The QATSPY GOLF Inside the Leather Sports Page
By: Charles W. Boatright
Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control
Basic Training for Golf Swing Mechanics Workout Technique
If you have developed and follow a workout program, you realize how beneficial it is to both the mind and body, while taking advantage of the body’s mechanics. You feel more productive, energetic, and mentally alert after the workout. The same workout technique can be used in a golf swing workout program to improve the golfer’s golf swing mechanics and consistency in hitting more fairways and greens.
An exercise program improves cognitive activity in the brain, as well as improving retention of basic mechanics. This is one reason that an exercise program is critical for people suffering from symptoms of PTSD. Exercise is a vital part of Veterans’ therapy and recovery when dealing with PTSD; please refer to my Operation DOG TAG.
The golf links refer to the golf course, but linking your golf swing mechanics to your fitness workout program is a great coaching technique for the golfer to use. Any physical exercise activity improves the cognitive retention of information and mechanics. Sports Psychologists have proven that training drills followed by a routine exercise program improves the retention of those training drills.
Medical research proves that taking a simple brisk walk after a reading and studying period helps memorization and retention ability. To take advantage of this training technique, I built a golf swing workout simulator that provides the golfer with the ability to replicate the golf course conditions from tee-to-green, shown below, in my indoor facility. A golfer can actually work on their wrist action in the golf swing mechanics, without having to be on the range or the backyard.
Before I go through by CASPER Workout Program that includes golf exercises with medicine ball and working out with a punching bag, I hit golf balls with my driver through sand wedge, ten-to-twenty times with each club. I place a tarp up in my indoor golf swing workout facility to hit full golf shots. During the full golf swing workout, I use special practice balls, the Almost Golf Balls®, and hit these practice balls off of a chipping and pitching mat.
I’m not working so much on my distance as much as I’m working on my golf swing mechanics and technique. Golf swing Mechanics precede the golfer developing their feel for their golf swing sequence. My main objective is to reinforce my wrist action in the golf swing mechanics tee-to-green. Looking down at the wrist in the Lock Position, the golfer’s wrists should appear as in the illustration below.
Bobby Jones, Sr.- Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears
During an interview with a Vietnam POW, I was able to confirm that 90 percent of golf swing mechanics are actually between the ears, as stated by Bobby Jones, Sr. I had the pleasure of interviewing Colonel George Robert Hall, who was held at the Hanoi Hilton with Senator John McCain. With a stick, Colonel George Hall worked mainly on his wrist action in the golf swing mechanics in his prison cell, each and every day for seven-and-a-half years.
Before Col. Hall attended Annapolis and prior to his capture in September of 1965, Colonel Hall had a four (4) handicap. Six weeks after his release in February 1973, Colonel Hall played in The Greater New Orleans POW Pro-Am, where he shot his handicap, a score of 76. To read my full interview with Colonel Hall, please select: A Memorial Day Hero From Hattiesburg.
The LEXIS QATSPY Golf Swing Mechanics Sequence
The SYNC (Index Knuckles) and PRESET (Pinky Knuckle) golf swing techniques are performed by maneuvers we perform each and every day called Dorsiflex and Pronation, illustrated below.
I have described each maneuver in my book where the golfer can understand and develop an instinctive golf swing sequence during practice and on the golf course. Below are brief descriptions of these two Lexis golf swing techniques for the right-handed golfer:
SYNC– Palmar-Dorsiflex is a hinge action with the right and left Index Knuckles, like preparing to toss a baseball to one’s left, sideways. Self Coaching Technique for the SYNC technique- The golfer takes their right and left Index knuckles and traces the target line straight back along the tips of their shoes from the golf ball, hinging three-quarters of the way back toward the right foot before the PRESET Element starts. The PRESET component starts when the head of the golf club reaches the back corner of Home Plate (4), shown below.
PRESET- Pronation of the left wrist is like turning a lever clockwise with the left Pinky Knuckle. Self- Coaching Technique for the PRESET technique- Takes the left Index knuckle and rotates it under the right Thenar, the pad at the base of the right thumb.
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.
I performed this SYNC/PRESET golf swing technique in a chip/pitch shot. I work on SYNC/PRESET maneuver in my indoor training facility. I produced a You Tube video performing a 12-Foot chip/pitch shot onto a putting green in my training area. The same wrist action in the chip/pitch shot is the same wrist action for the regular golf shot from tee-to-green. Where ever you practice your putting, you can practice this 12-Foot chip/pitch shot. Just have a backstop to catch any wayward shots.
My Indoor Tee-to-Green Golf Swing Workout Training Center
My golf swing workout training center includes a 4 Ft. X 10 Ft. putting green, tarp, and chipping mat that provide the golfer the opportunity to work on their golf swing mechanics, with practically no restriction of time or weather conditions. The more convenient and virtual the golfer can make their training, the better their mind can perform their golf swing on the golf course. Golf is a mind game just like chess, except on grass.
Eighty percent of making a consistent golf shot lies in presetting the wrists. Sir Nick Faldo has a great YouTube video demonstrating the wrist action in the golf swing mechanics. The only thing that Nick Faldo doesn’t cover in the YouTube video is THE HOW: The “Faldo” Pre-Set Drill – Perfect Top of Backswing Position.
I built a 4 Ft. X 10 Ft. frame with plywood cover for a 10 to 12 Stimpmeter putting/chipping green, with two regulated size cups cut at each end of the putting green, shown above. At the right of the putting/chipping green, I have placed a 3 Ft. X 4 Ft. chipping/pitching mat that also has inserts for rubber tees. The chipping mat can be purchased from DW Quail Golf Company. These are professional grade mats. I would recommend at least a 3 Ft. X 4 Ft. chipping/pitching mat.
For the full golf swing workout, I use the Almost Golf Balls®. These Almost Golf Balls don’t cause damage or injuries and only go a third of the distance of an actual golf ball. I hit these Almost Golf Balls into a tarp, shown in the above image.
NOTE– Hanging the tarp, I would recommend allowing for a 4-inch space between the tarp and wall, or in my case, the overhead door. This space allows the tarp to dissipate the impact, or energy, of the ball without contacting the wall or door. I like to advertise my golf training center, but not with the Almost Golf Balls pinging off my overhead door.
The Objectives of Almost Golf Ball® Golf Swing Workout
There are two main objectives to the Almost Golf Ball golf swing workout- ONE is to develop the golf swing sequence and feel for setting the wrist action in the golf swing mechanics. SECOND is to observe how the Almost Golf Ball rebounds off the tarp to analyze the trajectory of the golf ball. There are the five rebounds analyses to observe to determine what type golf shot was hit in regard to the right-handed golfer:
- If the Almost Golf Ball comes back straight to the golfer, the golfer just hit a perfectly straight golf shot right down the fairway.
- If the Almost Golf Ball comes back slightly to the golfer’s left and stays within the confines of the 4 Ft putting surface, the golfer just hit a fade.
- If the Almost Golf Ball comes back slightly to the golfer’s right and stays within the confines of the 4 Ft putting surface, the golfer just hit a draw.
- If the Almost Golf Ball comes back dramatically to the golfer’s left and off the mat, the golfer just hit a slice.
- If the Almost Golf Ball comes back dramatically to the golfer’s right and off the mat, the golfer just hit a hook.
After hitting my full golf shots with the Almost Golf Balls, I pull off the hinged plywood cover and use the cover as a backstop for chipping and pitching with actual golf balls. I plan on having my logo, shown below, on the backstop. The stencil will be orange on the green Astro Turf background backstop.
I just ordered the stencil of my logo from Woodland Manufacture Company. My neighbor came over to look at my golf swing workout training center and pointed out an excellent place to put my logo on the backstop.
In chipping and pitching training, my or the student’s objective is to get 20 golf balls to come within the leather of the far pin/cup. The golfer repeats this chipping and pitching training exercise 5 to 6 times. In my case, I complete the full golf swing workout before I start my regular CASPER Fitness Program.
This type of golf swing workout uses the Lexis SYNC/PRESET Self-Coaching Technique. This training technique uses word association to associate the golfer’s golf swing mechanics with their motor skills and muscle responses. Motor skills and muscle responses (muscle memory) are a subconscious function. The golfer’s golf swing mechanics, sequence, and routine are conscious functions.
A great self-coaching technique the golf should use during their practice sessions is linking the conscious golf mind with the subconscious golf mind. These have to link up, if the golfer has any chance on developing a consistent golf game Tee-to-Green. If the golfer isn’t aware of this essential linkage, the golfer will only work on their golf swing mechanics, techniques, and golf swing sequence, without addressing 80 percent of their golf game, their subconscious golf.
The Plywood Cover Doubles as a Backstop in Chipping and Pitching Exercise
I used the steel framed and plywood cover to protect the putting surface when not in use. I don’t have to remove the plywood cover to hit Almost Golf Balls into the tarp until I start chipping/pitching/putting components of the golf swing workout training. I simply place the 4 Ft X 3 Ft chipping/pitching mat on the right end of the plywood cover.
After the student runs through all their golf clubs hitting full golf shots, I then remove the plywood cover and set the plywood cover as a backdrop to have the student practice hitting their chip and pitch shots onto the putting surface and make their putts, as shown below. This is a great stress reliever and confidence builder after getting home from work.
For details into the Lexis Self-Coaching Technique and setting the wrist action in the golf swing, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
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:
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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