The QATSPY Golfer’s Sports Page: Golf Swing Tips
By: Charles W. Boatright
A Strike Zone Technique to Improve Your Golf Swing Sequence
The golfer’s strike zone technique can be instinctively developed by the golfer on their own time and at their own pace to improve distance, consistency, and the golfer’s confidence. This golfer’s strike zone technique capitalizes on existing fine motor skills that have been developed at a young age.
If there is one area that golfers work on the most during their practice sessions, it is distance, confidence, and consistency. All three of these can be enhanced, just by taking the strike zone technique from the batter’s box to the tee box. What’s amazing about the strike zone technique is if you give a golfer a bat instead of a golf club and pitch to them, they would know exactly how to set their wrists and forearms in the baseball swing sequence, without even thinking.
Now take that same golfer and give them a golf club, like a six-Iron, and place a golf ball on home plate that isn’t moving like a baseball is and watch their entire demeanor change. For some reason, if you take a ball and move it from the strike zone (elbows to the knees) down to home plate, the swing sequence and techniques have to change, or DO THEY HAVE TO CHANGE?
The Biggest Advantage for the Golf Swing Sequence
The biggest advantage of the baseball swing sequence is how the batter is proactive by presetting their wrists and lower forearms. The baseball batter, in the batter’s box, shown above, instinctively sets their wrists and lower forearms, without even thinking. The only thing the batter focuses on is the 90-mph pitch within the strike zone. There’s not much time to do anything else in 0.458 seconds.
The key to the golfer establishing their golf swing sequence on the tee box is as easy as taking advantage of the consistent baseball swing sequence from the batter’s box. This allows the golfer to focus only on their strike zone, instead of their golf swing sequence, which should be instinctive and not a thought process.
During my Xerox Box Golf Project that I did for my kinesiology class, I elected to study the golf swing for my final project. During the Xerox Box Golf Project, I reviewed hundreds of time-lapse photographs of both the baseball swing sequence, comparing these to the golf swing sequence. These two swings are more similar than they are different. My first golf coach, my grandfather H.Q. Boatright, used the baseball swing sequence to coach the golf swing. My project confirmed his approach.
The Xerox Box Golf Project got its name for the three Xerox boxes that I kept my findings in, where two Xerox boxes were labeled THIS DOESN’T WORK and one Xerox box was labeled THIS WORKS. The Xerox box labeled THIS WORKS became the context of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach.
Time-Lapse Photography Proof of the Baseball Swing Sequence
I came across a particular a time-lapse photograph, shown above, of a baseball batter hitting a low sinker in the strike zone. This was as close to the golf swing sequence that I’ve ever viewed. The batter wrists and lower forearms were set in the similar method and position as the golfer’s forearm and wrist action are during the golf swing sequence right before impact in both swings.
The key position is established by Syncing (CAMMING) the right lower forearm and Presetting (CAMMING-OVER) the left wrist shown below, for the right-handed golfer. This is what most golfers refer to as the preset maneuver.
One distinction the golfer must make to better understand the proper golf swing sequence is the difference between the wrists and lower forearm. The wrists aren’t where one would wear a wristwatch, as that’s the lower forearm. The wrists are made up of two of the strongest and most dexterous muscles that have direct contact with the handle of the golf club, known as the Thenars (Hypothenar and Thenar), shown below.
Being that the Thenars are the strongest and dexterous muscle that has direct contact with the golf club handle warrant some attention on the golfer’s part. Eddie Merrins, The Little Pro, had a video series entitle Swing the Handle, not the Club. If the golfer wants to improve their golf swing sequence they would focus on the strike zone and the handle of the club.
The Important Tenet in the Golf Swing Sequence is a Tendon
One of the key components that most professional golfers discuss during interviews and demonstrations is synchronizing. Synchronizing is a major obstacle in the recreational golfer’s swing who is seeking distance, confidence, and consistency. A major tenet in synchronizing the wrists with the lower forearms and the upper/lower body is with a tendon and muscle that runs from the golfer’s wrists to the elbow. Tendons are tissue that connects muscle with bone.
In the Sync/Preset golf swing sequence, the golfer needs to synchronize the wrists with the lower forearm with the right Palmaris Longus Tendon, or Palmer’s Tendon for short. This tendon is the raised area on the medial side (inside part) of the forearm, shown below. This tendon and connecting muscle allows the golfer to sync the right elbow with the shoulders. This was a technique that Arnold Palmer gave to President Eisenhower before a Pro-Am.
The illustration of the lower forearm below indicates how the Palmaris Longus, or Palmer’s muscle, for short, is an important linkage. The Palmer’s muscle connects the golfer’s elbow to the Palmer’s Tendon in the wrist. This tendon flares out in the golfer’s hand from between the Thenars. This is why the Thenars are important to the golf swing sequence.
If the golfer properly syncs the Palmer’s Tendon, the golfer can add 30 to 40 yards to their distance and accuracy. Syncing the Palmer’s tendon also provides the golfer with a great muscle memory for confidence, while allowing the golfer to have consistency based on how this tendon is synced.
To learn how to use your strike zone baseball swing sequence in your golf swing sequence for distance, consistency, and confidence, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
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Health and Fitness Program Golf Exercise for Power
This book is based on a self-coaching forum (ASPEN Pyramid) that provides the beginner and advanced single-digit handicap golfer with a safe, ergonomic classic golf swing for more power and control, without debilitating injuries that are common with some modern-day golf swings. As part of the ESPY Golf Swing Coach is a workout program designed especially for golfers and an effective diet program detailed below.
Please take advantage of my SR-925 Diet Program, where I lost 6 inches in my waist in 3- months (FREE of CHARGE) with the CASPER Workout Program, detailed in Section 20 of my book, great golf swing workout:
One component in my CASPER Workout Program that I follow is using a Medicine Ball to perform what I call Stocking the Shelves, illustrated below in the figure:
Please include an exercise routine in your weekly schedule.
Also, learning The ESPY Golf Swing Coach process is an excellent way to develop Rhythm without experiencing the Blues in your golf game for confidence; learn how to take your baseball-style swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.
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A Recommendation for your Golf Game:
I would like to recommend an interesting radio program that I regularly listen to from my home state Arkansas on my I-Heart Radio app on KARN 102.9 FM station, out of Little Rock, AR. 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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