Classic Golf Swing Mechanics | Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

The Great Qatspy Golf Coach

By: Charles W. Boatright

SUBJECT– How to Apply Einstein’s Law of Relativity to classic golf swing mechanics

ISSUE– Synchronizing the golfer’s elbows with the shoulders, based on the Arnold Palmer technique.

QUESTION– How can the golfer take a technique that Arnold Palmer gave the President and improve power and speed in their golf swing?

A practical version of Albert Einstein’s Law of Relativity can be applied to classic golf swing mechanics to help the golfer understand how power and speed can be maximized. It deals with how the golf club can actually be accelerated when placed in proximity of certain forces. But the more practical application of Einstein’s Law of Relativity is how the golfer can use relative mechanics to improve their power, acceleration, control, and speed, using the relative position of elbows with the shoulders.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein riding a bicycle to demonstrate how he came up with his Theory on Relativity.

Albert Einstein was once asked how he came up with his Theory of Relativity, and he replied, “I thought of that while riding my bicycle”. While riding my ten-speed bicycle, I discovered a perfect relative mechanism that any golfer could use to maximize their classic golf swing mechanics for power, acceleration, control, and speed in their golf swing. The classic golf swing mechanics are more about using finesse of mechanical advantages and muscle memory, rather than just using sheer muscle strength and power of trying to swing the arms (upper arm) and forearms faster.

Like Albert Einstein revealed in his Theory of Relativity, it’s not so much how the golfer can generate force, but how the golfer can synchronize the proximity of these forces to improve their golfer swing.

One reason that synchronization is important is that the golfer can’t use the same muscles to produce power (high threshold muscle) and also produce speed (low threshold muscles). You hear professional golfers explain that they rely on their core muscles to produce speed, instead of trying to swing the arms and forearms faster. That is like confusing for the golfer to understand. But this article will help the golfer understand what the professional golfer is referring to.

ten-speed bicycle classic golf swing mechanics

The ten-speed bicycle sprockets used to create both power and speed.

The professional and low-handicap golfers have learned to synchronize their arms, elbows, and forearms with their core muscles to produce power and speed by using their shoulders and elbows as sprockets, illustrated above in the ten-speed bicycle sprockets. This was the exactly what Arnold Palmer was trying to get President Eisenhower to do during a Pro-Am by keeping his elbow next, or relative, to his side. One of the key elements that Arnold Palmer was alluding to in the golf swing is the ability for the golfer to keep the elbows close to their side. This technique produces power and speed by synchronizing the sprockets, the elbows and shoulders.

Here is where Einstein’s relativity applies to the classic golf swing mechanics. A golfer can gain significant advantages from the ten-speed bicycle, mainly how the sprockets are synchronized with each other to produce power and speed. If you’ve ever ridden a single-speed bicycle and compared the performance of the single-speed with a ten-speed bicycle, it doesn’t take the cyclist long to figure out the advantages that sprocket mechanics provide. The golfer is essentially using their elbows and shoulders as sprockets and how the elbows are synchronized with the shoulders to produce power, acceleration, control, and speed.

The golfer uses their elbows to coil the core muscles for power in the takeaway; and their shoulders to rotate the arms, elbows, and forearms for speed in the downswing. Treat the arm (upper arm) like the bicycle chain, linking the two sprockets. The two sprockets and chain that propel the bicycle forward with power at the start and how they are shifted at the top of the swing demonstrate perfectly how the ESPY Golf Swing is established and executed. The ten-speed bicycle can actually unravel the enigma of classic golf swing mechanics.

In classic golf swing mechanics, the golfer is using sprocket mechanics to automatically synchronize the forearms, elbows, and arms with the shoulders and core body. But, the mechanics can also be used to synchronize the golfer’s mind with the body by providing mental confidence. Mental confidence is probably the biggest advantage that The ESPY Golf Swing Coach provides. The golfer doesn’t feel like they have to muster every golf shot.

The Great Qatspy

My grandfather, The Great Qatspy, at Yellowstone National Park in 1927.

Like Yogi Berra once stated in one of his famous quotes, “You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing and technique, it’ll go.” My golf coach, my grandfather, The Great Qatspy pictured above, added the word technique.

In addition to the ten-speed bicycle sprockets in the ESPY Golf Swing, the golfer can use two other relative mental techniques, the boxing gloves and the baseball-type swing. The boxing glove wristbands are the key to allow the golfer to understand and feel how to properly sync and preset their wrists and elbows, as illustrated above. The golfer, using the baseball-type swing shown below, compared to the golf swing, can allow the golfer to tap in on a well-established motor-skill learned at a young age that most of us don’t even think about. And this is the key to the golfer’s swing is not to have to think. These motor-skills develop are essentially muscle memory, or finesse, that is critical in producing power, acceleration, control, and speed.

To help the golfer take advantage of their classic golf swing mechanics to maximize their power and speed, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:

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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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