THE QATSPY GOLFER’S PAGE on PENN STATE’S WIN
By: Charles W. Boatright
Probably one of the most interesting College games played during the 2016 College Football Conference Championship playoff weekend was between No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 8 Penn State, especially with Penn State beating The Ohio State during the regular season.
Probably one of the most surprising aspects about Penn State’s season is the transformation since the NCAA lifted sanctions, with the hiring of Vanderbilt’s Head Football Coach James Franklin, in January of 2014. Penn State had just undergone a Federal and State Attorney General’s criminal investigation, including the 2012 NCAA sanctions for Penn State Administration failures. This would have been a death sentence for most football programs. But what significantly improved Penn State’s situation was the NCAA lifting the ban and sanctions in January of 2014. I believe what caused the NCAA to provide relief to Penn State’s Football Program was two factors. First, the results of the SMU death sentence case in 1987 that decimated SMU’s Football program; the second, Penn State taking responsibility and paying monetary penalties, along with personnel firings and criminal indictments by the State and Federal Governments. In most of these cases, sanctions only impacted the people who had nothing to do with this horrible scandals.
The management of any organization doesn’t have the luxury of just enjoying the good part of being an administrator, but having to deal equally with the bad and the ugly parts of administration, and passing the buck is not an option. This scandal was a total failure of management control on all levels, without excuses. I hope that this is a lesson for other Universities, companies, and governmental organizations, assuming someone else will handle the problem, or it will just fade away with time, regardless if you are a student, faculty member, or administrator and have knowledge of an incident, you are equally responsible.
During the 2016 season, Penn State had only two losses, one to my Alumni, Pitt, and the other loss was to Michigan. Nevertheless this was remarkable season, given the obstacles that Coach Franklin and his Penn State Football team had to face. But their story can demonstrate the power of taking responsibility, overcoming obstacles, and developing a better place to learn, develop, and work. The Penn State case offers a great example that can be applied to course management in golf that I call it the ASPEN process in course management where the following are:
Apperception- This is a fundamental part of sports psychology of creating images to take advantage of a previous experience and technique. The golfer can draw from a well-established motor-skill developed at a young age in baseball. The golfer can take their baseball-type swing from the batter’s box to the tee box, with little difficulty.
Sequence- The golfer wants to shift their attention from the conscious to the subconscious mind. Sequence is the key in the golfer’s swing. The ESPY Golf Swing consists of three (S-P-Y) elements. The reason for defining elements is that the subconscious mind works off two components– elements and a well-defined sequence. If the golfer can designate each sequence with a name and in an orderly process during training, the golfer will find it easier to execute more readily on the course. Sequence is the fastest method to allow the golfer to get into their cadence and routine.
Synchronization is probably the most important capability the golfer has to take advantage of, not just for power and speed but to maintain health and longevity. The most important component in the golfer’s arsenal is syncing the elbows with the shoulders to create the power and speed the golfer is depending on. One way to accomplish this is to exchange the golf glove for a different type of glove, the boxing gloves. For the golfer properly setting the top of the left wristband with the bottom of the right wristband, this key, for the right-hander. (NOTE: the gloves are turned pointing upwards as if the gloves are placed on a golfer holding club handle erect or upward).
Performance Training- The golfer is replicating similar conditions during training that will exist on the course. One of the best methods to demonstrate this is a football-type scrimmage game. This gives the golfer realistic conditions on how to deal with adrenaline, moving in between shots, and making a variety of golf shots in a short span of time.
Evocative- This is probably the biggest advantage the golfer has in applying the self coaching techniques in the ESPY Golf Swing. This allows the golfer to shift their subconscious mind by using strong mental images for the target, flight path, and golf swing sequence. The golfer, for instance, can use the EVERLAST label on the wristbands of a pair of boxing gloves. The mental image of the EVERLAST label establishes 80 percent of the golfer’s swing with two simple Sync (CAM) and Preset (CAM-OVER) maneuvers.
Caddyshack Movie Famous Quote:
NOTE: During the setup and execution of the golf swing, the golfer must disengage their conscious mind. It only interferes with the golfer’s swing. In the movie Caddyshack, Ty gave Danny probably some of the best advice in golf that the golfer can use as course management with the famous statement from the movie: Danny, Let me give you a little advice. There is a force in the universe that makes things happen. The only thing you have to do is get in touch with IT. Stop thinking and let things happen, and be the ball. https://goo.gl/eOvz9J
Force= Subconscious mind, Touch= Routine, Stop Thinking = disengage the conscious mind, Be the Ball= synchronize the golf swing.
Another approach to course management was given by Dr. Molinaro on Michael Breed’s show, The Golf Fix, where Dr. Molinaro stated that the golfer must Shift attention by being aware, not distracted. He explained how the golfer should only think about the target during the shot and not the mechanics or techniques http://goo.gl/1UhsCm.
Neuromuscular Performance- The golfer uses virtual and actual training techniques to establish and reinforce three (Sync, Preset, and Yaw) elements. This sequence develops neuromuscular dexterity (muscle memory) that the golfer can work on throughout the day. Neuromuscular Training is not limited to conditions or situations. This also applies to the following:
- Post-game review of the scorecard of each hole, pointing out positive behavior for reinforcement and negative critique for correction to refine muscle memory.
- Continue developing the feel and routine of each of the four elements every day.
- Using a weighted golf baton, as noted in the figure below, to run through the three set up elements and the drop element during the course of the day where the routine becomes second nature to the golfer. This is also great ergonomics for the workplace. The golfer wants to develop muscle memory, not swing thoughts. Thinking over the shot is the most deadly thing the golfer can allow themselves to do.
The golfer’s routine, or Neuromuscular Performance, is the only component the golfer can rely on and is able to use on the links course. Nothing can be more important than to establish instinctive muscle memory in a routine. A great example of this was an interview I had with a Vietnam P.O.W. held at Hanoi Hilton for seven-and-a-half years, where he used his love of golf to survive his ordeal. http://goo.gl/jop7ik.
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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, out of Little Rock, AR. They air a golf show called “Arkansas Fairways and Greens,” at 7:00am CST on Saturday mornings. It is hosted by Bob Steel and Jay Fox. Bob occasionally has on his show a guest named Shawn Humphries, a Professional Golf Instructor from Dallas, TX. One thing that Mr. Humphries stresses is the mental part of golf, not focusing on the results but the process.
Until next time– Be Synced, Tee-to-Green, with The ESPY Golf Swing!