How the Brain Learns - Part 2

Continuation of Part 4, we get more in depth on neuro-muscular re-education.

  • Being a great golfer is not a God-given talent
  • Great golfers have simply received the correct information and put in the time and repetitions to master it
  • It takes 100 repetitions to create the neural pathway for a new movement pattern
  • It takes 3000-5000 repetitions to fully master the new movement pattern
  • "The Karate Kid" is a great example of learning basic motions gradually, through repetition

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Florian
This is just the second half of "how the brain works part 1" !?!?
February 12, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Florian. If you look at the video counter on your screen the first part is the video prior to this one. TRUTHS of Instruction - How the Brain Learns.
February 12, 2020
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Rich
Why does it go wrong? My recent experience: As a 5 handicapper (doing the 5 step & swing reviews etc) I'd been going around in 78 and then gradual improvement to 75 one week. All good. Then mid round, my drives started going off the plant right! I measured one across the opposite side of the adjacent fairway 80 yards!! It got to the point that I could feel the sensation before I even started the swing. And now it remains into the irons. This is an extreme regression!
October 10, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. The pathway isn't myelinated enough, so the more you play the more your brain reverts back to the older movement pattern because it is easier to reproduce. You have to beat the mathematical equation with reps.
October 10, 2019
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Jaleel
Hey Craig. Quick question: Is doing 100 perfect reps for 3 days the same as doing 300 perfect reps in one day (as far as myelinisation is concerned) Is one preferred over the other? Thanks in advance. Jaleel.
September 18, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jaleel. The process of learning will still take place over a 2-14 day period. One over the other for the scenario you described wouldn't make much difference. However, I have seen players that try to do too much in one setting. They tend to start getting a little sloppy with their drill and not being as precise which is critical.
September 18, 2019
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Jaleel
Craig thanks so much for your prompt reply. No, I just missed one day of my bootcamp reps yesterday due to unavoidable circumstances … and so got to wondering if a lost day can be recovered like this. No danger of too much backlog. Thanks again - you guys at RST are the best.
September 19, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Jaleel. Much appreciated.
September 19, 2019
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Michelle
Hi Craig There is no doubt that doing the drills to establish neural pathways is critical in the learning process. I have read the book "The Talent Code" a number of years ago and understand what and how myelin is formed and its importance in delivering signals from the brain to muscles quickly. I also am a big believer in visualisation in the learning process. My question is does Chuck and the Rotary Swing Programme believe that visualistaion is important to learning or is it a waste of time?? Cheers Michelle
January 20, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michelle. Visualization is important in learning. One of the reasons we want lots of feedback from mirror and/or camera. Not only to make sure the movements are correct. But, seeing what you are doing will help the learning curve creating the picture in your mind's eye what you want to accomplish.
January 20, 2019
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Michelle
Hi Craig Thanks for the reply and that makes sense. Just to add to my question. Doing the drills how many drills should I concentrate on whilst I am trying to master the swing and accumulating the required 3000 reps?? I am currently doing 3 drills. Axis tilt, Set Up and Weight Transfer. I assume that 3000 reps should see the movement be ingrained to the point where it becomes unconscious competence. Cheers Michelle
January 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michelle. You may stack as many as you want. The goal is doing them correctly though. The more you stack the harder it will be to get all pieces correct. After about 1000 of setup/weight transfer you should start getting pretty proficient. I would try to add core rotation to the move and further ingrain. However, if adding rotation starts to break the prior pieces apart. You will need to step back and continue more reps.
January 21, 2019
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Michelle
Hi Craig Just to say thank you for the prompt and helpful reply. I'm very impressed with the the fact that you reply within a 24 hour period. Many thanks as it is greatly appreciated. Cheers Michelle
January 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michelle. Thank you very much. Glad you are enjoying the site and its contents.
January 21, 2019
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Frank
I’ve heard that learning can through variability training. Kids learn better to toss bean bags accurately by tossing 2, 4 and 6 yards than just tossing 4 yards. A comparable in golf: learn better how to hit straight balls by learning how to fade and draw. Does this concept work for golf too? Does rotary swing have variability drills to help learning?
July 7, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Frank. In the 9 Days to Amazing Ball Striking Section working on impact and shot shaping helps for the same purpose as described above. If you start with Day 1 it will help conceptualize release and sequence better.
July 8, 2018
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Roger
Great content but this video appears to be the same as the last part of the previous one.
June 6, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Roger. Glad you enjoyed the content. I will check on the over lapping issue.
June 6, 2018
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Arek
Do you have an explanation how the brain forgets the old habits. I understand the way you explain how to learn new movements etc. but how do you replace the old bad movements that you have been doing for over 20 years (with thousands of repetitions) with the new movements of just 5000 reps. The bad habits will always hunt you. Do you think the new movements programme should be backed up by some kind of in maintenance drills or programme to ensure they will eventually replace the old habits' or at least be on top of it. I used to be a sportsman in my younger days and we trained 5 days a week mainly to make sure we maintain what we have learned. The learning of new things was not as intensive as to maintaining. There is very little on maintenance on this site.
November 4, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Arek. The goal is to replace the older movements. Agreed you won't delete the older ones by only achieving 5000 reps, but the movement will be set in place. The new movement patterns will become more dominant the more you repeat them properly. The maintenance is just repeating the same drills and process over again. To this day I still will practice small release lead arm only shots and body movements to reinforce.
November 6, 2017
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Robert
Efficiency and success are great motivators. Once a certain (probably individual) threshold is reached, the new and necessary and useful and successful will be the "new normal". Like learning a new language. Elemental words one at a time at first utilizing the God structured neural plasticity features of the hardware driven by the "need' of the organism. You can learn Chinese pretty fast if you "have to". Like a child has to. And if you have some help from a teacher (think mother) who cares for your success then the process can be as rewarding as the product.
January 26, 2018
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Russ
I notice the visual includes two items not addressed in the audio: cue words and stacking. I hear stacking referred to in a number of other videos but not cue words. I hope there's something more to it than saying "Hail Mary" as I swing. Can you expand on these two things?
September 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Russ. Stacking is building small foundational pieces on one another. Take for example the 5 Minutes to the Perfect Takeaway. You work on very small/simple motions until you can repeat with success and then continually "stack" more advanced pieces on top of the new movements. Cue words are trigger words to keep the focus on what you are achieving. Like thinking "R-E-F" in the backswing. Using the word REF will help keep you on the main goal. I want to rotate, elevate and add flexion. Signal words basically.
September 25, 2017
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Peter
How to combine doing a major swing change and „playing golf”? Hi Chuck, after reviewing my swing on video, I recognized so many swing flaws (too far inside back, too steep forward, ...) that I want to change it completely. I am playing low 80 (high 70) in stroke play competition. Doing all these repetitions shown in your videos from the scratch up, how should I combine this with playing on the course. I am afraid that new “pathways”, which were built by the high number of practice drill repetitions, will be “deleted” when playing on the course “by using the old ways”. Should I stop playing on the course until the “new ways” are fixed? What is your recommendation to do a major swing change? Thanks Peter
September 1, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Peter. It is very difficult to apply playing golf and swing changes. Most of the time our students usually wait till the off season for major changes due to that fact. For everyone one day of golf it usually takes two days of practice to get back on the wagon. If you truly want to rebuild your pathways. Playing golf sadly has to be shelved until patterns start becoming more repeatable.
September 1, 2017
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Vanessa
Oh sadly, this isn’t what I wanted to hear! I live in Texas and pretty much can play year round except maybe a cold January or February and play in a weekly ladies tournament and then a few more times a week on top of this. I was curious as to how trying to implement this new routine will work if I’m playing as much as I do!
September 7, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Vanessa. It is an arduous task to play and change older movement patterns. You really need to have hyper focus on your practice, but also when you play. Pick at least one goal in the swing. Albeit weight shift, release, etc. Disregard the outcome and make sure you complete the task. If you can achieve miniature goals on the course. You can start a small change, but it will take some time.
September 7, 2018
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tony
Let's say you have a steep transition and are working on shallowing it.. Would you recommend 3000-5000 exaggerated reps slowly without even hitting a golf ball?
May 25, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tony. It wouldn't hurt at all to help train the newer or shallower motor pattern slowly without a ball.
May 25, 2017
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tony
Thanx Craig.. I don't know if you saw "The Coleman Video" with Ben Hogan and he is 65 yrs old demonstrating a drill he did for decades.. Reminds me of feel vs real..
May 26, 2017
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David
Hi Craig, I think it might be an idea for you to consider creating a video which addresses the way the mind swing's the club with and without the ball. I can embody the basis of the RST methodology in a practice swing but this feel's totally different when the ball is introduced. I really need help with this and I am sure many more in in the same position. For example I feel a lot more tension with a ball in place and would like to work on reduicing this - I am sure any improvement would be a real benefit. Anyway, just something for you to consider.
February 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks David for the idea. The key when adding a ball is forgetting about the ball. Yes, I know that is a tough one. Try the 2 ball trick in the Perfect Practice Makes Perfect Video.
February 7, 2017
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Jaleel
Let’s say I completed the RST 5 Step System with the required reps and all … ingrained a wonderfully efficient golf swing … and then didn’t play golf or practice for 2 months … or 2 years even. When I’d get back to the range / course, would I have to start the process all over again or would it be like riding a bicycle and come back naturally and quickly. In other words, if unused for a while, do the myelinised pathways dissipate or remain forever?
January 10, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jaleel. Once a motor pattern is ingrained. The body/brain should know no other way to process the move. I often had the same question/thought. I will tell from experience. That I completed the RST program a few years back. After having shoulder surgery and a 6 month layoff from playing. It was like riding a bike upon return. A few minor kinks to work out. But, I was really surprised that the vast majority of my swing remained and still performed at a high level.
January 10, 2017
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Jaleel
Hey Craig, thanks so much for your prompt reply. This is really excellent to know. RST already has us all excited, and with this ... one feels even more encouraged to stick with it all the way
January 10, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jaleel. Think about any activity you perform in life. The golf swing isn't any different. You could stop writing your name, driving a car, shooting a basketball, etc.. Even after months. You would come back repeating your original motion.
January 10, 2017
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Jaleel
Makes perfect sense. Thank you.
January 10, 2017
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gary
I understand rotation and stance width are 2 RST fundamentals. Could you list a few more for me or point me in the right direction. Thanks
February 5, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
They are broken down in the main videos of each section of the swing. The advanced videos in each section will further help correct common faults.
February 6, 2016
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Ron
I understand the need for 3,000 reps for each move and have a few questions: 1) if the goal is 100/day for 30 days, is it better to do all 100 at once or to do say 20 at a time with short breaks between sets? 2) after I complete the first hundred for move 1, before finishing its 3000 reps, is it ok to start adding reps for move 2, etc.? 3) I'm planning to begin practicing my reps without balls; at what point should I start adding balls to my reps? 4) I'm hoping I don't need to complete 3,000 reps for all the moves before I start playing and trying to incorporate what I've learned to that point; when would it be ok to start playing some?
June 26, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ron. Anytime you can squeeze in reps is a good thing. I would try to shoot for 100 in a sitting than sporadically with 20. It will make you focus a little harder to get them perfect every time and start the learning process. You can stack a few pieces. Just know you need to take your time when re-building your swing. There is no cheat when making a big change. Learning is the same for all of us. If you are going to follow exact protocol. Add a ball when you don't have to require as much thought for the movement. It could be a few days before really settling in. You don't have to master it before you start playing again. Once you add a ball and can do it pretty consistently on the range you can play with the focus on your new moves.
June 26, 2015
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Ron
Thanks Craig. You guys are amazing. I'm a new member, this was my first question and you replied the same day...very helpful and impressive.
June 27, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ron. Thanks for the compliments of the site. We are always here to help. Get to work and lets build a better swing!
June 27, 2015
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Steven
While I am trying to learn something new and doing it by repetition, is it okay to still golf or will that impede the process? If I can't golf then do I need to go through the entire series before I can golf again? Thank you -Steven
February 6, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Steven. Playing lots of golf can get in the way of the swing change process. Nevertheless, don't give up yet. Just plan on more mirror/range time than course.
February 6, 2015
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Tom
Regarding the number of repetitions that you should aspire to do in a practice session, will doing 100 repetitions in one session produced significantly better neuromuscular re-education than doing 5 sets of 20 repetitions within one day?
December 11, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Tom, As long as you do at least 100 reps in a day before you go to sleep, you will produce the neurons necessary to be able to repeat these actions without having to think about it once you've had 3000-5000 reps total. R.J.
December 11, 2014
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Tom
Thank you, Tom
December 12, 2014
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Christian
correct repetition. Understanding how your brain works. Well I have some work ahead of me. If you have a genius brain, is it more like 1000 to 2000 reps?
September 25, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christian. Being a genius or athletically gifted may help you pick things up faster. But, the process of learning is still the same.
September 25, 2014

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