A novice cannot go by ‘feel’, they do not have a ‘feel’ yet.

Even a great athlete learning a new skill is still a novice. Being a novice says nothing about your potential, it speaks only about one’s current state.

A person with no ‘feel’ has few controls to manipulate. A coach’s progression through drills attempts to develop this ‘feel’; what are the static positions? how do you progress the transfers between them? what consideration do we give to tempo?


The novice is at the controls of a Cessna. Stick and throttle and some flaps are what is available; instruments tell you pitch, air speed, fuel and rpm and that’s about it. You’re pretty much flying a car, but you’re at basement level of it, indeed there are as many controls for the radio as there is for the control of the aircraft. This is pretty much what happens with a novice athlete, they can hear what you’re telling them but there are few things they are able to adjust yet with the machine they are controlling.


The experienced elite athlete has many controls. Their years of skill development have added many dials, levers and knobs to adjust; they have an entire avionics software system that makes slight adjustments to their body. They have an auto-pilot where everything can run along smoothly without much worry or real time attention.


We might be many years away from literally having cyborgs competing in sports but in the mean time, look at training and skill development as adding controls to the machine you’re running.