01Baseball Swing Tech


By: Charles W. Boatright

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 or softball-type swings from the batter’s box to the tee box to develop more power for the golfer’s Smash Factor. The golf swing analysis that I performed assisted in developing The ESPY Golf Swing Coach using techniques and mechanics that most of us have already know and have committed to memory since youth. We just need to convince our subconscious mind’s that we can. Can you imagine repackaging your baseball or softball swings to improve your golf swing with confidence? I have and more importantly you can.

  • “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)


These Yogi Berra’s quotes can deal equally with your golf swing, 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 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 refinements are 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. Especially since most of the muscle memory we learned in baseball or softball was developed while we were kids, this means it is already ingrained. 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 reinforce muscle memory and build power and speed into the golfer’s swing. For information on how to make a golf baton refer to: http://goo.gl/QVukm2.

I devoted seven years analyzing (from 2007 to 2014) a golf swing in slow motion, time lapses photography,  and documenting the basic elements that I detected. 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  and consider how the elbows and shoulders function as gears. The ESPY Golf Swing approach 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.

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. Learn the secrets how to produce power and speed from my book. Learn how to naturally Synch (CAM) the right Thenars, and initiate the Preset (CAM-OVER) with the left TRIGGER AXIS to create 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 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 area or just below the wristbands on the boxing gloves. The wrists are comprised of eight (8) small bones called carpals. Two of these carpal bones makeup what I call the TRIGGER AXIS (Lunate and Hamate just above the ring metacarpal) and one indicates the TARGET POINT (Trapezium) on the lead wrist (see illustrations below of the wrist and boxing glove).

MetHead CAM & CAM-OVERBoxing Glove Wrists

If the left wrist, for a right hander, is set properly in the PRESET element, the wrists, hands, and handle of the club will be placed into the LOCK Position (noted below in the illustration). The Preset element is not just a 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 and baseball swings, you will notice an important element in both. How the wrists are set in each swing right before impact. This is what the golfer needs to preset in their golf swing takeaway. I call this the M-1930 component in my golf swing. There is a passage in Matthew 19:30 that especial applies to your golf swing that states first will be last, and the last first.

Presting The Wris2t

If the golfer doesn’t set up a component in the takeaway swing, it won’t be there in the downswing. There is another passage concerning setting up a process correctly and in sequence in 1 Corinthians 14:40- But be sure that everything is done properly and in order. Both these passages are important philosophies in the golf swing. The only other component I would suggest you implement in your takeaway swing besides Rhythm (pattern) is the Tempo (Time) component. I use the term SPY for more than setting up my three elements in the takeaway swing, I use it for pace or tempo of the takeaway swing. You heard the phrase Speed kills. I use S-P-Y as a tempo, the slower the tempo, the better. The S-P-Y is also used to engage our subconscious minds 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

The ESPY Golf Swing Book

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There are four keys areas that the golf baton overload/under-load technique develops that the average golfer can take from the practice range to the golf course:

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YouTube Videos:
https://youtu.be/ZGVNrIw_wlo (Cam & Cam-over elements)
https://youtu.be/K2FDHZ3AX9w (Figuring your proper swing plane)
https://youtu.be/TO82PMO6G8M (Developing muscle memory)

https://youtu.be/BWksNM6X8a0 (Baseball-type golf swing)

Until next time– Be Synched, Tee-to-Green, with The ESPY Golf Swing!