The QATSPY Golfer’s Sports Page: Golf Swing Tips
By: Charles W. Boatright
Sync/Preset, Easy Golf Swing Technique for Consistency
I have been using what some refer to as the waggle, or what my golf swing coach referred to as the preset technique. My golf swing coach was my grandfather, Homer Q. Boatright, shown here at North Hills Golf Course in Arkansas. He kept his coaching notes in his red book that consist of easy golf swing techniques. A part of his coaching technique that he taught was to properly sync the lower forearm and preset the wrists, similar to how a baseball batter does in the batter’s box. This Sync/Preset allows the golfer to create lag in the golf swing.
This golf swing coach technique gives a significant mental coaching advantage to the golfer in providing confidence, feel, and consistency in one’s golf game, on and off the golf course. This was a golf swing coach technique that my grandfather took from the baseball-style swing which is the basis of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. This golf swing coach technique provides the golfer with a natural and easy golf swing technique that can be replicated anywhere and anytime. This easy golf swing technique was developed from a Sports Psychologist technique called Context-Based Learning process to developing muscle memory from a previous athletic skill, like the baseball-style swing.
My grandfather’s nickname (Qatspy) was taken from his middle initial Q that stood for Quaid, thus the name The Great Qatspy. The Great QATSPY red book became basis for The ESPY Golf Swing Coach.
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach technique has five advantages–
First is to relieve the burden from the golfer of having to synchronize all the parts in the golf swing sequence.
Second, it sets in motion the muscle memory needed to create the golfer’s power and speed.
Third, it places the golf club handle onto the correct swing plane.
Fourth and probably the most important one is that it establishes tempo, so the golfer can swing nice and easy to produce a easy golf swing technique through impact.
Fifth, it uses the Sync/Preset technique, to initiate the golfer’s swing without the golfer having to think. This Sync/Preset technique allows the golfer to create lag in the golf swing.
Thinking brings the conscious mind into the golf swing sequence process that should be a subconscious mind function. Swing thoughts are the last thing the golfer wants to have in what I call the box. The box is like the batter’s box where I want to set up athletic stance, execute my golf swing sequence, and just focus on the strike zone.
The golfer who starts thinking, starts questioning their golf swing sequence, which leads to doubt; never a good thing to have doubt on the golf course. The golfer has to have total confidence in their golf swing sequence. In the box, the only conscious function I want is just focusing on the Strike Zone, like the baseball batter does, shown below.
The Sync/Preset Technique for the Mental Game
The ESPY Sync/Preset technique, also allows the golfer to CAM-OVER the left wrist, for the right-hander, and naturally CAM the right lower forearm. A pair of EVERLAST boxing gloves are a great training aid for the golfer to use for Syncing/Presetting their wrists/lower forearm, similar to the baseball batter above.
Boxing gloves are also a great workout exercise with a punching bag for a full-body-workout. I use boxing gloves in this ESPY Sync/Preset technique to help the golfer to set the club onto the correct plane. This Sync/Preset completes 80 percent of the golf swing with an easy golf swing technique, or Sync/Preset golf swing sequence. The Sync/Preset also has a mental benefit, it provides a proactive technique that engages the golfer’s subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is where all the motor-skills and muscle memory are stored.
The boxing gloves are also a great coaching technique to help the golfer to locate the key muscles and a key tendon in the lower right forearm. This key tendon is called the Palmaris Longus Tendon, or Palmer’s Tendon for short. The Palmer’s Tendon is a raised area on the medial (inside) part of the golfer’s right lower forearm, shown below. The boxing glove in this illustration shows the Palmer’s Tendon. The reason this tendon is significant to the golfer is this is the turbocharger component in the golfer’s swing.
There are several PGA and LPGA golfers who use this preset technique to assist in establishing their routine. If the golfer ever has to troubleshoot their golf swing, there are three areas that I would suggest looking at initially– FIRST, the Sync/Preset, or the preset technique, that sets up the golfer’s golf swing sequence. The SECOND troubleshoot area is the golfers routine, as the subconscious mind doesn’t function well without a well-established routine. The THIRD troubleshoot area is the properly setting the Palmer’s Tendon that provides the golfer’s turbocharge component. The golfer who gets out of their routine replaces the good habits with either prior habits, or worse, bad habits. Because the subconscious mind will fall back to routines and techniques it knows best.
NOTE: The boxing gloves also allows the golfer to distinguished between the golfer wrist and forearm. The wristwatch is not worn on the wrist, for this is actually the golfer’s lower forearm.
Time-Lapsed Photography for a Simple Golf Swing
To help maintain a routine and an easy golf swing technique, the golfer needs to look seriously at the routine used in the baseball-style swing. I reviewed time-lapsed photography of both the baseball batter’s and golfer’s swing, side-by-side, for months before I confirm this link, that my grandfather used to coach. This baseball link helped to establish this fundamental in The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. This was later substantiated by David Leadbetter in an interview he did on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. There are more similarities than there were differences between these two swings. The major similarity was how both the batter and the golfer Sync/Preset the wrists/lower forearm. The time-lapse photography provided a crucial golf coach technique to use in one’s golf swing.
There are two key words in the title of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. The word ESPY, for the two Ergonomic (Natural) Synch/Preset swing elements, and the word Coach. This book is laid out as a self-instructional book format, based on my grandfather’s red golf swing coaching book and my seven years of research, that I called the Xerox Box Golf Project.
This research developed a Self-coaching technique that is the most effective method of teaching and retaining instruction. Typical Golf lessons have about a ten-to-fifteen percent retention rate, on average. A self-coaching technique on the other hand has about 90 percent retention rate. The ESPY Golf Swing Coach incorporates Mental Imagery of other Sports called Context-Based Learning. These are training techniques used by Sports Psychologist. These golf swing coach techniques builds on the golfer’s prior motor-skills like the baseball-style swing.
One principle that I strictly followed in writing my book was verifying every fundamental I used in the book. I was able to confirm both the Mental Imagery used in Sports Psychology and Context-Based Learning methods with an interview I had with a Vietnam P.O.W. During my research. I happened to meet Colonel George Robert Hall while on business at the Hattiesburg, MS Country Club.
A Virtual Golf Swing Used by a P.O.W.
During this interview, I was also able to confirm a similar presetting technique used by Colonel Hall during his seven-and-a-half years held at the Hanoi Hilton. This is not your normal Hilton Hotel or resort. He used his love of golf to survive his horrendous ordeal as a P.O.W. Every day, he virtually went through his golf swing sequence and mentally made each golf shot on several golf courses he memorized. He stated that the preset technique was the only maneuver that ensured that his golf swing sequence was established correctly in his mind. His story and my interview can be viewed on the following link: Col. Hall- P.O.W. Veteran at the Hanoi Hilton.
Another significant advantage of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach technique is how Colonel Hall used his golf coach technique to maintain his golf swing with a handicap of four (4), even in a 7 x7 foot prison cell at the Hanoi Hilton. There are considerable advantages the golfer has by focusing on their mental training to reinforce the golf swing sequence using images that engage the subconscious mind. The reason for Col. Hall’s success is that the subconscious mind has no concept of time, place, or conditions. The golfer can virtually work on their golf swing, even at work, while exercising, or even while sleeping. The subconscious mind never sleeps, so the golfer has a 24/7 golf swing coach working for them right between the ears, if they know how to use their mind and certain golf swing coach techniques.
To develop your own self-golf coach technique to improve your golf swing, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach in the following link below, just select the image of the book.
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