By: Charles W. Boatright
Forum for coaching golf starts with breaking down the quintessential golf swing and identifying the critical elements (maneuvers) and components (muscles) used. The forum for coaching golf focuses on creating a repetitive and sequential process to execute a consistent golf swing. One of the keys in the forum for coaching golf is being able to maintain consistency. There not many golfers, both amateur or professional, who don’t place a great amount of importance and significance on their consistency.
We all have the potential of having a consistent golf swing with more power and speed. Some golfers consider consistency as the unattainable element that alludes them. But in reality, it’s not that unattainable. The forum for coaching golf focuses on popular phrase, “It is all in the wrists.” We all have hit those rare, perfect golf shots that had both distance and control. This might be a golf shot that the amateur golfer would hit once in every 300 to 400 golf shots.
But, this is what makes golf the enigma that it is for golfers at any level or status. Figuring out the golf swing comes down to isolating the quintessential elements (maneuvers) and components (key muscles) to produce an efficient and effective golf swing. Quintessential, as the name implies, means determining the fewest elements and components that are needed in the golf swing.
What is the Key Element in Forum for Coaching Golf?
Bobby Jones, Sr., Ben Hogan, Ken Duke, Angela Stanford, David Duval, and Marco Dawson all highlighted in an interview that presetting the wrists at the first part of the golf swing was the key element. I confirmed this not only in my seven years of research that I conducted, but from a playing partner that my grandfather, H.E. Boatright, and I played with for years. This partner was Dr. Choate, a doctor who studied the anatomy of the golf swing and discovered the key muscles used to initiate the golf swing by just presetting the wrists a key element in the DIY forum for coaching golf.
Even Charlie Rymer with Golf Channel interviewed David Duval in the early part of 2017 and was mesmerized by what Charlie Rymer described as “That Wrist Thing” that David Duval illustrated so well during the televised interview.
Supination and Pronation the JOC Golf Swing
Without going into a lot of anatomical movements in the wrist, but the wrists has six movements- (1) supination, (2) pronation, (3) radial and (4) ulna deviation, (5) palmar flexion, and (6) dorsiflexion. This can be a blessing as well as a curse for the golfer. This is the enigma in golf, because the first element and component in golf is often the most critical to establish, like most tasks that we perform. What usually starts well ends well.
This is the reason that Dr. Choate always mentioned two simple elements, the Supination and Pronation, the JOC- Joint Optimized Component, as in the ESPY Golf Swing a DIY forum for coaching golf. This is the juggernaut that the golfer is searching for in their golf swing to create Power, Acceleration, Control, and Speed.
Syncing and Presetting Your Golf Swing
These six maneuvers can be quite confusing, because the wrists can act as a universal joint in the golfer’s swing, where the wrists are often uncontrollable at times, like the wrists have a mind of their own. The golfer’s objective is to restrict their golf swing to only as few maneuvers as possible. There are two maneuvers that the golfer can initially perform to conquer their golf swing enigma. This was what Charlie Rymer called, “That Wrist Thing.” What this wrist thing refers to is what I call the Sync and Preset stage in the ESPY Golf Swing to set the club handle into the Lock Position. “That Wrist Thing” establishes 80 percent of the golfer’s swing.
There are just two muscles that can allow the golfer to Sync the elbow with the shoulders and Preset the wrists. These two muscles make up the only muscle memory I need to feel and establish my entire golf swing. Out of 320 pairs of muscles the human body has, I just need two simple muscles to engage my subconscious mind that controls my entire golf swing. The anatomic chart above highlights these two muscles.
The following muscles are the ones that are actually used to Supinate (Sync) the wrist and lower forearm, or what I call the wristbands:
The following muscles are the ones that are actually used to pronate (Preset) the wristbands:
- Pronator Teres
- Pronator Quadratus
There is a unique muscle that serves as the Joint Optimized Component that is a bridge between both these critical maneuvers that not only allow the golfer to Preset the wristbands, but Sync the elbow. This JOC also helps raise the forearms up at the elbow to allow the golfer to move the golf club toward the top of swing. This muscle is called the Brachio-Radialis muscle that helps the golfer to:
- Supinate (Sync)
- Pronate (Preset)
- Raise the forearms (Yaw)
So the JOC muscle, the Brachio-Radialis, is used to Supinate (Sync), Pronate (Preset), and Raise (Yaw) the golf club handle during the swing sequence. There is a supervisory muscle that I consider as the starter muscle. This muscle is called the Thenar.
Charlie Rymer “That Wrist Thing”
“That Wrist Thing” that Charlie refers is based on two muscle memory movements that starts and synchronizes the entire golf swing; this is the Thenar and Supinator muscles. These two muscles are the only ones the golfer needs to feel engaged in order to set the entire golfer’s swing in motion. The golfer’s subconscious mind can take over the golf swing from these two components that Sync and Preset the golfer’s swing.
But the key muscle that I focus on is the starter muscle, the Thenar muscle. This is the pad at the base of the thumb. This muscle is also the strongest muscle in the hand and wrist that has direct contact with the handle of the club. This muscle is strong enough to transfer the power from the core body through the arms and forearms into the Thenars.
So, the quintessential muscle memory is what I use to set up my golf swing, instead of swing thoughts.
So, the next time you step into your address position, or what I call the Box or the ZONE, clear your mind of all swing thoughts and feel the force behind your golf swing by just syncing and presetting your wristbands, or “That Wrist Thing.” There is a song that was popularized by B. J. Thomas back in 1968 called “Hooked on a Feeling.” This song focuses my attention on feeling the muscles used to Sync and Preset my entire golf swing and clears my mind of negative swing thoughts.
There’s one other critical distinction to make in the golf swing, the wrist component. The wrist is not where the wristwatch is worn, as that’s the lower forearm, or wristbands like on a boxing glove. The wrist is between the lower forearm and the hand. There are two major muscles in the wrist called the Hypothenar and Thenar. This is why the Thenars are important in the Preset element.
The Sync element is the other critical element in the golf swing. It synchronizes the dominant elbow with the shoulders. This is performed by the Supinator muscle. This is why the Thenar and the Supinator muscles are key muscles. They are crucial in Syncing and Presetting the golfer’s swing.
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