12 touchstones part two matt nokes

Every time we touch a stone to make an adjustment, the absolute the stone represents is the definitive action we’ll call a “DO” for short.  Your automatic mind doesn’t respond well to “DON’T” phrases.  “Don’t do this or don’t do that” almost always produces negative results.

This ABSOLUTE or “DO” (definitive performance worthy action), cuts right to the heart of the issue, quickly identifying the problem, and giving you the feel for the solution.  As we mature using these solutions, they become internalized skill sets you’ll eventually personalize to one degree or another.

Others will try to emulate what you’re doing, but will completely miss the point because they’ll completely miss the context behind it.  You may be thinking “Finally”, the reason why it’s been so confusing up to this point.  I’ve been trying to apply observations when the kinesthetic feel was what you needed all along.  Kinesthetic is learning by doing, feeling and experiencing for yourself, but you have to start with the full deck of cards to access these higher levels of “HEIGHTENED AWARENESS”!

You’ve been observing and believing through observation that you’ll find a cure, and now you know it doesn’t work that way, and now you know the reason why.  As a bonus inside of every adjustment “DO” (Absolute), is a gift of awareness that reveals if there’s other peripheral inefficiencies in the surrounding systems.  Like lingering poison infecting surrounding areas that needs the antidote, and these surrounding areas are like blocks of motor movement codes might be infected.  “Motor movement codes” represent all varieties and different lengths of code, and these motor movements often represent series of levers that must fire in sequence.

The good news is once you choose the fix and it’s a primary ABSOLUTE, the one that cuts right to the heart of the matter, that “Touchstone Absolute” gives you the next “silver bullet” fix and the next, and repairs start happening all through the surrounding areas.  Damaged motor movement codes are deleted and re-written.  It may be that the code is simply written fresh every day and all the dead unused code lingers inactive, which would account for why someone like Tiger Woods, with the “Touchstone Absolutes” for golf, is always hovering near the top of his game.  He has his own routines and no doubt he religiously rehearses his routines each day.  Writing your code fresh each day keeps you in competition form, and to extend the metaphor, if Tiger laid off rehearsing for a couple weeks, no one but him could tell the difference I’m sure, due to his high skill level, but taking off that much time without rehearsals would make even a player of his caliber, lose access to his best feel.  The best athletes are the best because they pay attention to every detail and make sure they’re completely prepared for the competitions they enter.

Now you see why there’s so many theories out there.  Anyone with an iPad or iPhone and some video analysis software can observe by filming a hitter, and try their best to break down their secrets.  The hitter makes it look easy, but as you could imagine, this second hand observation is responsible for the majority of myths circulating through the hitting mainstream today.  Entire theories are based on what they’re observing, but they’re missing the most important ingredient, the “Feel” the “DO”, the definitive action that’s wrapped in incorruptible context.  The context and perspective for how they approached the ball is everything, but it’s entirely missed on the uninformed.  It may be the reason we look for easy fixes.  We look for silver bullets that don’t exist with the skill sets we’re using aren’t able to perceive the higher level context.  We’ve all struggled with immature ideas, “feel fixes” that we partially remember, fixes and feels that worked one day and lost the next.  The feel is lost because the circumstances are slightly different each time, and with each new problem, what worked last week won’t fix anything today.

Learning these 12 Touchstones give you immediate results, but they’re cultivated over time, and you’ll experience higher levels of awareness throughout your career as you mature in these skill sets.  One thing you won’t have to worry about is being on the wrong track and getting lost.  Every move you practice, every series of moves you put together in a routine, will will bring you closer to fixing your sticking points in your movements, by continually adjusting the rhythm and flow of your swing.

At some point when you’ve reached a certain level of maturity, in these special tools, you can develop your own special check list in the form of a moving routine.  i call it a moving routine to keep you away from the stopping and starting of a physical step by step check list.  mature hitters use moving routines that touch all the absolutes and summarize a feel, often a new feel every day but;  never the less, you can trust the new feel that it includes all the properties of good mechanics, timing, rhythm, zoning and the plan.  by simply rehearsing your own private specialize routine, you gain a single connected feel that unifies all the movement feelings into one thing to focus on.