By: Charles W. Boatright
Self-Coaching Technique and Fundamentals.
Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich, which is among the top 10 best-selling self-help books of all time. Napoleon Hill can offer golfers insight into a self-coaching technique that can improve the golfer’s game.
“Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.” -Napoleon Hill
Success is not that complicated or difficult, if you just experience failure long enough you begin to learn how to be patient, persistent, retrospective, and more proficient. The golfer can learn more from their failures than they can from their success. Success, or winning, will happen if the right process is followed; success is the result of your efforts. Failure will tell you exactly what you don’t want to do the next time, pretty simple!
GOLF, like most endeavors in life-
Golf, like most endeavors in life, comes down to a self-imposed process. Even golf lessons still come down to the golfer being their own mentor and self-imposed process. You are not alone if you find golf lessons become ineffective over time. The main reason for the difficulty is the lack of repetition in applying the lessons. Most golfers can only retain up to 25 percent of the lesson. Even with the 25 percent, the golfer focuses more on their technique, at the expense of their mechanics, or their fundamentals.
The advantage of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is that it provides the golfer with three advantages. One is a sequential process that can be replicated on the course, where it counts. Second, it provides the golfer with an incremental training process. And third, it provides what sport psychologists call Mental Imagery in Sports. The mental imagery in the ESPY Golf Swing consists of a baseball-style golf swing and how the ten-speed bicycle sprockets function, shown below.
The question most golfers have for me, is how do Sprocket mechanics provide this tremendous power, speed, and control? The answer I provide is by syncing the elbows with the shoulders. This is the single most important advantage that the golfer has in their swing.
Objective of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is-
The objective of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is to combine the techniques in a baseball-style golf swing with the mechanical advantage of syncing the elbows with the shoulders, like sprockets. The golfer takes the WHAT, the baseball-style golf swing, and provides the HOW, with muscle memory established in the golf swing. The elbows and shoulders behave similar to ten-speed bicycle sprockets, providing the golfer the ability to provide power and speed.
From the time-lapse photography above, there are similarities comparing the golf swing with the baseball-style swing. This is called Context-Based Learning, or apperception, as the term I like to use. Here’s a great question to highlight the advantages of using a well-established muscle memory from the baseball swing. How many times have you stepped into the batter’s box and thought about your swing techniques or mechanics, especially looking at a 95-mph fastball? I would guess NEVER! This is the same advantage provided by The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. It allows the golfer to take their baseball swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.
If there is a conflict between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, the subconscious mind wins out every time.
Learning to use the baseball swing-
By learning to use the baseball swing, the golfer learns basic fundamentals and techniques to become their own golf coach. It is the golfer who must mentally forge together their own game. The best way is in the heat of competition and grinding it out on the course, by using well-developed skills that have already been established in baseball. The golfer just has to convince the subconscious mind and become their own golf coach. If the golfer didn’t train under similar conditions during practice; the golfer won’t perform that way on the course.
Forging your baseball-style golf swing Coach-
Forging your baseball-style golf swing coach is basically done by incorporating sprocket mechanics. This allows the golfer to internalize their golf swing. Bob Jones, Sr., stated, “Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.” Even Sir Nick Faldo mentioned during the 2015 Quicken Loans Tournament, “That the golfer has to be their own golf coach on the course.” As a golfer, you don’t have the option to go to the sidelines or have the coach come out on the mound to refocus your attention. You are ‘IT;’ you are the golf coach. You have to train that way in order to play that way!
ESPY Golf Swing is a self-coaching technique-
The ESPY Golf Swing is a self-coaching technique that concentrates on incremental training. This provides a more natural training, with retention rates up to 90 percent. You’ve heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, so mental imagery incremental training is worth a hundred hours of lessons. The subconscious mind is consistently reviewing information, especially from our sensory factors, the mental image. Golf lessons, for the most part, are mainly external, where it is difficult to be internalize. The ESPY Golf Swing Coach allows the golfer to internalize the Critical Swing Path, or muscle memory, and swing mechanics. The term Critical Swing Path isn’t referring to the path the clubhead takes to the top of the golfer’s swing, but the series of muscles that the golfer engages.
A great example of the sensory factor is an ExtraSensory Performance, or ESP, or what drivers can experience while driving down a scenic highway. In ESP situational driving, the subconscious mind, with a high degree of relaxation and confidence, takes over the majority of the driving tasks. The conscious mind focuses on something else other than driving. This sounds like something very useful to apply to your golf game.
WARNING: While ESP situational driving is unsafe for driving a vehicle down the highway, it works great for driving a golf ball down the fairway.
Repetition and routine are key factors
Repetition and routine are key factors to develop situational driving. The following three conditions need to be in place for ESP situational driving to occur. The third condition is essential to developing an ExtraSensory Performance, or situational, driving. This allows the golfer to split activities in the mind.
- Normal and routine tasks and conditions must exist.
- Rely on a high degree of relaxation, confidence, and muscle memory.
- The conscious mind (WHAT) and subconscious mind (HOW) are focused on two different situations.
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Quintessential component of self-coaching-
The quintessential component of self-coaching is the same as that of an entrepreneur. You’re not just a golfer on the golf course that punches the clock. Instead, you’re the golf coach, reliever, self-motivator, and trainer on the golf course. If you don’t utilize this self-coaching technique, you’re missing out on a large component of your golf game.
Athlete must develop their own self-coaching technique-
The athlete must develop their own self-coaching technique to perform at a high level. A great example of this is Wade Boggs in the batter’s box, or what I refer to as being in the BOX. Once Boggs steps into the box, he only focuses on the baseball where he can mentally slow down a 90-mph fastball to see the MLB emblem and stitching. Wade Boggs is committed to his routine, being relaxed and confident, and consciously focusing on the ball. Do you remember the famous “Be the ball” quote from Caddyshack?
Technical part of self-coaching is understanding biomechanics-
The technical part of self-coaching is understanding biomechanics. This is essential. This deals with how the wrists, forearms, elbows, shoulders, and hips synchronize with each other during the golf swing. I spent four years studying kinesiology and ergonomics behavior-based training. While studying in these two fields for the work I was doing for my job. I was able to confirm the advantages of syncing the elbows with the shoulders and hips to provide power, speed, and control in the golf swing. The elbows and shoulders behave like sprockets on a 10-speed bicycle that produce:
- Power– in the takeaway swing with the elbows (small sprocket) coiling the shoulders (large sprocket).
- Speed– in the downswing with the shoulders (large sprocket) uncoiling to pivot the elbows (small sprockets).
Syncing the elbows was a suggestion that Arnold Palmer made to President Eisenhower before a Pro-Am.
Syncing (S) is the first element of The ESPY Golf Swing that allows the golfer to (E) ergonomically, or naturally, sync the elbow with the shoulders. Syncing the elbows with the shoulders was what Arnold Palmer suggested to President Eisenhower to improve his golf game before a Pro-Am. This is discussed in my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control, in Section 2.16 on page 30.
Presetting (P) the wrists is the second element to develop a Critical Swing path, or muscle memory. The Critical Swing Path is a series of muscles that takes the handle of the club to the top of the swing. The Critical Swing Path engages key muscles (Thenar, Brachio-Radialis, and Supinator). These muscles are illustrated in the anatomical chart below.
Preset is a critical element to help sync the elbows and preset the golfer’s hands and wrists. Preset also takes a tremendous stress off the golfer’s lower back. There has been a significant increase in the number of golfers suffering from lower back injuries. One reason for the increase of back injuries is not presetting the golfer’s wrists. Golfer’s who don’t preset their wrists and sync their elbows place tremendous stresses on the lower back.
Yaw (Y) is the last element in the takeaway sequence. Yaw is an aviation term for a horizontal rotation or, in this case, the shoulders about a vertical axis, the spin. If you can imagine a rubber band airplane, featured below, being coiled by the propeller, you have a great example of the Yaw element. Yaw provides a more precise image for the golfer to follow. This allows the golfer to set up a series of set points during the golf swing for feedback. The last set point in the ESPY Golf Swing is where the golfer places their lead shoulder under their chin.
Self-coaching technique provides confidence to the golfer
A Self-coaching technique provides confidence to the golfer. These set points help the golfer engage three key muscles (Thenar, Brachio-Radialis, and Supinator). This is the Critical Swing Path. The Critical Swing Path naturally directs the other muscles in the body. Engaging just three muscles is a better approach than trying to engage the nearly 640 muscles in the human body. This eliminates the need for swing thoughts, which are never a good thing to have in/on the BOX.
To develop your own self-coaching technique, 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
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