THE QATSPY GOLFER’S PAGE
By: Charles W. Boatright
Using Boxing Gloves to Improve Your Golf Game
I did a YouTube video last year, that can be found in my video menu, on the aspect of why boxing gloves are important to your golf game, and not just for fitness alone. This might be an odd training device to use in your golf game and specifically for your golf swing. But the boxing gloves provide an important and excellent mental technique to improve consistency in your golf game that every golfer is pursuing, along with power, speed, and control.
I don’t know too many golfers who would pass up the ability to have consistency in their golf game. Consistency is the Holy Grail of golf and is a great confidence builder. This goes back to the baseball pitcher scenario, where the pitcher only wants to be focused on two things: their target in the strike zone and how their fingers are gripping the baseball threads to throw a certain pitch selection. This is what the boxing gloves do for the golfer; the virtual boxing gloves give the golfer the feel and the confidence to grip and swing the handle of the club and to just focus on their target area. Everything else falls within muscle memory and motor-skills of syncing and presetting the golf swing.
I found an important connection between the boxing gloves and how I wanted to perform my golf shot. The problem is, it’s too simple. That’s one reason that it is difficult to recognize the mental connection, until I was working out while using my punching bag one day. This allowed me to analyze the golf swing by using a different sport, boxing.
Looking at the boxing glove in the Figure above, you’ll see the wristbands and the thumbs that are an important feature in the ESPY Golf Swing Technique. This allows the golfer to Sync (CAM) the elbows with the shoulders using the Supinator muscle and Preset (CAM-OVER) to lock the elbows with the shoulders using the Thenar muscle. This technique of syncing and presetting the elbows with the shoulders develops a mechanical advantage called sprocket or gear mechanics that provide both power and speed at and through impact:
POWER– in the takeaway with the small gear, the elbows, turning the large gear, the shoulders.
SPEED– in the downswing with the large gear turning the small gear. This is basic sprocket mechanics 101.
Nick Faldo at the 2016 Quicken Loans Tournament stated- “The golfer has to learn to become their own golf coach on the golf course.”
How to Use a JEEP OIIIIIO Grill to Improve your Golf Mechanics
You hear that a picture is worth 1,000 words. In this case, a mental picture of boxing gloves and a JEEP’s grill OIIIIIO are worth 250 hours of golf lessons. That saves a ton of money as you try to improve your golf game. The ESPY Golf Swing Coach allows the golfer to become their own golf coach, which is vital to the golfer on the golf course, as stated by Nick Faldo at the 2016 Quicken Loans Tournament- “The golfer has to learn to become their own golf coach on the golf course.”
This is an important distinction to make in how the golfer practices versus how they play on the golf course, the Coaching Factor is missing in their golf practice sessions. The Coaching Factor is governed by The Mental Rules for Golf No. 7- The subconscious mind always prevails in conflicts with the conscious mind. If the golfer routinely practices, which is a conscious effort and relies either on their golf coach or doesn’t use the self-coaching technique; they will not be able to carry their practice to the course. Once the golfer is on the golf course, they don’t have the coaching element available. This is because the subconscious mind (the golfer’s coach) that is responsible for how the golfer will perform on the course is missing.
I use the boxing glove and the JEEP’s grill OIIIIIO during my practice sessions to establish the coaching factor that I will depend on to perform my golf swing on the golf course.
If you want to improve your golf swing; improve your mental image of establishing the golf swing coaching factor. I use the JEEP’s grill OIIIIIO in the following manner- The headlights represent the right Supinator muscle and left Thenar muscle. The golfer has a secret weapon, right in their hands, called the THENARS, the Hypothenar and Thenar. The golfer’s upper forearm contains the second muscle, the SUPINATOR, to establish two important muscle memory elements. My book explains how the Supinator is used to CAM and the Thenar is used to CAM-OVER the handle of the club to synch and lock the elbows with the shoulders. This was the same technique that Mr. Arnold Palmer gave President Eisenhower at the Pro-AM. This sets up the sprocket mechanics that are crucial for producing POWER, SPEED, and more importantly CONTROL, the coaching factor, in your golf swing.
My book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, details the sequence and golf techniques used to gain confidence in making a consistent golf shot, using a simple mental image of boxing gloves and a grill of a Jeep OIIIIIO, in the above Figure. This technique allows the Supinator and Thenars to provide a significant advantage in your golf game, the coaching factor, to help you work toward a single-digit handicap status. I even have a headcover for my driver that is a boxing glove to remind me of the mental image of the coaching factor technique of Syncing in Presetting my golf swing.
The other parts of the JEEP’s grill OIIIIIO represent the following anatomic components in the golf swing:
- The fins represent the golfers fingers.
- The bumper represents the left thumb and handle of the golf club.
- The steering wheel represents the right thumb.
(This is in reference to a right-handed golfer.)
Crossover Sports Used to Improve Your Golf Game
David Frost, a member of the PGA Tour from South Africa, stated during an interview with Bob Steel and Jay Fox on Saturday morning’s radio program, on 09Jan2016, called ‘Arkansas Fairways and Greens,’ how South Africa encourages crossover sports in their school system. This same approach also helped me to develop the ESPY Golf Swing Coaching Factor technique by using the sports of baseball and boxing. In my CASPER Workout, I include a punching bag routine, not only to build stamina but also to reinforce the CAM and CAMMING-OVER Technique. A boxer even uses the CAM and CAM-OVER technique to throw punches during their workout sessions with a punching bag, as noted in the following paragraph.
The Critical Swing Path, Golfer’s Key Muscle Memory
The Critical Swing Path refers to the three key muscles used to initiate and Sync and Preset my golf swing. The Critical Swing Path doesn’t refer to the path that the club head or club handle takes along the certain swing plane. The Critical Swing Path refers to a muscle memory, the right Supinator muscle, left Thenar muscle, and the right Brachio-Radialis muscle, to Sync the right elbow (Elbow gear), to Preset the wrists. The third component, the Brachio-Radialis muscle, is used to take the club up to the top of the golf swing. This allows the golfer to use their elbows and shoulders as gears, as shown in the illustration below, with the blue gear representing the elbow gear and the yellow gear representing the shoulder gear.
If the golfer can Sync their elbow and Preset their wrists, using the right Supinator muscle and the left Thenar (for the right hander), then 80 percent of the golf swing is set up by focusing on just two key muscles. The body has 640 muscles, and like boxing, the majority of these muscles are used to set up and execute the golf swing. What the ESPY Golf Swing Coaching factor does is that it uses three key muscles to help synchronize the other muscles that will be used in the golfer’s swing.
Two decisions that you can make for yourself and your kids are to get a copy of my book and to place the book and a golf club into their hands. You will never look back, but only forward. You will not miss with this for yourself and/or your kids.
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach– Price for Paperback $15.75 and E-Book $8.99, Hardback is also available on my website: www.espygolfapp.com/store OR your local bookstore and also:
Once you learn WHY, you don’t forget HOW!
A Recommendation for your Golf Game:
I would like to recommend a wonderful radio program that I regularly listen to 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 Jay Fox. Bob occasionally has on his show a guest named Shawn Humphries, a Professional Golf Instructor from Dallas, Texas. One thing that Mr. Humphries stresses is the mental part of golf, not focusing on the results but the process.
Until next time– Be Synched, Tee-to-Green, with The ESPY Golf Swing!