Keeping the head still is golf's one universal, unarguable fundamental.
One reason golf is such an exasperating game is that a thing we learned is so easily forgotten, and we find ourselves struggling year after year with faults we had discovered and corrected time and again.
Golf is the loneliest sport. You're completely alone with every conceivable opportunity to defeat yourself. Golf brings out your assets and liabilities as a person. The longer you play, the more certain you are that a man's performance is the outward manifestation of who, in his heart, he really thinks he is.
Hi, my name is Dan Hoey. I’m a golfer and student of the Alexander Technique. This site is dedicated to exploring the application of the Alexander Technique to golf.
The Alexander Technique is a method for changing habitual patterns of movement and thought that interfere with our ability to perform to our potential. It allows us to develop a natural coordination and poise that helps us in developing skill and consistently executing highly skilled actions.
There are two main problems faced by most golfers:
- Difficulty in improving golf swing
- Difficulty in consistently performing this swing on the golf course
Postural, movement and mental habits from life (work, school, injuries etc) are often present when playing/practicing/learning golf and interfere with the ability to execute a reliable golf swing. It is hard to change these habits and golfers often resort to layering adjustment on adjustment rather than removing the underlying problems.
Our reaction to the pressure of having to perform often results in subtle contraction through out the whole body which interferes with our ability to execute our golf swing. This results in poor shots leading to a cycle of increased frustration and muscular contraction. In both cases the underlying problem is poor coordination. The good knews is that we can consciously control and improve our coordination.