STAGE TWO TRAINING
Developing Your Techniques
You might ask, "What do they mean by Techniques?"  Simply put, techniques are the
applications used to perform a given skill.  Therefore, your golf techniques are the
procedures you use to execute your golf skills. This means you will have techniques used
in putting, stroke saving, in wedge play, and your long game.   

Developing your skills will likely involves drills, and the drills that prove to be most effective
often lead to techniques you use on the golf course.  Whether your techniques are born
from the drills you use to develop your skills, or are simply procedures that prove to be
effective, your techniques are those procedures used on the golf course during play.

Your techniques may involve the Fundamentals, Ball Striking skills, Putting procedures,
Stroke Saving shots, Trajectory control, Power applications, Body Mechanics, Trouble
shots, or any other aspect used to play the game.  The set of techniques you eventually
settle on define what EA Tischler calls your "Method of Play."

The New Horizons Golf Pocket Coach series of books have been organized to help each
golfer develop his or her skills while provided a format for finding a sound method of play.  
What do is meant by a sound method of play?  A sound method of play that incorporates
the game's imperatives and fundamentals while allowing each golfer to find techniques
suited to their individual needs.

Though imperatives and fundamentals define the things that all golfers need to do, the
manner in which each golfer incorporates both the imperative and fundamental aspects of
the game is quite an individual process.  Since it is uniquely individual, each golfer will find
their own essentials ingredients to their method of play.  Even so, there must be
somewhere to start, and some way to begin the process of discovering your techniques.

To this end, EA Tischler expanded his pocket coach series to incorporate methods for
finding your techniques.  As you study each pocket coach volume, including the ones listed
in the Stage One Fundamentals, realize that each book on its own provides a valid method
of play.  You simply need to identify want style of play fits your needs.

In Stage One, volume 2 provided a fundamental method of play and volume 3 provided an
athletic method. As we go forward volume 4 is about becoming a great ball striker,
therefore it discusses a ball strikers method of play.  Volume 5 involves stacking your
power components, therefore it provides a power players method of play. Volume 6
studies Anchoring Techniques which identifies your body's best pivot point and builds your
action around that point, therefore it entertains a body player's method of play.  Volume 7
investigates the topics of connection, hinge actions, and releasing, therefore it is tailored to
those interested in a leverage player's method of play.  Lastly, volume 8, titled The Plane
Truth dispels myths and misconception about swing plane theory while clarifying what
swing plane options are truly valid.  Therefore it shows you how to develop a method of
swinging on-plane.

Pocket Coach volumes 9 through 12 discuss the basic shots needed to play the game, in
doing so they involve techniques for playing those shots and will therefore have relevance
in Stage Two training.  We will also revisit these topics in Stage Four where the techniques
are used to play the game.  

Volume 9 focuses on putting, volume 10 on stroke saving shots, volume 11 on wedge play,
and volume 12 on playing the woods.  You may ask, what about volume 1?  Volume one
provides a game plan for managing yourself on the golf course, therefore it is much more
suited to Stage Four considerations.  The main reason it was organized as volume one is
that most people start playing the game without an formal education, therefore I thought it
wise to provide golfers the opportunity to study those basic things needed to play the
game successfully.

While studying all the books in their entirety will provide the most complete image of
playing the game, it is only necessary to find a method of play that suits your needs.  For
example, if you want to play consistent recreational golf, you can use either volume 2 or 3
to help develop a sound method of play.  

If you want to be a great ball striker, studying volume 4 followed by volume 7 can help you
achieve your goals.  If you want to be a power player, or a consistent body player,
studying volumes 5 and 6 can help you achieve your goals.  If you believe that leverage is
the answer to your method of play volume 7 has been written specifically for you.  Lastly,
if you believe that swinging on-plane is the key to a consistent method of play study
volume 8 will help he understand your options.
Whatever method of play you decide on, volumes 9, 10, 11, and 12 can help you round
your playing skills, skills needed to play your best golf.  In the end those skills may have
the greatest influence on your ability to score low.  

With all this in mind, your basic method of play will help you navigate your way around the
course, however, your putting, stroke saving, and wedge skills will help you finish off each
hole in as few a number of strokes as possible.  

Playing your woods well will help you begin each hole in a positive manner as well, so
volume 12 will also be important to your scoring skills.  Sam Snead once said if he had to
do it all over again he would spend 90 % of his time on driving, wedge play, and putting, all
of which are covered in volumes 9 thru 12.

When I began organizing the New Horizons Golf Approach I thought it best for golfers to
first develop their fundamentals, second develop their body mechanics, third find the
applications that make bring the golfer's body mechanics into a fundamentally sound
method of play, and then to complete the process by learning to truly play the game.  
Though I thought this would be the ideal process of owning the type of game all golfers
ultimately desire, I found it much more practical to introduce the techniques as Stage Two
in the process and body mechanics in Stage Three of the process.  The reason for this
being that due to the present state of consciousness in the golf community most golfers
would never completely develop their body mechanics.  This was primarily because the
concept of biomechanics was relatively unheard of and therefore had intimidating
implications.  

Even though the topic of body mechanics is much more accepted today, it is still largely a
mystery to the average golfer.  This means the average golfer is more likely to develop the
fundamentals first followed by techniques that allow him or her to successfully play the
game.  At this point in time, only the truly dedicated golfer makes the commitment to
discover and internalize the biomechanics best suited to his or her individual needs.  
Therefore, the topic of
Power of 3 Golf Biomechanics continues to be the topic of Stage
Three training. Even so, if you make the commitment to tackle your body mechanics you
will find additional techniques during your Stage Three Journey.

Keep in mind there are many ways to tackle the game of golf. I have long respected the
approach Casey Nakama, a friend and fellow professional who lives in Hawaii, has used to
train junior golfers.  He believes that when it comes to juniors it is best to teach them is
how to play the game first.  This involves among other things instilling the confidence of
being able to get the ball in the hole.  In his programs he spends a lot of time on the
putting and stroke saving skills.  He also encourages a competitive attitude.  Among other
things they work on etiquette, the rules, and many other aspects needed to play the
game.  By the way, he is also the instructor that worked with Michelle Wie as she began
her golfing journey.

I believe this is a great place to begin with juniors, and even adults that are new to the
game.  And I would encourage every golfer to get started in a similar manner.  
Unfortunately, most golfers start playing the game before they take golf lessons.  In doing
so they develop bad habits and tend to be more concerned with the long game because it
seems to present the greatest obstacles.  In reality, the greatest obstacle is the failure to
first develop the basic skills and fundamentals first.  So, find a way to develop a sound
foundation.  Then you can decide where basic techniques are all you need to play
recreational golf or whether you will be more committed to the game and therefore need
to understand your body mechanics more thoroughly.
Copyright 2009 Ed Tischler / New Horizons Golf Approach. All rights reserved.

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