"Explanar can improve the abilities of all players" - Explanar is endorsed by scientist Dr.Chris Bertram
Dr Chris Bertram has endorsed the Explanar and the claims that the golf training aid can have instant and dramatic effects on golfers of all abilities. Dr Bertram is a Professor of Kinesiology and a Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the University College of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia.
Dr Bertram worked closely with the inventor of the Explanar, PGA Master Professional Luther Blacklock, and after a series of experiments, he found good evidence that the golf training aid could improve the abilities of all players that were tested.
In this interview, Dr Bertram explains his role at the University and his views on how the science behind the golf training aid works to improve your game.
What do you think about when you hear the word kinesiology?
People often associate kinesiology with athletics, but the discipline is actually the study of all human movement, as well as looking at how the various systems of the body are involved in facilitating movement. Research in kinesiology at the UCFV is focused on many aspects of this large subject area.
What do you research at the UCFV as part of this project?
You’ll find people analysing golf swings and other athletic endeavours in UCFV’s new Human Performance Laboratory. Part of my research is to test equipment that aids users in feeling what a golf swing is “supposed” to feel like. However, you will also find studies underway about other subjects, such as the effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder on motor skill development, the effects of Parkinson’s disease on neurological systems, occupational physiology for law enforcement agencies, and recovery from concussion. Our mission in the Human Performance Lab is to support activities and research related to the development of optimal human performance in all spheres. Even our studies around golf swings are about more than how to improve your game.
What is your main focus as part of these projects?
My research is centred on how to best design environments that are most efficient in teaching people how to enhance their performance by improving their motor skills. I am interested in motor control, which is how our brains control our movement and motor learning – how our brains and bodies work together to learn new movement patterns.
How does this relate to golf?
I am focusing on golf right now as I find it to be an incredibly interesting arena of human performance. There is a great variety of complex movement patterns in a golf swing, and there are both mental and physical components to it. By studying the different methods used to teach people components of golf, we hope to determine some general principles of learning that can be applied to any number of areas of human performance.
What methods of learning are you evaluating for golf products?
We are evaluating controlled experiments which include verbal coaching, video analysis, a combination of the two, and kinaesthetic feedback using equipment that aids the user in feeling what a proper swing is ‘supposed’ to feel like.
Our purpose in this regard is to first determine if the manufacturer’s claims are valid scientifically, and secondly to come up with a theoretical explanation as to why certain training tools and others are not.
Analysing the complex movement patterns of a golf swing provides a wonderful window into the underlying processes of motor learning and control that can span all areas of human performance. We think that we know a lot about how our brains work, but the truth is, we are just beginning to grasp the amazing complexity of the interactions between our brains and our bodies.