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By: Charles W. Boatright
Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control
Science Behind the ESP Classic Golf Swing Coaching Technique
Sports Psychology and Kinesiology are key factors in developing a reliable golf swing coaching technique that the golfer can actually take to the golf course. If there are two reasons for the high performance that athletes have, it’s due to Sports Psychology and Kinesiology. The more precise, repetitive, and specific the golf swing coaching technique is, the easier the golfer will be able to execute their golf swing sequence on the golf course.
A major part of making the classic golf swing sequence easier for the golfer to take to the golf course is the ability to understanding two essential concepts about Kinesiology. FIRST is the reliability of the classic golf swing sequence, based on the low- threshold muscles preceding the high-threshold muscles. SECOND is repetition to establish Neuromuscular Performance, or what some refer to as muscle memory. I refer to Neuromuscular as ESP (ExtraSensory Performance).
Whatever golf swing techniques that you use, one fundamental principle must exist, where the low-threshold muscles must precede the high-threshold muscles. So what do low- and high-threshold muscles mean exactly to the golfer? Low- threshold muscles are the smaller and quicker responding muscles that are in the wrists and lower forearms. The higher-threshold muscles are slower muscles in the arm (upper arm), shoulders, torso, and legs.
The reason why the threshold principle is essential to the golfer is the order in which these muscles will fire naturally in the downswing. The takeaway swing is a 30/70 conscious versus subconscious action. Where as the downswing is the 100 percent subconscious reaction to the takeaway swing, but in the reverse order.
This also fits within Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion that states: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This means The first will be last, and the last first. This is why golfers like Ken Duke, Marco Dawson, David Duval, and Sir Nick Faldo all preset their wrists first, in what Charlie Rymer called That Wrist Thing.
Charlie Rymer– That Wrist Thing in the ESP Classic Golf Swing Sequence
The Classic golf swing sequence can be compared to the golfer’s practice sessions versus the golfer’s performance on the course. While the takeaway swing is (30%) a conscious action where the golfer can exercise some measure of control in their golf shots, the downswing will be a (100%) subconscious and instinctive reaction. This is the reason that the golfer needs to understand how the ESP Threshold concept works and why presetting the wrists in the Classic golf swing sequence is important for distance and control.
There are endless methods for the golfer to preset their wrists in the golf swing sequence. The wrists essentially act like universal joints in the golf swing. While the wrists offer the golfer the greatest advantage in creating power, clubhead speed, and acceleration, they are the single biggest obstacle the golfer has to figure out.
The wrists have six different maneuvers they can perform, as noted in the illustration above. Two of these maneuvers keep the golf swing on plane and square at impact. These two maneuvers of the wrists are what I refer to as SYNC/PRESET, or Dorsiflexion and Pronation maneuvers, respectively. The following SYNC/PRESET elements and procedures are in regard to the right-handed golfer:
SYNC maneuver– The golfer uses their right wrist to Dorsiflex the right Middle knuckles toward the right foot.
PRESET maneuver– The golfer uses their left wrist to Pronate the left Index knuckle toward the right foot. This places the golfer’s hands over their right pocket. This is covered in my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, in Section 1.9.
1.9 In Figure 1-8, the golfer wants to set up the baseball-type swing, with the primary left and the right wristbands, about the right elbow. Do not pivot the right elbow during the Synch and Preset elements. The right upper arm remains stationary, providing the secondary axis for both the Synch and Preset elements. The Synch element precedes the Preset element by hinging, or camming, the middle knuckles toward the right foot. The Preset, or the camming-over, of the left shoulder and left elbow, provides the turbocharged component. This places the hands over the right Pocket. This allows the club-head to explode through the ball at impact, with speed and power. This is why the E.S.P. elements are considered horizontal components similar to the baseball swing.
LOCK Position– After the SYNC/PRESET, the handle of the golf club is placed on the swing plane, where the shaft of the club is parallel with the ground and target line, illustrated in the Figures below. A great checkpoint for the Lock Position is that the golfer’s left thumb will indicate the swing plane. This was demonstrated in a YouTube video by Sir Nick Faldo entitled: The “Faldo” Pre-Set Drill – Perfect Top of Backswing Position.
The only part of the golf swing left to be completed from the Lock Position is to take the handle of the golf club to the top of the swing. The second checkpoint is the golfer’s left shoulder or left arm (upper arm) is placed either at the golfer’s Adam’s Apple for a driver and for fairway clubs or at the chin for their Irons. Swinging the handle of the golf club is another means to keep the golf swing simple. Eddie Merrins has a great video series entitled: Swing the Handle, Not the Club.
This is the ESP-type golf swing mechanics that provide the golfer with 30 to 50 additional yards in distance and consistency in hitting fairways and greens. I don’t know too many golfers who don’t want more distance and consistency in their golf game. Like Jay Fox commented on the weekly radio show Arkansas Fairways & Greens, The golfer wants to hit their ball where they mow the grass. By the way, Ken Duke this spring had the highest percentage of fairways hit on the PGA. Ken Duke might not be the longest hitter on the PGA, but he is the most consistent.
To learn more about how to develop the ESP SYNC/PRESET golf swing sequence for distance and control, 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:
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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