One of the key components in The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is the elbows, particularly the right elbow for the right-hander synching with the shoulders. To produce power and speed in the golf swing, the golfer must synch, lock, and load by setting the right elbow during the takeaway swing. The three simple ergonomic golf swing (Synch, Protract, and Yaw) elements in the ESPY allow the golfer to synch and lock the elbows with the shoulders. The Synch (CAM), using the right Ring Metacarpal head with the right Thenar, followed by Protract or PRESET (CAM-OVER), using the left Ring Metacarpal head with the left Thenar. The SYNCH and PRESET elements allow the golfer to properly set the left thumb, representing the handle of the club to enable the golfer to synch the elbows with the shoulders to coil, or load, the core muscles in the upper and lower body.
ESPY Golf Swing Sequence:
- Supinate (Synch) the right ring metacarpal head with the right Thenar (CAMS) about the right ulna bone, secondary axis.
- Pronate (Preset) the left ring metacarpal head with the left Thenar (CAMS-OVER) slightly shifting the right ulna bone and locking the right elbow with the shoulders.
- This places the right elbow into the LOCK Position for the YAW.
To assist the golfer in visualizing how the elbows synch, Lock, and load with the shoulders, I use the ten-speed bicycle and boxing gloves in the ESPY Golf Swing. The ten-speed bicycle provides a great mentalization (mental visualization) for the golfer to understand the significance of sprocket mechanics in the golf swing. The golfer is not just relying on how hard to swing the golf club, but setting up the proper sequence and mechanics to produce maximum POWER and SPEED. Presetting the wrists also takes stress off the lower back where most back issues occur.
Yogi Berra had great a baseball quote about swing mechanics, You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing , it will GO! By allowing time for the elbows to synch and lock with the shoulders, the golfer can apply sprocket mechanics, similar to how a 10-speed bicycle works, as illustrated in the 10-speed bicycle figure.
The elbow (small sprocket) turning the shoulders (large sprocket) creates POWER.
The shoulders (large sprocket) turning the elbow (small sprocket) creates SPEED.
The boxing gloves are used to help the golfer understand how to use right Hypothenar and right Thenar to lock the left thumb onto the swing plane and set the wristbands. A great mental image that I use are a pair of boxing gloves where the hands and wristbands work together to preset the golf club handle and synch the elbows with the shoulders. The Jeep grill is another resource the golfer can use– where the left Styloids are the headlights, the fins are the fingers and the bumper is the club handle and the Hypothenars (see the Figures).
This was the point that Mr. Arnold Palmer was bringing to the attention of President Eisenhower during the American Heart Association Benefit in 1963. Mr. Palmer noticed that the President’s right elbow was separating from his right side during the first stage of the golf swing. Keeping the elbow next to the right side allows the golfer to produce both POWER and SPEED, without having to swing harder. This is why Yogi Berra’s quote about using mechanics, timing, and technique is significant. The two key components to focus on is how to initiate the golf swing using the golfer’s right Hypothenar and right Thenar. A great method to set this up is to visualize the golfer is wearing a pair of boxing gloves to help properly set the CAM with the right Thenar (B) and CAM-OVER with the left Thenar. This SYNCH and PRESETS provides a huge advantage for the golfer to produce POWER, SPEED, and CONTROL with such a simple component on each hand.
The ESPY golf swing technique is similar to the process Colonel George Robert Hall used to maintain his muscle memory by practicing his golf swing in his seven-and-a-half by seven-and-a-half foot cell that he referred to as his Pebble Beach at the Hanoi Hilton for seven-and-a-half years and maintain his sanity and handicap of four. Read more of his story http://goo.gl/W1jAuC
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach addresses issues with the modern day golf swing that are just now coming to light with injuries. Peter Kostis wrote a great article in Sports Illustrated Golf Magazine March 2016 issue on page 38 that looks at this issues with the modern day golf swing. The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is based on the classic golf swing with some advancements with biomechanics added, like sprocket mechanics based on the baseball-type swing. This provides the golfer a tremendous advantage to creating POWER and SPEED through impact.
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!