I’ve been not too long ago getting extra into Tai Chi these days. Not particularly for golf. I used to be simply within the “slowing down” a part of the observe and simply the bodily fantastic thing about it. Nevertheless, the extra I observe the extra I can see its advantages – well being, mindfulness, train, meditation – it’s all there.
In the event you don’t know what Tai Chi is, it’s outlined as: “a Chinese language system of sluggish meditative bodily train designed for rest and steadiness and well being.”
Now this isn’t the primary time I’ve written about martial arts and golf. I wrote an article a couple of years in the past referred to as: Various Golf Energy Utilizing Martial Arts – so I’d say that is one other side of that dialog.
I’ve by no means actually practiced Tai-Chi earlier than however I contacted a Qi Gong Grasp who urged a type of Tai-Chi referred to as “Silk Reeling” and stated if practiced lengthy sufficient (didn’t actually say HOW lengthy) it could completely rework your golf sport. He stated he had seen it, many, many instances. After all, I used to be instantly .
He really useful a selected DVD (which I’ll checklist beneath). Let me simply inform you it’s rather a lot more durable than you assume it’s. But it surely does get simpler the extra your observe. I’m solely on the primary set of types however my respiration and actions are beginning to synchronize increasingly. You possibly can nearly really feel the interior energy (Chi) constructing.
And, imagine it or not, you truly get fairly a very good exercise, notably your legs as all of the actions are initialized from the bottom. Hmmmmmm, sounds acquainted. It additionally teaches you methods to calm down your physique whereas transferring – once more, not as simple because it seems to be.
However again to the unique intent of the article. I used to be perusing an older golf discussion board and located some video of Hogan I’ve by no means seen earlier than. It was bizarre. He was exhibiting a buddy of his a method he practices – in sluggish movement.
Once you watch it, it truly seems to be like a sluggish movement video till Mr. Hogan hits the ball and it goes about 15 toes or so. However I used to be unaware how usually he did this sluggish movement observe.
It ties completely to Tai Chi and is a superb method to observe as a result of it makes you instantly conscious of your physique actions. Like Tai Chi it helps you sense areas of stress or Chi blockage in your swing. It makes you keenly conscious of how your golf swing actions movement collectively.
However, you recognize, nobody needs to decelerate. Everyone simply needs to pound balls on the vary with the largest (or hottest) driver they’ll discover and count on instantaneous outcomes. The artwork of Tai Chi runs simply the alternative of that. It *deliberately* forces you to decelerate. To actually empty your thoughts and simply concentrate on your physique, steadiness and respiration.
I believe Ben Crenshaw used to observe this too. After all he was tied in with Hogan and his trainer Harvey Penick so I’m not stunned in any respect.
So strive the sluggish movement observe. It’s a type of issues that appear so apparent however it’s the very last thing you would possibly consider attempting. To me, something the nice Hogan did to observe and enhance is nicely price, no less than, attempting.
Right here’s the DVD I discussed above: Qi Cultivation and the Secrets and techniques of Manipulating Vitality, Progressive Silk Reeling, Sequence I
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