Mechanics of Instinct 

 Recent brain science condemns the puppeteering of a perceived "perfect swing" and provides revolutionary clues to getting the body and brain on the same page during competition.  It starts with using only instinctive motion the body views as "safe". Discovering your instinctively "safe" motion is the only path to the improvement you seek, because machinelike precision and everyday thought-free consistency can only follow instinctive balance, rhythm, and spine safety. Puppeteering a perceived "perfect swing" results in a high maintenance motion that continuously produces static between the body and brain. This static is is ongoing because the body is non-consciously seeking safety first, always superseding your very precise conscious plans. An updated understanding of the body-brain relationship while learning and performing the athletic motion you seek is the key to your development. The brain science in regards to human perception and movement in the past 15 years has surpassed all previous knowledge by more that 300 times.....very exciting indeed!


Frank McChrystal

Instinctive Movement Coach


"There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late."  -  Og Mandino

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with the question longer."  -  Albert Einstein

  The brain science of the past fifteen years clearly shows that getting it together "mentally" involves a physical road map and exposes current "mental game" solutions as incomplete at best.  There is no "mental game", there is no "muscle memory", and "work on that new move until you groove it" guarantees nothing. You have one body and one brain.  You don't remember it, but they worked quite well together as you learned to walk.  Instinctive movement is simply normal movement that your body trusts as "safe" and it is the only path to the accuracy and consistency you seek.  Machine-like precision and everyday consistency can only follow instinctive balance, rhythm, and spine safety.  

The non-conscious instincts, that regulate human movement for body safety, must be cooperated with as you build your game. Instinctive motion is body friendly, eliminates the static between the body and brain that causes "mental game" issues, and is as reliable and maintenance free as walking.   The recent neuroscience for human perception and movement explains why no two swings in the hall of fame are exactly alike and condemns "chasing the perfect swing" as a source of static between the body and brain.  It also explains why cooperation with the instincts that regulate balance, rhythm and spine safety is the key to everyday peak performance and exposes today's "mental game" solutions spawned in the 70's as incomplete at best.  Einstein once said, "You cannot solve a problem on the level on which it was created", and the new path to the improvement you seek has nothing to do with "changing muscle memory", or  "work on that new move until you groove it".  It involves getting back to the process you used as a child learning how to walk.  Your body led the way while your brain cataloged "what hurt and what worked" and what you ended up with was perfect, instinctively safe, maintenance free motion.   

There is an injury free game worth playing that is precise, consistent, and maintenance free as walking. Do not fear the non-conscious; embrace it and let it lead the way so you can avoid the non-instinctive motion that always leads to repetitive use injury.