A Golf Coach Technique for Consistency
I have been using what some refer to as the waggle, or the preset technique, taught by my golf coach, my grandfather, Homer E.Q. Boatright. My grandfather/golf coach, shown here at North Hills Golf Course in Arkansas, kept his coaching notes in his red book. A part of his coaching technique that he taught was to properly preset the wrists, similar to how a baseball batter does. This technique gives a significant mental advantage to the golfer in providing confidence, feel, and consistency in one’s golf game. This was a golf coach technique that my grandfather took from baseball-style swing and is the basis of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. This golf swing technique provides the golfer with a natural and simple golf swing that can be replicated anywhere and anytime. This technique was developed based on Context-Based Learning process to developing muscle memory.
My grandfather’s nickname was taken from his second middle initial Q that stood for Quaid, thus the name The Great Qatspy.
The ESPY golf swing technique has five advantages– the First is to relieve the burden from the golfer of having to synchronize all the parts in the golf swing. 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. The Fourth and probably the most important one is that it establishes tempo, so the golfer can swing nice and easy through impact. Fifth, it uses the waggle, or preset technique, to initiate the golfer’s swing without the golfer having to think. Thinking brings the conscious mind into the golf swing process that should be a subconscious process. Swing thoughts are the last thing the golfer wants to have in what I call the box, in my address and swing sequence. The golfer who starts thinking, starts questioning their golf swing, which leads to doubt; never a good thing to have doubt on the golf course.
The Waggle Technique for the Mental Game
The waggle, or ESPY preset technique, also allows the golfer to CAM-OVER the left wristband, for the right-hander, and naturally CAM-BACK the right elbow. A pair of EVERLAST boxing gloves are a great training aid for the golfer to use for presetting the wrists. Boxing gloves are also a great workout exercise with a punching bag for a full-body-workout. This ESPY preset technique sets the club onto the correct plane that completes 80 percent of the golf swing with a simple waggle. The waggle also has a mental benefit. It engages the golfer’s subconscious mind, where all the motor-skills and muscle memory are stored.
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 two areas that I would suggest looking at initially– first, the waggle, or the preset technique, that sets up the golfer’s sequence. The second troubleshoot area is the golfers routine, as the subconscious mind doesn’t function well without a well-established routine. The golfer who gets out of their routine replaces the good habits with either prior habits, or worse, bad habits.
Time-Lapsed Photography for a Simple Golf Swing
To help maintain a routine and a simple golf swing, 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. This baseball link helped establish this fundamental in the ESPY Golf Swing. 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 preset the wrists. 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 and Preset swing elements, and the word Coach. This book is laid out as a self-instructional book, based on my grandfather’s red golf coach book and my seven years of research. This research developed a Self-coaching technique that is the most effective method of teaching and retaining instruction. Typical Golf lessons have about a five percent retention rate, on average. A self-coaching technique has a 90 percent retention rate. The ESPY Golf Swing incorporates Mental Imagery in Sports and Context-Based Learning. These golf 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 in Sports 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 a 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 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 was established correctly in his mind. His story and my interview can be viewed on the following link: http://goo.gl/jop7ik.
Another significant advantage of the ESPY Golf Swing technique is how Colonel Hall used his golf coach technique to maintain his golf swing, even in a 7 x7 foot prison cell at the Hanoi Hilton. There are considerable advantages the golfer has by focusing on training and reinforcing the golf swing sequence in the subconscious mind. The reason 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 coach right between the ears if they know how to use their mind.
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