Monday, February 15, 2010

Martin Ayers

I was on Youtube a couple of weeks ago and while surfing the videos I came across a guy who called himself Martinez. I immediately became intrigued by this fellow, you see he's from Australia and I figured he was either Mexican or Puerto Rican or something like that. I found that interesting, so I started to watch some of his videos. What I found was some outstanding and different perspectives on a lot of what we talk about on this blog. Including his pursuit of what made Hogan's swing tick (notice I didn't say secret). So I reached out to Martin and asked if we could get to know him, being the gentleman that he is, he obliged. What follows is that interview.





TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF PERSONALLY

I'm 36 years old. I'm Australian, married, no kids yet. I live on Australias' Gold Coast.

WHEN AND WHERE DID YOU START PLAYING GOLF?

In Sydney, when I was 12 years old. I began playing at Cromer Golf Club, after a brief stint in the junior competitions at Wakehurst Golf Club.

DID YOU HAVE A PLAYING CAREER?

I had a good junior career, played D1 Golf in the US in College at Louisiana/ Lafayette. Underachieved there :)

I turned pro in '96, started off well enough in Australia, but instead of getting better every year I went the other way.

Not so much in terms of skill....I turned pro, but I was anything but professional in my approach to the game, and life in general.

If I had to be pressed for a reason I didn't do better, that would be it.

WHEN AND WHERE DID YOU START TEACHING GOLF?

I was still playing in 2000 and began teaching part time at a Golf school on the Gold Coast. Initially I was just giving playing lessons, then gradually began teaching on the range as well.....an injury finished my playing career at the time.

WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY TEACH?

I teach at Parkwood International Golf Club on the GC. I began giving online lessons toward the end of 2009, and have a group of people online that are working on my ideas. These guys are all genuine seekers, like myself. I hope to make my methodology 'approachable' for the more casual player also. Or more correctly, I want to help those who to this point haven't felt like they could help themselves.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT TEACHING PHILOSOPHY?

The same as it always has been and hopefully always will be. To help people who have not spent 25 years of their life on the game get better, without spending the next 25 years of their life to do so.


WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR TEACHING ABILITY?

I was very fortunate to have some wonderful teachers and mentors. I have had three people who have influenced my game as a player over the years. John Kelly was my first coach. Bob Weir was my coach from halway through college until.........I still consider him my coach.

Nobuhiro Nagai has helped me enormously in my early years as a teacher. He is one of the more highly regarded teachers in Japan, although his ideas tend to polarise his readers/students, but I think he's a fantastic 'Golfing mind'. I should also mention my Gyrotonics teacher Steve Lamerton, his influence has been enormous on me as a person, both physically and mentally.

The greatest influence though, is myself. I have been my best teacher, I taught myself how to learn and how to filter information. That is what

I hope to pass on to anyone I teach or talk to about the game. A teacher can't help you beyond the scope of your own efforts and diligence. As I said, I was fortunate to have some good teachers, they gave me very good information....I plan to give people the very best information I can, and along with that, the easiest way to implement that information so as to not have periods of regression.

WHAT IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST PROBLEM WHICH YOU ENCOUNTER THE MOST IN YOUR TEACHING?

Over-rotation. It's a physical mistake that stems almost wholly from an incorrect perception. The golf swing should not be thought of as a backswing and a downswing. It should be an inswing and a downswing.

I've watched your YouTube videos and get the impression that you are constantly experimenting with different components of your stroke pattern, where do you expect this iterative process to lead you?

The thing I would like people to understand about the constant changes I have made with my Golf swing, is that I have made them all with fore-knowledge of what the end result was always going to be. This process will leave me with the Golf swing I always wanted, I know what that is, what it contains and what it is not. I had an idea of this swing and set out to master it. One swing, one unit, one direction...one time.

I also had in mind I wanted to learn to move without moving....that sounds (no doubt) odd to most everyone. But, it's easy to move.....a monkey can flail its arms around like crazy.

I wanted to own my movement, have it always contained and yet radiate energy. So I wanted this free flowing sling like action that had no perceptible change in direction from start to finsh....from my vantage point over the ball.....but I also wanted to know exactly how everything needed to move/ not move for that to happen so that I could never lose it.

To do that, you need to build relationships....not the kind you see on your 2D video screen....relationships within your body, one component to another

Built in reference points that never change, regardless of the outside environment. I have hundreds of these relationships....they are feels....and they are very real. They may not coincide exactly with what I see on a screen, but I have learned to build bridges to there also, by virtue of the fact that I have become very consistent in my patterns.....so when I change something it stands out to me in feel and in the unreal images on screen.

YOU HAVE SOME CLINICS SCHEDULED FOR THE U.S. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THEM?

I will be basically outlining to the people attending the clinics, the way forward to achieve what I set out to achieve with my own swing/game.

That may sound somewhat daunting to some people hehe, but once your mind takes that first step in this direction it gets easier. It's not so much a 'What to do' as a 'How to'. Anyone interested in finding out more can send me a message on GolfWRX or Youtube. I'll be happy to answer any questions.

To reach Martin's Youtube channel click here


Hit em straight

3 comments:

  1. Give this guy a chance and I don't think you will be disappointed. His enthusiasm for the game is contagious and his belief in his methods unswerving. Read the forum, watch the videos and make your own judgment but I will certainly continue to learn his DOCF methodology.

    Martin has put some serious time and effort into his project and he is helping others along the way.....thanks Martin and I hope this leads to bigger and better things for you!

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  2. I love TGM, and I believe Homer Kelley would have loved Martin. He had the cajones to come up with his very own ideas and his own program and the progress he has made with his students is outstanding. If you ever get a chance to watch Martin's swing, please pay close attention to his wonderful impact alignments.

    Good on ya MATE!

    Kevin

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  3. Yes I agree with both of the above statements.

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