Psychology of Fluid Power

Psychology of Fluid Power

Psychology of Movement


                           "to gain control, give up control"..... Move like an athlete!


Over Control

Before I go on I should say that this is a concept with which I am very familiar. One of the best coaches I worked with when I was a player coined the term 'Rigamortis Rousseau' for me. I didn't take offence since I could relate to the paralysing level of control that I was trying to exert on the club. Ironically, I had turned down a place in the region's athletics team on two disciplines to play golf; so I knew that I could move well. So why then, did I not look fluid and powerful?

There is no game like golf that turns otherwise good movers into uncoordinated, stiff players. It's not hard to figure out why with the small margins of error we work with and the vast quantity of degrees of freedom to coordinate.

                                             "It all comes down to loss aversion!"

The instinct is to control everything so as not to make an error (link to Bernstein). This is not just evident on club players, elite golfers display similar behaviours when they are too attached to the result (score) or under pressure. With club golfers though, the state is less transient and has become 'just the way they play the game'.

Well, guess what folks; at some point, we have to give up control if we to generate speed and move like an athlete.


Ball Focus!

You will see on the website that I devote a lot of space to being 'ball bound'. This is the state of devoting too much attention to the ball to a point that it corrodes our athletic movement and in the short game, can lead to movement dysfunction. (Yips).