The QATSPY Sports Page 4 Golfers
By: Charles W. Boatright
Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control
This ESPN 30 for 30 story based on the ’96 College World Series (CWS) game was a topic of discussion during the Miami vs. LSU 2018 Kickoff Football game among the commentators announcing the game that night. Both the football game and the ’96 CWS game underline the importance and distinction between having confidence and developing one’s confidence.
Not many sports analysts gave No. 25 ranked LSU a high probability of winning their game opener against a higher-ranked No. 8 Miami team. A lot of this had to due with the quarterback controversy that Coach Ed Orgeron, LSU Head Football Coach, had to deal with, even before the season kicked off. If you want confidence, which is a major component of this article about the ’96 LSU Baseball Team, you want to develop confidence under actual competition, instead of having confidence based on practice.
Any golfer will tell you that confidence on the practice range doesn’t always make it to the golf course. Sometimes confidence is based on cognitive-bias rather than confidence gained from actual experience. Nothing can replace experience. As a matter of fact, the controversy that LSU experienced had a positive impact on how LSU executed their game plan from the sidelines and on the field. Obstacles are blessings rather than curses, and such was the case with Warren Morris and his perseverance, patience, and his belief.
Last at Bat in the 9th, How an Obscure Story became a ESPN 30 for 30 Film
The ESPN 30 for 30 film was a documentary on the ’96 College World Series (CWS) that reinforces the importance that the role of athletics and sports play in our society. Sports isn’t just about the wins and losses and the competition, but points to the importance of building character and confidence, under adverse conditions. This ’96 CWS would have been a footnote to history and wouldn’t even have made an ESPN 30 for 30 film series, if it weren’t for three key IF factors.
Most of the video shot at the ’96 CWS would have made the editing floor, if it weren’t for three IF’s. IF The University of Miami or LSU had a commanding lead going into the ninth, instead of Miami being up only by one run (Miami 8 vs. LSU 7) and LSU having one man (Brad Wilson) on third. Second, IF the ninth position walk-on batter with LSU was only six-weeks out from his wrist surgery to repair a broken Hamate bone in his right wrist. Finally, IF there weren’t two outs and the batter coming to the plate could only muster bunts and hadn’t even hit a home run during the regular ’96 season.
An reference article to Warren Morris Story in from The Advertiser entitled:
A great philosophy to carry into life and business was a commitment that this walk-on made, while waiting in the on-deck-circle. Warren Morris, the walk-on, stated that- “I had decided I’m just going to be aggressive. If I go down, I’m going down swinging.”
There’s one more quote from the movie The ROCK with Sean Connery and Nickolas Cage, where Sean (John Patrick) told Nickolas (Dr. Stanley Goodspeed)- Never Hesitate! If you have to think, you will lose!
If it wasn’t for these challenges that one man faced and his difficulties during the regular season, there wouldn’t have been an ESPN 30 for 30 film entitled, The Walk Off. This LSU walk-on player used his persistence and belief in his ability not to give up or give in when it counted by his commitment while standing in the on-deck-circle by the I’m going down swinging statement. If you are going to be successful, you have to be committed and believe in yourself.
This article and the ESPN 30 for 30 film is more about a man who used his belief to overcome incredible odds and the faith a team and a coach had in this LSU walk-on student. Hats off to Coach Skip Bertman and the team for having the faith and confidence in what a man believed he could accomplish.
I always like to refer to a quote from Bobby Jones, Sr. about golf that can be applied to others sports, life, and in the business world- Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears. The perseverance and determination that goes on between your ears will determine more about your succeed than your education, physical abilities or natural talents. And, if you don’t succeed every time, that isn’t considered a failure. The failure isn’t a failure when you gain experience and get up and try again and again, this is how success is achieved! NEWS FLASH! You’re not going to win every game or match you compete in, but that’s not the main objective of why we compete. Your main objective is to improve each time that you compete.
Warren Morris ESPN 30 for 30 Film, The Walk Off Significance
The ESPN 30 for 30 film series entitled The Walk Off was a documentary on the 1996 CWS game-winning line drive home run hit by Warren Morris, a walk-on. The wind was coming in that day when Warren Morris stepped into the batter’s box, there were one man on third and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and the game came down to one man’s bat.
Just to add a little more drama to this story, when it didn’t have enough already, Warren Morris direct messaged Coach Bertman just before the CWS game started that his wrist felt 100 percent, for the first time since his surgery. This injury prevented Warren Morris from playing in 20 of 59 regular games in ’96. This prevented Warren from getting reps at bat and not having an opportunity to even hit a home run during the ’96 season.
While the game-winning home run was the climax and focus of this ESPN 30 for 30 film, it was the injury that Warren Morris suffered during the regular season to his right wrist that made this a unique story. Warren Morris is a left-handed batter, so his lead wrist is his right wrist.
Just like in golf, your lead wrist is a key factor. If you are going to fracture or break a bone in your wrists it will be to the Hamate bone, shown below. The reason is the hook that protrudes from the Hamate bone. Some golf coaches state that the trail wrist and forearm is just along for the ride, Warren Morris injury proves this. However, I believe that the trail forearm and wrist do a little more than this. The trail wrist adds the speed component which is important to variety of golf shots, because of how the trail or dominant elbow syncs with the shoulders. To the right-handed batter or golfer, this would be their left wrist, a key component in both the baseball and the golf swing.
Warren Morris was a walk-on at LSU on the baseball team and was on an Academic Scholarship. What made Warren a starter was his hitting average of 0.369, with 18 stolen bases. I had the pleasure of talking to Warren Morris on Thursday (23Aug2018) for the particular details I needed for this article about for the basic golf swing mechanics.
Coach Skip Bertman’s Observation of Warren’s Mechanics
During the ESPN 30 for 30 film The Walk Off, Coach Bertman mentioned that Warren Morris had modeled his baseball swing mechanics after Todd Walker, the batter that struck out before Warren walked to the plate. This was a significant observation by Coach Bertman, because it indicates that there are fundamentals that make up the mechanics of a baseball swing with power, acceleration, control, and speed that I call PACS in my book.
In my conversation with Warren Morris, he stated that he was not conscious that his baseball swing mechanics were similar to Todd Walker’s. Warren, in our conversation explained that the only reason he could think of that Coach Bertman made the comparison was because of hitting film that he had watched of both Todd’s and his swings. This time-lapse film clip made it onto the ESPN 30 for 30 Film, showing the comparisons between Warren’s and Todd’s swing mechanics.
One possible reason, in my opinion, for Coach Bertman to mention this similarity between Warren Morris’ and Todd Walker’s swing mechanics is to develop hitting fundamentals and strategies for coaching hitters. A great coaching technique, in both baseball and golf, is for the coach to observe patterns between players that can then be used to improve the team’s overall hitting performance. LSU is known for having great hitting coaches.
During the research that I did for my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, I actually compared hundreds of feet of time-lapse film of the golf swing to that of the baseball swing and found that the two swings were more similar than they were different, based on the wrist action in both swings, this comparison is shown in the Figure below.
NOTE: My grandfather, H. Q. Boatright, taught that the golf swing actually uses the baseball swing technique and mechanics. This form of coaching is referred to as Context-Based Learning or Apperception. Both my website and E-mail address has the abbreviation (app) to support this theory. Besides Presetting the wrist, the golfer can develop power by slightly tightening or engage the Triceps muscles in their lead arm. DO NOT tighten the Biceps muscles, just the Triceps. Reason for this is it engages the Deltoid, Trapezius, and the Teres Major muscles. Three of the major shoulder muscles critical for developing power in the golf swing.
The Quintessential Sync/Preset Wrist Action in the Golf Swing
LSU has one of the best hitting programs in the SEC, if not the nation. I was witness to this in March of 2015. This hitting style that is known as Small Ball was on showcase during this game. The Arkansas Razorbacks were hosting the LSU Tigers at Fayetteville, Arkansas. LSU won the game 14 to 2, based on the Small Ball theory. While Arkansas players were swinging for the fences, LSU had nice and easy swings, enabling them to get base hits and put runners in scoring position. This approach relies on the trail or dominant elbow syncing with the shoulders providing the speed component more than the power component from the lead wrist, forearm, and arm.
One of the keys to a nice and easy baseball swing is the correct wrist action. Warren Morris mentioned early in the ’96 season in the film that he felt some discomfort in his right wrist after hitting a pitch off the tip of his bat. After being misdiagnosed for a period of time, Warren went for x-rays, where the hand doctor determined that Warren Morris had a broken Hamate bone. This is one of the eight small bones in the wrist. During my conversation with Warren Morris, I mentioned that if a baseball batter or golfer was going to injure their wrist it was going to be to the Hamate bone, because of the hook that protrudes from the Hamate bone.
In my conversation with Warren Morris, I explained the theory of the ESPY Golf Swing technique that the Hamate bone was the key wrist bone in the golf swing. In the Figure below showing the skeletal model of the human hand, I labeled three of the eight tiny bones in the wrist for reference. Two of these bones are quintessential in setting the Sync/Preset golf swing technique to the Lock Position.
In the Figure above, I noted the Hamate Bone that Warren Morris broke, early in the ’96 baseball season. The Hamate Bone is between the Ulna bone and the Pinky and Ring fingers used to Preset the wrist action in the golf swing.
The HAMATE Bone is used to Sync the second most important component in the golf and baseball swings, the golfer’s or baseball batter’s dominate elbow with their rib cage.The Hamate bone and the dominant elbow work in concert with each other along with the strongest and most dexterous muscle in the wrist, the Thenars. The Thenars are significant because they are the only muscles that have direct contact with the handle of the golf club.
The reason the Hamate bone is significant in the ESPY Golf Swing sequence is that it Syncs the golfer’s dominant elbow with the shoulders to take advantage of the tremendous core strength developed in the shoulders, torso, hips, and lower body in the takeaway swing. Think of the Hamate Bone and dominate elbow as the golfer’s dominant elbow in the Delta Technique.
This tremendous core strength can be turbocharged by the golfer’s elbows. This was a golf swing technique that Arnold Palmer gave to President Eisenhower before a Pro-Am, when Arnold Palmer noticed that the President’s right elbow was separating from his side during his takeaway.
Syncing the Hamate Bone and golfer’s dominant elbow isn’t that difficult of a process to perform, if you concentrate on pronating the lead wrist properly. I like to feel that I’m syncing the hook on the Hamate bone with the elbow and locking the dominant elbow into place, like shown below.
The Lock Position in the ESPY Golf Swing Technique
Besides the Preset technique that Sir Nick Faldo demonstrated during a YouTube video, the Sync technique is essential. In Sir Nick Faldo’s YouTube video entitled: The “Faldo” Pre-Set Drill – Perfect Top of Backswing Position, he concentrates on the Preset golf swing technique, shown completed in the Lock Position Figure below.
While the Preset (Pronation) technique demonstrated by Sir Nick Faldo is the critical action, the result of the Preset (Pronation) golf swing technique is syncing the elbows, especially the dominant elbow with the shoulders. This creates the Ten-Speed bicycle model in the golfer’s swing mechanics. Eighty percent (80%) of the golf swing sequence is established just with the wrist action in the golf swing.
To fully understand and use the ESPY Golf Swing Technique, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
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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.
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:
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.
Additional Motivation to Develop a Fitness Program
If you need addition motivation, which the subconscious mind works from and consist of 90 percent of the classic golf swing, include a fitness and exercise program designed for the golfer daily schedule. This type of exercise provides the critical overload underload training to improve the golfer’s power and speed in the golfer’s game, please look at another golf fitness enthusiast: The Fit Golfer Girl
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
ESPY Golf Swing Coach- Rhythm Without the Blues
ESPY Golf Swing Coach- ESPY Golf App Develops the golfer’s Rhythm w/o creating the golfer’s Blues. The ESPY Golf Swing helps the golfer establish the correct wrist action in golf swing demonstrated by David Duval in an interview with Charlie Rymer on Golf Channel.
Also, learning The ESPY Golf Swing Coach process is an excellent way to develop natural Rhythm without experiencing the Blues in your golf game to build confidence; learn how to take your baseball-style swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.
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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 don’t 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.
Once you learn WHY, you don’t forget HOW!
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