Collective insight develops a collective intelligence for students

24 Nov

It’s in politics in media and even in nature, once everyone knows, you were then taught.

This was somewhat noted in my first blog subject I wrote.

There is an old adage,” nobody invented much of anything new twice”.

Makes sense sure once fire and the wheel were developed it pretty much caught on quickly.

Now before I take everyone down the road to reminiscing on the movie 2001, let’s look at what this topic is related to in the golf instruction community.

These days we have technology at our finger tips and years of past experience from former golfers to tap into. There are books and books on subject matter of players feels and insight as well as some objective research on the golf swing, all of which I think is great material.

For the average golfer this is great as much as it is confusing to a degree. How do we as golfers start learning the subject matter without spinning our wheels?

Ill relate it to myself for a moment, which to a point I’m reluctant to do most the time.

My first experience in the learning of the golf swing was first in two books called Search for the Perfect Swing by Alastair Cochran, and John Stobbs. The other book was The Golfing Machine by Homer Kelly. Both of which lead me to learn the swing itself from Mac O Grady. After sometime I had the opportunity to learn insight from Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett. At this point I’m learning more about Track-man and 3D alignments with Grant Waite and Joseph Mayo and others.

From what I’ve written above it very much creates a timeline which shows an evolution on my teaching and learning of the Golf Swing. There was a lot of experimentation and a large learning curve not only in my organization of things but also my maturity on teaching.

Never the less it was a great experience thus far.

The most important part of my discussion is as it relates to the individuals that are part of this time line. All of which have different personality and even values on what and when to teach parts of the message.

As a whole I see this as an area that is growing very rapidly in the next ten years. “I’m not saying this should be your stock pick”. But I am saying there will be a younger generation that will expedite my experience twice if not three times faster, yet bring their personality and experience to the table. Hence we see other young teachers such as Sean Foley and Matt Killen on the PGA Tour ranges.

This is where we are getting back to the original title called, collective insight. More personality’s and experiences to relate to more people.

Unfortunately there is some headway that must be transcended in my view, there are some figure heads that will buck the idea. However in time the information will prevail as being right and or got better with age.

My last thought on the subject is related to the cell phone technology. The cell phone has been out for more than a decade and just about everyone over the age of sixteen owns one. This being said how did Apple grab the market share if they were not the inventor of the cell phone?

Apple made a phone that more people could relate too.


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