By: Charles W. Boatright
Finally, I have some support for my golf swing technique of using mechanics and physics to maximize the golfer’s power and skills. For the past ten years, I felt like the only voice in the wilderness, stating that the very same mechanics and physics that govern all motion also govern the flight of the golf ball.
Bryson DeChambeau, who is a physics major from SMU, takes the mechanics and physics from the classroom and apply them directly to his golf game. I could not even imagine not taking advantage of the same mechanics and physics that govern the baseball game and not apply these to our golf swing and game in a similar manner. Remember Yogi Berra’s legendary quote about baseball that states, “Baseball is 90 percent mental, and the other half is physical.”
You’ve got to love Yogi’s math, but Yogi makes a valid point, the same point as Bobby Jones, that golf is played between the ears. Bobby Jones, who went to Georgia Tech for his engineering degree, was very mindful of the role that mechanics and physics played in his golf game. I couldn’t even fathom not taking advantage of 90 percent of your potential in the golf game.
This is the same problem that faces the majority of amateur golfers who are trying to improve their golf game with a physical mentality. The amateur golfer, using the physical mentality, leaves 90 percent of their potential out of the golf swing equation. If the golfer uses just his physical capabilities alone in the golf swing, then he/she is only tapping 20 percent, at best, of their full potential. I have had golf instructors who actually informed me that they would not use science to teach the golf swing to their students. This is the very same reason why the majority of golfers that take golf lessons for years are still shooting in the high teens and low to mid-twenties. This is not the way to retain golfers or to grow the game of golf.
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, a self-coaching approach to golf, literally places technology right into the hands and forearms of the golfer. Most golfers already have this capability, but they just aren’t aware of it yet. The major advantage of the ESPY Golf Swing is the ability for the golfer to simply preset his/her wrists, using virtual boxing gloves, to allow the elbows to engage the shoulders for a significant mechanical advantage called sprocket mechanics. This was the very same technique that Mr. Arnold Palmer was working with President Eisenhower on at a Pro-Am in Pennsylvania for the American Heart Association, http://goo.gl/OLbVQF.
Mr. Palmer was trying to get the President to keep his right elbow close to his side during the initial part of the takeaway and the final part of the downswing. This is what I call synching and locking the right elbow, like the baseball player does.
For decades, baseball players have realized the advantages of synching and locking the elbows with the shoulders, using their wristbands, or lower forearms, to capitalize on the tremendous amount of power developed in the lower and upper body. Transferring this power is where the golfer realizes the advantages of the ESPY Golf Swing. Presetting the wristbands, or the lower forearms, allows the forearms to produce speed http://goo.gl/8t3iDm. Sir Nick Faldo even commented on the importance of the forearms during the 2016 RBC Heritage Classic, this past Sunday, April 17. Sir Nick Faldo stated, “You have to play with strong forearms.”
Presetting the wristbands allows the golfer to synchronize the forearms and elbows with the shoulders., This is what is referred to as the CAMMING and CAMMING-OVER technique in the ESPY Golf Swing. A great mental image to set up this camming and camming-over technique is by using a simple pair of boxing gloves that are offset. Pay close attention to the orientation of the wristbands in the diagram. You can see how the wristbands are orientated on the club handle, and this is key in setting the wrists properly. This technique is called the boxing gloves technique, or Synch and Preset.
This affords the golfer to take advantage of three key muscle groups, the Thenars (Hypothenar and thenar), Brachio-Radialis, and Pronator Quadratus muscles. By setting these muscles, the golfer can develop the natural muscle memory to naturally set up the golf sequence, without even having to consciously think about it.
The last thing the golfer wants to do is to consciously think about the golf swing on the tee box. The golf swing should be a subconscious maneuver, like Driving Hypnosis. While this condition is unsafe for driving a vehicle down the highway, it works great for driving a golf ball down the fairway.
The golfer who thinks on the tee box or any other golf shot just places a detour in their golf swing. Presetting the wrists, or wristbands. is similar to having the passcode to unlock and allow the golfer to naturally execute the golf swing, without difficulty.
The preset is, essentially, the supination and pronation of the wristbands. Even Ben Hogan eluded to these two key maneuvers in his commentaries on the golf swing. Simply presetting the wristbands establishes 80 percent of your golf swing. This also takes a tremendous amount of mental pressure off the golfer’s mind and relieves torque off the lumbar part of the golfer’s back, where most back problems form.
The ESPY Golf Swing Book
By: QATSPY GOLF Approach
Charles W. Boatright
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach– Price for 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:
Lulu Publishing: The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Charles W. Boatright
Once you learn WHY, you don’t forget HOW!
Two decisions that you can make for yourself and your kids are to get a copy of my book and place the book and a golf club into their hands. You will never look back, but only forward. You will not miss with this for yourself and/or your kids.
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 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 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!