The QATSPY Golfer’s Sports Page: Golf Swing Tips
By: Charles W. Boatright
Yogi-isms: “You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing (tempo and technique I would add), it will GO!”
The Baseball-Style Golf Swing: Time-Elapse Photography Comparing the Golf Swing vs. Baseball Swing
Yogi Berra had a library of quotes called Yogi-isms. These actually made you stop and think, or in my case rethink. Good quotes often do just that, cause us to stop and look at our approach to life and in this case golf. I used three of the following Yogi-isms to help me take the classic baseball-style golf swing from the batter’s box to the tee box to develop more power to increase the golfer’s Smash Factor.
The golf swing analysis that I performed during my Xerox Box Golf Research Project assisted in developing The ESPY Golf Swing Coach using baseball-style golf swing techniques and golf swing mechanics that most of us have already know and have developed since youth. We just need to convince our subconscious mind’s that we can. This technique is called Apperception. Apperception is where an athlete can use a prior skill to develop a new type skill, like taking your baseball swing fundamentals and developing reliable golf swing fundamentals. Can you imagine repackaging your softball or baseball-style swing and develop your golf swing in order to improve your golf swing? I have and more importantly you can do the same.
- “Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.”
- “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”
- “You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing(*and technique I would add), it will GO!”
- (* Personal addition to quote)
Baseball-Style Golf Swing Taken to the Tee Box
These Yogi Berra’s quotes can deal equally with your golf swing fundamentals, as well as with the baseball swing. The same muscles we used during our baseball or softball swings can also be used in the golf swing. There’s no reason why you can’t take advantage of the muscle memory and skills we have already developed at a young age in the baseball or softball and use the same muscle memory in the golf swing with a few refinements.
And these same refinements are now beginning to be applied in baseball as well. The muscle memory used to produce the classic baseball swing can account for 50 percent of a golfer’s training time in golf. That is almost two-and-a half years of hard work that is already done by using the Apperception technique. Especially since most of the muscle memory we learned in baseball or softball was developed while we were kids as fine motor skills, this means it is already ingrained into our subconscious mind.
The baseball or softball swings with the Overloading/under-loading technique that we all used in the on deck circle is an ingrained muscle memory that we need to take advantage of on the golf course. This can be achieved by using what I call the Golf Baton that the golfer can practically use anywhere to help them reinforce muscle memory and build power and speed into their golfer swings. For information on how to make a golf baton refer to: http://goo.gl/QVukm2.
The Xerox Box Golf Research Project to Take Advantage of Your Baseball-Style Golf Swing
I devoted seven years analyzing (from 2007 to 2014) in my Xerox Box Golf Research Project that contained golf swing in slow motion, time-lapses photography, and documenting the basic elements that I detected in comparing the golf swing vs. baseball swing. I have three Xerox boxes full of data to prove this. Two are labeled “THIS DOES NOT WORK” and one partial filled box is labeled “THIS WORKS“. There are three simple (Synch, Protract or Preset, and Yaw) elements that I isolated in miles of film that is the basis of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach.
The baseball player and golfer have two enormous advantages that they can use to produce effortless power, speed, and control in their golf shots without thinking. The only thing the golfer is required to do is to synchronize, preset their wrists and lower forearm with the handle of the golf club. The only other requirement the golf needs to do is to consider how the elbows and shoulders function as gears. The ESPY Golf Swing Apperception allow the elbows (small gear) and shoulders (large gear) to produce power and speed, based on how ten-speed bicycle sprockets function:
- TAKEAWAY SWING- Small gear turning the large gear produces power.
- DOWNSWING- Large gear turning the small gear produces speed.
This baseball-style golf swing syncs the elbow with the shoulders was a golf swing technique that Arnold Palmer gave to the President to help him improve distance and control before a Pro-Am.
The more the golfer can ergonomically (E) take advantage of the body’s natural mechanics, the easier it is to produce a consistent golf swing. Michael Breed even tweeted on Monday, October 05, 2015, at approximately at 01:30 PM ET, how he was presetting his wrists and forearms to improve his swing mechanics. Angela Stanford, Ken Duke, Marco Dawson, and late P.J. Boatwright (cousin) and Ben Hogan all discussed the advantage of presetting the wrists in what I call the JUCO Technique. This JUCO Technique is the secret how to produce power and speed using the baseball-style golf swing from my book. Learn how to naturally Sync (CAM) the right Hypothenar/Thenars to create speed, and initiate the Preset (CAM-OVER) with the left Hypothenar/Thenar to create control and power during the Yaw (Takeaway) to coil the lower and upper body.
The refinements that I mention earlier in the article has to do with how the golfer’s uses their lower body, recognizing and redefining the wrists. The wrist is not where one would wear the wristwatch. I guess the term forearm watch wouldn’t click like wristwatch did. But the wrist is actually located just below the wristwatch or wristbands on the boxing gloves below. The wrists are comprised of two of the strongest and most dexterous muscle in the wrists that has direct contact with the handle of the golf club, called Thenars (Hypothenar and Thenar).
The JUCO Technique to Develop your Baseball-Style Golf Swing
I developed the JUCO Technique to help the golfer capture the strength and dexterity of these two muscles in each wrist or hand. The term JUCO is used in NCAA sports to describe how an athlete attends a junior college to develop academically and physically before attending an university. The J and U describe how the left and right Thenars function in order to Sync/Preset the golfer wrists and lower forearms, shown below
The left wrist, for a right hander, is the PRESET element, while the right wrists is the SYNC element. These two elements, or maneuver places the handle of the golf club into the LOCK Position (noted below in the illustration). The Preset element is not just an important position in the golf swing, it is THE POSITION in the golf swing. If you examine the time-lapse photography of the side-by-side golf swing vs. the baseball swing, you will notice an important element in both. How the wrists are preset in each swing right before impact. This is what the golfer needs to accomplish during the Sync/Preset maneuver to initiate their takeaway swing. This is accomplished during the JUCO Technique to establish the baseball-style golf swing.
If you examined the first illustration above of the time-elapse photography, you will notice how both the golfer and baseball batter has set their wrists in each of the two swings. They are so identical to each other, it is difficult to detect any differences between the golf swing vs. baseball swing.
If the golfer doesn’t set up the Sync/Preset component in the takeaway swing, it won’t be there in the downswing at before impact. The other two components that are developed in this JUCO Technique during your takeaway swing is the development of Rhythm (pattern) and Tempo (Time) components.
I use the term S-P-Y for more than setting up my three elements in the takeaway swing, I use it for tempo of the takeaway swing. You heard the phrase Speed kills. I use S-P-Y tempo to slowly establish my takeaway for great tempo in the downswing, the slower the better. The S-P-Y is also used to engage our subconscious mind’s where muscle memory is stored, see my article entitled: THE GOLFER’S BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY IS TO DEVELOP THE MENTALITY OF LETTING YOUR 2nd MULLIGAN SHOT BE YOUR 1st GOLF SHOT: http://goo.gl/CxIhIX
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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.
ESPY Golf Swing Coach- Rhythm Without the Blues
Also, learning The ESPY Golf Swing Coach process is an excellent way to develop Rhythm without experiencing the Blues in your golf game for confidence; learn how to take your baseball-style swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.
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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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Until next time– Be Synched, Tee-to-Green, with The ESPY Golf Swing!