ASPEN Self-coaching System for Golfers
The ASPEN Self-coaching system, a forum for coaching golf, takes the golfer’s baseball swing from the batter’s box to the tee box. This coaching forum is based on what sports psychologists called Mental Imagery in Sports, or Context-Based Learning. These two concepts are at the centerpiece of the ASPEN Self-coaching system, a forum that my grandfather developed in 1927, while vacationing in Yellowstone National Park. The Aspen trees left an indelible impression on him, and the acronym fits his coaching system.
To be an effective coach, you have to develop the conditions and environment for the student to learn by training the mind, not the student. A coach can always provide students with information, techniques, and mechanics to apply to golf, but until the students understand WHAT, WHY, and HOW, they can’t retain and use the information, techniques, or mechanics. The students are essentially coaching themselves.
Albert Einstein, who is one of the best thinkers, had four quotes that support both Mental Imagery and Context-Based Learning structures:
- Imagination is more important than knowledge.
- Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
- I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. Or I like to say, coach themselves.
- The only source of knowledge is experience.
I refer to these four quotes as the four horsemen of learning philosophy.
The Golfer’s ASPEN Self-coaching system Training Pyramid
My grandfather’s training pyramid that he developed is based on the acronym ASPEN (Apperception, Sequence, Performance training, Evocative, Neuromuscular performance). Not only did his training pyramid help me to develop my golf game, but it also helped me through Engineering school. The very same ASPEN principles can be applied equally to all learning platforms.
Apperception is an advanced learning process, or self-coaching system. This forms the base of the ASPEN Self-coaching pyramid, or Context-Based Learning. This allows the golfer to take skills and experience from a previous discipline, like baseball, and develop techniques for their golf game. The benefits of using Context-Based Learning is that it allows the golfer to incorporate the muscle memory and motor-skills from their baseball-type swing to their golf swing. This provides the golfer with more confidence and command of their golf game.
The additional benefit of incorporating the baseball-type swing is the fine motor-skills that are developed at a young age. These motor-skills usually have a permanent neuromuscular behavior. This becomes similar to riding a bicycle; once you learn, you don’t forget.
Essentially, the ASPEN advanced self-coaching system allows the golfer to take their baseball-type swing from the batter’s box to the tee box. One main advantage of this baseball-type swing is that the batter rarely, if ever, thinks about their swing techniques or mechanics in the batter’s box. This is how the ESPY Golf Swing ASPEN Self-coaching system was developed, where the golfer doesn’t think about techniques or mechanics. They rely instead on their muscle memory.
Sequence is an essential component for the subconscious mind to function correctly. To function at its peak performance, the subconscious mind must have a logical, repeatable sequence to follow. The Ergonomic process of Sync, Preset, and Yaw can allow the golfer to develop a repeatable sequence with consistency and confidence. The objective is to have the sequence be so dependable that the golfer doesn’t have to consciously think about their elements, but these elements become natural.
Prep & Performance training replicates the same training conditions that the golfer will perform on the golf course. This is like the golfer taking a page out of the football practice book called scrimmage games. In the ESPY Golf Swing Coach training system, this is called The 405- Training Drilling. It allows the golfer to play a series of balls from tee to green similar to being on an actual golf course to achieve an 80 percent hitting average in their golf shots. Ninety percent of the golfer’s success on the course will be tided to their preparation.
For the golfer to totally engage the subconscious mind, the golfer must replicate course conditions during their training. If there is a discrepancy between training and performance conditions, the subconscious mind will invariably fall back to what its knows best and is confident in; and that might not be the hours the golfer just spent on the practice range. This might lead back to some bad habits, or what I call the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Syndrome.
Evocative is a key element in the development and the retention of a skill and/or knowledge. There is a quote that states that a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of Evocative, an image is worth a thousand hours of training.
Evocative develops a strong mental image to directly engage the golfer’s subconscious mind, or their muscle memory. The ESPY Golf Swing Coaching system uses two specific mental images, a pair of boxing gloves and the baseball-type swing to establish and consistently execute the golf swing. One significant advantage of the subconscious mind is that it doesn’t distinguish between the virtual world and reality.
If you want to test this Evocative theory, put on a virtual headset for your I- Phone, and your mind is convinced that it is experiencing what you are seeing. This is what the ESPY Golf Swing Coaching system does. If the golfer follows ASPEN self-coaching system contained in The ESPY Golf Swing Coaching, the actual golf shot is like déjà vu all over again.
Neuromuscular performance and conditioning allow the golfer to have confidence in their subconscious muscle memory, instead of relying on a thought process to execute their golf shot. The mental image of the baseball-type swing and a pair of boxing gloves develops a Zone-like performance, where everything feels automatic and instinctive. This is how Wade Boggs describes his batting performance in the batter’s box. Wade Boggs is 33rd in career batting average of 0.328. Just to give you a sense of the value of Wade’s accomplishment, his 1983 rookie baseball card, shown below, is worth $1,472.99, not bad for a price of a piece of gum.
The ESPY Golf Swing Coaching system allows the golfer to take their baseball swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.
To learn more about the ASPEN Self-coaching and The ESPY Golf Swing Coaching system, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
My book can also be purchased at Edwin Watts Golf Store in Jackson, Mississippi. Phone No. 601-956-8784
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