rhythm. This same structure can and does become major, the same structure of the body. The reason that the stiffness does not lend itself to easy and superficial relief, is that the location is not easily found without a massive knowledge of anatomy and the physiology of the pain producing structures of the body, and how to locate them. I have successfully, integrated the medical model to the golfer, to diagnose and treat the source of pain in the body according to the needs of the golf swing. The model has successfully been tried and proven on the stable of player teachers under the direction of Bob Toski. All documentation of before and after treatment is seen on film.
After documenting the base-line swing, the diagnosis and treatment is conducted, and then the subject is asked to produce the glitch, and they cannot, and the swing is now loose and useful. This occurs in 10 minutes of the treatment, and follow-up shows the permanence of the cure.
The golfer or athlete becomes a patient in a medical office, where a chart is opened, a history is recorded, a physical examination is conducted and x-rays completed. The history of the pain syndrome and clinical examination for it are highly honed to produce the actual sensation of the Pain that the patient wants to be treated. Over the research cycle, activities associated with the history, has meaning in the physiology of the athletic swing. Most of the history and examinations are proprietary, that is, worked out in our laboratory.
All results are captured on film, with comments of the patient, and are interactive. The athlete wig, get treated to the extent that the problem in delivery of the swing no longer brings about the sensation that brought them for evaluation.
The original pain or glitch will not come back as a symptom, but there is no way to prevent future injuries. That is why documentation to the maximum is important to this system. After the golf swing is normal, that is without pain or stiffness, the art of golf can be taught, thus ) raising the level of play for professional and amateur players. This is a new standard in the medical management of the golf athlete, who until now had to rely on unproven treatments such as copper bracelets, acupressure, manipulation, deep tissue massage, and other treatments with unproven results.
There are now many computerized systems offered in various venues. Most come out of the University of Pittsburg Medical Center. The beneficial part of this approach is that a base line exam is completed with dazzling computer reports of all parts of the swing including the arc of delivery of the club head. The weakness of this approach is that the source of the abnormal swing is not diagnosed, and the treatments are spotty, requiring many months of various treatments to be conducted with unpredictable results, namely of the smooth rhythmical golf swing.
My approach guarantees a rhythmical complete swing. The professional golf instructor now has a good subject to teach the art of golf.
A list of players and instructors completing my program are enclosed. Each one can be contacted for verification.
This system is important to the golf instructor to learn so that the best people with the best eye hand coordination can be referred for treatment so that the art of golf can be taught, thus raising the standards of the game. In actual practice, the golf teacher will notice the defect in the golf swing, and will report what he needs for the student to improve his swing, then asks the physician for help in achieving that goal. Thus, a partnership ensues for the benefit of the student and the golf industry.