Memory Gaphic"Put some effort into it"

by Matthew Leitch, 17 February 2002

Misconception: The more effort you make the more force you can apply, more power you can generate, and the faster you can go.

How skill really works: The relationship between effort and performance is complex and effort is rarely helpful. The force generated can be increased by relaxing opposing muscles (a mental focus that also tends to diminish awareness of tension elsewhere), reducing the risk of injury (and the fear of injury that results), and getting a better body posture, angle, etc to make best use of muscular contractions.

The moat effect I explained in connection with "the learning curve" is another reason finding strong technique can be tricky. There is no shortage of technical advice though, especially in golf.

© 2002 Matthew Leitch