By: Charles W. Boatright
Developing the Fine ARTS of Your Homegrown Golf Game
The fine ARTS of a homegrown golf game come down to four basic factors, your Approach, your Routine, and your Technique and your Sequence that have to be second nature. There is an interesting term that describes how great athletes and business people reach their success in a particular field. Their success goes beyond just following and learning a process of WHAT to do; it comes down to understanding and adopting the theory of WHY and HOW the process works.
The term is Autodidact, which is a fancy word for a person who is self-educated, self-taught, or self-coached of a home grown golf game. Some famous people who were autodidacts: Leonardo da Vinci, Michael Faraday, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Jim Hendrix, just to name a few. They not only excelled in their field, but they also broke ground and made new innovations that changed the way others think and approach these particular fields.
I use the term homegrown golf game because it is the golfer that ultimately has to learn, develop, and perform their own golf game, I just provide three elements to assist them in doing so.
The Fine ARTS of Golf
The (A) part of the fine ARTS of your home grown golf swing is your Approach. Approach has two parts. The first part- is your approach to your home grown golf game; and the second part- is the actual approach shot itself.
Self-coaching process is not so much concerned with WHAT to do as it is understanding the WHY and the HOW. Once the mind accepts the WHY and the HOW, the process becomes part of the person’s psyche. In other words, the process becomes a part of who they are. Most artistes don’t look at their artwork as what they do, but more of who they are. There’s a Proverb the states that a person becomes what they focus on the most.
If you want to excel and become a single-digit handicap golfer, you should not only focus on WHAT to do, but focus on WHY and HOW something is done. The mind work best off of cause and effect, or results. WHAT is a conscious process, while WHY and HOW are the subconscious process.
The second part (R) of the fine ARTS of your homegrown golf game is your Routine. Your routine is what engages your most important and powerful part and of your homegrown golf game, the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind works off a sequential process or routine. When a professional golfer goes through their routine, they are focusing and developing their confidence.
I wrote an article about the Dust-off pilots during the Vietnam War that developed what they thought was a superstitious element in successfully completing their mission. In reality, the Dust-off pilots were adhering to a routine. In bridge work that I did as a project engineer building the bridges in the Florida Keys, I used to walk I-beams between 30 to 150 feet above the ground or water. To develop and maintain my confidence, I held a Sharpie pen in my right hand. It gave me a sensation of holding on to a line. This was a routine I developed to give me confidence to walk the I-beams. In golf, the golfer does the same thing with a routine. Routine gives the golfer the confidence to hit the particular shot during their pre-shot routine.
The third part (T) of the fine ARTS of your homegrown golf game is your Technique. Technique consists of the golfer’s elements. The fewer and simpler the golf elements, the better opportunity the golfer has to replicate these elements under actual conditions. In the ESPY Golf Swing, there are just three simple, natural (Ergo) elements of Sync, Preset, and Yaw. The Sync and Preset are the golfer’s key elements.
LPGA Manulife Classic Playoff Analysis
To understand how important Technique and the next part (S) Sequence, which is the fourth part, look at the LPGA Manulife Classic playoff. This playoff was between Lexi Thompson, Ariya Jutanugarn, and In Gee Chun. In the YouTube Video of the LPGA Manulife Classic Playoff shown below, you will see how Ariya Jutanugarn won the tournament. Even though Ariya Jutanugarn placed her tee shot left and about six-feet off the fairway, into the rough, while In Gee Chun and Lexi Thompson placed their tee shots in the fairway.
Ariya Jutanugan and In Gee Chun hit the green with their approach shots. Lexi Thompson which was about 47-yards out, landed her approach shot six-feet short and to the right just off the fringe of the green. This short approach shot was costly for Lexi Thompson. These three series of golf shots also underline the importance of the approach shot in golf, compared to the tee shot or even the putt.
I think the 47-yard approach shot was part of the problem for Lexi Thompson. In my view, Lexi Thompson was thinking she had to take something off of her approach shot to keep from going long on the hole on 18. In trying to take something off her approach shot, Lexi Thompson slightly let her right elbow separate and fly backwards away from her body. Just after Lexi Thompson hit her approach shot, I told my wife, Lexi Thompson’s approach shot will be short and to the right of the green, which it was.
After Lexi Thompson’s approach shot came up short and to the right, my wife asked me how I knew she was going to hit her approach shot short and to the right. I explained three reasons:
- Lexi Thompson first did not allow her right elbow to sync and lock toward her right side, a technique that Arnold Palmer gave President Eisenhower at a Pro-Am. This caused her elbow to fly out and back, making her lose an important mechanical advantage of her golf shot.
- Two, if you want to take something off of your golf shot, there are two things the golfer can do: choke down on the club and create a bunt-type golf shot.
- Three, the one-piece takeaway swing doesn’t allow the golfer to sync their elbow and preset their wrists, especially in pitch and chip shots, that leads to loss of control.
The Importance of Syncing and Presetting
The two most important techniques in the golf swing are syncing and locking your elbow with your shoulders, or toward your side. This is what creates the distance and control that the golfer needs. If you compare Ariya Jutanugarn’s approach shot to that of Lexi Thompson’s in the YouTube Video link above, you see the position of the right elbow in both shots, in relationship to the tailbone. Ariya Jutanugarn’s elbow is in line and points down toward her tailbone, while Lexi Thompson’s elbow is pointing backwards and away from her tailbone and out of line with her spinal axis.
This is the reason why the techniques in the ESPY Golf Swing are important to follow. The ESPY Golf Swing naturally (or Ergo) syncs the elbow with the shoulders and presets the wrists that allow the right elbow, in the case of the right hander, to sync, and lock. This also allows the golfer to point their right elbow toward their tailbone at the top of their swing as noted in the illustration below.
The fourth part of the fine ARTS is your homegrown golf game is (S) Sequence that should be second nature, or automatic. The ESPY Golf Swing sets up the Critical Swing Path that is a natural series of muscle memory maneuvers, as noted below. These three sequential muscle memory maneuvers set up the golfer’s entire golf swing. No thinking required.
Professional Putting Statistics
If you want to improve your homegrown golf game and lower your handicap, look at the putting statistics for a professional golfer below. These are the percentages of putts made based on the distance from the hole by professional golfers. What this shows and underlines for the golfer is how important the approach shot is in the golf game:
- 99% are made within 3 feet
- 69% are made within 6-feet
- 54% are made within 8-feet
- 31% are made within between 10 and 15 feet
These statistics above show how incredible Ariya Jutanugarn’s putt was with the help of the read she got off of In Gee Chun’s putt that came within three-feet of the 18th hole. All three players’ putts were excellent, but it comes down to the approach shot in each case.
When I practice my homegrown golf game, I use a scrimmage type practice format, where my golf shots have to be grouped within a certain distance of my targets. This is like practicing under the similar conditions that I will be playing under while getting reps form my practice session.
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