The QATSPY Golfer’s Sports Page: Golf Swing Tips
By: Charles W. Boatright
Golf Swing Mechanics 101 Wrist Action in the Golf Swing
A major component of basic golf swing mechanics 101 is the golfer’s ability to synchronize their golf swing sequence. In order to facilitate a consistent golf swing sequence, the golfer needs to be able to synchronize their entire body. This extends beyond just syncing the forearms and arms with the upper and lower body. But, the golfer’s ability to sync the wrists with the their forearms and their entire body is key, as shown below.
There is an important distinction for the golfer to make in executing their golf swing sequence. This is distinction between the lower forearm and the wrist. The wrist is not where the wristwatch would be worn, as this is the lower forearm. The wrist consists of two of the most dexterous and strongest muscles in the hand, called Thenars (Hypothenar and Thenar), shown above. The Thenars are muscles that have direct contact with the handle of the golf club. This is the reason that the Thenars should be an important component in the golfer’s swing sequence. The Golf Baton noted above can also allow the golfer to work on their golf swing sequence at work or at home to build the important muscle memory to Sync/Preset the wrist action in the golf swing.
The golf baton can be made by the golfer using a discarded shaft and purchasing a detachable weight shown below. This overload underload training golf technique is the same training technique used by baseball players in the on deck circle getting ready to step into the batter’s box. The same Sync and Preset used by the baseball batter is the same Sync and Preset golf swing technique the golfer should use. The golfer is essentially taking their baseball-style golf swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.
This detachable weight, shown above, provides the golfer with an important golf swing workout called Overload underload training golf technique to develop better power and clubhead speed. The discarded golf shaft can be cut down to 22-inches. I then place a training grip on the golf baton to help me maintain the proper grip position and feel on the club.
How the right-handed golfer synchronizes the left wrist with the right lower forearm, wristband, will determine the consistency and the quality of any type of golf shot made. This applies from the driver down to the abbreviated pitch and chip shots around the green where feel is important. I consider the abbreviated pitch and chip shots around the green as an airborne putt. I take the same precision as I do with these abbreviated pitch and chip shots as I do with making my putts on the green.
Ergonomics- Golf Swing 101, Basic Golf Swing Mechanics
In the title of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, the term ESPY is more than just a part of the title of a golf book. ESPY is the Ergonomic Sync, Preset, and Yaw golf swing sequence. The principle of Ergonomics is simply, it gives the golfer the ability to synchronize their wrists and lower forearm, or wristband, with the rest of their body to develop consistent golf swing mechanics and techniques, without incurring injuries.
The term YAW is an unique term used in aviation that can be apply equally to your golf swing mechanics. Yaw refers to the horizontal rotation of a body about a vertical axis. The horizontal rotation in golf is the golfer’s shoulders and torso. The vertical axis in golf is the golfers spinal axis. This horizontal rotation is performed when the golfer takes the handle of the golf club or golf baton to the top of their golf swing from the Lock Position.
The biggest part of ESPY golf swing mechanics is it develops the proper wrist action in the golf swing early by Syncing and Presetting the left wrist with the right lower forearm (for a right-handed golfer). The Sync and Preset maneuvers places the hands and the handle of the golf club or golf baton into the proper Lock Position. The other advantage of the Sync and Preset maneuvers is 80 percent (80%) of the golfer’s swing is completed at the Lock Position. This is a huge confidence builder to the golfer on the golf course.
A Golf Channel Interview with David Duval, a Former No. 1 Golfer in the World
Probably one of the best interviews and demonstrations of the golf swing given of the proper wrist action in the golf swing was on Golf Channel, featuring David Duval’s golf swing. Charlie Rymer, also a Georgia Tech Alumnus, conducted the interview with David Duval for Golf Channel in the later part of 2016. Charlie Rymer examined in detail every facet of David Dual’s golf swing techniques that allowed him to reach the number one golfer in the world, in March of 1999. David held that spot for 15-consecutive weeks.
What caught Charlie Rymer’s attention during the interview was David Duval’s wrist action in the golf swing that Charlie Rymer referred to as ‘That Wrist Thing‘. That Wrist Thing, as Charlie Rymer called it, was David Duval ability to synchronize his wrist action in the golf swing by syncing and presetting his left wrist with his right lower forearm. The major part of the interview consisted of David Duval demonstrating multiple times the Sync and Preset maneuvers, or That Wrist Thing. David Duval’s golf swing sequence that he performed consisted of him presetting his left wrist and syncing it with his lower right forearm. In my book, I refer to this as the Sync/Preset maneuver to the Lock Position, shown below.
Golf Swing 101 Mechanics- Sync and Preset the Wrist Action in the Golf Swing
There are several professional golfers that emphasize using the wrist action in their golf swing sequence. Presetting the wrist action in the golf swing consists of Presetting the left wrist and Syncing the right lower forearm (in regard to the right-hander).
That Wrist Thing starts with the golfer knowing how to synchronize the right lower forearm, or what I refer to as the right wristband. There are two key muscles in the wrists called the Hypothenar and Thenar, or what I refer to as simply the Thenars in my book. These two muscles are preset and synced with a key muscle in the golfer’s right lower forearm, or wristband, called the Pronator Quadratus Muscle. This muscle allows the golfer to close the clubface at impact with the right wristband. A great way for the golfer to isolate these three muscles, without taking an anatomy or kinesiology class, is by using a pair of typical EVERLAST boxing gloves, specifically the area at and just below the wristbands, shown below.
Synching and Presetting the Golfer’s 3-Muscletiers
The boxing gloves, shown above, are hanging down, as if the gloves are holding the handle of the golf club at address. The green line indicates how the wrist and wristband are Synced/Preset, this indicates where the proper wrist action in the golf swing takes place. This allows the golfer to focus on presetting the Thenars in the left wrist in order to be sync with the right Pronator Quadratus Muscle. NOTE: All of the wrist action in the golf swing takes place below this green line on the two wristbands. No movement should be perform above this green line to properly Sync/Preset the golfer’s wrist action in the golf swing.
The correct Sync/Preset maneuvers are demonstrated below in the illustration of the EVERLAST wristband. I like to have the mental image of the EVERLAST label, where I want to CAM-OVER the left wrist between on the left wristband. This naturally CAMS the right wristband. In Section 1.13 of my book, I discuss proper location for the Sync/Preset maneuvers.
NOTE: I use the letters on the EVERLAST boxing glove wristband to properly CAM-OVER to preset my left wrist and CAM to Sync my right wristband, or lower forearm.
I like to feel as if I’m camming-over between the joint of my two Thenars (Hypothenar and Thenar). This presets my left wrist. This wrist action in the golf swing naturally syncs, or cams, about my right Ulna Bone, where the Pronator Quadratus Muscle attaches. This Syncs my right elbow with my shoulders to set up something similar to how sprockets on a ten-speed bicycle would function.
This allows me to place my wrists into the Sync/Preset Lock Position, shown below, where both wristbands are in the Lock Position. Eighty percent (80%) of my golf swing has been established at this time.
The worst thing a golfer can do on the golf course is have to think. This is why I use boxing gloves as a mental image. Mental images directly engage the golfer’s subconscious mind. This is where the golfer’s muscle memory is stored. In order for the golfer to accomplish this Sync/Preset to the Lock Position, the golfer should virtually trade in their golf glove for a pair of boxing gloves. This isn’t too much to ask for a consistent golf swing for distance and control.
The golfer will find that performing the Sync/Preset maneuvers will allow them to develop their mental game of golf. The Sync/Preset provides for a better mental and physical control of the golf swing sequence, especially in making shape shots for fades and draws.
The Golfer’s Biggest Obstacle is Rehashing
The problem with some golf swing techniques is that the golfer has to reinvent, or rehash, their golf swing mechanics every time they step onto the golf course. The golfer’s objective is to build on existing golf swing techniques, instead of rehashing them each time. The golfer will see little to no improvement if they are constantly rehashing their golf swing sequence and techniques.
The Sync/Preset allows the golfer to develop and build on existing golf swing mechanics and develop muscle memory, the 3-Muscletiers in the golf swing sequence ( consisting of: Hypothenar/Thenar, or Thenars, Pronator Quadratus, and Brachio-Radialis Muscles). The boxing gloves are a great mental image to allow the golfer to naturally develop their 3-Muscletiers muscle memory and golf swing mechanics.
I also have as one of my exercise routines in my CASPER Workout Program an 80-lb EVERLAST punching bag that I use. This works my entire body and mind, while building my stamina. I actually trade in my golf glove and golf bag for a pair of 14 oz boxing gloves and a punching bag. The punching bag workout provides a mental and physical exercise to improve my mental edge in my game of golf. Remember Bobby Jones’ quote about the mental part of golf- Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.
Another great quote about the mental game of golf was from the movie Caddyshack– (Where Ty Webb- played by Chevy Chase mentioned to Danny Noonan- played by Michael O’Keefe) I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.
To understand the basic golf swing 101 mechanics of the wrist action in the golf swing, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
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Health and Fitness Program Golf Exercise for Power
This book is based on a self-coaching forum (ASPEN Pyramid) that provides the beginner and advanced single-digit handicap golfer with a safe, ergonomic classic golf swing for more power and control, without debilitating injuries that are common with some modern-day golf swings. As part of the ESPY Golf Swing Coach is a workout program designed especially for golfers and an effective diet program detailed below.
Please take advantage of my SR-925 Diet Program, where I lost 6 inches in my waist in 3- months (FREE of CHARGE) with the CASPER Workout Program, detailed in Section 20 of my book, great golf swing workout:
One component in my CASPER Workout Program that I follow is using a Medicine Ball to perform what I call Stocking the Shelves, illustrated below in the figure:
Please include an exercise routine in your weekly schedule.
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A Recommendation for your Golf Game:
I would like to recommend an interesting radio program that I regularly listen to from my home state Arkansas on my I-Heart Radio app on KARN 102.9 FM station, out of Little Rock, AR. They air a golf show called Arkansas Fairways and Greens, at 7:00 AM CT each Saturday morning, hosted by Bob Steel, and co-hosted by Jay Fox and Charles Crowson. Bob occasionally as has his guess Alex Myers with Golf Digest and Ron Sirak with Golf Channel. I was interviewed on his show about my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. This show is worth tuning into for golf news and information.
Jay Fox is an Administrator with Arkansas State Golf Association that discuss amateur golf and rules of the game.
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