I've tried a lot of other instruction and have little to show for it except for a reduced bank account. Why should I expect this to be different?
Two reasons - We'll teach you HOW TO MOVE. We don't just tell you to put the club in a certain position. You'll learn the simple movements to get it there, which are based on the most biomechanically safe and efficient movements possible. We'll teach you HOW TO INGRAIN THOSE MOVEMENTS. "Go practice" doesn't cut it here. You'll learn what drills to do, how to do them, and how many you'll likely need to perform. The entire learning process is based on the biology of your brain. Most clients learn how to perform a Tour-quality swing in only 8 lessons (+ practice of course!).
No one has ever taught the golf swing this way. Why not?
Most instructors don't know this stuff, and they'd rather tell you what you want to hear ("Fix your swing in a weekend", "This one secret will fix everything," etc.). We just tell you what you need to improve your game.
Is this just another fad (gimmick, quick fix, etc.)?
We absolutely hate fads, gimmicks, and quick fixes. In fact, we are the opposite of that. Our instruction is based on how your body was designed to move safely and efficiently, and how your brain learns new movements (i.e. swing changes). Could anything be less of a fad or gimmick? If you expect to fix your swing overnight or "in a weekend" as many golf magazines promise, Tourswing isn't for you until you realize that nothing you learn to do well in life happens that fast.
Is Mark Barlow a PGA Teaching Professional? What's his background?
Mark has researched the golf swing for over 20 years, and he studies it daily. He has a background in Mechanical Engineering, Personal Training and sports specific training. His clients come from all over the UK and from abroad to work with him. Given such success without it, and because the PGA program focuses primarily on running golf facilities and less on actual instruction, Mark has chosen not to pursue PGA Certification. Many clients have commented that Mark’s research and instruction far exceeds that taught by PGA instructors.
Am I too old or unathletic to play golf or try out your instruction?
Not likely. Unfortunately, there's a myth that as people age they aren't flexible or strong enough to swing well. On the other end of the spectrum, a lot of younger people tend to think they can't play well because they have little natural athletic ability. The truth is that people who are more flexible, stronger, or more athletic may have some advantages when it comes to playing at a very high level, but almost anyone can have the long game of a low handicap player. The key is in being taught how to move your body properly, and how to ingrain those movements.
Is there anything I can do to improve my swing during the off-season?
The off-season's generally the BEST time to learn! The most efficient way to begin making swing changes is to focus on the specific movements in slow motion, in front of a mirror, and without a ball (sometimes even without a club). Nice weather just tempts you to go outside and beat range balls, which can actually be counter-productive!
Is this instruction complicated because of all the biomechanics, anatomy, and other scientific stuff?
Not at all. Mark’s in-depth understanding of all the "scientific stuff" allows him to explain complex concepts as simply as possible, with no ambiguity. Some people get scared when a muscle or part of the body is mentioned, but it should be just the opposite. For example, would you prefer to be told to "make a full shoulder turn" and then struggle for days and weeks (perhaps years) trying to figure out "how" to do this, or would you like to spend 2 minutes learning the primary parts of your body that create this rotation and immediately be able to make a full 90-degree turn?
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