[My brain hurts] Golf Technique Conundrum

I have had a break from Golfgooroo for the last month. And I’ve enjoyed it. A chance to refresh the batteries and focus on some other important projects. In fact, over the last month I don’t think I’ve ever written and worked as much (work is certainly a four letter word).

It seems every year I also have a good think about the direction of my golfing business and plan for the future. It’s a good idea (I think) because it keeps me moving and on the edge. It’s not always comfortable but I now try and embrace this as a sign I’m doing something good. Pesky hates change and I hate him for it – but I always have the last say and he rarely dominates my life like he used to.

One thing I’ve been battling with is my thoughts and ideas on golf technique. Most know me as the “natural learning” guy and probably think I’m against all sorts of technical coaching. I’m not. And if I’ve made any sort of mistake with my writing over the years it’s that I’ve over emphasised natural learning and given the impression that technique is not important. This is not the case. I’m not against golf technique or trying to build a better swing. I’m just against this line of thinking all of the time.

At some point, no matter your technique, you’ve gotta get outside and play the game. You’ve got to swing the sticks and leave thoughts of your swing alone. In my mind this is truly the only way you’ll unlock your subconscious and the magic that goes with that. If you’re consciously trying to swing the club, you inhibit your ability to experience better golf. Golfgooroo has primarily been about encouraging and helping golfers be brave enough to think less and play more.

And I feel I’ve done a good job at that.

But golfers want more. And I feel I’m uniquely qualified to help golfers learn a better golf swing technique because of the research and biomechanical anaylsis that I’ve done. The swing model is called BioSwing and you may have seen it floating around. Here’s the thing.

Golfers love the swing stuff. Tips and tricks sell magazines and get people talking. And BioSwing has certainly gotten it’s fair share of comments and interest. This is another battle that I’ve had because mental/automatic/learning stuff is interesting to me, but a vast majority of golfers couldn’t give a stuff about it. I attract some diehards (maybe “passionate” is a better word), but the mass golf market is lost to me. Not a great business decision let me tell you.

So I’ve been battling a decision to jump back on the technique bandwagon or keep doing what I’ve been doing with natural learning and automatic golf. Here’s what I’ve come up with.

I’ve reworked BioSwing to include the natural learning principles I’m more well known for. BioSwing has gone from a major biomechanical study of the swing, into an optimised swing model and now it’s more of a complete learning system. In fact, I’ve been busting my nut to develop a way of coaching swing technique so it’s as simple and stress free as possible. I’ve got a lot more to say about this and my next post will shed more light.

BioSwing has also received some significant investment. The investors loved the concept and have thrown enough money at it to produce some high quality videos and generally professionalise the set-up. If you’re interested you can check out the BioSwing video for only $1. Considering the entire video production cost close to $40K, this is a very generous price.

You can watch a sample over here.

This is just the first step. As mentioned, I’ve got another announcement in the next few days. Keep your eyes peeled.

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18 Comments

  • James Smith

    Reply Reply October 3, 2013

    Sounds great, Cam! Looking forward to it. James.

  • Cam280

    Reply Reply October 4, 2013

    At some point, no matter your technique, you’ve gotta get outside and play the game. You’ve got to swing the sticks and leave thoughts of your swing alone. In my mind this is truly the only way you’ll unlock your subconscious and the magic that goes with that. If you’re consciously trying to swing the club, you inhibit your ability to experience better golf. Golfgooroo has primarily been about encouraging and helping golfers be brave enough to think less and play more.
    Funny thats exactly what an ad on telly was saying,i.e THINK LESS, TRUST YOUR SELF. I reckon the ripple effect has begun and the change is in the air we are reaching more and becoming more accepting come what may! Its just a game…….. but what a game! I LOVE THIS GAME!!!!!
    Just don’t get me started on letting Plovers nest near greens!

  • Grayden Provis

    Reply Reply October 4, 2013

    Can’t agree with you Cam. You’re now just like the rest and a voice has been quieted. I hope you will reconsider. For me there’s Fred Shoemaker and there’s Cameron Strachan. The rest are all the same. Cam280 says “Golfgooroo has primarily been about encouraging and helping golfers be brave enough to think less and play more.” Spot on IMHO.

  • Cam280

    Reply Reply October 4, 2013

    lol,…. Mr Provis I didn’t say it, Mr Strachan said it, I was merely in agreeance! don’t you comprehend my friend?

  • Grayden Provis

    Reply Reply October 4, 2013

    Oops, so he did. I should read more carefully! Whoever said it, its a good point 🙂

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply October 7, 2013

      very good article. There’s lots of stuff in there and might write a post on it soon…

  • Lukey

    Reply Reply October 7, 2013

    Cam
    Took a chap (brother in law)out for his first ever hit whilst on holidays recently with tuition from myself that didn’t consist of much more than a couple of hits in his backyard.We then went for nine holes at Apsley golf course (sand scrape greens )and we were included in the local comp which was stableford and he went ahead and had 13 points (they gave him a 36 h/cap).The only help I gave him was an idea of what clubs to use and a couple of handy tips so I consider his effort first up to be great.
    Cheers Lukey

  • Corey

    Reply Reply October 7, 2013

    I’m not sure how to reconcile your swing advice with the auto swing. Surely using your swing advice is taking us away from our natural swing and making us clones of how you do it which again leads to over thinking of the swing instead of just letting it happen.

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply October 7, 2013

      Corey, BioSwing is not about turning you into a robot – that was never my intention. I think you’re analysing the swing too much – you need to get comfortable and fire the club. Play the game – if you want to work on the swing do so at home and then go play.

  • Corey

    Reply Reply October 7, 2013

    Analysing the swing too much? Me? Well….guilty. 🙂

    Discovered your site a week or so go and it has really made a difference already. The only setback I’ve had since then was when I bought your $1 video and went out to the course and found myself thinking again. Big mistake. Nothing wrong with the video it’s just that any swing thoughts kill my game. At the moment if I think at all when for example I’m chipping on the practice green I’ll shank it. But if I pick a target and walk up to the ball with a clear mind and just swing……all good. I just need to keep doing this over and over to untangle all those mental knots that have built up from thinking about my swing for so long.

    Cam what do you think of Joseph Parents Zen Golf?

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply October 7, 2013

      Corey, I am about to take a slightly different approach where I’ll be incorporating the biomechanics with natural learning. I feel I’ve spent more time on this then probably any coach out there – also feel I can coach a better swing without destroying your game in the process. It’s a big call I know, but I’ve been scheming and thinking about this stuff for 20 years.

      To be fair, I haven’t seen ZG for years and it wouldn’t be fair to comment. What are his main ideas? What do you think of the book?

      If you learn to think less when you play you’ll have a breakthrough. If you can stick with it you’ll play your best golf. I think maybe Bioswing came along at a time when you were vulnerable…

      Keep swinging, that’s the main thing.

      Cam

  • Corey

    Reply Reply October 7, 2013

    I’ve only read a few of the preview pages of the book on the website but it seems very similar to what you teach ie getting out of the way mentally and just play. It’s a method that I have used to some success previously but without knowing what I was doing. I had exhausted every youtube video and had gotten to the point where I had the full swing yips. I would take the club to the top and just freeze. Actually freeze for 3 and 4 seconds before I could start the downswing. Gave my mates a good laugh. Wasn’t until I stopped myself from thinkng that my golf began to improve. Dropped 5 shots off my handicap and all was going to well until I started thinking again as I tried to take my game to the next level. Result? 4 months later and I’ve found those 5 shots again.

    Thankfully after discovering your teachings I’m on the way to getting all the junk out of my head and just swinging again. The difference this time is that I’m not going to go back to trying to make my swing something it will never be.

  • Adam

    Reply Reply October 8, 2013

    so i think ive automated my swing. i just hit the ball now. but i have no distance. in fact i think ive lost some. used to be hitting my 7 iron 140 yards. now only 100. whats going on cameron? am i really automating my swing if im losing distance? and if im not automatic, how can i become so?

  • Adam

    Reply Reply October 8, 2013

    at least it goes straight with a good strike

  • Adam

    Reply Reply October 9, 2013

    sorry for so many comments on one post but I just read some more of your material and im thinking golf improvement as an event and not a process. ive definitely improved since I began where I couldn’t even hit the dang thing but now at least its getting in the air and going forward. so if I keep myself going and I think it more as a process and not an event I will get better over a few years. ive only played ten rounds so im not great. when I begin to play more golf I will be able to improve quicker. its still a process though. don’t get me wrong id really like a quick fix right now, but its just not going to happen. so might as well practice over years and years. trust me ive been doing this for two years and im better than what I was before. generally ive always played automatically, just didn’t realize it. searching for a quick fix though sometimes. not going to happen

  • Adam

    Reply Reply October 9, 2013

    so im going to stop worrying about distance….sorry forgot to add that last comment…once again sorry for soooo many comments. lol

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