The QATSPY Golfer’s Sports Page: Golf Swing Tips
By: Charles W. Boatright
Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control
Preset, Ken Duke Golf Swing Technique
The JUCO (J-U- Cam-Over) golf swing technique describes probably two of the most critical components in the entire golf swing. The term JUCO Technique describes how the golfer uses a key wrist bone in their lead wrist to cam-over and cam the wrists. JUCO is a NCAA term describing an athlete attending a junior college to help develop their curriculum and athletic abilities before moving to Division-1 school.
JUCO is a great term for the golfer to take advantage of in their mental and physical golf game, as well. Ken Duke describes it in an interview on Golf Channel with Lisa Cronwell, a very similar technique to the JUCO of the Sync/Preset Technique used in ESPY Golf Swing App of presetting the golfer’s wrists in the position shown below.
At the Alotian Golf Course, west of Little Rock, Arkansas off Hwy 10, played host to Lisa Cornwell’s interview with Ken Duke described what he called his “Hinge Technique.” This Hinge Technique, in my humble opinion, is one of the best techniques the golfer can use to improve their consistency, power, and clubhead speed. This Hinge golf swing Technique, or Sync/Preset technique is also supported by Nick Faldo, David Duval and Marco Dawson.
Just a little background on Ken Duke and his “Hinge golf swing technique,” or my JUCO Syn/Preset technique. Ken Duke and Lisa Cornwell are from Arkansas, where I’m also from. He attended Henderson State University, where he has established a golf training center. In 2016, he lead for three days at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, the fifth major as some describe this tournament.
Not an easy feat to accomplished. If you recall, TPC Sawgrass has the most famous 17th island green in golf. During The Player’s tournament, Jason Day described Ken Duke’s performance by stating in an interview on Golf Channel, “What golf course was he (Ken Duke) playing on?”
The EVERLAST Preset the Gatsby Golf Swing
During the interview that Lisa Cornwell had with Ken Duke, Ken explained that his key component in his golf swing was hinging, or what I refer to as the JUCO Sync/Preset golf swing technique. But the big question is particularly how to set up the Ken Duke hinge technique in a regular golf swing. Even Nick Faldo did a great YouTube video entitled: The “Faldo” Pre-Set Drill – Perfect Top of Backswing Position. The only thing Nick Faldo didn’t do was explain how to establish The Pre-Set Drill. This is where this article comes in handy.
My grandfather, Homer Q. Boatright, the Qatsby, focused on the wrists to preset his golf swing. But there is an important distinction to make in presetting the golfer’s wrists, the key is to link the lower forearm with the wrist. The golfer’s wrists aren’t where the golfer would wear their wristwatch, for this is the lower forearm.
It is key in the golf swing to establish the difference and link between the wrist and forearm. I had a unique approach in learning the golf swing linkage. My grandfather’s playing partner was Dr. Choate, who brought anatomy to the golf swing. The wrist illustration to the left shows an unique connection between the lower forearm and the wrist. The wrist consists of eight tiny bones and two of the strongest muscles, the Thenars, that has direct contact with the handle of the golf club. To properly Sync/Preset wrists, the golfer must allow the lead wrist to initiate the entire golf swing sequence. This is the pronation maneuver shown below.
The JUCO Sync/Preset Technique provides the golfer with best mental image for Syncing/Presetting the wrists, or what Ken Duke calls the hinge technique. These two elements, Sync/Preset, allows the golfer to complete 80-percent of the golf swing with the JUCO maneuver. The only thing for a right-hander golfer needs to do is to visually place a “J” over their left palm and an inverted “U” on their right palm, as noted in the illustration above.
One of the best techniques that I discovered in my seven years of my Xerox Box Golf Research Project for a kinesiology class was to sync the left wrist with the right elbow using the JUCO Sync/Preset Technique. The JUCO Sync/Preset Technique is performed by camming-over the “J” where one of the eight tiny bones in the wrist is located. The camming-over or pronation maneuver not only sets up 80 percent of the golfer’s swing, it also places the handle of the golf club onto the correct swing plane to take the club to the top of the swing. I knew if I could perform the Sync/Preset JUCO maneuvers 80 percent of my golf swing was completed. This gives the golfer a tremendous amount of confidence in their golf swing.
The top of the “J” represents the Hamate Bone in the left wrist for a right-handed golfer. The “U” Ulna bone in the right forearm that links with the golfer’s right elbow. There is a small protrusion on the Hamate Bone called the Hook. I like to shift my right elbow over to my right side using this Hook. This is where the Cam-Over “CO” comes from.
The JUCO Sync/Preset Technique provides the golfer with muscle memory that provides the golfer’s confidence; and confidence provides the golfer with power and control on a consistent basis. Consistency is king in golf. There is no substitution for consistency or confidence in the sport of golf. The JUCO that forms the basis of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is based on how the golfer can trade in their golf glove for a different type of glove, the EVERLAST Boxing gloves to develop a more consistent golf swing with power and control.
For more information on how to use the JUCO Sync/Preset Technique and how to use a pair of EVERLAST boxing gloves to preset the golfer’s wristband in the golf swing, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below:
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