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Teach technique, or teaching technique?

As always - I love a 'clever' blog title. Unfortunately with this one I think the cleverness completely obscures the meaning. What I mean is, what is more important, knowing the technique to teach an athlete, or having good teaching technique (and ability)?

I've been in many situations where coaches have been very interested by technical information. When I say very interested, to me it seems borderline obsessive. On various posts and blogs featuring sport coaching questions, it seems the most passionate, and controversial topics, are on the minutiae of technique.

It worries me that many think the answer to success in sport is knowing the perfect technique, rather than how you teach that technique.

The following is a conversation with a group of coaching friends on this topic, names changed to protect the opinions. The question I sent was:
What's more important, knowing the right technique, or knowing the right way to teach?  LAURA

Hi. Both. It has to be both if you&…