Maslow's Hierarchy of Golf
What To Expect
A common misperception around the Golf Like An Athlete philosophy is that it is "to simple" or "overly dismissive" of more traditional golf instruction that focuses on ball compression, spine angles, perfecting the takeaway, ball position in the golf stance, etc.
To clear up the confusion, mastery of these advanced concepts are key for moving along the continuum of skill from Novice to Amateur to Elite. However, introduced too early and without the right context, advanced conepts end up causing more harm then good.
The Golf Triangle
To begin your journey towards a great swing, you must first start by aligning the movement of your lower body with how it is intended to move to accomplish a variety of athletic pursuits involving horizontal movement of an object (baseball swing, frisbee throw, etc.).
Only through this foundation will we find ourselves in a place where we can begin to incorporate ball placement, compression techniques, and other advanced concepts into our swing.
Let's use a simple example to help highlight the order of operations for learning suggested by the Golf Triangle.
Would you rather?
Align the ball perfectly in your stance, with the perfect grip, and a flawless spine angle every single time you step up to swing, but move your lower body in a way that violates the laws of anatomical movement when trying to accomplish a horizontal ("X Axis Based") athletic movement?
Have a slightly sub optimal grip, ball placement, etc. but move your lower body squarely in line with how it is intended to move to accomplish a horizontal ("X Axis Based") athletic movement?
The Golf Like An Athlete approach is simply the Elementary School of the Golf Swing. Instead of jumping to Calculus, it focuses on basic Addition and Subtraction to build the right foundation for advanced studies.
A great perk of the Golf Like An Athlete approach is that just like in the real world, knowing the basics can go a really long way!
You'll be hitting further, more consistently and with less pain and effort just by incorporating the first level of the Golf Instruction triangle into your approach to the swing