I have a question about training athletes in a sport like golf that requires real specific movements that are crucial to the execution of the shot. Do you think that some moves can be detrimental to a swing if the move is not following that exact swing pattern (i.e., throwing a medicine ball in which you do a similar but not the exact same weight shift as you would be on the course)? Do you think an athlete can develop a bad habit from not duplicating that specific good habit?
Good question. The swing is a unique skill and it can only be trained as the swing (I leave that to the pros). I train weight shifting, mobility, stability, strength, power.... etc.
My point is to clean up all movement patterns. Use the drills with the medball and cable column to demonstrate stability and left/right symmetry and push quickness. Then tell your golfer he has more horse power – now learn to drive it!
The people who teach the skill always come back to me with positive amazement and say, “What the hell did you do?” And I say, "I just achieved balance and reduced unnecessary compensation." Always demand as much symmetry as possible when training athletes. It seems boring but that is what I do.