The QATSPY GOLF Inside the Leather Sports Page
By: Charles W. Boatright
GOLF TECHNIQUES USED by a POW at the Hanoi Hilton
Sync/Preset golf swing techniques are the basic fundamentals and building blocks for golf lessons and practice sessions. The majority of my conversations that I had with Col. Hall centered on the Techniques of presetting the wrists.
I had the rare opportunity to meet and interview Colonel George Robert Hall in Hattiesburg, MS, in 2002. He was a Vietnam POW held at the infamous Hanoi Hilton in North Vietnam for seven-and-a-half years. During my interview, I was able to find out the specific techniques that Colonel Hall used to survive his horrendous treatment that included mental and physical torture and starvation.
If surviving the inhumane conditions of the Hanoi Hilton weren’t impressive enough, Colonel Hall, who lost 100 pounds in body weight as a POW, played in the 1973 Greater News Orleans Pro-Am Open, six weeks after his release where he shot his handicap of four (4). Not many professional golfers could achieve this type of performance.
The majority of my interview centered on techniques. Technique is the key to synchronize the golfer’s conscious mind, how we practice, to the subconscious mind, how we play on the golf course. If there was one reoccurring word that Colonel Hall used, it was technique.
For more of Colonel Hall’s story and my interview with Colonel Hall, please refer to the following two articles: A Memorial Day Hero From Hattiesburg, MS.
Rick Cleveland also did an article on Colonel Hall entitled: Remembering Colonel George Robert Hall
The TECHNIQUE Component of The GOLF TEAM Coaching APP
If the golfer wants to develop or refine their golf game, Technique is a very good starting point. Golf swing techniques are the basic fundamentals and building blocks for Golf swing techniques for future golf lessons and practice sessions. The majority of my conversations that I had with Col. Hall centered on the Techniques of presetting the wrists.
Some of the most critical maneuvers in the golf swing sequence deal with the wrist action in the golf swing. This is supported by the basic fundamentals of Kinesiology, how the low-threshold muscles that are in the wrists, and lower forearms should precede the high-threshold muscles. The high-threshold muscles are in the arm, shoulders, and the upper and lower body.
Even some of the best professional golfers focus on the preset technique. This preset technique is used by Ken Duke who did an interview with Lisa Cornwell of Golf Channel on his Preset Technique. Both Nick Faldo and David Duval demonstrated their Preset Technique in their YouTube videos.
I have posted Nick Faldo’s YouTube Video entitled: Faldo” Pre-Set Drill – Perfect Top of Backswing Position. Even in the interview with David Duval concerning his preset technique, Charlie Rymer described David Duval’s Preset Technique as That Wrist Thing. That Wrist Thing was critical to Colonel Hall in maintaining his virtual golf swing during his seven-and-a-half years of being a POW.
Comparing the Preset Technique of the Baseball Swing vs. the Golf Swing
When I showed the time-lapse photo, above, comparing the wrist action in the golf swing to that of the baseball swing, as That Wrist Thing, Col. Hall studied the photo with great interest. One of the questions that he asked me was, “How did you ever think about comparing the golf swing to the baseball swing?” I explained that the time-lapse photo was a part of my Xerox Box Research Project for a Kinesiology project. Col. Hall replied, “I should have used that as a mental image in my preset technique.”
I explained to Col. Hall that I always believed that if you took a golf ball from off home plate and placed it on a tee, waist-high like in tee ball practice in the MLB, the golfer wouldn’t need any special coaching to develop their golf game. The golfer would know exactly what to do with their wrists, forearms, and arms, right up through the shoulders, down through the core of their body.
The time-lapse photography above reveals that the baseball swing and the golf swing are more similar than they are different. The only special technique that the golfer has to develop and perform is to synchronize the baseball swing to that of the golf swing. Thus, the SYNC technique.
Continuing my explanation, this is an essential part of the SYNC/PRESET Techniques that are a part of the ESPY Golf Swing. To show the importance of the SYNC/PRESET Techniques, I show Col. Hall how I used a pair of kickboxing gloves below to show the sync action of the wrists, from the Address Position to the Lock Position, after the SYNC/PRESET Techniques.
The SYNC/PRESET are unique techniques, allowing the golfer to set the Lock Position, but more interesting is how the wrists are synchronized with each other. The top of the left and right wristbands are aligned with each other in the Lock Position. The kickboxing gloves above are a great coaching tool to get the golfer to understand what their wrists should look like in the Lock Position.
Using the baseball swing and kickboxing gloves will allow the golfer to fine-tune their existing motor skills to develop the specific muscle memory in their golf swing sequence. The three maneuvers in the SYNC/PRESET/YAW Techniques are typical functions of the body that we perform in the course of a day. Performing the SYNC/PRESET Techniques into the Lock Position will set 80 percent of the golfer’s swing.
I explained that the SYNC/PRESET Techniques are real confidence boosters for the golfer, and these are just normal wrist maneuvers that can develop a consistent golf swing with power, clubhead speed, and control.
THE HOME PLATE TRAINING DRILL:
You can purchase a throw-down home plate from Epic Sports for under $10.00, which is a great training aid for your routine practice sessions. Please use the image of the home plate above to Link to Epic Sports website to purchase a throw-down Home Plate.
The throw-down home plate self-coaching technique is a very effective drill that the golfer can use for alignment and for syncing and presetting their wrists. This is because home plate provides set points (4) and ball positioning indicators. The golfer can use the home-plate training drill to help them FIRST- focus on setting the SYNC/PRESET maneuvers. Home plate helps the golf eliminate alignment issues and SECOND- develop the proper SYNC/PRESET Techniques.
The various colors along the centerline of home plate above (just for illustration) indicate where the golfer would place their golf ball on home plate during their drills for different golf clubs.
- Short irons- The (Yellow) golf ball will be placed in the middle of the blue line.
- Mid-irons- The (Blue) golf ball will be placed in the middle of the green line.
- Long-irons & Fairway Woods- The (White) golf ball is placed from the start of the red line for long-irons to the middle of the red line for the Fairway Woods.
- Driver- The (Orange) golf ball will be placed toward the end of the blue line.
Regardless of the Iron, Fairway Wood, or Driver, I want the outside of my left foot to be placed perpendicular to the front part of Home Plate; and inside of my right foot to be placed on the backside of Home Plate at Point (4). The follow through I want my to pass the front part of Home Plate. This way my clubface will remain on the target line pass my left foot.
The SYNC/PRESET Training Drill is performed in the following procedures:
- SYNC– The Index Knuckle on both hands trace the toe line back from the Address Position with the Palmar-Dorsiflex maneuvers, hinging at the top of the wristband on each kick-boxing glove, until the right Pinky knuckle for the right-handed golfer is pointing toward the inside of the right heel. The clubhead will be over the back corner of home plate (Point 4 in the illustration).
- PRESET– When the right Index Knuckle points toward right big toe, the left Pinky Knuckle cams-over, pointing the left Pinky Knuckle toward the golfer’s right big toe, as noted below in the sketch.
This places the wrists/hands into the Lock Position. The golfer, at this stage, just has to take the handle of the golf club to the top of the golf swing, by pivoting at the right elbow and the left shoulder in the YAW element.
OK, I know what you are asking, What is the YAW element? In aviation, yaw is the horizontal rotation about a vertical axis. People who operate drones are familiar with the term yaw. This is exactly what the golfer’s shoulders do about the golfer’s spinal axis by lifting the forearms or arms, based on what kind of golf shot the golfer wants to produce.
The 12-Foot Chip Drill– Wherever you practice your putting, you can practice the 12-Foot Chip Drill, just by using a backstop, as I have in my indoor training facility above. I demonstrated this 12-Foot Chip Drill in the YouTube video below The QATSPY GOLF Sync/Preset Pitch Shot Drill.
The 12-Foot Chip Drill uses the same SYNC/PRESET Technique as for a regular golf shot. This drill is a great way to work on your golf swing, if you aren’t in your backyard or on the practice range. Because this is a finesse golf shot, one of the toughest golf shots in golf, it allows the golfer to create course conditions in their mind, like the virtual golf shot.
To learn to develop your own TECHNIQUE GOLF TEAM Coaching APP, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
E-Book- $ 8.99
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, a Self-Coaching Technique and simple Sports Psychology enabling the golfer to take the baseball swing sequence from the batter’s box to the tee box. Everyone needs an athletic activity to enjoy and help them keep active, GOLF is an excellent sport to pick up from age 8 to 98 and beyond.
My book can also be purchased on-line at:
Training Assisted Coaching Kiosk
The TACK Room is list of training equipment and gear that I use in my routine practice and self-coaching techniques. The golfer can incorporate this equipment and gear into their routine practice sessions to help develop techniques to improve their mechanics, or muscle memory, on a consistent basis. Before a golfer can develop their golf swing sequence feel, they first will need to develop and establish their golf swing mechanics. The following are training equipment and gear that I have personally purchased and use in my self-coaching approach.
The golfer can use the TRACK Room as a Kiosk to link to the manufacturer and distributor websites to purchase this training equipment and gear. Just by selecting the images below, the manufacture or distributor site can be accessed.
BirdieBall® Putting Greens
Develop a complete Tee-To-Green practice session in the convenience of your home or office. To complete the golfer’s practice session, the golfer will need to have access to a putting surface. Without installing an expensive artificial green in your backyard, the golfer can use an affordable option of the storable BirdieBall® putting greens that has realistic, undulating surfaces and green speeds that match those of an actual green on the golf course. This can be placed in the garage, spear room, or in a business sitting.
To improve one of the most important areas of the golfer’s game, putting, look at the BirdieBall® website to build your own putting green to fit your needs and budget:
DW Quail Golf®
The DW Quail Golf Chipping and Pitching mat is an indispensable part of your golf game practice allowing the golfer to turn their garage into their indoor golf training facility. DW Quail Golf has a variety of Chipping/Pitching mats that are professional grade for indoor/outdoor use. These make excellent gifts for your golfer. This is a link to DW Quail Golf website.
Almost Golf Balls®
To help develop a more effective golf training exercise in your backyard or vacant field, I would recommend purchasing a dozen or more of the Almost Golf Balls® from LIBERTY Health Supply. Please select one of the products below to purchase these golf balls that simulate the actual golf ball, without the concern for property damage or personal injury to others. These balls only travel a third of the distance of an actual golf ball, up to 100 yards.
Pack of 10:
Pack of 36:
If you use the Promo Code: ALMOSTGOLF, you will receive free shipment on any order of Almost Golf Balls® from LIBERTY Health Supply.
I have a utility bag full of these Almost Golf Balls that I practice with, three to four hours per day, four days per week.
Health and Fitness Program Golf Exercise for Power
This book is based on a self-coaching forum (ASPEN Pyramid). The ASPEN Self-Coaching Technique provides the beginner and advanced single-digit handicap golfer with a safe, ergonomic classic golf swing mechanics. The ASPEN forum for coaching golf provides basic skills for more power and control in the golf swing sequence without debilitating injuries that are common with some modern-day golf swings. As part of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach forum is a workout program that includes golf exercises with medicine ball designed especially for golfers.
I have also included a FREE SR925 Diet program that anyone can access, where I lost over 40 pounds and 7.5-inches in my waist within nine-months. I went from 37.5 inches in November of 2014 down to 30.0 inches in July of 2015 with the effective SR925 Diet Program that I developed, see detailed below. REMEMBER an easy RULE-OF-RULE to determine if you have a healthy BMI, you can take half your height; and your waistline should fall below this figure.
Please take advantage of my SR925 Diet Program, where I lost 6 inches in my waist in 3- months (FREE of CHARGE) with the CASPER Fitness Program, detailed in Section 20 of my book, great golf swing workout:
SR925 Diet Program lost 7-inches where I went from a 37.5 inches to 30.25 inch waistline within 9 months, and more importantly, kept the weight off and my waistline after 4 years. Not too many diet programs can provide results like this.
CASPER Fitness Program consist of golf exercises with medicine ball to develop a great golf swing workout for DISTANCE and CONTROL.
One component in my CASPER Fitness Program that I follow is using a Medicine Ball golf swing workout to perform what I call Stocking the Shelves, illustrated below in the figure:
A part of the CASPER Fitness Program are golf exercises with medicine ball – that includes Stocking the Selves and medicine ball exercises Burpees. For endurance and a full body workout, I also include a boxing glove-punching bag exercise.
Please include an exercise routine in your weekly schedule.
Operation DOG TAG
Sports, such as golf, along with fitness and an exercise regimen that includes yoga, has been proven to be a great Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for trauma victims. Veterans and those who have experienced a traumatic situation where the mind has been traumatized and disrupted can use golf and yoga to help re-establish connection and pathways in the brain. Golf also provides an excellent opportunity for trauma victims to reconnect in a social setting to develop a dialogue without the pressures of clinical visits.
Section 2- Operation DOG TAG | Objectives and Scope
Section 3- Operation DOG TAG| STRUCTURE GUIDELINES
THE LOCKER ROOM a source for golf tips
Please visit “The Locker Room” for an Index of all my golf articles to improve your golf game and life. Discover how you can take your baseball swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.
Learn How to take your baseball-style golf swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.
Time-lapse photography that I reviewed during my Kinesiology Xerox Box Golf Research Project compared the golf swing vs. baseball swing and how similar the Sync/Preset wrist action in the golf swing was to the baseball swing sequence.
Here’s the QUESTION: How many times standing in the batter’s box did you think about your golf swing mechanics, techniques, or elements. Your were only focused on the pitch. Why not use the same Outlier technique in golf.
Sir Nick Faldo demonstration of the Preset Golf Swing Technique
One of Sir Nick Faldo’s first golf swing fundamentals that he learned as demonstrated in this YouTube video entitled The Preset golf swing technique. Nick Faldo discussed the WHAT, but didn’t explained the HOW in his YouTube video.
The Sync/Preset Elements in The ESPY Golf Swing Coach explains how to setup the classic golf swing maneuver to place the wrists into the key Lock Position. This was the same golf swing technique used by David Duval during an interview with Charlie Rymer on Golf Channel. These two Videos are probably two of the best Videos to discuss the wrist action in the golf swing.
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A Recommendation for your Golf Game:
I would like to recommend an interesting radio program that I regularly listen to originating from my home state Arkansas on my I-Heart Radio app on KARN 102.9 FM station, out of Little Rock. 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.