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Talent Code

Post by JMerrell » August 11th, 2017, 2:27 am

Curious as to how many members have read "The Talent Code", by Daniel Coyle.
Or his follow-up book "The Little Book of Talent".

These are excellent reads, I highly recommend for any serious athlete.

If you're looking for a path to reach a higher level, you'll find the answer in these books.

I have given several copies to my serious students.

As the book states:

Greatness Isn't Born, It's Grown!

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Re: Talent Code

Post by deanchamp » August 11th, 2017, 4:47 am

Hi Jim, I wrote 3 BTM articles based on this book and the research done by K. Anders Ericsson and Angela Duckworth.

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I would also recommend you read Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Ericsson.

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Post by JMerrell » August 11th, 2017, 12:07 pm

Great job Dean, I'd expect nothing less from you.

I think what I took most from the books was:

1) Ignition
2) Deep practice:
Rule 1 - Chunk It Up
Rule 2 - Repeat it, repeat it, repeat it, etc.

Case in point, last week I spent three hours with one of my most driven athletes.

She spent the entire time doing the three step drill, primarily without a bowling ball.

Towards the end of the session, she used a bowling ball.

She understands that to be competitive in today's game requires:
1) Higher ball speed (ball above the head).
2) Higher Rev Rate

She will get there; that is a promise I made to her!

The drill was to help her create a shorter power step (to help create more rev rate) and get the ball above the head (higher ball speed).

The attachment shows the before and after (before below, after the top photo).

Also, if you look closely....in the top photo NO MORE Vise wrist support!
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Post by kajmk » December 24th, 2018, 5:26 pm

Thanks for sharing this. The fact that Dean is writing for BTM is a strong motivator for me to resume reading BTM again.

Thanks for helping your driven athletes find and stay on the road to constant improvement.

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Re: Talent Code

Post by kajmk » December 24th, 2018, 5:29 pm

Reiterating Jim's question. Anyone read this?
It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so

There should be a rule of war saying you have to see someone up close and get to know 'em before it's ok to shoot 'em

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Re: Talent Code

Post by guruU2 » December 25th, 2018, 4:39 am

JMerrell wrote:Greatness Isn't Born, It's Grown!
All Superior Individuals have developed GREATNESS starting with the thought process. The Superior Individual correlated with being a Superior Performer requires a disciplined well trained mind that is always open to constant non pre judgmental learning.
JMerrell wrote: "The Talent Code", by Daniel Coyle.
Or his follow-up book "The Little Book of Talent".
deanchamp wrote:I would also recommend you read Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Ericsson.
JMerrell wrote:If you're looking for a path to reach a higher level, you'll find the answer in these books.
Great recommendations Jim and Dean. An important post. Thank you.
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Re: Talent Code

Post by deanchamp » December 26th, 2018, 2:25 am

I read The Talent Code in 2010 and skill development is still one of my favourite areas of interest to research and write about. Anders Ericsson's books and essays are well worth reading on this topic.

Coaching bowling is one thing, coaching to improve someone's skill takes a different understanding. And anyone can do drills, but not many understand why they are beneficial, or do them in a way that is actually helping - I see drills being done incorrectly all the time that will have no real benefit to the bowler.

Similar to Jim's story above, I was working recently with an athlete on her timing - she was getting the ball late into the swing causing a long and slow pivot step. The 3-step drill is very useful for correcting this, when it is done properly. Attached is the result of the 3-step drill being done in a non-beneficial way, contrasted with it being done the right way. The results are self-evident at the pivot step.

And once a drill or action is being done correctly, as a coach you gotta just keep watching that it is being executed in the way that will actually help reinforce the required change.
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Re: Talent Code

Post by kajmk » December 26th, 2018, 3:13 pm

Thanks Dean, for an instructive post detailing cause and effect and your photos which illustrate the contrast of the good and the bad.

Take care.
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Re: Talent Code

Post by crashin12x » December 29th, 2018, 8:22 pm

Hi Jim,

I did read this as you recommended in one of our private messages. Still absorbing the information though I have incorporated some of the learning in our routine training and practice sessions. Actually we coined the deep practice part as SAD (Slow And Deliberate) :D
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