By: Charles W. Boatright
Self-Coaching Technique to Develop Rhythm/Tempo
A great self-coaching technique that golfers can use to develop good rhythm/tempo, without the blues, is the Knuckle down/under technique for all golfers. Not only does this technique develop a good self-coaching technique for rhythm and tempo in the golfer’s swing, it also develops three other self-coaching advantages. First, is the muscle memory to start the golfer’s downswing. The second, is the critical lag in the golfer’s swing, like dropping a sledge hammer handle toward the ball. And third, is the feel for the clubhead hitting down and under the golf ball. Remember, DOWN and UNDER is the key.
In regards to the self-coaching technique in The ESPY Golf Swing, for the right-handed golfer, I use my left Thenars (Hypothenar and Thenar), my right Brachio-Radialis, and right Supinator muscles to establish the key muscle memory to take the handle of the club to the top. These three elements consist of the Sync, Preset, and Yaw maneuvers, as noted in the illustration below.
Now, the next question I hear from golfers is just as critical as establishing the takeaway swing, “How do I start the downswing through the golf ball?” Remember the mental image of ” Down, Under, and Through the Golf Ball.”
Sir Nick Faldo, announcing at the 2017 TPC Players Championship at Sawgrass on Friday, mentioned this same great technique, where the golfer uses their lead knuckles to strike just beneath or under the golf ball.
Another tip that Sir Nick Faldo provided was at the 2015 Quicken Loan Tournament, where he stated that the golfer must learn to become their own coach on the golf course. The Golfer must adopt a self-coaching strategy technique mentality to compete in their rounds. There’s no pitch-hitter or reliever to come out to the batter’s box or pitching mound. You are ‘IT’ in golf.
Sir Nick Faldo’s tip on the knuckles has a triple advantage for the golfer. First, this maintains the golfer’s swing plane in both the takeaway and the downswing, which is key. Second, it allows the golfer to maintain their lag in the lead arm, forearm, and wrist, just before impact. And third, it provides the golfer with a great mental image to start the downswing on plane with rhythm. Remember to maintain a mental image of the knuckle down/under as a great self-coaching technique.
The knuckles down technique also allows the golfer to get their conscious mind out of the process of their subconscious mind trying to establish and execute the golf shot. Try this technique, and you will be surprised of the effectiveness in following the most famous quote from the movie Caddyshack:
There’s a force (subconscious mind) in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking (knuckle down), let things happen, and be the ball (objective).
Probably one of the best articles supporting my mental image of starting the downswing by just dropping both lower forearms and knuckles down was by Tom Watson. Tom Watson wrote an article for Golf Digest in the 2003 March issue, on page 48. This article was entitled: For Better Rhythm on the Downswing, Simply let Your arms Drop.
You’ve heard about establishing Rhythm in your golf swing. Rhythm in the golf swing is the elements, or what I would consider as the Sync, Preset, and Yaw in the takeaway. The tempo is what I consider as the timing component. One of the best techniques the golfer can adopt for tempo is to develop a slow takeaway swing. One reason for this is how the forearm and core muscles synchronize. The forearm (low threshold) muscles move at a faster pace than the slower core (high threshold) muscles. The slow pace allows the core muscles to properly sync in the takeaway swing with the quicker forearm muscles. The golfer’s trail elbow is the key to synchronizing these two groups of muscles.
To create that great rhythm that Tom Watson discussed in his article, I have a mental image of the wristbands on each forearm dropping down in the direction of the knuckles on the lead hand. This creates lag in my downswing by allowing the lower forearms (wristbands) and wrists to remain in the Lock position until my hands just pass the ball. This is what creates the golfer’s turbo-drive of allowing the wrists and hands to whip through the ball. The other advantage is that the knuckles on the lead hand track down under the ball to provide a great horizontal force at impact. This is where I get the technique of Knuckle Down and Under.
If you try this Knuckle Down and Under technique as part of your self-coaching technique, you will create crisper golf shots with better distance and control. But DO NOT forget, in the right-hander’s case, about Syncing the right Supinator muscle (to sync the elbow with the shoulders) and Presetting the Thenar muscles to properly preset the wrists. The Thenars (Hypothenar and Thenar) are two of the most powerful and dexterous muscles in the hand and wrist. The Supinator muscle syncs the golfer’s elbow with the shoulders to develop sprocket mechanics, as illustrated in the illustration below.
To learn how to develop the self-coaching technique of Sprocket Mechanics and the Knuckle Down/Under Technique, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
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