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Golf Swing vs. Baseball Swing Knuckleball

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If you use the SYNC/PRESET and Knuckleball technique, you have solved 80 percent of your golf swing issue.    The QATSPY GOLF

Inside the leather Classic Golf Swing Mechanics and simple golf swing tips for self-coaching techniques.

By: Charles W. Boatright

Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control

 

 

Golf Swing vs. Baseball Swing, The Knuckleball Technique

One of the best throwers of the knuckleball was Phil Niekro with the Atlanta Braves.

 

One of the best throwers of the knuckleball was Phil Niekro with the Atlanta Braves. His knuckleball almost dropped or tailed in or out, just before crossing home plate. It had so much lateral or vertical movement on the ball that the catcher had trouble catching the ball. You wouldn’t want to throw a knuckleball with runners on the bases. The reason the baseball has so much movement at the plate is the pitcher doesn’t impart spin on the ball; the ball at the plate is subject to air flow as the pitch loses its forward acceleration. Even the pitcher doesn’t know where the pitch is going, much less the catcher or batter, as it crosses the plate, as shown in the YouTube Video below:

 

 

 

In baseball, the knuckleball describes the type of pitch, but in golf, the golfer can use the knuckleball technique to create lag in their golf swing sequence. This is a great technique to use during your downswing to swing down toward the golf ball, with the knuckles of the lead fist. The golfer wants to create a mental image that the lead knuckles are crossing over the golf ball. This is like trying to take the pad of your lead hand, the Hypothenar, and trying to break the glass pane of glass along the front edge of home plate, shown below.

 

In baseball, the knuckleball describes the type of pitch, but in golf, the golfer can use the knuckleball technique to create lag in their golf swing sequence. This is a great technique to use during your downswing to swing down toward the golf ball, with the knuckles of the lead fist. The golfer wants to create a mental image that the lead knuckles are crossing over the golf ball. This is like trying to take the pad of your lead hand, the Hypothenar, and trying to break the glass pane of glass along the front edge of home plate.

 

The setting up of the knuckleball technique in the downswing starts at the preset in the golf swing sequence. Again, you’re going back to the pad on your lead hand, the Hypothenar. The Hypothenar is the lynch pin in your golf swing, as everything hinges on the setup of the lead Hypothenar. Hypothenar is the pad just above the pink finger, as shown below. Even Ben Hogan referred to the Hypothenar.

 

Hypothenar is the pad just above the pink finger.

 

 

For the right-handed golfer, the preset technique is similar to how the baseball player would preset their wrist standing in the batter’s box, using the SYNC/PRESET golf swing technique. In the right-handed golfer’s case, the golfer wants to:

 

FIRST, set the SYNC element by a common maneuver called Palmar Flexion. This is where the left wrist hinges back toward the right elbow. Pretty simple maneuver. There is a key tendon/muscle that is involved with the Palmar Flexion called the Palmar Longus. This Palmar Longus tendon is noticeable in most people, see below.

 

This Palmar Longus tendon is noticeable in most people, see below.  One important distinction for the golfer to make is the difference between their wrist and lower forearm. The wrist isn't where you would wear a wristwatch or your GPS wrist rangefinder. That area is the lower forearm. This is the reason why I like to use boxing gloves to help the golfer distinguish between their lower forearm and wrist, especially on the left wrist.

 

  • SECOND is the natural setting of the PRESET The reason the golfer wants to flex the Hypothenar toward their right elbow is to pronate their left wrist into the Preset/Lock Position, shown below.

 

QATSPY SYNC/PRESET Technique to lock the wrists onto the swing plane. The wrists/hands in the proper Lock Position to take the handle of the club to the top of the swing.

 

 

In David Duval’s golf swing, David Duval demonstrated a similar preset technique of his wrists on Golf Channel that was aired back in February of 2015. Charlie Rymer, interviewing David Duval, referred to David Duval’s presetting his wrists as ‘That Wrist Thing.’ That Wrist Thing as characterized by Charlie Rhymer is a significant part of the golfer’s swing. Even Sir Nick Faldo in a YouTube video demonstrated the preset technique entitled- The “Faldo” Pre-Set Drill – Perfect Top of Backswing Position.” This is an important video to view to understand the preset technique. The only thing that wasn’t covered in Nick’s video was the HOW! The HOW is what the QATSPY Golf Swing does, it covers the mechanics of HOW! The only thing more important than the WHAT is the HOW!

 

 

One important distinction for the golfer to make is the difference between their wrist and lower forearm. The wrist isn’t where you would wear a wristwatch or your GPS wrist rangefinder. That area is the lower forearm. This is the reason why I like to use boxing gloves to help the golfer distinguish between their lower forearm and wrist, especially on the left wrist.

 

 

NOTE: The wrists are actually just below the wristbands on the boxing gloves as shown above with the boxing gloves hanging down as if they are gripping the handle of the golf club.

 

 

I refer to the Palmar Longus tendon as the Palmer tendon, in honor of one of the best golfers in modern golf, Arnold Palmer, until Jack Nicklaus stepped onto the golf stage.

 

 

If you use the SYNC/PRESET and Knuckleball technique, you have solved 80 percent of your golf swing issue. I like to compare the golf swing vs. the baseball swing in practice and on the golf course. Essentially, you’re taking the baseball swing from the batter’s box to the tee box, like my grandfather Homer Q. Boatright taught me to do. It has worked well!

 

 

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