The QATSPY Sports Page 4 Golfers
By: Charles W. Boatright
Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control
Charlie Rymer That Wrist Thing- The David Duval Preset Golf Swing Technique
The Pro-Tract preset golf swing technique demonstrated by David Duval on Golf Channel was referred to by Charlie Rymer as That Wrist Thing. That Wrist Thing, as coined by Charlie Rymer, doesn’t just pertain to presetting the golfers wrists, but, if done correctly, can synchronize the golfer’s dominate elbow and protract the golfer’s lead shoulder. Pro-Tract is a very important and effective component for power, speed, and control in the golf swing sequence by placing the lead shoulder forward and under the golfer’s chin and dominate elbow to their side.
That Wrist Thing, performed by both David Duval and Sir Nick Faldo, allows the golfer to develop a significant mechanical advantage, from the protraction of the lead shoulder. The Pro-Tract technique engages the powerful torso muscles, like the Pectoral muscle and Deltoid. The Pro-Tract golf swing technique allows the golfer to synchronize the hands, wrists (particularly the lead Thenar), forearms, and dominate elbow with the arms and shoulders.
The Pro-Tract, or protraction, of the lead shoulder is not an inconsequential golf swing technique. This Pro-Tract golf swing technique provides the turbocharger component to set up the golfer’s golf swing mechanics. This Pro-Tract technique allows the wrists (lead Thenar) and forearms to precede the shoulders and core muscles of the upper and lower body, which is important establishing the golf swing sequence.
This Pro-Tract technique links the low-threshold muscles with the high-threshold muscles, which is an important golf swing mechanics and sequence. The term Threshold, as the term implies, refers to the proper sequence at which particular muscle are engage and should fire before other muscles do. The lower threshold muscles should engage and fire before the higher threshold muscles, like in the core. Low- threshold muscles in the wrists like the Palmaris Longus muscle that transition into a tendon between the lead Thenars should fire before the higher threshold muscles in the arms (upper arm) and core, like the Pectoral, Deltoid, and Obliques muscles.
This Palmaris Longus Muscle/Tendon shown above runs from the medial (inside) the golfer’s elbow down along medial side of the forearm into the golfer’s hands as indicated below in the two illustrations:
This Palmaris Longus Tendon is what I refer to as the Palmer Tendon, or Palmer TECH. Syncing and presetting this tendon correctly by hinging or Palmar Flexion the right wrist and Dorsiflexion the left wrist will allow the right-handed golfer to Sync/Preset the wrist action in the golf swing properly. The Dorsiflexion and the Palmar Flexion is the same action used to make a pitch in baseball. The only difference in the Sync/Preset maneuver the golfer is setting the wrists on a slight deviation shown in the three illustrations below.
The Ergonomics play an important part in all sports and especially in the golf swing sequence. The low-threshold muscles in the wrists (Palmaris Longus Tendon and Thenars) and forearm should precede the higher threshold muscles in the arms and the upper and lower body in the takeaway swing, thus the Sync/Preset technique. If this sequence is reversed, where the high-threshold muscle are activated first or at the same time, the golf swing sequence is less effective decreasing the speed component and in addition can cause injuries, like to the lower back. This type of injury is becoming more frequent and prevalent with the modern-day golf swing.
The Palmaris Longus Tendon is shown below:
The preset technique demonstrated by Sir Nick Faldo and David Duval activates the proper linkage, or sequence, between the golfer’s low- and high-threshold muscles. This allows the proper golf swing mechanics to develop from the low-threshold muscles preceding the high-threshold muscles. The low-threshold -preceding the high-threshold muscles is explained more in depth in the article Low vs. High Threshold Strategy.
Ergonomics (E), which are a major part of the ESPY Golf Swing sequence, allows the golfer to synchronize (S) and preset (P) their wrists (lead Thenar) and forearms with their shoulders and core muscles. The Sync/Preset maneuver provides the golfer with the ability to engage their high-threshold muscles, like the lead Pectoral muscle, using Ulnar Styloid Process to set the lead Thenar, a low-threshold muscle. The Ulnar Styloid Process, or nodule, is in line and above the pinky knuckle.The lead Pectoral muscle is used to Protract the golfer’s lead shoulder. Protracting of the lead or the left shoulder, in the case of the right-handed golfer, accomplishes three major objectives:
- By placing the shoulders on the correct perpendicular path about the spinal axis during the (Yaw) maneuver to allow the torso to coil properly, without causing injuries.
- By placing the lead shoulder under the golfer’s chin as an important checkpoint (Sec. 4.4).
- By syncing the hands, wrists (left Thenar), forearm, and right elbow with the arms and the upper and lower body provides the golfer with proper golf swing mechanics.
Two Simple Golf Swing Tips to Improve the Golf Swing Fundamentals of the Golfer
In order to synchronize the golf swing, the wrists need to perform a dual action, besides just presetting the wrists, demonstrated by both Sir Nick Faldo and David Duval with the left lower forearm. The golfer also needs to cock their left wrists, called radial deviation, using the left Ulnar Styloid Process (USP) and left Thenar. This places the shaft of the club parallel with the ground, which was demonstrated by Sir Nick Faldo in his YouTube Video. This also sets the second nodule in the golfer’s left lower forearm, the Radial Styloid Process (RSP). The RSP isn’t as noticeable as the USP.
NOTE: In setting the RSP, I like to imagine this nodule is pointing toward my right elbow, another sync maneuver.
The Sync/Preset element not only presets the golfer’s wrists, but also cocks their wrists that slightly protracts the golfer’s left shoulder forward. The Pro-Tract element prevents the golfer from relying just on presetting their lower left forearm alone. It allows the golfer to automatically cock their left wrist to engage the golfer’s core muscles in a proper sequence. Sync/Preset maneuver also allows the golfer to sync their right elbow with their right side. This was a golf swing technique that Mr. Arnold Palmer gave President Eisenhower before a Pro-Am that they were playing in for a charity.
In my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, I use one of the two muscles in the wrists, called the Thenar. The left Thenar is used to help elevate, or cock, the left thumb, sync the right elbow, and protract the left shoulder. This elevation of the left thumb causes the left shoulder, particularly the left Pectoral muscle, to Protract forward.
But since the golfer’s spinal axis is slightly tilted forward and to the right, the left Pectoral muscle is protracted downward toward the golf ball. If you review the YouTube Video done by Sir Nick Faldo, pay close attention to how Nick Faldo’s wrists elevate the handle of the golf club to place the shaft parallel to the ground and target line. This is also noted below in the Sync/Preset Lock Position in my book.
The elevation, or cocking, of Nick Faldo’s wrists is no insignificant maneuver; it is critical to developing the power and acceleration components in the golf swing. While the title of Nick Faldo’s YouTube video is “Faldo” Pre-Set Drill – Perfect Top of Backswing Position, the elevation of Nick’s wrists using his left Thenar should sync Nick’s right elbow with his right side. You should pay close attention to the cock element using the left Thenar and shouldn’t escape your attention.
The Sync and Pro-Tract Components in the Golf Swing Sequence
The elevation of Nick Faldo’s wrists and left thumb (Sec. 1.17, page 16), that represents the handle of the golf club, is assisted by a cocking of the left Thenar. This is performed by the golfer feeling that the left Thenar is being used to point the Hypothenar downward toward the golf ball during the Sync/Preset maneuver. This is like the golfer trying to cover up the golf ball, illustrated above in the CAM and CAM-OVER maneuver.
The Muscle Anatomy Chart below highlights three particular points to develop the Sync/Preset muscle memory. Sync promotes the cocking element. These points include the golfer’s left Ulnar Styloid Process (USP), left Thenar, that engages the right Palmaris Longus Tendon, the left Hypothenar, and the left Pectoral Muscle. If the golfer can feel these muscles or areas engage during the DELTA Sync/Preset maneuver, the golfer can produce a golf shot with power, acceleration, control, and speed (PACS). I was also able to prove the QATSPY PRO-Tract golf swing technique with the Medicus Dual Hinge 5-Iron and Driver without the Medicus golf club breaking over during the entire golf swing. The golfer should focus their attention on the left hand and left lower forearm.
My interview with Colonel George Robert Hall at the Hattiesburg Country Club, I asked him how he used his right hand, wrist, and right lower forearm? Colonel Hall replied, the right hand, wrist, and right lower forearm was along for the ride. Like a navigator would be used just for support.
A great training aid to help perform the Pro-Tract golf swing sequence is a 22-inch long golf baton with an attachable I-GOTCHA® weight. The golf baton can be made from an old golf club shaft, by cutting down the shaft to 22-inches from the handle and re-gripped the shaft with a training grip. The weighted golf baton shouldn’t exceed 20 percent over the weight of an actual golf club to be effective in developing clubhead speed. This provides the golfer with the Overload/Underload training technique to develop the Sync/Preset/Cock technique for power and clubhead speed. The baseball batter in the on-deck circle is using the same technique with weighted donut. Another example how golf swing and baseball swing are the similar.
The Palmaris Longus Tendon that is visible in my right lower forearm above is a key set point. In honor of Arnold Palmer, I refer to this tendon as the Palmer Tendon. This is a key tendon and muscles that links the golfer’s hands and forearms with their right elbow and shoulders. To help establish this right Palmer Tendon, I focus on pivoting, or CAMMING-OVER my left Ulnar Styloid Process. These are nodules positioned above each Pinky Knuckle, shown below.
The Anatomy of the Golf Swing
The golfer performing the Pro-Tract golf swing technique, with the Sync/Preset/cock maneuver, will achieve the following golf swing fundamentals:
- Place the handle of the golf club parallel with the ground and target line.
- Place the hands over the right pocket of the pants.
- Start the handle of the golf club onto the correct swing plane from the Lock Position.
- Preset the wrists and lead shoulder to maintain the perpendicular orientation with the spinal axis.
- Allow the hands, wrists, and forearms (low-threshold muscles) to sync with the arms, shoulders, upper, and lower body’s core muscles (high- threshold muscles).
- Allow the golfer’s core muscles to be incorporated into the golf swing sequence, where the golfer isn’t just using the forearms and arms.
- The major advantage of the Pro-Tract technique allows the golfer’s right elbow to sync with the golfer’s right side and shoulders. This sets up the classic golf swing of being compact.
There are two additional advantages that the golfer gains by using the Pro-Tract golf swing technique. One is developing muscle memory that translates into the golf swing mechanics. The second advantage of the Pro-Tract maneuver is that it develops the golfer’s confidence. On the golf course, there is no substitute for the golfer’s confidence.
The Scrimmage-Type Golf Training Drill
Another method to build confidence on the golf course is to develop a drill that reflects conditions that exist on the golf course. The 405-Training Drill (Sec 7.0, page 59) is similar to a football scrimmage game. While scrimmage is not an actual game, or in this case a round of golf, it comes as close to the adrenaline of a game or round. If the golfer doesn’t develop similar conditions on the golf course during their training, they will not be able to deal with their adrenaline. This is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Syndrome.
The 405-Training Drill uses special golf balls called Almost Golf Balls® that can be used safely in the backyard or in a vacant field, without causing injuries or property damage. These really come in handy with beginner golfers. The Almost Golf Balls® travel up to a third of the distance of an actual golf ball, but have the same flight characteristics of an actual golf ball. So the golfer can actually shape shots. The golfer using the Almost Golf Balls® are actually hitting in feet instead of yards.
These Almost Golf Balls® can be purchased from Liberty Health Supply Company, by using the links below to purchase a package of 10 or 36 balls. If you use the Promo Code: ALMOSTGOLF, you will receive free shipment on any order of Almost Golf Balls® from LIBERTY Health Supply Company. I highly recommend these practice balls for your next golf swing workout.
There is no substitute for developing a Scrimmage-Type golf practice to develop confidence and develop the feel from working on the Pro-Tract golf swing mechanics. The Golfer’s feel is the results of developing the golfer’s golf swing mechanics noted above.
To gain the advantage of the Sync/Preset golf swing sequence and to use the golf swing fundamentals of the Pro-Tract golf swing technique, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, a Self-Coaching Technique and simple Sports Psychology enabling the golfer to take the baseball swing sequence from the batter’s box to the tee box.
My book can also be purchased at Edwin Watts Golf Store in Jackson, Mississippi. Phone No. 601-956-8784
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To help develop a more effective golf training exercise in your backyard or vacant field, I would recommend purchasing a dozen or more of the Almost Golf Balls® from LIBERTY Health Supply. Please select one of the products below to purchase these golf balls that simulate the actual golf ball without the concern for property damage or personal injury to others. These balls only travel a third of the distance of an actual golf ball.
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I have a utility bag full of these Almost Golf Balls that I practice with three to four hours per day, four days per week.
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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