The QATSPY Sports Page 4 Golfers
By: Charles W. Boatright
Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control
Charlie Rymer’s Interview with David Duval on That Wrist Thing
Charlie Rymer conducted an interview with David Duval on his golf swing mechanics and golf swing sequence that was aired in February of 2017. Most interviews with professional golfers don’t catch my attention like this one did, but our subconscious minds are influenced subliminally with certain images, key words, and phrases. Such was the case here with Charlie Rymer’s interview with David Duval.
What caught my attention was the word That Wrist Thing, mentioned by Charlie Rymer, describing David Duval’s golf swing mechanics. I stopped work at my desk in my home office and grabbed my steno pad and started taking notes. There were three other times that I stopped what I was doing and grabbed my steno pad and started taking notes. One was Sir Nick Faldo’s YouTube video entitled The “Faldo” Pre-Set Drill – Perfect Top of Backswing Position.
The second steno pad moment was my interview with Colonel George Robert Hall, a Vietnam POW held at the Hanoi Hilton for seven-and-a-half years. This interview took place at the Hattiesburg Country Club, where I was meeting with an Alcoa rep concerning specifications for fiber optics cable that we were starting to use on our transmission lines. The third steno pad moment was when Lisa Cornwell interviewed Ken Duke at the Alotian Golf Course, just west of Little Rock, Arkansas, on U.S. Hwy 10.
My attention is grabbed when it concerns the wrist action in the golf swing. Charlie Rymer’s interview was almost a carbon copy of my interview with Colonel George Hall, in 2002 at Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as far as the focus on the wrist action in the golf swing.
Being in a seven-and-a-half square foot cell doesn’t provide many opportunities to practice one’s golf swing sequence. So Colonel Hall had to focus on the wrist action in the golf swing to ensure if he was performing his golf swing correctly.
The ASPEN Golf Swing Coaching Technique
All four of these interviews had a particular theme on the golfer’s wrists and the major role that the wrists play in the golfer’s golf swing mechanics. These interviews highlighted similarities with the ASPEN Golf Swing Coach Technique used by my grandfather, H.Q. Boatright. A lot of my grandfather’s coaching techniques were based on the baseball swing technique. My grandfather believed that a golfer could take their golf swing mechanics from the batter’s box to the tee box with a high level of effectiveness and confidence. The golfer’s confidence is quintessential in the golf game.
During my research that I conducted for my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, that took seven years, I conducted interviews, attended Kinesiology classes, and put in hundreds of hours hitting golf shots, both on and off the golf course. During my Kinesiology course, I was able to review hundreds of feet of time-lapse film from the college archives of both the golf swing vs. the baseball swing, illustrated below.
From this treasure trove of time-lapse film at the college, I was able to confirm my grandfather’s theory that the wrist action in the golf swing was similar to that of the baseball swing. This provides a tremendous advantage to the golfer who has played baseball before by taking advantage of permanent motor skills and muscle memory that has already been established, usually at a young age, which is key, and transferred it to the golf course.
But there is one distinction that the golfer must make in using the baseball swing technique in the golf swing and that is defining their wrist, especially their lead wrist. This was brought out in an interview with Seth Waugh, the new PGA CEO, that was played on this past Saturday’s (08Sep2018) Arkansas Fairways & Greens radio show. Seth Waugh stated that his baseball-style swing could only hold up for so long before he needed golf lessons. Most golfer’s issue isn’t so much with the baseball-style swing as it is confusing the lower forearm with the wrist. The golfer must distinguish between the wrist and lower forearm to preset their wrists, or Charlie Rymer called That Wrist Thing.
Kickboxing Gloves Technique to Define the Wrist Action in the Golf Swing
During my interview with Colonel Hall at the Hattiesburg Country Club, I had some illustrations in my 3-ring binder of kickboxing gloves in the Address/Sync/Preset/Lock positions. The Sync/Preset golf swing technique provides a great mental image in the ESPY golf swing technique and the wrist action in the golf swing sequence. Colonel Hall, during our interview, studied the illustrations of the kickboxing gloves, shown below, and was intrigued by my photographs.
Usually the interviewer asks the questions, but in this case, the tables were turned after Colonel Hall looked at my photographs of the kickboxing gloves. Colonel Hall asked me, “How did you come up with the Kickboxing Glove Coaching Technique?” I replied, “During my Kinesiology course, the doctor teaching the course used boxing gloves to show the difference between the lower forearm, the wristband, and the actual wrist.”
I explained to Colonel Hall, “That was when I found out that this was an excellent technique to help the golfer to make the distinction between the action of their wrist and their lower forearm.” I continued explaining, “Most golfers think that their wrists are where they would wear a wristwatch. This is wrong, as this is actually their lower forearm.” In baseball, the batter can get away with not distinguishing between the lower forearms and wrists, because the bat is waist high and the wrists are aligned with their forearm. In the golfer’s case, the golfer can’t get away with this in their golf swing mechanics, because the wrists are not aligned. This was one issue that Seth Waugh was having to deal with in his golf swing mechanics.
Colonel Hall replied, “I wished that I used the kickboxing gloves coaching technique to execute my golf swing in my cell. I replied, “It is a small adjustment the golfer has to make in swapping out their golf glove for a pair of virtual kickboxing gloves during their prep or warm-up sessions to improve their distance and control in their golf game.”
I directed Colonel Hall’s attention to the Lock Position after the Sync/Preset element was performed. “Look how the two wrists that are stacked in the Address Position are synchronized and aligned with each other in the Lock Position.” This also synchronizes the right-hander golfer’s right elbow with their shoulders. This was a golf tip that Arnold Palmer gave to President Eisenhower before a Pro-Am, like you played in at New Orleans and shot a 76, which was your handicap.
I pointed out to Colonel Hall an important golf swing technique, “There is one more golf swing technique that the golfer can use to develop more power in their golf swing that is easy to perform with the lead arm. This is called the Tricep Effect.”
Anatomy 101- The forearm is from the wrist up to the elbow, and the arm is from the elbow up to the shoulder joint. The Tricep Effect allows the golfer to link-up their lead wrist, forearm, and arm with their shoulders, where the powerful core muscles are.
I showed Colonel Hall the Critical Swing Path Muscles that the golfer must activate to develop the distance and control in their golf swing. These muscles are the Palmaris Longus, that I call the Palmer Muscle, and the Tricep Muscles. I explained that the key in the Sync/Preset Golf Swing Technique is using the small bone in the lead wrist, called the Hamate bone, to preset the wrists and sync the dominant elbow with the shoulders. I explained to Col. Hall that there was a hook protruding from the Hamate bone that can be synced up with the golfer’s dominant elbow to lock the elbow with the shoulders. I showed Col. Hall the Hamate bone hook.
Just to indicate the importance of the Hamate bone hook, I mentioned to Col. Hall the 1996 College World Series between Miami and LSU. Warren Morris broke the Hamate bone in his right wrist, which is his lead wrist, early in the season. He finally felt 100 percent before the final game of the CWS to hit the game winning home run. This became an ESPN 30 for 30 film series entitled The Walk Off.
There are two main muscles in the arm, the Biceps (Anterior) and the Triceps (Posterior) muscles, shown below. To help the golfer engage and synchronize with their core muscles in the shoulders and torso, the golfer needs to activate their lead Tricep muscles. I call this the Tricep Effect golf swing technique. This will accomplish two objectives, helping the golfer develop straighter golf shots with more power. DO NOT tighten or snug up the biceps muscles, as these are the WRONG muscles.
Critical Swing Path Muscles:
- Left Thenar
- Left Palmaris Longus
- Left and Right Brachio-Radialis
- Left Tricep
NOTE: Critical Swing Path in regards to a right-handed golfer.
The muscles that I have noted above are key Swing Path Muscles to work on during your strengthening program. The five CASPER exercises below are great to work these areas and are great golf exercises, with a medicine ball and punching bag workout. Boxing is a full body workout, especially for the Palmaris Longus and Tricep muscles.
Also, the boxing bag workout provides a great method to build stamina and is a great aerobic exercise. I was buying an EVERLAST 80-pound punching bag at Play It Again Sports in Jackson, Mississippi, when the football conditioning coach for JSU (Jackson State University) was there in the store. He saw my QATSPY leather flight jacket and asked me what was a golfer doing buying a punching bag.
After I explained to the JSU conditioning coach the Critical Swing Path muscles and stamina that the punching bag workout develops, he decided to buy three punching bags for his conditioning program. Stamina is a key factor in the early part of the football season, especially with heat and humidity issues.
I will write the next series of articles on developing the Critical Swing Path muscles noted in the figure above. These are critical for power and, more importantly, to prevent injuries. You build muscles for power, but also to prevent injuries.
To understand the golf swing mechanics and techniques of 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:
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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 a easy RULE-OF-RULE means to figure if you have a health 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:
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.
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 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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