The QATSPY Golfer’s Sports Page: Golf Swing Tips
By: Charles W. Boatright
Measures Parents and Organizations Can Take to Enhance Childhood Development and the Ability to Learn
During early childhood development, if a child can pick up a skill early in their childhood, such as golf, baseball, or other sports, they will become more proficient at these sports than starting in their late teens or early adulthood. This just doesn’t pertain just to a particular skill development, but to developing better dexterity and eye-hand coordination. These activities establish specific patterns of learning. To enhance these skills, ergonomics plays a major role in the ability to perform these skills and avoid injuries. The major impact that ergonomics has is avoiding these injuries from repetitive motion, like the golf and baseball swings, and baseball pitching.
Ergonomics is a major component of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. The earlier one can properly train the mind and the body to perform in the manner the body is designed to function, the more natural the skill level can be developed at a higher level. The older that one becomes, the harder and longer one has to work at adopting good habits in developing their motor skills and muscle memory. It’s not impossible for an adult to learn these skills at a later stage, but the issue is that the adult can’t develop those highly developed fine tuned skills for peak performance. The athlete, and especially the golfer, should start physical literacy during their early childhood development. Another benefit of introducing kids to golf at a early stage is the importance of learning social skills in working with others and the sportsmanship that is developed.
What Improves the Body, also improves the heart and mind of kids.
Another advantage of incorporating the game of golf as part of an early childhood development, especially in a homeschool setting, is the ability to maximize how the child uses their subconscious, and conscious minds in their academics. The subconscious part of the child’s mind is where information is stored and retrieved. It also represents 90 percent of the entire mind. The stronger these paths between these two parts of the mind can be established at a early age, the better the child can readily utilize these pathways throughout their entire life.
Another side benefit of being active in sports throughout a person’s life, particularly the sport of golf, is the prevention of Alzheimer’s. Because golf has a longevity element unlike other sports. A person can participate in golf that from age eight to ninety-eight and in some cases, beyond this age. There has been cases of early Alzheimer’s in the mid-to late forties. Our goal as golfers and golf organizations is to get more people involved with the sport of golf. Every state has a State Golf Association. These State Golf Associations exist to provide access to this game and provide tournaments.
Ergonomics in the Golfers Game and Life
The more physical literacy that a person can develop in their life through athletics and exercises, the more physical and mental functions they can obtain and maintain as they age. But the key is to properly perform these athletic and exercise activities without incurring injuries. Injuries can adversely affect the person’s ability to participate in these beneficial activities, such as golf and enjoy life.
The major part of the ergonomic component in the golf swing is how the lower forearms and wrists function by supinating (Sync), pronating (Preset), and another special element, or what is called radial deviation, the turbocharger of the golfer’s swing. Properly Syncing/Presetting the golfer’s wrist and forearm, shown below, can take a tremendous amount of stress off the golfer’s body, and especially the lower back. The Sync/Preset in the ESPY Golf Swing can establish 80 percent of the golfer’s swing with these two very small, but important maneuvers. These two maneuvers are small, but if performed properly have an enormous impact on the golfer’s game with power, speed, and control. The other 20 percent of the golfer’s swing is completing the takeaway swing to the top and executing the downswing.
These important golf swing sequences, shown above, also highlight the significance of how the subconscious mind works in a ONE-TWO-THREE sequence. This is the same process how students can learn in a logical, sequential process, which is the most efficient. Another component in early childhood development is establishing the basic fundamentals for a child to learn and understand, and their imagination is their only limitation that they will have.
If the golfer establishes the Ergonomics of Sync/Preset elements correctly into the Lock position, shown above, the golfer doesn’t even have to be consciously thinking about being on plane, square at impact, and delivering the maximum horizontal impact through the ball. The key component in early childhood development is the FOCUS FACTOR and the CONFIDENCE CRITERIA. The game of golf requires both of these to allow the golfer to improve at golf.
The conscious part of the mind is the captain of your golf swing to determine WHAT the objectives and shot selections are. Whereas, the subconscious mind determines the HOW to perform the three simple elements of Sync, Preset, and Yaw in the golf swing sequence. The conscious mind should act like a good manager, determine the objectives and get out of the way of the subconscious mind.
I like Albert Einstein’s quote about instructions- If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. In another words, adhere to the KISS doctrine- Keep It Simple and Sequential.
Third Law of Motion and the Golf Swing
Remember Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion that applies to the golf swing just as well- For every action (TAKEAWAY SWING), there is an equal and opposite reaction (DOWNSWING). The ESPY Golf Swing is established and executed according to natural progression, especially during the downswing. So, if you subconsciously establish the Ergonomics of the Sync, Preset, and Yaw elements in the takeaway swing properly, the downswing is just a natural response to these three elements, but in exactly the reverse order. Because these are natural maneuvers, the ESPY Golf Swing doesn’t require a great amount of conscious effort.
Now since the big obstacles are removed from executing the golf swing, it happens NATURALLY as a progression of the takeaway by Sync, Preset, and Yaw. The simpler and easier the golfer can establish their golf swing sequence, the easier the mind and body can be trained to function simultaneously and repetitively, based on instincts. Repetition and sequence are major parts of training the subconscious mind. It’s even been proven that if you want to reduce stress and confusion in your life and your golf game, Keep IT Simple and Sequential.
There is a great self-coaching app that students can utilize that will help them get the mental version of Sync/Preset to the lock position. The self-coaching technique the student can visualize and use during their training sessions and rounds is to visualize a shadowbox, or Lock box, where their hands are at in the address position, shown below. The golfer wants to establish the Lock Position and Unlock maneuver within this same box. Matter-of-fact, the golf student wants to have a mental image of their hands hitting the backside of this Shadowbox before the wrists are unlocked. This creates the lag element and prevents casting from the top of the golf swing.
NOTE: Leave casting to your bass fishing, and not your golf swing.
Props are a great learning tools and devices for students to either use or visualize. Using the Shadowbox, or lock box, training technique, the golfer can trade in their golf glove for a different type of glove, kickboxing gloves. Imagine holding the handle of a club, wearing a pair of kickboxing gloves, shown below, and acting like the student is breaking a board positioned on the backside of the shadowbox, like in Karate class. The Focal point is the meaty part of the left hand (for a right-hander) called the Hypothenar. The wrists will unlock properly to provide a square impact with the ball.
An important distinction to make is the difference between the lower forearms, indicated by the wristbands in the kickboxing gloves below, and the wrists. The wrists are made up of the two most powerful and dexterous muscles in the hand. These two muscles are the Thenar and Hypothenar. Why are these muscles important? They are the only muscles that have direct contact with the handle of the club. That would get my attention without a doubt. So when you hear professions golfers like David Duval illustrate to Charlie Rymer That Wrist Thing, you know their NOT talking about the lower forearms. The Hypothenar plays a significant part of presetting the wrists.
A key part in early childhood development is visualization. The more the parent or child can use visualization to help the student’s learning process; this, in turn, assists the retention process, which is key.
To learn more how golf can be used to improve Early Childhood Development and prevent Alzheimer’s, 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
820 East County Line Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157
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Also, learning The ESPY Golf Swing Coach process is an excellent way to develop Rhythm without experiencing the Blues: