When I started teaching 31 years ago, I was 100% sure that the way the golf swing really worked was still very much a mystery. I had read every book I could get my hands on and only a couple of them made any sense at all from a logical standpoint. Every instructor I heard or talked to seem to run from real questions. There was always way too many holes in whatever theory they espoused for my liking. I knew that if I was going to reach my goal of being the best teacher in the world, I was going to have to find some much better information than what was readily available.
It wasn't easy to know where to look, and it took a long time and some goofy trips up some really bad roads, but when we found the PHD golf researchers and started to understand the basic science involved, me and my pals were well on our way. All by ourselves, we started a revolution—The "Golf Science Revolution."
There was and is pushback, of course. There is always resistance when you try to make a change in the way an industry operates. But the facts are the facts. If you are in the know in the golf teaching business, you know that there are some hard truths out there about the inner workings of the golf swing and what exactly makes the ball go where it does. And you realize that the days of folklore teaching are numbered.
That doesn't mean that every golf lesson one day will include a bunch of complicated ideas and words dispensed like they would be in a graduate level kinesiology course. What it actually means is simple, every day teachers and scientists are learning more and more about how the swing really works and every day they'll be able to test more and more of what the golfer in front of them is actually doing. It means that the teacher will use their teaching skill to move the golfer toward their goals.
Teaching is an art. It will always be that way. But knowing what you are trying to teach and if that teaching is having the desired effect is way better than guessing at it.
Today, I am proud to officially launch my new website — BrianManzellaGolf.com
A brand new look and feel with a brand new forum. New videos, free and premium, new pricing. Plenty of blog posts to come on The Manzella Report.
This month will see a lot of focus on science and the golf swing. And on a guy from Chalmette, Louisiana. :)