The QATSPY Golf Swing Coach Sports Page
By: Charles W. Boatright
Innovation to help maximize your golf swing
One of the most significant references made by Mr. Ben Hogan concerning his golf swing centered on his grip. Ben Hogan specifically mentioned one of the two strongest muscles in the hand, the Thenar, at the base of the thumb in the wrists. The Thenar is one of the two strongest muscles in the hand, or more specifically, in the wrist, shown in the illustration below. Both the Thenar and Hypothenar are in direct contact with the handle of the club. This is a great reason to take notice of these two muscles and utilize them in the GPS golf swing sequence.
To take full advantage of these two muscles, the golfer has to learn how to properly preset and sync the wrists with the lower forearms, or what I refer to as the wristbands by the CAM and CAM-OVER techniques. This preset and sync technique is an important part of the golfer’s GPS, or Gear Preset Sync golf swing sequence. The other significant part of the Gear Preset Sync golf swing sequence is a technique of syncing the golfer’s elbow with their shoulders. This was a golf swing technique that Arnold Palmer gave President Eisenhower before a Pro-Am. There’s a muscle strategically located just below the golfer’s elbows called the Supinator muscle, or what I call the SUPER-NATOR muscle.
A great technique that the golfer could use is to exchange their golf glove for a pair of boxing gloves. The golfer can use the wristband of the gloves to properly set and sync their elbow with their shoulders. This provides one of the biggest mechanical advantages the golfer has in producing the power and clubhead speed that is critical.
Golf Swing Sequence of David Duval and Ken Duke
Ken Duke and David Duval each demonstrated presetting the wrists in an interview on Golf Channel. But this is only one sequential maneuver that they covered. The other maneuver is Syncing the golfer’s elbows, particularly the right elbow for the right-handed golfer, with their shoulders. The Sync element is probably one of the most overlooked golf swing techniques and maneuvers.
But in actuality, this Sync technique is one of the simplest to perform for setting the SUPER-NATOR muscle. This is covered in Section 1.2 of my book. The Preset and Sync golf swing sequence increases the golfer’s power, speed, and more importantly, control by allowing the golfer’s elbows and shoulders to act as Gears.
The GPS golf swing sequence allows the golfer to Preset and Sync their wrists, lower forearms, elbows, and arms with their core muscles, where power and speed are generated. Instead of the golfer trying to swing their forearms and arms faster like most amateur golfers; this technique only decreases their power and clubhead speed. The golfer using the GPS golf swing sequence is naturally tapping into their core muscles where the elbows and shoulders are acting as GEARS.
The Three Key Muscles in The Critical Swing Path
In a Kinesiology class that I took in college, my professor Dr. Bunch, who specialized in sports-related injuries, noted the three (3) key muscles that the golfer should use to Generate Power and Speed. Presetting and Syncing are also used in the baseball-style swing. This can be a useful crossover technique for the golfer to use to bridge the gap between the baseball-style swing and their golf swing.
I refer to the Thenar, Supinator, and Brachio-Radialis muscles as The Critical Swing Path muscles. This Critical Swing Path also helps the golfer to develop their self-coaching technique that they will need on the golf course. This self-coaching technique uses muscle memory to train the golfer’s subconscious mind. What enhances the subconscious mind’s coaching component is the unique relationship that exists, for instance, between the Brachio-Radialis muscle and the Thenar muscle.
There is a nodule located between the lower forearm and wrist called the Radial Styloid Process, shown above. You can feel this nodule just above the thumb. This is the point where the Brachio-Radialis muscle connects with the Thenar. This is the linkage that the golfer needs to feel in order to set up the golf swing; in some golfers’ swings, this is their missing link.
Developing the Golfer’s Self-Coaching Technique
A problem with some golf coaching techniques is that the focus is on the conscious process and doesn’t adequately address the golfer’s coaching center, their subconscious mind. The golfer’s subconscious mind requires a golf swing sequence that is based on a reliable and natural progression, like the baseball swing. In my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control, the golfer only has to develop three core muscle memories by Presetting and Syncing their golf swing.
The boxing gloves are a great coaching technique to do this, as well as being a great exercise routine. When I’m setting up to make my golf shot, I visualize that I’m wearing a pair of boxing gloves. This allows me to use the nodule at the top of the wristbands, just above my left thumb, called the Radial Styloid Process. This syncs the bottom of the wristband where the tail of the right Supinator muscle is located. Remember, the boxing gloves are upside down, with the bottom of the wristband pointing upward.
The ESPY Golf Swing Sequence, Using a Different Type of Glove & Bag
From the Lock Position, the golfer only has to complete their normal golf swing sequence by taking the handle of the club up to the top of the golf swing with the Brachio-Radialis muscle. All of these maneuvers are typical maneuvers that we perform each and every day. This will go a long way to help the golfer to develop a self-coaching golf swing sequence that is as comfortable as their baseball swing.
The golfer’s swing plane or path is also critical for the golfer to understand and set up correctly. There is a ratio between the golfer’s arm and forearm that will determine where the golfer’s proper swing path is located. The target point for the right-handed golfer is either at the golfer’s shoulder or just below the shoulder. A technique that I like to use is thinking about placing the middle of the forearm, or the tail end of the Supinator muscle, toward my ear.
If the golfer can trade in their golf glove and golf bag for a pair of boxing gloves and a boxing bag, they not only improve their strength and stamina, but can isolate these three (3) key muscles used in the Ergonomic Sync, Preset, and Yaw golf swing sequence.
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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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