The QATSPY Golf Sports Page: Simple Golf Swing Tips
By: Charles W. Boatright
Simple Golf Swing Tip: Using Baseball-Style Golf Swing Time-lapsed Photography to Improve the Golf Swing
The best Forum for coaching golf includes using the participation in other sports, like baseball, at a young age to improve your mental game of golf. Some of these benefits of participating in athletics are obvious like: sportsmanship, improving a person’s confidence, concentration level, coordination, and the ability to interact with others and be a leader. But, some of the obscure means is using the techniques from these to be your own swing coach on the golf course.
The best memories that I have while growing up in the Ozarks of Arkansas in the summertime include playing baseball. We played almost every day in a makeshift pasture, where doormats served as our home plate and bases. If Mrs. Snodgrass missed her front doormat, she knew where to look for it. The ground rules that I still remember were that the fourth foul ball was an out, and a home run was over the gravel road at the back edge of the pasture. Our backstop was an old 1958 Chevy and plywood, when we did not have a catcher.
Little did I realize at the time, but I was working on the classic golf swing mechanics at an early age of presetting the wrists and syncing my elbows with my shoulders in my baseball-style golf swing. The baseball-style golf swing provided me the ability to concentrate and develop the needed muscle memory that became the three simple (Sync, Preset, and Yaw) elements of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach.
Visualization is a key self-coaching technique in any sport. Until you can visualize a specific technique, you are unable to apply that specific technique naturally. Visualization is a key component in the mental golf game. Without visualization the golfer can’t apply their natural skills formed from other sports, like baseball-style golf swing.
Golf Swing Time-Lapse Photography- Comparing the Golf Swing vs. the Baseball Swing
Even if you have a strong hunch about a golf swing technique, it is not until you actually see the evidence for yourself that you can have confidence in the concept. Remember, the longest walk is between the practice range and the first tee box, where all resemblance of a consistent golf swing seems to vanish. Your golf swing mechanics have to be ingrained in the golfer’s muscle memory, or the golfer’s subconscious mind. A lot can happen to the golfer’s golf swing technique in the mind between the practice range (conscious mind) and the first tee box (subconscious mind). I refer to this condition between the practice range and the first tee box as the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde golf syndrome. This syndrome can affect anyone at any time.
Seven years ago (between 2007 to 2014), I was taking a kinesiology course, when I started to address the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde syndrome. As my project for the course, I started looking closer at the typical baseball-style golf swing as a forum for coaching golf. The more I studied the typical baseball-style golf swing for my kinesiology project, the more I was aware that the golf swing was based on the same muscle memory as what I developed for my baseball swing. This confirmed the forum for coaching golf that my grandfather used with the preset wrist action in the golf swing.
The Baseball-style Golf Swing: The Kinesiology Project
This kinesiology project where I was looking at applying the baseball-style swing to the golf swing became the basis of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. My grandfather used two terms to properly preset the wrist action in the golf swing, CAMMING and CAMMING-OVER. Syncing (CAM) and Presetting the wrists and lower forearm (CAM-OVER), or the wristbands, help to set the Thenar in the hands. The Thenars are one of the two muscles in the hand that are the strongest and most dexterous muscles. Syncing and Presetting the wristbands and the Thenars are such a significant advantage for the baseball player and the golfer that they both can improve power and bat or clubhead speed in each of their swings.
The equipment that I had available to me during my Kinesiology project allowed me to compare, side-by-side, the baseball and golf swing time-lapsed photography, featured below. This baseball and golf swing time-lapse photography allowed me to confirm how my grandfather coached and my initial golf swing analysis that I collected in three Xerox boxes. The comparison indicated that the wristbands are Synced (CAMMED) and Preset (CAMMED-OVER) in the initial part of each swing. These two initial elements are the turbocharged components in the golf swing mechanics to provide 25 to 30 percent more power and speed through impact. This turbocharged component can add 30 to 40 additional more yards to your golf shots.
I would like to point out how the baseball player has his left wristband set in a better position than the golfer by CAMMING-OVER. If you notice in the illustration above, the baseball player has a slight arcing effect in the left wristband. This is what all golfers would like to establish in the preset wrist action in the golf swing. This is a huge advantage that the golfer can use. Learning to take your baseball-style golf swing from the batter’s box to the tee box is the slogan for my book. This is illustrated in the Figure below with the hands and wrists in the preset position.
The CAM and CAM-OVER Wrist Action in the Golf Swing
This comparison of the baseball-style golf swing was a significant part of my research and book, where I placed so much emphasis on syncing and presetting the wristbands correctly. A great coaching tool to use to sync and preset the wrist action in the golf swing is with a pair of boxing gloves for visualization to naturally Sync (CAM), followed by Preset (CAM-OVER). This golf swing sequence allows the golfer to properly set the handle of the club onto the proper swing plane. These two elements (CAM followed immediately by CAMMING-OVER) properly syncs the elbows with the shoulders. This synchronizing of the golfer’s elbow (right elbow for the right-hander) with the shoulders naturally develops power in the takeaway swing and the speed in the downswing. The synchronization of the golfer’s right elbow with the shoulders is exactly how a ten-speed bicycle functions to provide a huge advantage of sprocket mechanics.
ESPY Golf Swing Sequence:
- Supinate (Sync) the right Pronator Quadratus Muscle (CAMS) about the right Ulna Styloid Process to sync the right elbow with the shoulders.
- Pronate (Preset) the left Pronator Quadratus Muscle (CAMS-OVER) about the left Ulna Styloid Process to lock the right elbow with the shoulders.
- This places the right elbow into the LOCK Position and the handle of the golf club onto the correct swing plane for the YAW element.
The right and the left Pronator Quadratus Muscles are the KEY Muscles in the golfer’s swing and the ESPY Golf Swing sequence. These muscles are located under each wristband on the boxing glove, shown below. The Pronator Quadratus Muscle is the KEY Muscle that allows the golf to develop the proper swing path muscle memory.
The ESPY golf swing sequence and technique is similar to the process Colonel George Robert Hall, who I interviewed for my research in this book, used to maintain his muscle memory by practicing his golf swing in his seven-and-a-half foot square cell. He referred to this as his Pebble Beach at the Hanoi Hilton for seven-and-a-half years as a POW to 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, which are just now coming to light, especially with injuries. Peter Kostis wrote a great article in Sports Illustrated Golf Magazine March 2016 issue, on page 38, that looks at these issues with the modern-day golf swing. The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is based on the classic golf swing mechanics, with some advancements with biomechanics added, like sprocket mechanics based on the baseball-type swing. This was the technique that I developed during my kinesiology project. This provides the golfer with a tremendous advantage to creating POWER and SPEED through impact.
To learn how to take the baseball-style golf swing from the batter’s box to the tee box, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
My book can also be purchased at Edwin Watts Golf Store in Jackson, Mississippi. Phone No. 601-956-8784
820 East County Line Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157
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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 advance single-digit handicap golfer with 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 a 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:
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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