The QATSPY Sports Page 4 Golfers
By: Charles W. Boatright
Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control
The Golf Swing Mechanics and Techniques Behind The Palmer TECH
The biggest question about the game of golf that the golfer has to answer is whether to devote their precious time to develop their golf swing mechanics and sequence, or to devote their time to developing their feel (muscle memory) for their golf swing. The golfer’s tendency is to do the latter by taking their golf bag and clubs out to the practice range and hit multiple golf shots, until they obtain the feel (muscle memory) for producing consistent distance and control they are seeking. Consistency is key to any golfer’s game.
The only problem with concentrating on developing a golf swing, based on feel, is that the golfer develops what is called cognitive-bias (over-confidence) during their practice sessions or golf lessons. Cognitive-bias is a condition where the golfer develops great amount confidence in their feel for their golf swing until they walk-off the practice range or from the golf lesson and on to the first tee box. Then the golfer experiences what the Righteous Brothers sang about in one of their most popular songs that was on the sound track of Top Gun, that you heard Tom Cruise (Maverick) sing to Kelly McGills (Charlotte), You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.
The golfer, to avoid losing their feel for their golf swing on the golf course particularly, needs to develop a golf swing sequence that includes their golf swing mechanics and techniques. The golfer’s feel is important, but it needs to be coupled with mechanics, techniques, and more importantly, a reliable golf swing sequence. A reliable golf swing sequence includes very specific elements (conscious function) and maneuvers (subconscious function) that allow the golfer to connect technique (mechanics) with feel (muscle memory).
Golf swing mechanics that contains specific elements are essential to setting up the golfer’s golf swing sequence. Judy Rankin, a former LPGA player who is an announcer on Golf Channel for LPGA tournaments, described the consistency and feel of the golf swing this way- The golfer must develop their golf swing mechanics and techniques that are essential to develop their feel.
Word Association, a Form of Sports Psychology, is Essential for Developing a Consistent Golf Swing Sequence and the Golfer’s Feel
Word association, is a major part of golfer’s Sports Psychology, is a critical golf swing technique for the golfer to develop their golf swing mechanics that leads to developing their feel based on a reliable and repeatable golf swing sequence, and routine. Sir Nick Faldo, Judy Rankin, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus all stress the importance of routine from tee-to-green. Routine is especially important once on the putting green. The golfer’s routine, or golf swing sequence, is what allows the golfer to take their golf swing from the practice range to the golf course. And Word association not only bridges the gap between the practice range and the golf course, but bridges the gap between the golfer’s conscious mind (mechanics and techniques) and the golfer’s subconscious mind, where feel and muscle memory are located.
Word association is essentially comprises the golfer’s golf swing sequence, but in word form. Each Element in the E-S-P-Y Golf Swing has a word associated with it. This not only develops the golf swing sequence that the golfer can take to the golf course, but more importantly develops the golfer’s tempo, as well. The following is the Word Association that I use to set up my golf swing sequence, but also develop my mechanics for the feel that I’m depending on in my golf swing:
Setting Up the E-S-P-Y Golf Swing Technique
E is for Ergonomics. Ergonomics is a fancy word for how the body naturally works in the most effectively and in the most efficiently methods using certain maneuvers. One of the most effective golf swing techniques is for the golfer to establish the proper wrist action in the golf swing sequence.
One of the golfer’s biggest advantage in using the ESPY Golf Swing is how it takes advantage of the golfer’s subconscious mind that contains their muscle memory and motor skills and combines these with the conscious mind that contains the golfer’s golf swing sequence. Apperception is a great coaching technique that allows the athlete to use a prior highly developed muscle memory and motor skill in one sport to cross over to another sport. Apperception is like taking the instinctive baseball swing from the batter’s box to the tee box, shown below in the time-lapse photo. These two swings are more alike than they are different. This time-lapse photo below indicates how similar these two swings really are.
Here’s how the golfer can take their baseball swing from the batter’s box to the tee box by setting up the E-S-P-Y golf swing sequence by word association:
S is for Sync. This allows the golfer to sync the wrist with their forearms, elbows, and shoulders. Syncing the body up is the biggest advantage the golfer has in the golf swing. This was a golf swing technique that Arnold Palmer gave to President Eisenhower before a Pro-Am. For the right-handed golfer, the right wrist and thumb represent the clubface.
The golfer wants to perform what is called a Dorsiflexion of the right wrist. This is like hinging the right wrist backwards to the golfer’s right to prepare to throw a baseball underhanded to the golfer’s left, or toward the target area. The Dorsiflexion allows the golfer to deliver a downward and square impact with the golf ball on the follow-through, which is essential for distance. The key point to focus on is setting the right ring knuckle during the Dorsiflexion.
P is for Preset. This allows the golfer to use their left wrist to preset both wrists and to lock the right elbow with the golfer right side. The golfer’s left wrist and thumb represent the handle of the golf club.
The golfer performing the Preset maneuver wants to execute what is called Pronation of the left wrist. This is like rotating the left wrist in the motion like swinging a bat with the left wrist. The Pronation, shown above and below, also allows the golfer to accomplish an additional maneuver naturally called Supination of the right wrist. This is where the turbocharged component is developed by using the wrist action in the golf swing. This is the reason the 3:30 orientation is important for the golfer to perform properly.
The Dorsiflexion, Pronation, and Supination are simple everyday maneuvers that we perform, especially for the batter in the batter’s box in baseball. For most golfers this is a very instinctive maneuver using their baseball swing technique in their golf swing.The only thing the ESPY Golf Swing is doing is capitalizing on these two instinctive maneuvers performed in a baseball-type swing. Matter of fact, David Leadbetter alluded to the baseball-type swing in an article that he wrote for Golf Digest in their January 2002 issue starting on page 54.
While the Sync maneuver is established the 3:30 position, the Preset maneuver helps to established the left thumb, that represents the handle of the golf club on to the critical 2:30 position, shown below. This preset maneuver presets the wrist action in the golf swing and locks the wrist onto the proper swing plane.
The muscle memory that the golfer wants to develop in the Sync and Preset golf swing sequence is setting the right and left Palmaris Longus Muscle/Tendon in the golfer’s medial (inside) forearms, shown below. This connects the golfer’s fingers, hands and wrists with their powerful elbows in creating torque through impact. I called the Sync and Preset maneuver the Palmer-TECH in honor or Arnold Palmer because of his tip that he gave to President Eisenhower.
Y is for the Yaw maneuver. This is as simple as lifting the handle of the golf club in the direction of the left thumb to the top of the golf swing using the lower forearms, or wristbands on a pair of kickboxing gloves. Yaw is an aviation term that references the rotation of the golfer’s shoulders in this case about the golfer’s spinal axis. This creates both the power, control, and clubhead speed that the golfer needs for distance. I don’t know of too many golfers that would turn down additional distance.
To Sync and Preset your muscle memory to improve your power, clubhead speed, and control, it is important to learn how to use the Palmer TECH. In my golf book, I discuss The Sync/Preset Technique using the Palmer Tendon, or the Palmer TECH, which makes it easier not only to perform a consistent golf swing, but also to coach golf swing mechanics to others. The ESPY Golf Swing Coach techniques detailed in my book help the golfer to develop the proper feel (muscle memory) for their golf swing and to hit down on the golf ball. This was what Colonel George Robert Hall emphasized during my interview with him, the feel of his golf swing sequence.
Colonel Hall was a POW who was held at the Hanoi Hilton for over seven years and still shot his handicap of four (4) at a PGA Pro-Am. Six weeks after Colonel George Hall’s release from Hanoi Hilton, he played in The Greater New Orleans POW Pro-AM Open. For background into Colonel Hall’s story and my interview with him, please use this link: The Colonel Hall Story.
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, a Self-Coaching Technique and simple Sports Psychology enabling the golfer to take the baseball swing sequence from the batter’s box to the tee box.
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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 helps the golfer establish the correct wrist action in golf swing demonstrated by David Duval in an interview with Charlie Rymer on Golf Channel.
THE LOCKER ROOM a source for golf tips
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 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.
Sir Nick Faldo demonstration of the Preset Golf Swing Technique
One of Sir Nick Faldo’s first golf swing fundamentals that he learned as demonstrated in this YouTube video entitled The Preset golf swing technique. Nick Faldo discussed the WHAT, but didn’t explained the HOW in his YouTube video.
The Sync/Preset Elements in The ESPY Golf Swing Coach explains how to setup the classic golf swing maneuver to place the wrists into the key Lock Position. This was the same golf swing technique used by David Duval during an interview with Charlie Rymer on Golf Channel. These two Videos are probably two of the best Videos to discuss the wrist action in the golf swing.
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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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