Cognitive tools are the methods, practices, strategies and patterns your mind uses to solve problems.
Simple problems – the problems most people can easily solve - require standard tools.
Complex problems – the problems relatively few people can easily solve - require advanced tools.
Swing mechanics – suffused with optical illusions, false perceptions, counter-intuitive notions, nuanced anatomical movements, scientific laws and principles and hidden factors – is a complex problem whose solution requires an advanced set of cognitive tools.
Golfers using the same, standard and simple cognitive tools rarely improve. Conversely, golfers who resolve to adopt new, different and advanced cognitive tools usually improve dramatically. Take your choice.
To develop a new and different set of cognitive tools - you need to develop visualization skills to discover the arcane and elements within the golf swing’s three-dimensional structure.
Creative Vision is a precondition of the Creative Thought.
However, not all swing videos or visualizations are equal to enhance your cognitive skill sets, stop watching videos demonstrating conventional and defunct swing methodologies. Rather watch videos demonstrating unconventional methods.
To develop a new and different set of cognitive tools, consider the following points:
1 - Find something strange, new, inconsistent and revolutionary hidden within the familiar, mundane, consistent and conventional. Look with fresh eyes. Don’t look for the expected and obvious. Look for the unexpected and hidden.
2 - Entertain doubt and drop certainty. Don’t watch videos to confirm what you already think. Watch videos to refute what you already think. Admit it: What you think doesn’t work as you wish. That’s why you’re watching videos in the first place.
3 - Make direct and real comparisons between video-images of the model swing and video images of your swing. Don’t make comparisons based on what you think you’re doing. Make comparisons based on what’s actually going on in your swing video. Don’t trust your perceptions. Trust the realities as evidenced in your swing videos.
4 - Focus on images and feelings – not on words and thoughts when you watch instructional videos. Watch and listen to swing videos – then mute the volume to heighten your visual learning. Your first goal is to see and feel the answer – not to think and formalize the answer. Develop a clear mental picture before you try to verbalize, analyze or enunciate what you’ve discovered.
5 - Be persistent. Accept the fact that your initial picture may be fuzzy. Not to worry. However, the longer you look and the more your engage your powers of visual imagination - the clearer the picture will become.
Conclusion: To develop a new and different set of cognitive tools capable of solving complex problems, you must nourish your powers of visualization. Here’s your new mantra: "Visualize, visualize, visualize."