Typing madness

My mate Andreas was (and still will be) an unbelievable typist. He broke all the school records and I think his best speed peaked at around 120 words per minute. Compared to the rest of us, he was a freak. His fingers danced across the keyboard while most of the class were uncoordinated and clumsy.

The second best typist could only manage around 60 wpm. This is nothing to sneeze at, but compared to Andreas, daylight was second. Her typing technique was careful, she hit the correct key with the proper finger (not that easy to do) but there was no flow. She didn’t dance. She was so focused on doing it “properly” that her speed and performance was stagnant.

And this is how many of us play golf. We don’t flow. We’re so concerned about technique and worried about making a mistake, that we don’t allow ourselves to dance. And many golfers, despite playing for years, are so concerned, they employ the golf equivalent of hunt and peck.

Hunt and peck can get the job done. But it’s not the optimal way and you’re definitely leaving money on the table. Many hunt and peckers become so reliant on their suboptimal way that they’re closed off to a better alternative.

If you want to play your best golf you’ve gotta learn to dance. Your game must flow and you can’t be scared of hitting the odd wrong key.

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  • Grayden Provis

    Reply Reply December 7, 2012

    Brilliant. The other similarity between good typing and good golf is keeping a “quiet core”. In typing its keeping the hands essentially still and letting the fingers dance around. In golf….well, you know the drill.

  • cam280

    Reply Reply December 7, 2012

    My Mrs laughs at my typing, her latest comment was… it must be annoying to always have to look at the keys. I guess I have trust issues?

  • Troy Vayanos

    Reply Reply December 8, 2012

    In other words, find your best golf rhythm and your golf swing will perform at its best.

    I can relate to this because I’ve been fortunate enough to be a very good typist most of my life. The hunt and peckers are hilarious to watch!

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