PuttingZone Stroke 3: “Bird whistle” tempo

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Geoff Mangum - January 15, 2011

@dxptech The human timing does not come in integer settings (74 OR 75 OR 76
bpm) but is in between these settings, and research says training with a
metronome makes you awkward trying to fit to the integer pattern. Also, the
human doesn’t want the numbers and patterns purporting to be those of
mechanical science, but needs to know the “fact” of their timing. The
whistle is flexible that way and matches the fact of whatever timing that
human has.

Geoff Mangum - January 15, 2011

@dxptech Also, remembering the whistle pattern is easier than “remembering”
whether the metronome beat was 66 or 67. Finally, the metronome is “heard”
passively whereas the whistle is generated by the human using
cardiovascular physiology, and the heart rate has a rhythm and the
breathing rate has a rhythm and the whistle has a resonance in the body
(bones of skull mostly but also chest) that meshes with these basic body
frequencies, and is generated out of them — “organic” and “integrated”.

Geoff Mangum - January 15, 2011

@dxptech Finally, the fluidity of the whistle, varying the sharpness of the
tone, with a pronounced acceleration, more accurately reflects the timing
of the putting backstroke then down stroke. The metronome beats from top of
follow-thru to top of backstroke then next top etc. The whistle reflects
the fact that the backstroke from the takeaway to the top of backstroke
takes twice as long as from there to impact, so the whistle is way better
than a metronome.

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