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Golf Swing Techniques

One of the most important objectives in The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is to preset the wrists or wristbands. The entire golf swing hinges on presetting the wristbands (No pun intended). This is what the Protract and Synch elements are intended to do. These two simple elements are so critical that 80 percent of the golf swing is completed by these two elements. Most professional golfers, past and present, preset the wrists. These two golf swing techniques, Protract and Synch, set the left thumb, for the right-hander, onto the correct swing plane. Having the correct swing plane by presetting the wristbands produces golf shots with distance and control. These type golf shots have three things that the golfer’s senses of hearing, feeling, and sight can perceive:

  • Hearing- the solid thud-type impact the clubface makes with the golf ball.
  • Feeling- little to no vibration after impact. The golfer again feels a solid impact, where all of the energy is converted into the trajectory of the ball.
  • Sight- a photo-finish posture the golfer holds, as the ball tracks down the fairway or onto the green.

When I play a round of golf at my home course in Madison, MS, I focus on using four of my six senses (with the sixth sense being true grit). I use the remaining two senses (taste and smell) for the 19th Hole for a hamburger and iced tea at Lake Caroline Golf Course. Presetting the wristbands can make golf a more pleasurable experience, while reducing your handicap and frustration level. It is usually the small things that can be performed correctly that have the biggest impact. This is the main goal of the QATSPY system. The QATSPY system, again, is where effort is always more important than the results. The golfer who can perform the small elements correctly (effort) has the best outcome (results). One of the most important golf tips for any golfer of any level is to figure out is how to create the greatest results with the least amount of effort. This is described as obtaining maximum efficiency. Two of the more important golf tips are how the thumbs and the base of the thumbs, called the thenars, interact with the golf shot. The thumbs and the base of the thumbs provide the following (with reference to the right-handed golfer):

  • The left thumb represents the golf club shaft and the swing plane.
  • The base of the left thumb assists in setting the Protract element.
  • The right thumb represents the clubface at impact. This is important to the golfer, because the swing should start back from impact position to the top of the takeaway swing.

The left thumb and the nodule just above the left thenar are the lead components for presetting the wristbands. Please refer to the two photographs. Here the wrists are at address and in the pre-set position, called the Lock position.  

Wrists at Address Position
Wrists in the Lock Position