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Inside the leather Classic Golf Swing Mechanics and simple golf swing tips for self-coaching techniques.
By: Charles W. Boatright
Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control
Breaking Down the Preset Golf Swing Wrist Action
Unless you can break down the golf swing sequence with time-lapse photography, the average golfer might not be aware of the preset golf swing wrist action. The preset golf swing wrist action produces power, clubhead speed, and control. The golf swing wrist action can even be detected in comparing the baseball swing vs. golf swing, shown below in the time-lapse photo.
Charlie Rymer refers to this preset golf swing wrist action as That Wrist Thing, during an interview with David Duval on Golf Channel in February of 2015. That Wrist Thing, as described by Charlie Rymer, is a golf swing wrist action that is part of the natural Sync/Preset golf swing sequence.
That Wrist Thing, or compound golf swing wrist action, was demonstrated perfectly by Nick Faldo in his YouTube video entitled The Faldo” Pre-Set Drill – Perfect Top of Backswing Position. Both David Duval and Nick Faldo demonstrated what Charlie Rymer referred to as That Wrist Thing perfectly describes the WHAT. The only thing neither Nick Faldo nor David Duval didn’t describe in their YouTube videos was the HOW.
The Preset Golf Swing Wrist Action Detailed in a Kinesiology Research Project
For a Kinesiology research project that I did, I gathered time-lapse photography comparing the baseball swing vs. golf swing. This allowed the golfer to take advantage of the similarities between the two swings. I also conducted interviews with both minor league baseball players and low-handicap golfers who stressed the wrist action in both swings. One of my interviews was with Colonel George Robert Hall, who had a four handicap.
What was unique about Colonel Hall’s story was that he was a Vietnam War POW, who was held at the Hanoi Hilton for seven-and-a-half years. Colonel Hall described the importance that he placed on his wrist action, or what I refer to as the preset golf swing wrist action that I describe in my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach.
The preset golf swing wrist action generates a tremendous amount of power that is provided by the golfer’s left wrist, for the right-handed golfer. The clubhead speed is provided by the right wrist. Isolating what provides power and what provides clubhead speed in the golf swing is critical for the golfer to understand.
Understanding the preset golf swing wrist action in the golf swing sequence will determine the consistency the golfer will have on the golf course. As important as that consistency is on the golf course, continued improvement is just as important, especially around the green. If you can’t define IT or measure IT, you certainly can’t improve IT, IT being your golf game.
If you want to make the most significant improvement in your golf game, don’t underestimate or neglect the preset golf swing wrist action in your golf swing. Underestimating or neglecting the preset golf swing wrist action will make golf the most difficult sport you’ll ever play even more difficult.
For the right-handed golfer, the preset golf swing wrist action drill is composed of two distinct wrist maneuvers. The first maneuver is called Dorsiflex, with the right wrist (for clubhead speed), and the other is called Pronation, with the left wrist (for power). The SYNC/PRESET golf swing wrist action, or That Wrist Thing as described by Charlie Rymer, was demonstrated by both Nick Faldo and David Duval in their videos.
Presetting the Golf Swing Wrist Action in the ESPY Golf Swing
I’ve read dozens of articles about taking the clubhead straight back from the golf ball along the target line. Or as my grandfather, H.Q. Boatright, taught on a 3:30 takeaway path to a 9:30 follow-through, as noted below. One of the more notable articles that I’ve read about the takeaway swing appeared in the 2001 November/December issue of the GOLF Tips Magazine on page 53. This was a very good article on the basic golf swing mechanics.
This article concerns a fundamental coaching technique taught by Marshall Smith, a golf coach from Oklahoma. Marshall stated that the clubface should travel straight back along the target line until the wrist hinges. Until the wrist hinges is the key golf swing technique. Both of these objectives can be accomplished easily with the golf swing wrist action technique, and here’s HOW to accomplish this for the right-handed golfer:
SYNC Element– The right wrist cams back in what is called the Dorsiflex. This is like the golfer preparing to toss a baseball to their left, underhanded, toward their target with their right hand in the golf address position. This SYNC element uses the both Index Knuckles to Palmar-Dorsiflex, or cam-back, three-quarters toward the right foot from the address position. This helps set a key muscle memory in the golfer’s left side, the left Palmaris Longus tendon and muscle. I refer to this tendon/muscle as the Palmer Tendon in honor of Arnold Palmer.
PRESET Element– The left wrist rotates clockwise, or cams-over, in what is called Pronation. This is done by rotating at the left Pinky Knuckle, as soon as the right Middle Knuckle cams halfway back toward the golfer’s right foot. You know you’ve done the SYNC/PRESET Technique correctly, if the left Pinky Knuckle is pointing toward your big toe. This helps set a key muscle memory in the golfer’s right side, the right Quadratus Pronator muscle.
The SYNC/PRESET is like setting the X-factor or in your golf swing. The right wrist sets up the key muscle in the left wrist, follow by the left wrist setting up the key muscle in the right side.
Both the SYNC/PRESET Technique (CAM & CAM-OVER) is demonstrated in the illustrations above. This places the wrists into the Lock Position. The Lock Position was demonstrated by Nick Faldo in his YouTube video at the end of this article.
A great method to FOCUS on and establish your SYNC/PRESET golf swing wrist action technique is image that your golf ball is setting in the middle of Home Plate (DMZ). Your objective is to use both Index Knuckles and perform a Palmar-Dorsiflex (CAMS) maneuver straight back tracking the clubhead along the target line until your clubhead reaches the back-tip of Home Plate (4) (three-quarters of the way toward the right foot).
At this point the left Pinky Knuckle Pronates (CAMS-OVER) the left Index Knuckle. This should place the left Pinky Knuckle pointing toward the right Big Toe and your hands into the Lock Position, as shown below.
This SYNC/PRESET Technique can be used to make both the chip and pitch golf shots as well. This is what is significant about the ESPY Golf Swing Technique that I have demonstrated in my QATSPY Sync/Preset Pitch shot YouTube video below.
Besides producing a consistent golf swing, the golfer can also develop their confidence with The ESPY Golf Swing Coach . There is no substitute for confidence on the golf course. Confidence is what controls the golfer’s adrenaline. The golf swing wrist action in the Finesse Chip and Pitch shot demonstrated here is a critical part of the golfer’s game, and it is also critical in building the golfer’s confidence from tee-to-green.
The golfer only has to learn one takeaway maneuver from tee-to-green, without having to learn multiple golf swing techniques. Once the golfer develops the motor skills and muscle memory for the SYNC/PRESET golf swing wrist action, they have developed 90 percent of their golf swing fundamentals. The other 10 percent of the golf swing sequence is taking the handle of the club to the top of the golf swing, in what I refer to as the YAW element.
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is similar to learning to ride a bicycle in that once you learn, you don’t forget. That is exactly what the objective of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is based on — developing an instinctive golf swing sequence with confidence.
To develop the golf swing wrist action, which is the basis of The ESPY Golf Swing Technique, 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.
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.