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Knuckle Down/Under, Self-Coaching Technique for Golfers

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Self-Coaching Technique for Golfers

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. Not only does this technique develop a self-coaching technique for rhythm, but 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 or baseball bat into the back of the Strike Zone, shown below. And THIRD, is the feel for the clubhead hitting down on the golf ball. Remember, DOWN and UNDER is the key with the lead knuckles.


The Golfer's baseball-style Strike Zone us to create lag.

The Golfer’s baseball-style Strike Zone us to create lag.


In this case, I’m a right-handed golfer, the self-coaching technique in The ESPY Golf Swing, allows me to use my Hypothenars muscles to set the Palmaris Longus, or Palmer’s Tendon. The Sync/Preset of the Palmer’s Tendon allows the wrists to be set into the Lock Position. This tendon is on the medial (inside) of the lower forearm, or wristband. This allows me to feel and set three key muscles (Thenar, Pronator Quadratus, and Brachio-Radialis) engage to set and take the handle of the club to the top of my golf swing. These three elements consist of the Sync, Preset, and Yaw maneuvers, as noted in the illustration below.

self-coaching technique ESPY Golf Swing knuckle down and under technique


The Palmaris Longus Tendon, or what I refer to as the Palmer’s Tendon (shown below) can actually be seen my majority of golfers. This is a raised area on the medial (inside) of the lower forearm where boxing gloves would be laced up. This Palmer’s Tendon is a key tendon to Sync/Preset in the golf swing.



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, or Strike Zone.”



Sir Nick Faldo

Sir Nick Faldo, Professional Golfer and broadcaster with CBS.



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 down/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, the golfer has to figure out their on golf swing on/off the golf course. 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, I like to use the baseball batter Strike Zone, in the above illustration. And THIRD, the knuckle-down technique provides the golfer with a great mental image to Sync/Preset and to start the downswing on plane with rhythm. Remember to maintain a mental image of the knuckle-down, or Striking Zone, develops a great self-coaching technique.



How to Use the Lead Knuckle to Preset the Golfer’s Wrists

The lead knuckles, or specifically the head of the left ring Metacarpal, can be used to Sync/Preset the golfer’s wrists into the Lock Position. The golfer uses the right Hypothenar to Sync (CAM) the Palmer’s Tendon. While the golfer uses their left Hypothenar to preset (CAM-OVER) the head of the left ring metacarpal and the right Palmer’s Tendon, shown below in the SYNC/PRESET Wrist Structure.




The golfer to Sync/Preset the Palmer’s Tendon in the right wrist and lower forearm, must feel the Palmer’s Tendon set into the Lock Position. The Sync/Preset into the Lock Position is held during the takeaway and at the start of the down swing, shown in The ESPY Golf Swing in the Lock Position Figure above.


The knuckle-down technique also allows the golfer to get their conscious mind out of the process of making the golf shot and allow their subconscious mind to establish and execute the golf shot. This allows the golfer to apply the Mental Rules of Golf. Try this technique, and you will be surprised of the effectiveness in following the most famous quote in golf 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 lower forearms and knuckle-down was written 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 are the elements in the golf swing, or what I would consider as the Sync, Preset, and Yaw in the takeaway swing. The tempo is what I consider as the timing component. One of the best techniques the golfer can adopt for great tempo is to develop a slow takeaway swing. One reason for this is how the forearm and core muscles synchronize.


The wrist and forearm (low threshold) muscles move at a faster pace than the slower core (high threshold) muscles do. The slow pace of the takeaway swing of the wrists and lower forearms allows the core muscles to properly sync with the quicker wrist/forearm muscles. The golfer’s right elbow (for the right-hander) is the key to synchronizing these two groups of muscles. This is the reason the golfer wants to properly Sync/Preset the Palmer’s Tendon. This tendon connects to the Palmaris Longus Muscle that connects to the golfer’s right elbow, part of the golfer’s sprocket mechanics.



Tom Watson’s Mental Image of Dropping the Forearms to Start the Downswing


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 left hand. This creates lag in my downswing by allowing the lower forearms (wristbands) and wrists to remain in the Lock position when the hands hit the back of the Strike Zone, or just pass the ball, shown above.


This is what creates the golfer’s turbo-drive effect of allowing the wrists and hands to whip through the ball. The other advantage is that the knuckles on the left hand track down the slot and under the ball to provide a great horizontal force at impact. This is where I get the technique of Knuckle-Down and Under Technique.


If you try this Knuckle-Down and Under procedure 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/Presetting of the right Palmer’s Tendon (to sync the elbow with the shoulders, is how sprockets function on a ten-speed bicycle). The Thenars (Hypothenar and Thenar) are two of the most powerful and dexterous muscles in the hand and wrist that has direct contact with the handle of the golf club. The Palmer’s Tendon syncs the golfer’s elbow with the shoulders to develop sprocket mechanics, as illustrated in the illustration below.


spocket mechanics

Syncing (elbows) and Presetting (wrists) to create sprocket mechanics for a turbo-drive golf swing.



What should grab the attention of any golfer about their Thenars are these muscles are the only muscles that are in direct contact with the handle of the club. No other muscle has this role to play in the golf swing. The Thenars should have prominence in the Sync/Preset maneuvers.



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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Also, learning The ESPY Golf Swing Coach process is an excellent way to develop Rhythm without experiencing the Blues in your golf game, learn how to take your baseball-style swing from the batter’s box to the tee box:

Rhythm and Tempo in Golf