The QATSPY Sports Page 4 Golfers
By: Charles W. Boatright
Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control
Trading-in Your Regular Golf Glove for a Glove to Provide a Better Grip on Your Golf Game
The number one problem that golfers experience most on the golf course is that they can’t grasp and apply the concepts of their golf lessons and practice sessions on the golf course. For the golfer to grasp the basic concepts presented during their golf lesson and practice sessions, the golfer needs four essential golf swing coaching components.
- Understand basic golf swing mechanics
- Replicating by apperception of the golf swing fundamentals
- Learn basic golf swing techniques
- Apply a simple golf swing sequence that works under pressure
For a golf lesson to be effective on the golf course, the golf lesson needs to be presented in these four basic components- First, contain basic golf swing mechanics, Second, contain simulation or apperception elements, Third, contain basic golf swing techniques, and Fourth, contain a simple golf swing sequence that can be performed under pressure. This golf swing coaching philosophy provides the golfer with the best ability to combine their physical game of golf (conscious mind- golf swing techniques and sequence) with their mental game of golf (subconscious and permanent mind- muscle memory and motor skills).
The golfer might very well practice and train using their conscious mind and THINKING their way through the golf swing techniques, but I can guarantee that the golfer will play golf on the course by using their subconscious and permanent mind by FOCUSING. The golfer might be able to play the first couple of holes using just their golf swing techniques learned from golf lessons and practice sessions. But the rest of their round, their subconscious mind will take over providing the muscle memory. Then the golfer is faced with the enigma of what happened to their golf game. This is the No. 1 Question and Problem in Golf!
Using Golf mats is an excellent method to practice your golf swing, on and off the practice range. Even some driving ranges are installing mats. I even use a mat in my garage when I’m not able to get out in my backyard, to the range or to the golf course. The term Golf MATS (Mechanics, Apperception, Technique, and Sequence) forms the four essential components in how I coach golf, as explained in the following sections. I also use the 405- Training Drill explained in my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach to practice in my backyard. The 405- Training Drill is like taking a page out of the football coach’s play book and developing a scrimmage-type practice session for your golf game.
The Golf Swing Mechanics Procedure in Golf Swing Coaching
The best golf swing coaching procedure that I found and that I use was developed in 1927 is to get the golfer to exchange their golf glove for a pair of virtual boxing gloves. The virtual boxing gloves represent the golfer’s golf swing mechanics, or the golfer’s muscle memory and motor skills, which represent 90 percent of their golf game.
Remember there is one golf swing technique the golfer needs use to develop in their golf swing mechanics, muscle memory. This is the ability to coil to create torque, like the rubber band balsa wood airplane that kids play with for hours. To create torque, one end of the rubber band has to be anchored while the other end is rotated. In this case, the axis of the rotation needs to remain stationary while the muscle create torque. Some golf swings are executed where the axis of the rotation pivots. This would be equivalent to removing the eye screw from the aft part of the plane below and replacing it with a swivel eye screw. If you not remember anything else in this article, remember to stabilize the two (2) axes for each maneuver in the ESPY Golf Swing.
My two axes that I focus on stabilizing are the two Ulna bones in the right and left forearm and my spinal axis.
The virtual boxing gloves allow the golfer to tap directly into their subconscious mind that contains the golfer’s muscle memory and motor skills. The boxing gloves, hanging up below, illustrate the important orientation between the left wrist, Preset element, and the right lower forearm, Sync element, for a right-handed golfer. The virtual pair of boxing gloves also allows the golfer to isolate two main muscles to preset their golf swing, the left Hypothenar and right Pronator Quadratus. Pay close action where these two muscles are situated. They are practically facing each other in how the boxing gloves are hanging.
The key muscles used to Sync/Preset consist of the left Hypothenar, in the left wrist, and the right Pronator Quadratus, in the right lower wrist, represented by the boxing glove wristband. The Sync/Preset maneuver is an ordinary technique we perform each and every day just by supinating, for Syncing, and pronating, for Presetting.
Remember also that the golfer’s wrist aren’t where they would wear a wristwatch, for this is the golfer’s lower forearm.
The red synchronized line goes from the top of the left wristband to the bottom of the right wristband. Remember that the EVERLAST boxing gloves, shown below, are inverted as if they are gripping the handle of the golf club. This Sync/Preset maneuver is explained in detail in Section 1.13 in my book.
Think about the Pronator Quadratus muscle as a Bar, on the medial side of the lower forearm, and the left Hypothenar as a Pinball Flipper, shown below.
Replicating the Golf Swing Elements
The most effective means of coaching in any field of sports is replicating the technique and sequences that will be used by the athlete in competition. This replicating is referred to as Apperception. Apperception is a mental coaching process where a coach or an athlete can take advantage of existing muscle memory and motor skills that they already possess to perform in another area of athletics, like the baseball swing compared to the golf swing.
The apperception technique that I use is taking a baseball swing sequence or tennis swing, where the batter or tennis player syncs and preset their wrists in the lock position. In baseball or tennis, the batter or player automatically and naturally syncs and presets their wrist without even thinking, before completing their swing.
Apperception is a huge advantage for the golfer. Even David Leadbetter used the baseball technique to provide the reader with tips on their golf swing. This article was in the January 2002 issue of Golf Digest, starting on page 54, entitled Your New Swing Starts Here, Eliminate your takeaway mistakes with the Swing of the Future.
In my opinion this was a very good article to read and understand. This was how I was coached by my grandfather, H.Q. Boatright back in 1972. However, my grandfather developed this coaching technique in 1927.
Excerpts of the second and third paragraphs, David Leadbetter states the following:
With the Swing of the Future, you look like a baseball player ready to hit. The short movement required from this halfway-back slot simplifies things and eliminates the wasted motion so common in many players. You start in a great position and then you just make a little turn, which completes a perfectly wound-up backswing– and a good backswing leads to a good downswing.
Try the swing of the future on the practice range. You may find it works so well that you’ll want to take it onto the course.
NOTE: In the ESPY Golf Swing, instead of using the halfway-back technique described by David Leadbetter, I use the Lock Position, as shown in the time-lapse photo, and Sync/Preset to the Lock Position in the Golf Swing Procedure Coaching section below. The key technique about the ESPY Golf Swing after the Sync/Preset maneuver is the slight pause before completing the takeaway swing.
Just like how David Leadbetter explained in his article that- and a good backswing leads to a good downswing. The pause after the Sync/Preset maneuver allows the golfer to develop great tempo in the golf swing technique. The slower the takeaway swing is completed provides the golfer with great tempo in their downswing. Almost like poetry in motion.
The Golf Swing Technique Procedure in Golf Swing Coaching
The procedure that I like to use to explain the golf swing technique is the simple baseball swing sequence. I reviewed hundreds of time-lapse photos, like the one shown below, for a Kinesiology research project, that compares the golf swing vs. baseball swing. There are more similarities on how the wrists are synced and preset comparing the golf swing vs. baseball swing. These two swings are more alike than they are different. This similarity is crucial in using the golf swing techniques of the baseball swing sequence to access the golfer’s muscle memory and motor skills on the golf course.
The baseball swing sequence allows the golfer to convince their subconscious mind to provide the well-established muscle memory and motor skills to their golf swing. Most golfers have played baseball in the early part of their life. This baseball-type golf swing provides access to the subconscious mind that provides 90 percent of the golfer’s skills and potential.
The subconscious mind needs encouragement from the conscious mind, with sequence and images during the golfer’s practice sessions and the golf game. The golf swing mechanics, muscle memory and motor skills, in the subconscious doesn’t just appear automatically, as they have to be accessed. This is where the baseball sequence is critical.
How many times do you remember stepping into the batter’s box while thinking about your swing mechanics or techniques? I would guess NEVER. The only thing you had going on in your mind was how the bat and wrists were set and focusing on the pitch and the ball’s movement.
The Golf Swing Sequence Procedure in Golf Swing Coaching
The ESPY Golf Swing sequence, of Sync/Preset, illustrated below, is similar to the preset golf swing sequence that David Duval performed during an interview with Charlie Rymer on Golf Channel. Charlie Rymer was so impressed with this preset golf swing sequence that David Duval performed that Charlie Rymer dubbed it as That wrist Thing. The Sync/Preset golf swing sequence is the combination of the golfer’s golf swing mechanics and the golf swing technique explained in the previous two sections.
The golf swing technique and golf swing sequence are a part of the golfer’s conscious mind used to incorporate the golfer’s golf swing mechanics from the subconscious mind. The key to unlocking this well-established muscle memory and motor skills is using images like the boxing gloves and baseball swing sequence.
If the golfer starts thinking on the golf course, in effect, they are developing a new golf swing sequence. The golf swing sequence that they spent hours developing during their practice sessions is derailed. The Mental Rules of Golf No. 9 states- The greater the conscious effort reduces the subconscious mind’s intuitive response. The last thing a golfer wants to do is to build a new golf swing sequence right before a round of golf or before a golf shot. Thinking is dangerous to your golf game.
A golfer’s Practice is based on THINKING, while a golfer’s Performance is based on FOCUSING.
THINKING– is defined as the ability to conceive, consider, establish, and formulate a course of action to take in the future- conscious endeavor.
FOCUSING– is defined as the ability to follow a clear and unobstructed routine, process, or procedure that has been established and performed- subconscious process.
Remember the famous Caddyshack Be the Ball quote: (Ty Webb- played by Chevy Chase mentioned to Danny Noonan- played by Michael O’Keefe) I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.
To develop your own golf swing coaching technique, mechanics, and golf swing sequence, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
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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 Coach 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.)
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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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