By: Charles W. Boatright
SUBJECT– Solving the enigma of the golfer’s mind
ISSUE– How to use cross-training to solve the golfer’s frustration.
QUESTION– How can the golfer take their baseball swing from the batter’s box to the tee box?
Golf, in its basic form, is an enigma of the golfer’s mind that challenges and frustrates all golfers from time to time. It’s not enough to emulate or simply watch another player and mimic their moves.
It almost seems like magic to the golfer’s mind how the professional golfer executes their golf shots without effort. But even in magic, the mystery is removed once the observer understands the basic elements, sequence, and procedures that consist of the magic act. Most magicians use a cloaking device to cover the actual sequence and procedure that they use to perform their tricks. The cloaking device for the amateur the golfer is the golfer’s mind or their perception of how the golf swing is performed.
Perception in golf is the problem, based on how the golfer’s mind thinks, instead of relying on the feel, or the golfer’s muscle memory that should be a subconscious procedure. My perception in golf was first thinking the golf swing was a physical phenomenon wrapped in a riddle with a key piece missing. This perception is what causes some golfers to give up this great game.
Golf is too great of a game to just give up on, just because of the mental challenges and temporary frustrations. Golf has too many mental and physical fitness benefits just to give up on, regardless of one’s age.
Bobby Jones, Sr. and Yogi Berra both proved that golf and baseball are mental games, based on their prospective sport. Most issues in life, as well as golf, are more mental than they are physical. Bobby Jones, Sr. highlighted this by stating- “Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.” Yogi Berra, referring to baseball, stated- “Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.“ You’ve got to love Yogi’s math.
My grandfather, H.E. Boatright, The Great Qatspy, started working with me on my golf game at age twelve. One of the means he used to unravel the enigma that is in most golfer’s minds was by taking my baseball-type swing from the batter’s box to the tee box. If you want to change your perception of golf swing, just move the golf ball from the golf tee, or ground, up to a baseball-type tee, at waist level. Your whole view of the golf swing changes and how the golf swing is performed. This is like turning on the proverbial light bulb in your head.
The light bulb really gets bright, once you start comparing the time-lapse photography of the golf swing with the baseball-type swing, side-by-side, in the figure below, as I did while researching. You just have to convince the golfer’s mind to use the baseball techniques in the golf swing.
Once you understand this, your whole perception of the golf swing changes, just by moving the golf ball to waist level. Actually, in golf the baseball bat is the clubface, and not the handle of the golf club. Once you become aware of this fact, you begin to understand how your left and right thumbs represent certain parts of your golf club. No pun intended, but your golf swing becomes a Rule of Thumbs.
In the title of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, the word ESPY has a dual meaning. First, the term espy is a French term, meaning to uncover or reveal. ESPY is the main part of my book. It, the ESPY, helps the golfer’s mind to understand their golf swing. The second meaning of espy stands for the three Ergonomic elements in the golf swing of Sync, Preset, and Yaw, illustrated below in the figure of the wrists in the preset position. Yaw is an aviation term that means a horizontal rotation around a vertical axis. In golf, yaw is the rotation or coiling of the shoulders around the spinal axis.
Taking the baseball-type swing from the batter’s box to the tee box was also substantiated by David Leadbetter. He substantiated this in an interview he did on Golf Channel during Morning Drive, in March of 2015. Even one of the best modern-day coaches in golf substantiated that the golf swing is a baseball-type swing.
If you really want to take an axe to your enigma affecting your golf swing and game, learn how the simple axe sets up the ESPY Golf Swing. The axe’s handle is the golfer’s Ulna bone, and the axe’s blade represents the two key muscles used to initiate and preset your golf swing, as shown above. Even the baseball player can use the axe mental image to improve their batting average. The provides Power, Acceleration, Control, and Speed (PACS) to both the golf swing and the baseball swing.
If you want to remove the enigma from your golf swing and learn how to take your baseball-type swing from the batter’s box to the tee box, 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
Please take advantage of my SR-925 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:
Please include an exercise routine in your weekly schedule.
Also, learning The ESPY Golf Swing Coach process is an excellent way to develop Rhythm without experiencing the Blues: