Over at stuff.co.nz the headline reads, “Lydia Ko uses baseball to improve her golf swing,” and there’s more. Like Lydia saying, “And it's helping my hand and eye coordination. I need help with that. It's just one of the things we do to make practice fun.”
Your brain in golf
I’m inclined to think it’s a no brainer to say having excellent hand/eye coordination is a bonus. Nevertheless I went to the web to see what I could find.
First of all there was, Dr. Philip Maffetone quoting Vince Lombardi, “Perhaps one of the best lessons about golf is related to the brain. This advice comes from Green Bay Packers’ legendary coach Vince Lombardi, who said, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” This certainly applies to golf."
Dr Phil then gets on Malcolm Gladwell’s, “10,000 hours” golden rule bandwagon and begins to lose me. Prompting me to think is Hogan’s idea of digging it out of the dirt a good way to improving one’s hand/eye coordination?
The IT factor
Over at Reddit acidestroyer writes, “Hand eye coordination is the IT factor that you can’t train a player to have.
When a player like Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, or Fred Couples first picks up a club their golfing potential is immediately FAR higher than almost every other player their age. It’s not because of their size, speed or strength. It’s because they have the fine hand eye coordination.
There is a reason Tiger Woods really began dominating after this Lasik surgery."
And I agree especially when acidestroyer cites Bubba Watson.
Bubba: One of the best
Shane Bacon headlines is post at Yahoo Sports, “Bubba Watson shows off his incredible hand-eye coordination by playing ping-pong with his driver, and includes a video of Bubba batting the ball.
Shane writes, “If you've ever wondered how Bubba Watson can be so precise with such a looping, elongated golf swing, it's because of his hand-eye coordination. The guy has absolutely incredible timing, and it's one of the reasons he's able to do all the different things he does with a golf club and still produce major championship-worthy golf shots… It's incredibly impressive, and just another example of how good Bubba's hands are and how he's able to do what he does on the golf course.”
Here's the link to Stuff and Reddit and Shane Bacon
Quote of the Day
“They say "practice makes perfect". Of course, it doesn't. For the vast majority of golfers it merely consolidates imperfection.” – Henry Longhurst