By: Charles W. Boatright
When I started analyzing the golf swing over a period of seven-year, (starting in 2007 through 2014), my goal was to find what muscle memory could be used and be established in order to execute a SIMPLE golf swing sequence with consistency. Sequence and consistency are kings in golf. A consistent golf swing is built off of a consistent message and sequence. My objective in improving my golf swing was relying more on muscle memory and less on swing thoughts. Swing thoughts as you may be aware of are disastrous on the golf course. The problem with swing thoughts is that these thoughts don’t reside in the muscle but are a subconscious behavior. In order to establish a muscle memory in the golf swing, the golfer needs to bombard the strongest component, the brain, with subliminal messages using word association. Words are key to a golfer’s process of improving their golf swing.
During my research, I started reviewing time lapse photography of the golf swing in slow motion of some of the best golfers over the past 70 years. Not until the 2011 World Series between the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers did I started reviewing time lapse photography of the baseball swing. During the ninth inning of game six, David Freese, third baseman for the Cardinals, hit an unbelievable clutch home run to win game six and carry the series to game seven. I was watching a sports show that featured a slow motion video of David Freese game six home run when I noticed the position of his wrists right before impact. The station showing the video of David’s baseball swing paused video similar to the baseball swing illustration above. David Freese wrists were in a very similar position as what I had been viewing in the time lapse video of the golf swing.
I was able to confirm relatively quickly, within a few days, that the baseball-type swing mechanics was actually similar to the golf swing mechanics in actual golf swings I did. This allowed me to use similar muscle memory that most of us learned playing baseball or softball and now are able to incorporate this similar muscle memory directly into the golf swing. The only thing remaining was to convince the subconscious mind that the muscle memory that I used in the typical baseball swing could actually be used in the golf swing also. After a week, I was able to use the mechanics of the baseball-type swing in my golf swing applying three very simple elements called SPY (Synch, Preset or Protract, and Yaw). Word association is critical to establish or re-establish a particular muscle memory. Refer to my article 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
I started filling the third Xerox box labeled ‘THIS WORKS’ with data and research I complied comparing the golf swing with the baseball-type swing, The mechanics and techniques needed to produce a consistent golf swing with distance and control are the very ones used playing baseball, but usually developed at a much earlier age. One of the major benefits of using the baseball-type swing is that most golfers learned the baseball swing first at a younger age while enjoying the best time of their life, endless days of summer. This young age is the time period that prodigies are developed. No need to learn or ingrain any new swing mechanics or techniques into your golf swing. The golfer already has this potential buried deep in the subconscious mind. They just need to convince the subconscious mind it can be incorporated into the golf swing.
What was equally exciting as the researching the golf and baseball swings during these last three year period was incorporating the baseball-type swing into the golf swing and writing the actual set-by-step procedures and sequence that consisted of three simple elements that became the basis of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, released in October of 2014. The main philosophy of my book was simply using the baseball-type swing to set up and synch the elbows and forearms with the shoulders for a significant mechanical advantage. This was a technique Arnold Palmer was working with President Eisenhower during a Pro-Am. Arnold Palmer was instructing the President on keeping his right elbow close to his right side during the initial part of the swing and right before impact (President Eisenhower was right handed), see http://goo.gl/OLbVQF.
Now David Leadbetter, coach of Michelle Wie and Lydia Ko, has substantiated this approach of the baseball swing being the bases of the golf swing in an interview on Golf Channel. The biggest advantage the golfer has already learned is a pre-established muscle memory needed for the golf swing. This interview was aired on Morning Drive on Monday, 11May2015. David Leadbetter refer to the baseball-type golf swing “The A-Swing”.
To key in on this muscle memory for the golf swing, I used two elements to initiate the PRESET (CAM-OVER) element, at the left TRIGGER AXIS for the right hander that established the natural Synch (CAM) element of the right wrist. Presetting the wrists and thenars (Hypothenar and Thenar) allows the golfer to setup 80 percent of their golf swing just by presetting the wrists with two elements noted in the above Figures. How the left wrist is preset is shown above how the left thumb and club handle are locked onto the swing plane to start the YAW element. This sets the final part of the golf swing. After the club reaches the top position there is a pause for a short period of time, the golfer’s swing is on autopilot in the downswing where the subconscious minds completes the golf swing by just STOP, DROP and ROLL automatic sequence. This again is a technique learned at a young age to help kids understand safety on how to extinguish clothing that is on fire.
The only activities the golfer’s conscious mind is focused on is the beauty of God’s nature, how the grip feels in their hands and the target area similar to a baseball pitcher throwing strikes. The subconscious mind is focused on executing the SYNCH, PRESET, and YAW elements of the golf shot by using word association for the critical muscles memory needed for an automatic and natural sequence which the golfer’s main priority. Ninety (90) percent of the golf swing is setup with muscle memory that is controlled by the subconscious mind. This is a powerful tool in the golfer’s tool box, might as well learn how to use one of the most powerful component in the golfer’s toolbox, the subconscious mind. There is no substitute for the subconscious mind being used correctly in one’s golf game.
The ESPY Golf Swing coach– Price 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 to 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!