I have the book on order (Amazon usually ships so they arrive on release date, but mine comes tomorrow for some reason), so I haven’t read it yet, but I was a bit surprised at some of the comments on the podcast.
As briefly as I can make them…
- “Science” ≠ “technical” ≠ “mechanical” ≠ “feels”
- The D-Plane takes about four minutes to understand. Leitz didn’t know any more than 200+ other guys and gals.
- The Golfing Machine is not at all relevant today, and it was never “scientific.” “Faux-engineering” maybe…
I don’t know, and I’m nearly sure I’ll be wrong after reading the book, but the podcast just felt… weird. Not from @Randy’s side - I thought the questions were good and @Randy went where Brett took him, but from Brett’s side… huh? I hope I’m wrong about the book.
From the excerpt on Amazon:
I disagree that this has happened.
Have I been in “heated” Facebook group discussions? Yeah. But hell, half the time (or more) it’s between two “scientific” people arguing about which model means what, or something like that. And those same “scientific” teachers then go out on a lesson tee and don’t talk about any of the science, but teach entirely by “feels” to a student.
Wow, so screw you, Chris Como. (Chris put in a lot of time with Tiger talking about his back, did a ton of research, saw a ton of specialists, etc. I won’t speak for Chris, but… this is misleading at best. Heck, it disparages even Hank and Foley. It’s not like Tiger forgot all he learned from those guys.)
Basically, this “feels like” (and the podcast did little to dissuade me from believing this is the case) that Brett has somewhat artificially created these two boxes and then seeks to pit them against each other.
That’s not how the golf world is. I’m sure that’s how it is for some people some of the time, but the vast majority of active and good instructors live in the middle. They understand the science. They teach with feels, games, drills, creative aids, etc.
It goes without saying, but I’m saying it anyway, but please don’t take the above as negative toward Brett or even NLU. I like hearing opposing views, stuff that makes you think, etc. Maybe the book will be that. Disagreement is not necessarily “dislike.” And again, I haven’t read the book yet. I might be coming back on here to say “yeah, the above, never mind. That’s not what happens in this book.”