The QATSPY Golfer’s Sports Page: Golf Swing Tips
By: Charles W. Boatright
The Swagger, a Golf Swing Coaching Technique
Swagger, or swashbuckler, a term coined in the 1560’s, was a term to describe the sound a sword made when a swordsman would make a feint thrust through the air at high speed. Swordsmen would practice their craft by the sport of dueling.
Douglas Fairbanks and Earl Flynn gave a charismatic image to the term Swashbuckler, or today’s referred to as swagger, with their heroic swordsmanship on the silver screen. Their swashbuckler style of Fairbanks and Flynn preformed on the screen gave athletes of today the swagger we enjoy watching today, especially in the sport of golf. Even Babe Ruth was known as a swashbuckler on the baseball field and was a good golfer as well.
In Olympics, fencing captures the classic duel between two competitors. The matches are executed on such a fast-paced precision that it provides little to no evidence of swordsmanship techniques or wrist action sequence used during the duel.
When you use the term swagger, you might have a mental image of the Three Musketeers in classic literature. Terms like swashbuckler and Three Musketeers are great swagger images for the golf swing coaching technique for providing golf swing fundamentals. These fundamentals involve a unique golf swing sequence, using three targeted muscles in the wrists and lower forearms. This fundamental golf swing sequence utilizes these targeted muscles in the wrists and lower forearms. These three muscles including a tendon allow the golfer to naturally Sync (CAM) the lower forearms and Preset (CAM-OVER) the wrists syncing the golfer’s elbow with the upper and lower body.
Swords aren’t used as weapons as they once were, but more for symbolic ceremonies and for fencing. But, they are more symbolic as shown above with three United States Marines in front of the Iwo Jima monument. Golfers can still use this symbolic image to create a consistent golf swing sequence of CAM and CAM-OVER with basic golf swing fundamentals of setting the proper wrist action in the golf swing.
Just like in the sport of fencing, golfers rely on their lower forearm and golf swing wrist action to set up their golf swing sequence. The drawback to just using the wrists alone without incorporating the lower forearms is that the wrists have four different maneuvers that can make the golf swing a little complex and unpredictable at times. The golfer’s wrists can act like a universal joint on a drive shaft of a vehicle.
During my Xerox Box Golf Project that I did for a Kinesiology class, I identified two maneuvers that uses three targeted muscles to help set the turbocharged tendon (Palmaris Longus tendon or Palmer’s tendon for short) and the correct lower forearm and wrist action in the golf swing sequence. This involves for the right-handed golfer Syncing up the right lower forearm and Presetting the left wrist to produce consistency and a confident golf swing sequence. The reason the lower right forearm is critical in the golf swing is a unique tendon, called the Palmaris Longus tendon, or Palmer’s Tendon for short. This is the slight raised area on the middle medial side of the lower forearm, see the illustration of the boxing gloves below. On a pair of EVERLAST boxing gloves, this would be where the slit would be on the wristbands to lace up or strap up the gloves. The only thing the golfer has to do is mentally trade in their golf glove for a different type of glove, a pair of boxing gloves.
I call these three target muscles the 3-Muscletiers that sets the Palmer’s tendon, because of how they are associated and work with each other- One for all; and all for one. These 3-Muscletiers allow the golfer to produce that swashbuckler swishing sound that the golfer wants to hear bringing the golf club down from the top position through impact. This is the very essence of swagger.
The 3-Muscletiers Golf Swing Coaching Technique
The three muscles that I use to set the Palmer’s tendon and initiate my golf swing sequence are the Hypothenars, Pronator Quadratus at the Palmer’s Tendon, and the Brachio-Radialis muscles. But the key muscles in the golf swing sequence are the left and right Hypothenar muscles that work like a gears, in conjunction with the Pronator Quadratus and Brachio-Radialis muscles, shown below, top left. These muscles have to work in conjunction with each other in order to work properly. The pivot point between the left Hypothenar CAMMING-OVER and right Pronator Quadratus muscle CAMMING is the Palmer’s Tendon. Once the golfer sees how the Palmer’s Tendon spreads out in their right hand, the golfer will understand why pivoting, or CAMMING, the Pronator Quadratus at the Palmer’s Tendon is a significant maneuver, shown below right.
The Forearm and Golf Swing Wrist Action, The Swagger Technique
The word ‘KEY’ is more than just a descriptive word; it is a key technique I use to visualize the Sync/Preset to establish the golf swing wrist/forearm action. A great tool to use for the Sync/Preset golf swing wrist action is a simple image of two Allen Wrenches and a pair of boxing gloves. These two images are used to initiate golf swing sequence from the address position into the Lock Position, which is 80 percent of the golfer’s total golf swing.
The way to visualize and use the Allen Wrenches and boxing gloves in the golf swing coaching technique is with each: ALLEN WRENCH- inserted into the left sprocket for power (left Hypothenar) and extends down to the left Thenar for CAMMING-OVER. The other Allen Wrench is inserted into the right sprocket (right Hypothenar) and extends up to the Palmer’s Tendon for CAMMING. BOXING GLOVES- has a slit where the wristband are laced. This slit in the right boxing glove wristband is the location of the Palmaris Tendon, for the CAM maneuver in the right lower forearm. These pair of virtual Allen wrenches and boxing gloves are a great golf swing coaching technique for golfers to virtually use on and off the golf course as described below in the illustration.
The 3-Muscletiers golf swing sequence establishes the right lower forearm and the left golf swing wrist action that is initiated with the left and right Hypothenars, similar to how sprockets rotate. There were two reasons I discovered the significance of the Hypothenars syncing with the lower forearms during my Xerox Box Golf Project. ONE- was being the key muscle that is in direct contact with the handle of the golf club on both hands. SECOND reason- was the Hypothenars are positioned directly in line with one of two bones in the forearm, the Ulna Bone. The golf wrist action consists of the right lower forearm supinating the Palmaris Tendon and left wrist pronating about the left Hypothenar, shown in the illustration below.
The Hypothenars are acting as a sprocket on each end of each Allen wrench that is visually inserted into the Hypothenars. The Allen wrenches are acting as arms. The arms doesn’t initiate the supination/pronation maneuvers, but rotate in response to each Hypothenar. The golfer who performs this ESPY Golf Swing sequence will discover more consistency and confidence in their golf swing sequence. This unique golf swing coaching technique can be used by the golfer during their training sessions, as well as their golf rounds.
This is like taking a training aid that you train with onto the golf course to establish the correct golf swing sequence, without breaking the rules of the USGA. Anytime the golfer can use their mental golf game to improve their (conscious) focus, it allows the subconscious mind to execute the golf swing sequence. The golf swing sequence should be an instinctive procedure, as opposed to using swing thoughts. Swing thoughts will kill a great golf game. Using the Boxing gloves allows the golfer to train in the same manner as how the golfer will play, with mental images. The subconscious mind doesn’t detect any difference between your practice sessions and course play; and will more likely use the training techniques on the golf course.
The key to the 3-Muscletiers golf swing sequence is that it allows the golfer’s conscious mind to get out of the way of the subconscious mind that makes up 90 percent of the golfer’s total potential. The more mental images you can produce in your golf swing, the more likely you will be able to use the huge potential of the subconscious mind.
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A Recommendation for your Golf Game:
I would like to recommend an interesting radio program that I regularly listen to from my home state Arkansas on my I-Heart Radio app on KARN 102.9 FM station, out of Little Rock, AR. 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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