THE QATSPY GOLFER’S SPORTS PAGE- GOLF TIPS
By: Charles W. Boatright
ESPY APP- Preset the Golfer’s Ergonomics in the Golf Swing Wrist Action:
The term ‘Ergonomics’ comes from the Greek word (ergon, meaning to work) and (nomos, meaning law). Ergonomics maximizes the body’s natural golf swing mechanics, without the negative impact or effects of injury with repetitive motion. And, the golf swing consists of repetitive motion. Sixty-percent of the golfer’s repetitive motion consists of execution of the golf swing sequence. The other 40 percent is the putting stroke. According to the USGA, the average golfer has a handicap of 15. This translates to an average score of 90. This means the golfer is taking a full or an abbreviated golf swing about 54 times per round.
Fifty-four percent of the golf swing sequence can take a toll on the golfer’s body, especially the lower back, followed by the shoulders, forearms, and knees.
In reference to the golf swing mechanics, I used my background in engineering and the special Kinesiology project I conducted for class to develop The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. The Ergonomics, and kinesiology helps to develop three basic elements (Sync, Protract or Preset, and Yaw) to:
- Increase the effectiveness of the golfer’s natural golf swing mechanics.
- Develop the simplest and safest procedure for the golfer to make a repetitive and consistent golf swing, without incurring long or short-term injuries.
- Increase the golfer’s muscle memory for a consistent golf swing.
- Reduce the golfer’s tendencies of THINKING, while improving the golfer’s FOCUS on key trigger muscles.
The Problems with the Modern-day Golf Swing
There is a great article written by Peter Kostis, in the March 2016 issue of Sports Illustrated Golf Magazine on page 38, entitled More Is Less. Peter Kostis points out the negative effects of the modern-day golf swing on the golfer’s physiology, or body. What some modern-day golf swing techniques being used today overlook are the ergonomics, the first letter “E” of the title of my book. In my book. Rocco Mediate, who played in a 2008 U.S. Open 18-hole playoff with Tiger Woods, mentioned in an interview on Golf Channel how he like to preset his wrists. The ability to preset the wrists in the golf swing encourages the golfer to properly rotate the shoulders with the elbow, and allow the lead heel or left heel, for the right-handed golfer, to slightly lift off the ground. Using the right elbow to sync with the shoulders allows the golfer to proportionally rotate from the shoulders to the hips and knees.
This allows the golfer to treat the core body like a large spring that allows the hips to turn or coil, half as much as the shoulders. The elbow technique was a tip that Arnold Palmer gave President Eisenhower on the practice range before a Pro-Am.
Properly Presetting the Golf Swing Wrist Action to Avoid Injuries, Especially to the Lower Back
Presetting the wrists takes a tremendous stress off the lower back, especially the lumbar area. If the golfer does not preset the golf swing wrist action, the golfer will actually lose speed and power in their golf shots. If the golfer doesn’t preset the golf swing wrist action and sync the right elbow (for the right-handed golfer), the golfer will be forced to provide speed and power with the lower back. This is definitely what the golfer DOES NOT WANT TO DO! Also in my book, The ESPY GOLF Swing Coach, I encourage the golfer to take a slow motion in the presetting the golf swing wrist action in the backswing to properly coil the lower body with the shoulders. The golfer, in doing so, gives the larger core muscles the time to coil properly using the elbow and shoulders like sprockets on a ten-speed bicycle.
Ken Duke, Marco Dawson, and David Duval, all PGA players, highlight a major part of my book, the ESPY APP, in an interview they did on The Golf Channel. Marco mentioned how presetting the wrists would significantly improve the high handicapper and the average golfer’s golf game, not to mention reducing injuries. Properly using the mental image of the right wristband on the boxing glove allows the golfer to SYNC (CAM) their right elbow with their shoulders. This, the SYNC element, is followed by the golfer presetting the left wristband during the PRESET (CAM-OVER) element. This Sync/Preset element properly sets the golf club handle onto the proper swing plane. The SYNC/PRESET maneuvers allows the golfer to LOCK and LOAD their golf swing.
Not only does the ESPY APP Golf Swing take a tremendous stress off the golfer’s body, but the ESPY APP Golf Swing takes tremendous stress off the golfer’s mind. Presetting the wrists is like the golfer taking their baseball swing fundamentals from the batter’s box to the tee box. The SYNC/PRESET component is a proactive maneuver allowing the golfer to FOCUS, instead of THINK. If the golfer wants to cause mental stress, they only need to start thinking over the ball at address. This is where the Be the Ball Quote from the movie Caddyshack perfectly addresses this situation.
(Ty Webb- played by Chevy Chase mentioned to Danny Noonan- played by Michael O’Keefe) I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.
- The force in the universe that makes things happen- (The golfer’s subconscious mind)
- Get in touch with it- (The golfer’s muscle memory)
- Stop thinking- (Use the golfer’s conscious mind to focus instead of thinking)
- Let things happen- (The golfer’s simplistic sequence)
- Be the ball- (Focus the golfer’s conscious mind on visualizing the results)
NOTE: A little background on Ken Duke, as Ken tied for third in the 2016 Players’ Championship and set the second lowest score with a 67. Ken also has a steel rod in his back, and presetting the wrists takes tremendous pressure and stress off his lower back.
SYNC/PRESET the Wristbands to Improve Your Golf Game.
Syncing/Presetting during the golf swing wrist action will improve the golfer’s ability to transfer power and, more importantly, develop speed at impact, improving the golfer’s smash factor. In my golf swing analysis, I found that keying in on the right and left Pronator Quadratus Muscles, the Key Trigger Muscles in the golf swing, SYNCS (CAMS) and PRESETS (CAMS-OVER) to set the golf club handle and the right elbow into the proper orientation. This was the same technique I mentioned earlier, where Arnold Palmer worked with President Eisenhower to improve his distance and control, by syncing his elbow with his shoulders and presetting his wrists. The CAM and CAM-OVER elements create the important muscle memory to properly set the boxing gloves wristbands for more power and speed.
This SYNC/PRESET maneuver demonstrated below allows the golfer to sync the elbows with the shoulders to create the natural POWER and SPEED at impact, similar to how a ten-speed bicycle functions. The ten-speed bicycle gears can be shifted from providing power at the takeoff to providing speed through impact.
It is equally important to understand how the wrist and lower forearm function as one component. The wrists are not where one would wear their wristwatch or the Sky Caddie GPS watch on the golf course. That area would be considered the lower forearm. The wrists are made up of eight small carpal bones, between the lower forearms and hands and two large and strong muscles called the Thenar and Hypothenar. The Thenars, as I refer to in my book, are two of the most dexterous, largest, and strongest muscles in the wrist or hand that come in direct contact with the handle of the golf club. So, these two muscles are worth the golfer’s interest. See diagram below:
The ESPY APP golf swing technique is similar to the process Colonel George Robert Hall used to maintain his muscle memory. Colonel Hall practiced 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 as a POW. He was able to maintain his sanity and handicap of four during this time as a POW. Read more of his story http://goo.gl/W1jAuC
To understand how the golfer can apply baseball swing fundamentals from the batter’s box to the tee box to preset their wrist for distance and control, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
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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.
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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