The QATSPY GOLF Inside the Leather Sports Page
By: Charles W. Boatright
Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control
SOUP is More than a Menu Item; It’s a Classic Golf Swing Technique Remedy for the Golfer’s Blues
Chicken SOUP is a great and a proven remedy for colds and flu, but SOUP can also be a great golf swing technique remedy for your golf swing blues. SOUP (Synchronize Over & Under Preset) golf swing technique allows the golfer to preset and maintain a very powerful consistent wrist action in the golf swing. This important golf swing technique uses the knuckles in the trail and lead hand to Sync/Preset the wrists. For the right-handed golfer, this would use the right Middle knuckle (B) to Sync over and use the left Index Knuckle Preset under the right Thenar, the pad at the base of the right thumb. A checkpoint for the golfer to use is their left Pinky Knuckle (A) should be pointing toward the right big toe, as shown below in the illustration.
One major problem that causes power loss and inaccurate golf shots to the target is misalignment of the knuckles, particularly the Pinky, in the preset lock position. Even Nick Faldo in his YouTube video stops to check the positioning of his wrists and knuckles during his practice swing, before making an actual golf swing. A key part of the preset technique is to establish the wrists slowly.
In setting the right middle knuckle, focus on the orientation of the back of the right hand. It is critical that the golfer sets the SYNC element in the direction of the back of the right hand. This will be the same with all the golf clubs in the golfer’s bag and with all golf shots from the Drive, Chip, to Pitch. The ESPY golf swing technique is based on keeping the the golf swing sequence the same for all golf shots from tee to green. Once on the green the putting stoke is a shoulder action maneuver shown above syncing the Thenars up with the Shoulder Blades, or Scapulas.
This Sync/Preset maneuver is called the Dorsiflexion with the right hand follow by the Pronation with the left wrist and not with the lower forearm, what I refer to as wristband. An important Anatomy point in golf is that the wrist isn’t where a golfer would wear a wristwatch, for this is the lower forearm. The wrists are made up of eight tiny bone called carpals, ligaments, and two important muscles called Thenars.
The reason I mention the Thenar earlier (Thenar and Hypothenar) is that these are the only two muscles that have direct contact with the handle of the golf club. Eddie Merrins has a great video series entitled Swing the Handle, Not the Club. This is a very important concept to the golfer to understand. This concept actually simplifies the golf swing for the golfer.
A note about a small bone in the wrist called the Hamate Bone just to prove how important the wrists are in the golfer’s swing. The Hamate Bone, specifically the hook on the Hamate Bone, was the bone that Warren Morris broke at the start of the 1996 College Baseball season. For the major part of the season, Morris could only bunt. To read more about Warren Morris, please select this ESPN 30 for 30 clip entitled Walk Off. The Triquetrum and Hamate Bones are tiny bones that have a huge impact on an athlete’s performance. The Triquetrum Bone is an important trigger point in the golfer swing and preset technique.
The Benefits of the SOUP Golf Swing Technique- The Knuckle Under Effect
If the golfer wants to add at least 30 to 50 yards to their drives, and hit more fairways and greens without buying new golf equipment, add SOUP to your golf swing sequence. This Over & Under golf swing technique is where the knuckles and the golfer’s wrist, particularly the right Middle knuckle and left Index knuckle are critical elements to set during the Sync/Preset maneuver. I call this the Knuckle Under Technique.
The golfer will be amazed at how the Knuckle Under golf swing technique can boost their distance and control in their golf swing sequence. The SOUP wrist action in the golf swing provides the golfer with a self-coaching technique during the golfer’s practice sessions. This SOUP Golf swing Technique develops muscle memory that the golfer can take right from their practice sessions to the golf course without a hitch. Hitches are not good things to have in golf.
Matter of fact, the SOUP Golf swing Technique can actually eliminates both the mental and physical hitches that the golfer may have in their golf game. This is because it allows the golfer to use 90 percent of their potential, or their subconscious mind. The SOUP Golf Swing Technique actually makes the golf swing sequence 80 percent easier to practice on the range and be able to perform on the golf course. This is because the golfer is using small muscles to make small maneuvers with their wrists.
Anytime the golfer can eliminate mental Detours in their golf game, the golfer will have more power and consistency in their golf game. The SOUP Technique causes the golfer to focus on the wrist action in the golf swing and just the handle of the golf club, instead of a laundry list of items. The main reason the golfer can’t take their long hours of practice to the golf course is DETOUR from practice to the course that the mind takes.
The conscious mind wants to execute the golf swing sequence it has been working on during the golfer’s practice sessions, but the mind takes a detour to get back to the familiar and well-established golf swing the subconscious mind recognizes. When the golfer can use specific components like the Middle and Index Knuckles the subconscious mind can come more nearly following the golf swing sequence with the motor skills and muscle responses (muscle memory) it has been practicing.
The SOUP Golf Swing Technique is the Same Technique Used in the Baseball Swing Sequence
The SOUP Golf Swing Technique is easier to be performed in the baseball swing sequence that gets lost in the golf swing sequence. This is because of how the golfer’s wrists and handle of the club are orientated at the address position; they’re not in a horizontal orientation. But once the golfer gets to the Lock Position, the golf swing resembles the baseball swing of a batter in the batter’s box. If the golfer doesn’t realize this re-orientational change, they will overlook this very important preset knuckle over/under transition, shown in the time-lapse photography below.
If the lead knuckles that help cradle the handle of the golf club aren’t properly under the wrists, the golfer loses distance and accuracy.
The SOUP Golf Swing Technique can tap into the subconscious mind, where two huge potentials are, the golfer’s muscle memory and their fine motor skills are located. The SOUP Golf Swing Technique essentially takes the golfer’s golf swing from the batter’s box to the tee box and takes advantage of an existing motor skill. This provides the golfer with a tremendous amount of confidence and the ability to control their adrenaline.
Adrenaline is the elixir that turns Dr. Jekyll (the golfer) into Mr. Hyde (the frustrated and confused golfer). The SOUP Golf Swing Technique is a huge mechanical advantage, but equally as huge is the confidence that the SOUP Technique provides the golfer, both on and off the golf course. The golfer, or any athlete, lacking confidence has to fill the void of confidence with another resource, which is usually adrenaline. The more confidence the golfer develops, the less amount of adrenaline that the golfer has to produce to perform.
The SOUP (Sync Over/Under Preset) Golf Swing Technique allows the golfer to complete 80 percent of their golf swing confidently. In looking at Nick Faldo YouTube’s video, pay close attention to his knuckles and wrists on his left hand in the preset position. This is shown below in the Preset Lock Position.
Nick Faldo, like Chris DiMarco, actually pauses before proceeding to the top of his golf swing. This gives the large muscles in the arm, shoulder, and torso time to sync with the faster smaller muscles in the wrists. If you notice in Nick’s preset position, his Triquetrum Bone and Pinky knuckle point toward his large toe on his right foot. This also allows the conscious mind to communicate with the subconscious mind on what is needed.
The SOUP Golf Swing Technique allows the golfer’s lead wrist and knuckles to be properly preset into the Lock Position to place the handle of the golf club onto the correct swing plane to the top of the swing.
To understand how to incorporate the SOUP Golf Swing Technique into your golf swing sequence, 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 on-line at:
Training Assisted Coaching Kiosk
The TACK Room is list of training equipment and gear that I use in my routine practice and self-coaching techniques. The golfer can incorporate this equipment and gear into their routine practice sessions to help develop techniques to improve their mechanics, or muscle memory, on a consistent basis. Before a golfer can develop their golf swing sequence feel, they first will need to develop and establish their golf swing mechanics. The following are training equipment and gear that I have personally purchased and use in my self-coaching approach.
The golfer can use the TRACK Room as a Kiosk to link to the manufacturer and distributor websites to purchase this training equipment and gear. Just by selecting the images below, the manufacture or distributor site can be accessed.
BirdieBall® Putting Greens
Develop a complete Tee-To-Green practice session in the convenience of your home or office. To complete the golfer’s practice session, the golfer will need to have access to a putting surface. Without installing an expensive artificial green in your backyard, the golfer can use an affordable option of the storable BirdieBall® putting greens that has realistic, undulating surfaces and green speeds that match those of an actual green on the golf course. This can be placed in the garage, spear room, or in a business sitting.
To improve one of the most important areas of the golfer’s game, putting, look at the BirdieBall® website to build your own putting green to fit your needs and budget:
Almost Golf Balls®
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, up to 100 yards.
Pack of 10:
Pack of 36:
If you use the Promo Code: ALMOSTGOLF, you will receive free shipment on any order of Almost Golf Balls® from LIBERTY Health Supply.
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. REMEMBER an easy RULE-OF-RULE to determine if you have a healthy BMI, you can take half your height; and your waistline should fall below this figure.
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:
SR925 Diet Program lost 7-inches where I went from a 37.5 inches to 30.25 inch waistline within 9 months, and more importantly, kept the weight off and my waistline after 4 years. Not too many diet programs can provide results like this.
CASPER Fitness Program consist of golf exercises with medicine ball to develop a great golf swing workout for DISTANCE and CONTROL.
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.
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
THE LOCKER ROOM a source for golf tips
Please visit “The Locker Room” for an Index of all my golf articles to improve your golf game and life. Discover how you can take your baseball swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.
Learn How to take your baseball-style golf swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.
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.
Here’s the QUESTION: How many times standing in the batter’s box did you think about your golf swing mechanics, techniques, or elements. Your were only focused on the pitch. Why not use the same Outlier technique in golf.
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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