I don't see complete control of the golf ball at any level and the flawed golf instruction of the past thirty years is responsible for that. How sad that an entire generation of competitive golfers takes the defensive strategy of practicing endless hours of short game in order to salvage scores. Throwing up the white flag with acceptance of mediocre approach shots and two or three errant tee shots per round is the new norm. And the mental game strategy is based on reactive acceptance of those inevitable imprecise shots. Relaxed focus, staying in the present, and trusting thyself is never instinctive when in the presence of impending doom and no amount of "mental game" jargon spawned in the 70's is ever going to change that. You should not accept anything less than complete control of the golf ball. You should not have to endure endless hours of short game practice just to salvage scores. There is a level of precision you have not experienced yet and that is not because of a lack of effort. Golf instruction lost it's way about 30 years ago and the only beneficiaries are chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons, physical trainers, and so called "mental game" gurus. The beat goes on and the all time greats are still considered to be the all time greats. Complete control of the golf ball is only a dream that today's player has heard about.
Finding your personal mechanics of instinct (the 100% instinctively safe motion that allows the body to focus upon precision and finesse) happens at mach speed when you discover your true fundamentals that cooperate with the non-conscious system your body uses as it continuously searches for absolute safe motion. All changes that evolve towards your personal, instinctive body-safe motion occur seamlessly and produce immediate improvement. Becoming a slave to "we need to change your muscle memory" and "work on that move until you groove it" is a dead end street that leads to "static" between the body and brain and repetitive use injury caused by non instinctive motion. YOUR BODY KNOWS WHEN YOU ARE REPLACING ONE NON INSTINCTIVE MOVE WITH ANOTHER AND NEVER COOPERATES. IN CONTRAST,THE BODY INCORPORATES SEAMLESSLY ANY NEW MOVE THAT IT VIEWS AS "SAFER" IN REGARDS TO BALANCE AND SPINE SAFETY. All new motion worth keeping never requires a "getting used to" transition period because change worth making allows the body to shift intentions from safety to precision and finesse, and instant measurable improvement follows. Say goodbye to the everyday search and maintenance of a perceived "perfect swing" and hello to what you really own. Welcome to eternal trust in thyself.
Mechanics of Instinct
"I call BS to "we need to change your muscle memory" and "work on that new move until you groove it". The body knows when you are simply exchanging one non-instinctive move for another and it never cooperates. In contrast, the body fully cooperates with any new motion that is instinctively more safe. Understanding this is your ticket to efficient practice, improvement at mach speed, and pain free play."
"The instincts are formed by trial and error. The body leads the way while the brain catalogs "what hurts and what works". There is no muscle memory, there is no mental game; you have one body and one brain, now deal with it."
- Geoff Mangum
Instinctive motion is simply "normal" motion and changes that the body views as more safe are incorporated seamlessly. There is no "getting used to" transition period. Measurable improvement either does or does not occur instantly because the body uses a 100% pass/fail system as it continuously seeks absolute safe motion. This measurable improvement occurs at mach speed when you know what you are looking for.
All change worth making cooperates fully with the body's instinctive goal of 100% balance and spine safety. When the body anticipates totally safe motion, it can shift focus to precision and finesse. Everyday peak potential performance is simply normal when the body and brain are on the same page.