The QATSPY Sports Page 4 Golfers
By: Charles W. Boatright
Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control
HY-Bar-Rack Golf Swing Technique
Golf swing mechanics focus on the motor skills and muscle memory that the golfer uses to execute their golf shot. Golf swing mechanics (a subconscious function) also consists of 90 percent of the golfer’s performance on the golf course. The HY–Bar–Rack Golf Swing technique allows the golfer to use mental images to set up the golfer’s golf swing sequence (a conscious function).
There are key muscles that the golfer can focus on that will assist them in developing a consistent golf swing sequence on the golf course. This was the premise of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach Technique that was started in 1927 by H.Q. Boatright and Dr. Choate, two playing and fishing partners. These two men devoted their spare time to developing a simple golf swing technique.
The work that both H.Q. Boatright and Dr. Choate did was documented in a small red book that H.Q. Boatright kept as his coaching notes. The reason why this was an effective partnership was that H.Q. Boatright focused his attention on the golf swing sequence (elements and techniques), while Dr. Choate focused his attention on the golf swing mechanics (muscle memory and motor skills).
Dr. Choate, to help simplify the golfer’s golf swing mechanics, matched up key muscles with the simple golf swing sequence developed by H.Q. Boatright. This was Essentially what became the Sync/Preset/Yaw golf swing sequence. Dr. Choate identified three key muscles to produce a consistent golf swing sequence.
These muscle are: Hypothenar (HY), Pronator Quadratus (Bar), and Brachio-Radialis (Rack).
The Boatright/Choate Golf Swing Advantage
Both Boatright and Dr. Choate knew the importance of taking advantage of an existing and a well-established muscle memory and motor skill to make a natural golf swing coaching technique. They used the typical baseball-type swing, because baseball was a major part of most children’s lives since the similar wrist action was used in both.
I later had the opportunity to prove their wrist action theory during a Kinesiology research project that I did in 2007. I compared hundreds of time-lapse photos of the baseball swing vs. golf swing and confirmed that both professional golfers and baseball players use a similar wrist action to set up their swings, as illustrated below.
In my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, that I published in 2014, I was able to confirm that the wrist action in the golf swing and the baseball swing were indeed similar. This provides most golfers with a significant mental edge in applying their golf swing mechanics, based on a well-developed and confident muscle memory. There are not many coaching techniques that can develop the golfer’s confidence like the baseball swing can.
There are just two things that the golfer needs to do to take advantage of their baseball swing sequence. First, they must convince their subconscious mind that their baseball swing sequence can be used on the golf course. Second, they must use mental images to encourage their subconscious mind to take part in the golf swing sequence.
The golfer needs to use techniques to encourage their subconscious mind to show up with them on the golf course. Mental images and current muscle memories, such as the HY–Bar–Rack Technique, can allow the golfer to practice how they play and play how they practice, which is the golfer’s main objective.
The HY–Bar–Rack Mental Image and Muscle Memory Technique:
For the right-handed golfer, this would consist of setting the following elements:
- Preset- HY (Left Hypothenar muscle) is one of the two strongest and most dexterous muscles that have direct contact with the handle of the golf club. This muscle was used to preset the wrist action in the golf swing during both Ken Duke’s and David Duval’s golf swings. These are two of the must-see interviews that aired on Golf Channel.
Ken Duke and David Duval both did a demonstration of how they preset their wrists on Golf Channel. During David Duval’s interview with Charlie Rymer, Charlie Rymer was so impressed with how David Duval preset his wrists that he dubbed it as That Wrist Thing. Both of these golfers are graduates of Georgia Tech.
- Sync- BAR– (Right Pronator Quadratus muscle) is represented by the wristband on the boxing glove. This is one reason that I use a pair of boxing gloves in my coaching technique. The pair of boxing gloves syncs these two muscles (the left Hypothenar with the right Pronator Quadratus). The Sync/Preset maneuver, with the Pronator Quadratus and Hypothenar muscles, is key in closing the clubface at impact.
- Yaw- RACK– (Right Brachio-Radialis muscle) is a unique muscle in that it can flex (or bend) the right forearm up, at the right elbow from the lock position to take the handle of the golf club to the top of the golf swing. But just as important as the Brachio-Radialis muscle in the Yaw maneuver is, it helps establish the wrist action in the golf swing.
The pronation maneuver of the Brachio-Radialis (or RACK, for short) helps to Preset the golf swing sequence, shown below. The reason the Sync/Preset maneuver in the ESPY Golf Swing is significant is because it allows the golfer to pronate back through at impact to close the clubface.
The Pronation element is five times stronger and faster than the Supination element in the Sync/Preset maneuver. But, in order to pronate the right wrist back through impact, the golfer has to preset the wrist action by supinating, or Syncing.
This places the golfer’s wrist and lower forearm into the Lock Position, shown below.
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach Technique
The Ergonomic Sync/Preset/Yaw golf swing sequence allows the golfer to use the key muscles (Hypothenar, Pronator Quadratus, and Brachio-Radialis) to set up their golf swing sequence. The Sync/Preset/Yaw not only engages the majority of the other 640 muscles in the human body, but also engages 90 percent of the golfer’s subconscious mind.
The golfer’s conscious mind contains the golf swing sequence and elements, while the golfer’s subconscious mind contains the current muscle memories and motor skills needed for the golf swing mechanics. The tendency that some golfers have during their practice sessions is the propensity to focus on their golf swing sequence, without maintaining their current muscle memory and motor skills.
The golfer’s conscious mind takes the lead during their practice sessions, but once on the golf course, their subconscious mind takes the lead. This is why golfers find it difficult to take their golf game from the practice range to the golf course. They focus on the conscious mind during practice, without addressing their subconscious mind, where 90 percent of the golfer’s capabilities on the golf course are maintained.
To learn how to use the HY-BAR-RACK golf swing technique, on and off the golf course, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
My book can also be purchased at Edwin Watts Golf Store in Jackson, Mississippi. Phone No. 601-956-8784
820 East County Line Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157
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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 designed especially for golfers with an effective SR925 Diet Program 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 Workout Program, detailed in Section 20 of my book, great golf swing workout:
One component in my CASPER Workout Program that I follow is using a Medicine Ball to perform what I call Stocking the Shelves, illustrated below in the figure:
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 golf swing, include a fitness and exercise program into your daily schedule. This type of exercise provides the critical overload underload training to improve the golfer’s power in your golf game, please look at another golf fitness enthusiast: The Fit Golfer Girl
ESPY Golf Swing Coach- Rhythm Without the Blues
ESPY Golf Swing Coach- ESPY App Developing the golfer’s Rhythm w/o creating the golfer’s Blues. The ESPY Golf Swing 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 Rhythm without experiencing the Blues in your golf game for confidence; learn how to take your baseball-style swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.
Songs are a great technique to help developing your Rhythm in your golf swing and help to apply the mental game of golf. To get a firsthand and experience the real Mississippi Delta Blues visit the Museum in Clarksdale, MS 662-627-6820.
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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 Xerox Box Golf Research Project comparing the golf swing vs. the baseball swing and how similar the Sync/Preset Maneuver are in both swings.
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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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