The QATSPY Sports Page 4 Golfers
Establishing Classic Golf Swing based on the Bare Knuckle Technique
The bare knuckle technique in the golf swing sequence consists of developing a Critical Swing path, or key muscle memory, that the golfer needs to develop in the initial part of the takeaway swing, both on and off the golf course. The Critical Swing path consists of four key muscles in the takeaway swing and two bones, that I call The Four Muscletiers- the Thenars, Pronator Quadratus, Brachio-Radialis, and the Palmaris Longus muscles. Bones are the Ulnar Styloid Process and Ring Knuckle.The golfer needs to focus on how these four muscles and two bones to feel in developing the wrist action in the golf swing.
Before the golfer can develop the critical feel or muscle memory for their classic golf swing, they have to develop mechanics that consist of elements and techniques.
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach focuses on the golfer’s hands, wrists, and wristband, or lower forearms, to Sync/Preset their golf swing sequence. The Thenars (Hypothenar and Thenar) are the key components in the Critical Swing Path. The Thenars are the strongest and most dexterous muscles in the wrists, or the golfer’s hand, that have direct contact with the handle of the golf club. That point alone should garner the golfer’s attention. Even Ben Hogan mentioned the Hypothenar in his book.
To assist me in properly Syncing/Presetting the wrist action in the classic golf swing sequence, I use the term “JUCO.” The letters J and U Cam-Over are used to Supinate (Sync) and Pronate (Preset) my golf swing. A classic golf swing sequence was demonstrated by Sir Nick Faldo in a YouTube Video to establish one of his first fundamentals in his golf swing. While Sir Nick Faldo described WHAT he did in the Preset technique, he didn’t explain HOW he performed the Preset Technique.
The Hypothenars in both of the hands are the pivotal components. Ken Duke, in an interview with Lisa Cronwell, on Golf Channel referred to his left hand as the hinge element as being pivotal. From my Xerox Box Golf Research Project, this hinge element is actually performed with more than just using the left wrist and the left lower forearm. The Preset Technique also depends on the hand as well, in particular, the knuckles to establish the critical swing path that the golfer depends on in the classic golf swing sequence.
In the right-handed golfer’s case, the J, highlighting the golfer’s left Hypothenar, is preset by CAMMING-OVER, of natural hinging, along the lead edge of the left hand, noted below in The JUCO Sync/Preset illustration. What the CAM-OVER element does is that it sets the Thenars by using the gap between the left pinky and the ring knuckle on the hand as a pivot point. This is why I refer to this as the Bare Knuckle Gap Technique in the classic golf swing sequence.
On the golfer’s right hand, the U designates where the Thenar and Hypothenar are and how they are pivoted back, or CAMMED at the base of the U. This CAM element allows the golfer to achieve one of the major objectives in the golf swing sequence of syncing the hands with the right wristband, or right lower forearm, and syncing the right elbow with the shoulders. This was a technique that Arnold Palmer gave to President Eisenhower right before a Pro-AM.
By using these four muscles and two bones to Sync/Preset the golf swing, 80 percent of the golfer’s swing sequence is established. The golfer just needs to take the handle of the club to the top of their swing, as described in the Sir Nick Faldo Preset Video. The Sync element is critical in that sets both wrists as indicated in The Bare Knuckle Facts on Sync/Preset Ring Process Technique Figure above.
Develop A Proactive Approach to Your Golf Swing with the Baseball-Type Classic Golf Swing Sequence
In the Golf Digest January 2002 issue, David Leadbetter wrote an article entitle Eliminate Your Takeaway Mistakes with the Swing of the Future, on page 54. David discusses in this article about eliminating the mistakes in the golfer’s conventional takeaway swing by presetting the hands and wrists in the golfer’s swing first. He uses the baseball player’s stance in the batter’s box while waiting for a pitch. This is similar to The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, except the golf club shaft is parallel with the ground on the proper swing plane, instead of the left forearm that is parallel with the ground in David’s technique.
This parallel of the shaft was also referenced in Sir Nick Faldo’s Preset Technique in his Video. The half-swing position discussed in my book focuses on syncing and presetting the wrists into the Lock Position. The Lock Position is where the hands are just over the golfer’s right front pocket, as illustrated below with the handle of the club parallel with the ground. This allows the golfer to transition from a PASSIVE-type golf swing into a more PROACTIVE-type golf swing sequence.
This Sync/Preset golf swing sequence in the ESPY Classic Golf Swing takes the nerves out of the golfer’s swing sequence, where the golf swing is more natural, like the baseball-type swing. If the golfer can be more proactive in their golf swing as in the baseball-type swing, then they can engage one of their most powerful components, which is the subconscious mind and confidence.
The importance of the subconscious mind is that this is where the golfer’s muscle memory and motor skills are stored. Not only can a golfer access their muscle memory by using the Sync/Preset maneuver, the golfer has the ability to utilize one of the most instinctive maneuvers in sports, the baseball-type swing. This was what David Leadbetter was alluding to in his article in Golf Digest. This allows the golfer to treat their golf swing like an instinctive and a natural swing sequence without thinking. This involves using the golfer’s right lower Ulna Bone just above what is called the right Ulnar Styloid Process, the nodule on the right lower forearm and right ring knuckle, for a right-hander. This establishes the Sync element noted above.
Developing the Golfer’s Swing Mechanics
The golfer needs to narrow their golf swing down to a few elements without having to think, similar to how Sir Nick Faldo demonstrated his PRESET Technique to make the golf swing more effective and efficient. For most of us who aren’t professional golfers, practice time is at a premium, trying to work in a few hours per week, here and there. Our best option is to train and work on our golf swing during the week, using just a few techniques that we can establish with three elements. The discouraging part of the golfer’s practice time and golf lessons is the ineffectiveness that the practice time and lessons have on the golfer’s game. It is difficult to transition from the golfer’s practice sessions to the golfer’s course play.
According to Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers,” he estimates that it takes approximately 10,000 man-hours of effective practice and training to become an expert or, in this case, a professional golfer. For most of us over the age of 25, becoming a professional would be a very difficult prospect. A better goal for the amateur golfer over the age of 25 would be to work in increments, starting with a single-digit handicap, or about 6,000 to 7,000 man-hours, based on my estimates.
Just to give you the sense of the magnitude of work required to become a single-digit handicap golfer, let’s weigh these facts: There are 1,560 man-hours in a year, based on a 30-hour work week (working 6, 5 hour days). For a golfer working non-stop to reach a single-digit handicap status, they would have to work a mere 5 hours a day, 6 days per week, for the next 4.48 years. Most of us don’t have this luxury of working on our golf game 5 hours a day, 6 days a week. Most of us have other responsibilities and obligations.
Taking Advantage of the Baseball-Type Classic Golf Swing
Regardless of your handicap or status, golfers place a significant amount of importance on their rounds, practice, training, and golf swing workout time. They don’t need to waste time constantly reviewing or re-configuring their golf fundamentals or basics skills. It is difficult for a golfer to make progress if they are spending time re-establishing their fundamentals and basics skills. There is a very rational and effective approach called Apperception. Apperception is where we can take a previously well-developed skill and develop a new skill, like taking a baseball-type swing to develop and improve the golf swing with power, clubhead speed, and consistency.
Since golf is played between the ears, apperception is a very effective technique that the golfer can use to improve their golf game. Even if the golfer isn’t on the practice range or course, they can use their permanent (unconscious) mind to retrieve skills from the time in the batter’s box. There are two main advantages for using one’s baseball-type swing in golf. ONE- is that the baseball-type swing was, in most cases, learned at a very young age to develop permanent motor skills. TWO- The baseball-type swing is second nature, where we don’t even have to think about the swing sequence.
Remember, the body can’t go where the mind has not been before. The golfer has to develop a mental modeling system, or what Information Technology professionals refer to as programming. If not the golfer is constantly trying to overcome the subconscious mind natural habits. In this case, the subconscious mind develops muscle memory, finely-tuned motor skills, and visualization skills. This allows the golfer, in this case, to use the baseball-type swing to direct the body’s movements, including the hands and wrists, on and off the golf course, to Sync/Preset their golf swing.
How to Increase the Amateur Golfer’s Training Time
For most of us, golf is our passion and not our profession, where practice, training, and playing time are at a premium. We have to balance golf with our jobs and family. The average golfer usually spends only 1.183 hours per week working on their golf game, and not the 30 hours per week that a professional or an avid golfer does. To make the most of the limited practice and playing time available to the amateur golfer, they need to develop a unique approach that includes developing very simple and repeatable techniques. The Sync/Preset maneuver is the most effective training technique that the amateur golfer can use. It only requires setting what I call the Bare Knuckle Process, or Knuckle Process.
I was able to confirm the Sync/Preset technique that I use with a Vietnam P.O.W., Colonel George Robert Hall, who was held for seven-and-a-half years at the Hanoi Hilton in a seven-and-a-half foot square cell. His small cell became his Pebble Beach, where each day he would play every shot on every hole from memory just presetting his wrists. Col. Hall was the captain of his golf team at Annapolis, where he had a four handicap.
I asked Col. Hall how he knew that he had established his golf swing correctly? He replied, by presetting his wrists and placing his thumbs parallel with the floor of his cell. After Col. Hall was released in February of 1973, Col. Hall played in March of that year in the P.O.W. Pro-Am at the Greater New Orleans Open, now called the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Col. Hall shot his handicap of four at this Pro-Am tournament.
The amateur must develop a very finely-tuned training method that takes advantage of how the mind (conscious and subconscious) learns. There are three techniques available to the golfer to use in developing a special self-coaching forum for golf. One technique is called Sports Mental Imagery. The second technique is called Context-Based Learning. or Apperception technique. And the third technique is called Incremental Training. Incremental training is the key factor, and is also called Circadian Learning Rhythm. This deals with how the mind can optimize the learning process for retention, in short 10 to 15- minute segments. Even though these are short segments of learning, the subconscious continues to process the information, even when we are asleep.
We all should get in the habit of getting up and from behind our desk or workstations to perform relief exercises. Ergonomics refers to sitting as the new smoking on its negative impact on our health. The golfer can use these exercises to practice their ESPY Golf Swing sequence, or the Sync/Preset Technique. Instead of just 1.183 hours of golf practice per week, the golfer can now have 16 additional hours per week, just by taking a 10-minute break per hour, 16 times per day (waking hours of the day). It entails syncing up the right nodule (right Ulna Styloid Process) with right Ring Knuckle. This places the handle of the golf club parallel with the ground.
The only training aid that the golfer needs is a 22-inch long, old discarded golf club shaft, called a golf baton, with an attachable weight called I GOTCHA, shown below. I refer to this training session as the Overload Underload Training Golf Swing Workout. This is similar to the training technique used by Col. Hall, but with a golf baton and a weight. NOTE: It is recommended that the golfer doesn’t exceed 20 percent over the weight of an actual golf club.
Overload Underload Golf Training Technique using a 22-inch long, discarded or old golf club shaft with training grip.
The Three Training Techniques to Improve the Golfer’s Game
Incremental Training Technique
This third technique, Incremental Training, is where the amateur golfer can make the most gains in developing a single-digit handicap, in short learning periods, almost anywhere and at any time. Ergonomics encourages people who work from a seated position to take relief breaks, for 10-minutes every hour. This is especially true if you work at a computer for over 40 percent of the workday. These 10-minute relief exercises can provide the golfer an avenue to incrementally work on their golf game. It also helps convince the subconscious mind where it won’t sabotage your golf swing workout sessions. The swinging motion with the arms and forearms increases the flow of blood to the brain and improves creativity of the worker and relieves muscle fatigue.
These 10-minutes can allow the golfer to train and convince the subconscious mind that it can use this Sync Technique and get the conscious mind out of the muscle memory process. The conscious mind needs to focus on the visualization of objectives in the golfer’s game, like kickboxing gloves. This gets the conscious mind out of the muscle memory and Critical Swing path process.
In the ESPY Golf Swing, there are three simple elements that the golfer can perform to establish a very consistent golf swing. I refer to these elements as Sync (CAM) and Preset (CAM-OVER) JUCO technique. This places the right upper forearms, or elbow, into the Sync position and the left wrist into the preset and Lock Position, as illustrated above. The last takeaway element is the Yaw element, to take the handle of the golf club to the top of the swing, as illustrated in the above figure.
The only thing left to do from the top position is to just drop both lower forearms and the ring knuckle on the lead hand down toward the ball. This is something that Tom Watson talked about in an article for Golf Digest in the March 2003 issue, on page 48. This article was entitled: For Better Rhythm on the Downswing, Simply let Your arms Drop.
Sir Nick Faldo, announcing at the 2017 TPC Players Championship at Sawgrass on Friday, mentioned a great technique where the golfer uses their lead ring knuckles to strike just beneath the golf ball. I like to have a mental image of, in my case (right-hander), the left ring knuckle impacting the Callaway golf ball at the 6:30 position, as noted in the figure below. This has a TRIPLE PLAY advantage for the golfer. First, this maintains the golfer’s swing plane in both the takeaway and the downswing. Second, it allows the golfer to maintain their lag in the lead arm, forearm, and wrists, just before impact. Third, coming into the golf ball at the 6:30 position allows the golfer to produce an inside-out swing path.
The golfer incorporating all three of these (S-P-Y) elements and components in their incremental self-coaching training sessions will begin to see significant improvement in their golf game. This also allows the golfer to take their baseball-type golf swing from the batter’s box to the tee box with confidence. On the golf course, there is no substitute for the golfer’s confidence, or muscle memory.
NOTE: Also refer back to Sir Nick Faldo’s YouTube Video for the keys to the Sync/Preset golf swing sequence and think about Nick’s right lower forearm and right wrists Syncing. This is a very fundamental golf swing technique that builds the basic skills for a consistent golf swing with power, clubhead speed, and control.
If you take 10- minutes each hour, over a sixteen-hour period during the day each week, and combine that with your normal practice and at least one round of golf each week, the golfer can increase their practice time from 1.183 hours, on average, up to 22 hours per week. A great practice session that the golfer can use is similar to the scrimmage game in football called the 405- Training Drill. This provides the golfer with working at least 22- hours per week on their golf game. This is a little under three-quarters of the training time that a professional golfer puts into their golf game.
Context-Based Learning or APP Technique
The second technique the golfer can use is what is called Context-Based Learning or Apperception. This is using a well-established skill, e.g., the baseball-type swing, to learn or improve the golfer’s swing. The average golfer has, at one point in their life, played baseball and/or softball at some level. The QATSPY Golf Approach takes advantage of this well-established muscle memory developed at a young age and allows the golfer to take it to the tee box. This was a similar technique used by Colonel George Robert Hall, who was a POW for seven-and-a-half years and maintained his handicap of four. Please look at his story by selecting his name.
The major difference between the baseball-type swing and the golf swing is that the golf swing requires more lower body stability, and has a smaller margin of error, due to the distance and area of fairways and greens. The golfer needs to have their hips to sync with the shoulders, elbows, and wrists and coil naturally. And one other major difference, unlike baseball, is that the golfer can’t keep taking golf shots until they get a shot that they like. This is how a batter would work the count. A baseball player can foul off pitches until they get one that they like.
Using the baseball-type swing approach, the golfer can take advantage of this tremendous experience and confidence, or what the subconscious mind has already learned and committed to memory as a natural wrist instinct. Once the subconscious mind is convinced that it can draw from a previous experience (i.e., the baseball-type swing), it will utilize that capability.
But first, the subconscious mind must be convinced of this. It is also important to realize that the subconscious mind does not distinguish between a correct or an incorrect practice routine, or what is real or what is perceived, like Colonel Hall did at the Hanoi Hilton. Col. Hall essentially virtually was playing the golf course for seven-and-a-half years. So if the golfer can transfer the correct techniques and mechanics from the baseball-type swing right off the bat to the golf swing, they can accelerate their developmental process. Please refer to my YouTube video for additional information (https://youtu.be/BWksNM6X8a0).
The ability for the golfer to transfer their baseball-type golf swing techniques from the batter’s box to the tee box allows the golfer to reduce the required man-hours by approximately 60 percent. So instead of 7,000 man-hours, the golfer is only looking at approximately 2,800 man-hours, or 2.44 years of reaching a single-digit handicap. Also if you recall in Sir Nick Faldo’s YouTube Video, he used a tee help the golfer. The golfer can even take the tee concept further and set a tennis ball on a short traffic cone to help transition the baseball-type swing into a golf swing.
I have played golf with college and minor league baseball players over the years. They have a great hand/eye coordination and can generate tremendous power in their golf shots from their forearms, arms, and core, but they have a tendency to overdraw or over-fade the ball because of the action of their lower body. They laterally shift their hips and pick up their front foot, like they are in the batter’s box. I want the golfer to lift the lead heel slightly, but not lift the foot completely off the ground.
The advantages of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, are that the process enables the golfer to use the baseball-type swing technique and kickboxing gloves to set the Sync element in order to develop a consistent golf swing. Kickboxing gloves might be an odd or peculiar mental training aid for the golfer to use, but the kickboxing gloves allow the golfer to mentally use the lower forearms, hands, and knuckle to preset their wrist. This uses the ring knuckle to Sync /Preset their golf swing.
Presetting the wrists has been used by a majority of professional golfers, particularly Ken Duke, Angela Stanford, Marco Dawson, and the late P.J. Boatwright, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, and most notably by Sir Nick Faldo. As a matter of fact, even the long-drive hitters preset the wrists and sync the elbows. But it is important to distinguish where the wrists are. They are not where a golfer would wear their wristwatch, but just below the wristbands on the kickboxing gloves.
Sports Mental Imagery Technique
The ESPY Golf Swing JUCO Sync/Preset technique uses the baseball-type approach and kickboxing gloves to develop the essential muscle memory and visualization, or Sports Mental Imagery, in the golf swing. In the case of the right-handed golfer, the golfer takes his/her normal grip on the club handle, as shown above. The golfer’s attention should be directed to the right nodule (Ulnar Styloid Process) and right ring knuckle to CAM and to CAM-OVER, to preset the left wrist. Think about the Sync/Preset maneuvers to lock the wrists into the LOCK Position, as locking the handle of the club onto the proper swing plane.
The ESPY Golf Swing procedure can be practiced anywhere and at any time during the course of the day/night, or even before a round of golf, and especially during the pre-shot routine. The ESPY Golf Swing JUCO Sync/Preset procedure can be used even at your office or workstation as an ergonomic relief exercise, especially to relieve stress and tension.
Swinging your arms increases blood flow to the brain, therefore increasing brain activity and productivity on the job. This simple exercise allows the golfer to work on an additional 40 percent of the man-hours needed to reach their performance goal of 7,000 man-hours. Also, this is a great opportunity to use your golf baton technique, called Overloading and Underloading, to increase your clubhead speed and power. The golf baton is simple device to make and use. Make sure you don’t use a weighted baton with an attachable weight that is over 20 percent heavier than your golf club. Look at specifications for how to make your own golf baton by referring to my Blog: http://goo.gl/eOmGku
The natural SYNC, PRESET, and YAW elements will create a maximum amount of power, acceleration, control, and speed in the golf swing, without the need for any swing thoughts or feeling the need to overpower your swing. The ESPY Golf Swing develops a natural and comfortable muscle memory and Critical Swing path that the golfer can span between the great divide, the distance between the practice range (the conscious mind), and the golf course (subconscious mind), like how Rod Sterling described the Twilight Zone. Your golf game doesn’t have to be stuck in the Twilight Zone. If you are looking for confidence, consistency, and a simple reality golf swing, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach provides all of these. NOW, GO PLAY GOLF!
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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.
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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.
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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.)
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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.
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