The QATSPY Golf Sports Page: Simple Golf Swing Tips
By: Charles W. Boatright
Correct Wrist Action in the Golf Swing to Lock and Load
One of the most important components the golfer could incorporate into their golf swing sequence is to preset the correct wrist action in the golf swing. Presetting the wrists allows the golfer to take a page out of the baseball swing sequence, where the batter is in the preset, proactive position, while standing in the batter’s box.
The batter doesn’t stand in the batter’s box in a static position of holding their bat waist high over home plate while waiting for the pitch. This would be the static address position in the golfer’s typical swing. The batter, shown in the figure above, instead of being in a more proactive, definitive, and dynamic position is in the more typical static position of how most golfers start their golf swing.
The static address position is not, by definition, a golf swing sequence. But instead, it is a position. This static position can allow the golfer’s conscious mind to become dominant in their golf swing by thinking, rather than focusing. This is like the question posed by Yogi Berra about baseball that can applied to the golf swing sequence just as well, How can you think and hit at the same time? The answer of course, is that the batter or, in this case, the golfer can’t think and hit at the same time.
The golfer who thinks places several barriers in their way of executing their golf swing sequence and golf shot. Thinking is just a distraction in executing the golf shot. David Leadbetter, in an article in the January 2002 issue of Golf Digest, had an article entitled Your New Swing Starts Here- Eliminate your takeaway mistakes with the swing of the future. The illustration above of the batter in the batter’s box, along with this article, shows and explains how the golfer can use the proactive baseball batter’s position in their golf swing sequence.
Using the Baseball Preset Position in the Golf Swing Sequence
The photograph on the left is my grandfather and grandmother in 1960. The photograph on the right is my grandfather at Yellowstone National Park in 1927.
David Leadbetter used the term Swing of the Future in his article. But, in reality, the swing of the future was a golf swing sequence that my golf coach, my grandfather ,H.Q. Boatright, taught me in 1970. My golf coach wanted me to be proactive by presetting the correct wrist action in the golf swing. This allowed me to focus with my conscious mind and directly engage my subconscious mind’s muscle memory for the golf swing sequence.
Another golf quote was from the movie Caddyshack (Ty Webb- played by Chevy Chase advised 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.
The golfer’s conscious mind can do one of two things, THINK or FOCUS. The golfer wants to follow the latter, of focusing the conscious mind, rather than thinking that is a conscious function. Thinking is like the elixir that turned Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde. Thinking doesn’t allow the golfer to get into their golf swing sequence, but rather disrupts their golf swing sequence in the classic golf swing.
Presetting the golfer’s wrists helps the golfer to get into a proactive position by presetting the correct wrist action in the golf swing, like in the baseball swing sequence. In my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, the theme of the book focuses on presetting the correct wrist action that establishes 80 percent of the golf swing, a simple golf swing maneuver. This golf swing sequence directly engages the subconscious mind, the golfer’s muscle memory. I have one key muscle that I key-in on to initiate my golf swing. This is the Pronator Quadratus muscle shown below.
The Three-Part Golf Swing to LOCK and LOAD
The presetting of the wrists is the first sequence in a three-part golf swing. After presetting the wrists, the golfer is in a proactive, LOCK, position, as shown by the baseball batter in the figure above and in the sketch below. Initiating the golf swing is the most important part of the golf swing sequence to mentally establish the golf swing. Presetting the wrists would be like how most professional golfers use the waggle motion. The preset of the wrists allows the golfer to LOCK and LOAD their golf swing.
After completing the sync/preset element, the first part of the golf swing sequence, the golfer’s elbow is naturally synced with the golfer’s side to LOAD-UP their golf swing, like the advice that Arnold Palmer gave President Eisenhower before a Pro-Am. The presetting of the wrists syncs the golfer’s right elbow (in the right-hander’s case) with the shoulders, shown above in the sketch. From the LOCK Position, the golfer only has to take-up the handle of the club to the top of the swing to LOAD-UP. LOADING-UP is the second part in the golfer’s swing sequence.
In the take-up, or the LOAD-UP, the YAW element in my book, it is important to determine the golfer’s swing path or the slot. The slot is different for each golfer. This slot target is based on the relationship between the arm (upper arm) and the forearm. In my case, since my arm and forearm are similar in length, and my slot target is below my right shoulder, or my right underarm. To learn more about the swing path, read my article about determining your Swing Path.
NOTE: The slope of the swing path or slot (too steep or too flat) can greatly influence the path of the golf ball with a hook or draw with a flatter swing path or slice or fade with a steeper swing path. This is covered in book.
To learn how to PRESET, LOCK, and LOAD your golf swing for a more baseball-style golf swing, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
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This book is based on a self-coaching forum (ASPEN Pyramid) that provides the beginner and advance single-digit handicap golfer with 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 a effective diet program detailed below:
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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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