QATSPY Sports Page 4 Golfers
By: Charles W. Boatright
Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control
Palmer TECH Engages the Golfer’s Wrist and Forearm Muscles
Palmer TECH: Cross between throwing a baseball with your right wrist and swinging a bat with your left wrist and hitting a ball that doesn’t move.
Sir Nick Faldo is an informative commentator for Golf Channel and CBS, who provides the viewer with a great deal of golf swing techniques and golf swing mechanics that are practical and very useful. A couple of years ago, Sir Nick Faldo mentioned the importance of the golfer’s forearm strength and presetting of the golfer’s wrists to set up the golf swing sequence. There are critical muscles in the forearm and maneuvers by the wrists that every golfer should get acquainted with to improve their distance and control in their golf game.
The critical muscles for the right-handed golfer are the right Palmaris Longus and the left Thenar. The critical maneuvers are the Dorsiflexion using the right wrist and the pronation of the left wrist. These muscles and maneuvers will allow the golfer to preset the wrist action in the golf swing that Sir Nick Faldo demonstrated in a YouTube video that he made. This wrist and lower forearm muscles and maneuvers established the golfer’s Sync/Preset position, illustrated below.
Forearm strength is essential to the golfer for creating distance and control, but the method to acquire this ability centers on the golfer syncing and presetting their forearms and wrists that allow the golfer to be able to harness this amazing amount of strength and speed. Even baseball players know the significance of forearm strength and presetting the wrist action in the on-deck circle and in the batter’s box. Even Eduardo Pérez, during the 2018 College World Series game between the Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Texas TECH Red Raiders, mentioned the importance of forearm strength.
What Eduardo Pérez mentioned about forearm strength is why I like to compare the baseball swing sequence to that of the golf swing sequence. The two are more similar than they are different, especially comparing the wrist action in each sport. The similarities between the golf swing sequence and baseball swing sequence are revealed in the time-lapse photo below that compares the wrist action in the golf swing to that of the baseball swing.
Apperception, an Important Coaching Technique to Take Advantage of the Basic Golf Swing Fundamentals
Apperception is an important coaching term and a great golf swing coaching technique that allows the golfer to take their baseball swing technique from the batter’s box to the tee box, with all the confidence that has been developed in the batter’s box. The reason that apperception is important is the age at which kids learn the fundamentals of the baseball swing, because the development of the fine motor skills at that age is permanent and as are primary motor skills, in other words, your go-to-maneuvers. These are your natural fine motor skills that are second nature.
In my Email address and Website address, I use the abbreviation for Apperception (app) because of how strongly I believe in its influence in coaching. My Website is: espygolfapp.com.
The importance of the batter’s box can’t be overstated in golf, because this is where the young baseball player trains their formative minds to learn to focus and concentrate. If there’s one advantage that playing sports, like baseball and/or golf provides, it is the ability to focus, concentrate, and develop the young person’s hand-eye coordination skills. These skills aren’t as finely developed in kids who are not participating in sports. It is incumbent on parents to get their Kids involved in sports and exercises to improve their learning skills and fitness level now and for their future. Being involved in Sports is just as important to a person’s health and fitness as a 401(k), an IRA, or investing to one’s financial future.
Learning to focus allows the conscious mind to take a back seat and get out of the way of the powerful subconscious mind, where 90 percent of our natural ability resides (consisting of one’s muscle memory and motor skills). This allows the golfer to feel and connect with their muscle memory and motor skills on the golf course more easily. The sooner you can develop these specialized muscle memories and motor skills, the more developed and permanent these skills become for you.
You can still develop these motor skills later on in life, but it takes considerable more time to establish, and the motor skills are more gross motor skills; and aren’t as permanent and the fine motor skills needed to excel in an area of your life. You have one shot at developing permanent and fine motor skills, and that is when you are young, the preteen years. Just like the development of fine muscle memory and motor skills, which are highly developed in the great composers and musicians you enjoy listening to; these composers and musicians started during their preteen years.
The reason I keep referring back to the baseball swing sequence is because it is usually learned at a very young age, which makes muscle memory and fine motor skills more engrained and permanent. I believe involvement in sports, like baseball and/or golf, provides the mental and physical toughness that helped Brooks Koepka to win back-to-back (2017 & 2018) U.S. Opens, becoming only the eighth golfer to do so in its 118-year history of the U.S. Open. Curtis Strange, who was interviewing Brooks Koepka after his win at the 2018 U.S. Open, was the last golfer to win back-to-back at the U.S. Open in 1988 and 1989.
The Palmer TECH to Help Develop the Golfer’s Focus
The setting of the right Palmaris Longus Tendon by Dorsiflexion is the critical component of what I call The Palmer TECH. The Palmer TECH allows the golfer to focus and concentrate on their muscle memory, instead of having to rely on thinking to perform their golf swing. Thinking disrupts the golfer’s natural rhythm and thereby the golfer’s golf swing sequence and tempo. The Palmer TECH, as I like to refer to it, allows the golfer to develop a simple muscle memory by using the Palmaris Longus Tendons in the right forearms and wrists (for the right-handed golfer). The golfer couldn’t ask for a better anatomic component to set up their critical swing path and the golf swing sequence than applying the Palmer TECH. The Palmer TECH is pretty easy to perform by using the Dorsiflexion maneuver, as this is like throwing a baseball.
The Palmaris Longus Tendon/muscle runs from the medial (inside) part of the right elbow, down between the Thenars to the golfer’s hands. The reason I mention the Thenars (Thenar and Hypothenar) is because they are two of the strongest and most dexterous muscles that have direct contact with the handle of the golf club, refer to the illustration below.
What’s great about the Palmaris Longus Tendon is that it is visible to most people, especially if you perform some form of exercise like I do, by working out with a punching bag. The reason I call the Palmaris Longus Tendon the Palmer TECH is because it is a golf swing technique that Arnold Palmer gave to President Eisenhower that dramatically improved his golf game before a Pro-Am. This golf swing technique that Arnold Palmer gave President Eisenhower allowed the President to stretch his right Palmaris Longus Tendon and preset the left Thenar, allowing the President to naturally tuck his right elbow next to his right side during the first part of the takeaway swing and again just before impact.
The Palmer TECH that stretches the Palmaris Longus Tendon provides a turbocharged component to the golfer’s power and speed. What is great about the Palmer TECH is that the golfer can perform this golf swing technique anywhere and at any time. It is also a great method to reduce stress from the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that affects people who are working at a computer.
A great method to set up the Palmer TECH is a stretching technique by performing the Dorsiflexion with the right wrist (for the right-hander) by rolling the two Thenars backwards. This roll action places tension on the right Palmaris Longus Tendon (Palmer Tendon), under the wristband of the right boxing, or kickboxing, glove shown below. You just want to stretch out the tendon part and not the Palmaris Longus Muscle.
In performing the Dorsiflexion, you want to slightly rotate the right lower forearm, or wristband area, by presetting the left Thenar. This rotation of the right lower forearm is called Supination. The top part of the Palmaris Longus Tendon, where it transitions into the Palmaris Longus Muscle, is synchronized and preset using the left Thenar by performing what is called pronation. Dorsiflexion of the right wrist and pronation of the left wrist will establish the wrist action in the golf swing.
The Palmer TECH to Take Advantage of the Golfer’s Forearm Muscles for Power and Speed
The more muscles that the golfer can engage in their forearms, the more stable and consistent golf swing technique the golfer will develop. The lower forearms and wrists have six basic maneuvers, shown below, that can be performed like a universal joint; and the Dorsiflexion and Pronation maneuvers of these six help preset the tension on the Palmaris Longus Tendon, or set up the Palmer TECH.
These six maneuvers consist of: Supination, Pronation, Radial and Ulna Deviation, Palmar Flexion, and Dorsiflexion, shown below in the illustration. The three maneuvers (Dorsiflexion/hybrid Supination and Pronation) exclusively involve the right and left wrists to help establish the golfer’s swing plane and help engage the majority of the golfer’s forearm muscles. This Dorsiflexion/hybrid Supination and Pronation maneuver sets the Sync/Preset wrist action in the golf swing sequence. NOTE: I’m right-handed, so I use my left Thenar for POWER, I use my right Dorsiflexion for CONTROL, and I use the natural left and right Radial Deviation for ACCELERATION. Acceleration is what creates loft and backspin on the golf ball. I like to preset Radial Deviation naturally in the Lock Position by using the left Thenar.
The Palmer TECH (Sync/Preset) helps to sync and preset the wrist action in the golf swing and establishes the proper swing plane. This right Palmaris Longus Tendon and muscle runs along the medial side of golfer’s right forearm, from the hand to the elbow. The right Palmaris Longus Tendon/muscle is in perfect position to help the golfer to set the right elbow. This Palmer TECH helps to synchronize the golfer’s right elbow with their shoulders. This was a golf swing technique and tip that Arnold Palmer gave to President Eisenhower before a charity Pro-Am that they were playing in to support the American Heart Association.
Even Arnold Palmer realized the importance of synchronizing the golfer’s elbows with the shoulders. So much so, that Arnold Palmer felt it was important enough to get President Eisenhower to tuck his right elbow next to his right side in order not to lose power and, more importantly, his control. The President did such a good job of tucking his right elbow next to his right side that he wore a blister on the medial side (inside) of his elbow, where the Palmaris Longus Muscle attaches to the elbow. The blister was caused from President Eisenhower’s right elbow hitting his stiff military belt that he was wearing. This blister bled out onto his shirt that he (the President) was wearing.
The reason I like to synchronize my right elbow, or tuck it, as Arnold Palmer referred to it, is that it allows me to gain a significant mechanical advantage called Sprocket Mechanics, like how a ten-speed bicycle functions. The syncing of the elbow (small sprocket), by the Dorsiflexion of the right wrist and the Pronation of the left Thenar, sets the right elbow with the shoulders (large sprocket) that allows the elbow to coil the shoulders to develop POWER in the takeaway swing. Then in the down-swing sequence, the shoulders uncoil, turning the elbows to develop SPEED. This Sprocket Mechanics 101 arrangement creates the essential clubhead speed that every professional golfer is pursuing. Clubhead speed creates the SMASH FACTOR.
The Dustin Johnson Golf Swing Technique
During the 2018 U.S. Open on Saturday, June 16th, the camera had a frontal view of Dustin Johnson during his approach shot into the 17th green. What caught my eye was the very first part of his takeaway swing. Dustin Johnson was presetting his wrist action in the golf swing by using a similar golf swing technique that I call the Palmer TECH, by the Dorsiflexion technique. This was later confirmed on a Taylor Made golf ball commercial that aired on the same day during the 2018 U.S. Open.
Dustin Johnson was performing the hybrid Dorsiflexion with his right wrist and a slight natural Supination with his right lower forearm, using the left Thenar. I was totally amazed by what I was able to see and detect in these two instances in real-time. The Taylor Made golf ball commercial will be your best bet to see this preset golf swing technique again. Dustin Johnson’s left lower forearm was able to Pronate and cock, or Radial Deviate, during the sync/preset technique.
I perform the Palmer TECH (Sync/Preset) even during my exercise routines,just to keep my muscle memory current. Remember, the Subconscious mind can only hold muscle memory for short periods of time. That is why we must continue to train and perform our golf swing sequence on a regular basis to prevent rust. We have to dig it out of our permanent mind (or our unconscious mind, as it is clinically referred to as). The permanent mind is just that; it is where everything is permanently stored that we have learned or experienced in our life.
The world’s number one golfer, Dustin Johnson, at the time of the 2018 U.S. Open, used a similar golf swing technique that Sir Nick Faldo demonstrated in his YouTube video entitled: The “Faldo” Pre-Set Drill – Perfect Top of Backswing Position. I have provided a link to Sir Nick Faldo’s YouTube video for your convenience. I would suggest that you bookmark Sir Nick Faldo’s YouTube video for future reference. What is significant about Sir Nick Faldo’s YouTube video is that he perfectly demonstrates the Palmer TECH to the Lock Position, where the only thing left to do was for Nick Faldo to take the handle of the club to the top of his swing.
I use a special hybrid golf swing technique to help me preset the proper wrist action in the golf swing sequence. This hybrid golf swing technique isn’t a full version of the Dorsiflexion, like the golfer is hinging their wrist back to throw a baseball. One reason for this hybrid golf swing technique is the incorporation of the left wrist Pronating, using the left Thenar.This hybrid maneuver is the basis for the Palmer TECH, a combination of the Dorsiflexion/Supination, Pronation, and the natural Radial Deviation golf swing sequence, shown below. I perform the Palmer TECH before and after each of my fitness workouts.
Keep in mind that one of the objectives of the Palmer TECH is to establish your swing plane from the golf ball and up to your shoulder. The swing plane is on an inclined plane toward the golfer shoulders, or slightly below the shoulder, based on a ratio between the golfer’s forearm to the arm (upper arm), Establishing the Correct Swing Plane. Anything that naturally establishes this swing plane is a great advantage to the golfer, which is one less thing the golfer has to think about on the tee box. The Dorsiflexion/slight Supination hybrid maneuver allows the golfer to naturally hit down on the golf ball.
The Palmer TECH starts out along the swing plane, from the 3:30 track position from the ball, as illustrated below, with the right Palmaris Longus Tendons, or Palmer Tendon, as I like to refer to it as. I want my right Palmer Longus Tendons to point toward this RED tracking line, back along the 3:30 position from the golf ball until the right lower forearm starts to Supinate and the left wrist starts to Pronate; and then both wrists are naturally locked into the Lock Position by Radial Deviation. If you follow the 3:30 track (RED LINE) with the Palmer Tendon and preset by using the left Thenar, the other Lock element will be set up naturally into the Lock Position.
A quarter of the way back, along this 3:30 position, I want my left wrist to Pronate, causing my right lower forearm to Supinate. The third component of the preset golf swing sequence is the natural Radial Deviation of both wrists. This is similar to how Sir Nick Faldo presets his golf swing in his YouTube video. All three of these maneuvers are illustrated below in the Palmer Preset Golf Swing Technique.
A point of reference for the Palmer TECH is the nodule on both forearms, called the Ulnar Styloid Process (USP) that I have referred to before. This is the USP nodule that is the pivotal point in the Sync/Preset golf swing technique.
I have combined all three of these maneuvers in the Sync/Preset golf swing technique illustrated above. The Palmer TECH, or the Sync/Preset Lock Position, as I like to refer to my Dorsiflexion/Supination/Pronation maneuver, places my forearms and wrists into this Lock Position, noted above. The only other two maneuvers remaining to be completed in my golf swing sequence are the Yaw and Drop elements. I just want the handle of the golf club to follow the swing plane to the top of my golf swing and pause just long enough to blink my eyes, like I did at the Lock Position, before I drop the handle of the club back down, using another critical muscle called the Pronator Quadratus muscles on each medial side of the lower forearm, or the wristbands on the kickboxing gloves.
The blink, or pause, that I use at the Lock and Top Positions, allows my Low and High Threshold muscles to properly synchronize and set with each other. Also, these pauses help the golfer to not be quick at the top.
To help me develop the proper muscle memory for taking the handle of the club to the top of my swing and dropping the club handle back down, I like to use a pair of kickboxing gloves and focus on the wristbands, where you strap on the gloves. I actually train using the Palmer TECH, with a pair of kickboxing gloves for the muscle memory I want to establish, as noted below.
I read an article by Tom Watson about the drop element in the 2003 March issue of Golf Digest, on page 48 entitled- For Better Rhythm on the Down Swing Simply Let Your Arms Drop. Dropping one’s arms from the top part of the golf swing is difficult to feel or visualize. Another golf swing technique I like to use instead of dropping my forearms is by tugging on a rope technique, using both of my wristbands on the kickboxing gloves. Like Tom Watson alluded to in his article, it develops better rhythm. The kickboxing gloves are a great virtual image to use, both in your training and during your golf round.
Essentially, the golfer is just mentally trading in their golf glove for a pair of boxing gloves, like I have demonstrated above. This is a very small mental adjustment that provides enormous benefits in the golfer’s game.
In My Book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach Technique
In my golf book, I discuss The Palmer Longus Tendon Golf Swing Technique, the Palmer TECH, which makes it easier not only to perform a consistent golf swing, but also to coach golf swing mechanics to others. The ESPY Golf Swing Coach techniques detailed in my book help the golfer to develop the proper feel for their golf swing. This was what Colonel George Robert Hall emphasized during my interview with him, the feel of his golf swing sequence.
Colonel Hall knew that if he could establish the correct wrist action in the golf swing from his address position, he knew the rest of his golf swing sequence was correct, even in the confines of his 7.50 foot x 7.50 foot prison cell by using a stick or his left thumb as the handle of the golf club.
Colonel Hall was a POW, who was held at the Hanoi Hilton for over seven years and still shot his handicap of four (4) at a PGA Pro-Am. Six weeks after Colonel George Hall’s release from Hanoi Hilton, he played in The Greater New Orleans POW Pro-AM Open. For background into Colonel Hall’s story and my interview with him, please use this link: The Colonel Hall Story.
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Health and Fitness Program Golf Exercise for Power
This book is based on a self-coaching forum (ASPEN Pyramid). The ASPEN Self-Coaching Technique provides the beginner and advanced single-digit handicap golfer with a safe, ergonomic classic golf swing mechanics. The ASPEN forum for coaching golf provides basic skills for more power and control in the golf swing sequence without debilitating injuries that are common with some modern-day golf swings. As part of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach forum is a workout program that includes golf exercises with medicine ball designed especially for golfers.
I have also included a FREE SR925 Diet program that anyone can access, where I lost over 40 pounds and 7.5-inches in my waist within nine-months. I went from 37.5 inches in November of 2014 down to 30.0 inches in July of 2015 with the effective SR925 Diet Program that I developed, see detailed below.
Please take advantage of my SR925 Diet Program, where I lost 6 inches in my waist in 3- months (FREE of CHARGE) with the CASPER Fitness Program, detailed in Section 20 of my book, great golf swing workout:
One component in my CASPER Fitness Program that I follow is using a Medicine Ball golf swing workout to perform what I call Stocking the Shelves, illustrated below in the figure:
A part of the CASPER Fitness Program are golf exercises with medicine ball – that includes Stocking the Selves and medicine ball exercises Burpees. For endurance and a full body workout, I also include a boxing glove-punching bag exercise.
Please include an exercise routine in your weekly schedule.
Additional Motivation to Develop a Fitness Program
If you need addition motivation, which the subconscious mind works from and consist of 90 percent of the classic golf swing, include a fitness and exercise program designed for the golfer daily schedule. This type of exercise provides the critical overload underload training to improve the golfer’s power and speed in the golfer’s game, please look at another golf fitness enthusiast: The Fit Golfer Girl
Operation DOG TAG
Sports, such as golf, along with fitness and an exercise regimen that includes yoga, has been proven to be a great Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for trauma victims. Veterans and those who have experienced a traumatic situation where the mind has been traumatized and disrupted can use golf and yoga to help re-establish connection and pathways in the brain. Golf also provides an excellent opportunity for trauma victims to reconnect in a social setting to develop a dialogue without the pressures of clinical visits.
Section 2- Operation DOG TAG | Objectives and Scope
Section 3- Operation DOG TAG| STRUCTURE GUIDELINES
ESPY Golf Swing Coach- Rhythm Without the Blues
ESPY Golf Swing Coach- ESPY Golf App Develops the golfer’s Rhythm w/o creating the golfer’s Blues. The ESPY Golf Swing helps the golfer establish the correct wrist action in golf swing demonstrated by David Duval in an interview with Charlie Rymer on Golf Channel.
Also, learning The ESPY Golf Swing Coach process is an excellent way to develop natural Rhythm without experiencing the Blues in your golf game to build confidence; learn how to take your baseball-style swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.
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Time-lapse photography that I reviewed during my Kinesiology Xerox Box Golf Research Project compared the golf swing vs. baseball swing and how similar the Sync/Preset wrist action in the golf swing was to the baseball swing sequence.
Sir Nick Faldo demonstration of the Preset Golf Swing Technique
One of Sir Nick Faldo’s first golf swing fundamentals that he learned as demonstrated in this YouTube video entitled The Preset golf swing technique. Nick Faldo discussed the WHAT, but didn’t explained the HOW in his YouTube video.
The Sync/Preset Elements in The ESPY Golf Swing Coach explains how to setup the classic golf swing maneuver to place the wrists into the key Lock Position. This was the same golf swing technique used by David Duval during an interview with Charlie Rymer on Golf Channel. These two Videos are probably two of the best Videos to discuss the wrist action in the golf swing.
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A Recommendation for your Golf Game:
I would like to recommend an interesting radio program that I regularly listen to originating from my home state Arkansas on my I-Heart Radio app on KARN 102.9 FM station, out of Little Rock. 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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