2.0 Operation DOG TAG |Objectives and SCOPE
2.1 Operation DOG TAG has four major objectives as its mission to:
- Use the sport of golf to provide Veterans with a CBT (Cognitive Behavior Training) to get the Veterans back into a functional role in their community. Operation DOG TAG allows organizations to reach out to Veterans and provide the Veterans with social support by allowing them to use their highly-developed skills. Veterans are very familiar with basic training procedures and processes. This is the biggest factor. This benefits the Veterans and especially the host organization.
- Develop a means for Veterans to interact with groups and organizations on a personal level by establishing a daily routine and schedule. This allows the Veteran to set up their own incremental training that improves their with mental and physical condition while improving their golf game.
- Operation DOG TAG uses a military sequential training model that is a major part of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach to develop the fundamental principles of golf. This allows Veterans and golfers to become their own golf swing coach. The ESPY Golf Swing Coach provides a process where the golfer can consciously train using a very specific sequence and incremental process to develop a subconscious, or second nature-type performance called CARS (Cognitive Automatic Response Sequence).
- While Operation DOG TAG is based on a military basic training model, Operation DOG TAG provides an athletic curriculum for homeschools and early childhood development. The specialized training, fundamentals, and techniques in The ESPY Golf Swing Coach format allow parents, teachers, and coaches to formulate a golf program for students. This type program develops basic and advanced concepts for golf students to use on a recreational or competitive level. Operation DOG TAG allows homeschools and organizations the ability to access golf equipment at no cost for students that qualify with a physical education component that can provide opportunity for scholarships.
2.2 Use the sport of golf to provide Veterans with a CBT
In Section 1, the Background section of Operation DOG TAG highlights the positive impact that CBT (Cognitive Behavior Training) has on Veterans and especially Veterans with PTSD. Operation DOG TAG provides a means for organizations (e.g., VFW, churches, golf clubs, mental health associations, and other community groups) to provide Veterans with a functional role and the ability to contribute to their communities. Golf can alleviate symptoms of PTSD, while improving a Veteran’s confidence, and re-establishing their self-discipline, awareness, teamwork, and communication skills.
2.2.1 The training and self-coaching platform of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach re-establishes a daily routine and pattern that includes The 405-Training Drill and developing an incremental practice schedule. The biggest benefit is the support from engaging in a group function on a competitive level where Veterans see the most benefits. This provides both challenging and rewarding experiences for both the Veteran and the organization.
2.2.2 The ESPY Golf Swing Coach allows the Veteran to adopt a very familiar incremental self-coaching technique to develop three (Ergonomic Sync, Preset, and Yaw) elements. The three E-SPY elements are basic maneuvers that form the basis of all golf shots (full, chip, pitch, draw, and fade). The golfer initiates a conscious self-coaching technique to develop a golf swing that becomes a second nature-type performance. The objective of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is to develop CARS (Cognitive Automatic Response Sequence), where the Veteran and golfer can become their own golf swing coach out on the golf course. This is essential for realizing any significant improvement in one’s golf game.
2.2.3 The ESPY Golf Swing Coach provides students in a homeschool setting with the ability to use golf as an athletic part of their curriculum. Operation DOG TAG provides avenues for homeschool students to access golf equipment from organizations, in most cases, at no charge, if they qualify. Operation DOG TAG that provides Veterans with basic and advanced training is a great resource to help train homeschooled students to set priorities, solve problems, develop perseverance, confidence, self-discipline, self-reliance, and key organization skills. This also provides the student with great structure for improving their cognitive ability in other academics. One reason for this is that mental control of golf requires synchronization of a series of high and low threshold (limbs and core) muscles.
2.3 Establishing the Critical Swing Path Hierarchy
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach provides golf students with basic kinesiology and background on how key muscles in the body work. The success of the golfer is to understand what’s called the Critical Swing Path hierarchy. The Critical Swing Path hierarchy is a sequence that takes advantage of certain key muscles for power, speed, and control in the golf swing. The ESPY Golf Swing Coach helps the golfer to develop the Critical Swing Path that is essential for command and control. The human body contains 640 muscles. The majority of the these muscles are involved in establishing and executing the golf swing. But the objective for the golfer is to understand the hierarchy of the muscles used to initiate the golf swing. The Critical Swing Path is not the path the handle of the club or clubhead takes during the golf swing, but the series of critical muscles used to establish the golf swing.
2.4 Veterans understand the importance of command and control to execute a mission. The command and control is a key component to establish the Critical Swing Path using key muscles. While any military operation requires training, sequential procedure, and confident personnel, it takes a chain of command to set up the sequence of events. Sequence is vital in the golf swing as well. The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is based on a Delta Technique. Just as the Delta Force is a highly trained unit to carry out special missions, The Delta Technique in golf provides key muscles to establish the golf swing sequence.
2.4 The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique indicates the three key muscles that make up the Critical Swing Path, or chain of command. These aren’t the large and the familiar muscles that we associate with the golf swing. Just as there are three sides to a delta triangle figure shown above, there are three key muscles in the ESPY Golf Swing. These are the Supinator, Thenar, and Brachio-Radialis muscles. The objective and scope of Operation DOG TAG is to focus the golfer’s training on engaging these three critical muscles to direct the other muscles in the golf swing. The Supinator muscle Syncs the elbows. The Thenar muscle Presets the wrists. The Brachio-Radialis muscle assists in synching the elbows, but, more importantly, performing the Yaw maneuver. This takes the golf club to the top of the golf swing. The figure below indicates these three critical elements used to establish the correct basic training and golf swing. One of the key fundamentals in The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is to make sure each element is established properly and in order.
Section 3 deals with the Operation DOG TAG|STRUCTURE and ORGANIZATION.
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