By: Charles W. Boatright
Elbow Power-Flex | QATSPY Golf Swing Coaching Technique
A fundamental golf swing coaching technique called Elbow Power-Flex allows the golfer to develop both power and clubhead speed naturally. This allows any golfer to apply a simple golf swing coaching technique to instinctively develop three golf swing fundamentals. These three fundamentals are stated in Section 7-10 of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach.
- First- develop a horizontal force at impact.
- Second- return the clubface square with the golf ball.
- Third- develop a single swing plane golf swing.
The Elbow Power-Flex golf swing coaching technique syncs the golfer’s elbow with their shoulders to provide a mechanical advantage, which maximizes the golfer’s muscular structure, like how a ten-speed bicycle functions. The best golf coaching technique allows the golfer to use their feel and golf swing sequence to establish their golf swing mechanics. The ESPY Golf Swing Coaching technique uses the golfer’s wrists, forearm, arm muscles, and elbows to synchronize these muscles with the core muscles in the shoulders, torso, hips, and quads for power and clubhead speed.
The Elbow Power-Flex golf swing technique is used by most professional golfers. Even Arnold Palmer used the Elbow Power-Flex golf swing coaching technique to help President Eisenhower before a Pro-Am. Arnold Palmer noticed that President Eisenhower’s right elbow was separating from his right side. This separation reduced power, clubhead speed, and control in the President’s golf swing.
Presetting the Wrists to Establish the Elbow Power-Flex Technique
If any golfer wants to improve their golf swing, the golfer needs to develop a subconscious golf swing coaching technique and sequence of presetting the wrists and syncing the right elbow, in the right-handed golfer’s case. The golfer can’t think their way through the golf swing on the course; it has to be a subconscious and an instinctive process. This Elbow Power-Flex golf swing coaching technique has to be a function of the golfer’s subconscious mind in order to work properly. Or, in other words, the golfer has to develop their own muscle memory for establishing their golf swing.
This was demonstrated in Ken Duke’s golf swing and in David Duval’s golf swing on Golf Channel during two different interviews, one with Lisa Cornwell and the other with Charlie Rymer, respectively. Both Ken Duke and David Duval focused on a golf swing sequence consisting of presetting their wrists and syncing their elbow, as noted in the illustration below. This not only allows Ken Duke and David Duval to properly preset their wrists and the handle of the golf club, but also syncs and locks their right elbow with their shoulders. Syncing the golfer’s elbow technique should be an effect from presetting the wrists and lower forearms.
To keep this golf swing coaching technique simple and easy for me on the course, I use three key muscles that I call The Critical Swing Path. Setting and feeling these key muscles set ensures that I have preset my wrists correctly and synced my elbow with my shoulders. From the illustration below of the right forearm, there are some Flex muscles that work in concert with the right Thenar and the right Brachio-Radialis muscles. These two Flex muscles originate in a strategic location, the medial side (or inside) of the golfer’s right elbow.
(Elbow Flex Forearm Muscles)
The two Flex muscles, as I refer to them, are identified as the Flexor Carpi Radialis and the Flexor Carpi Ulnaris muscles shown above, in the Elbow Flex Forearm Muscle Figure above. These two muscles help the golfer sync and lock their elbows with their shoulders. These two Flex muscles also flex the palm of the right hand. This allows the golfer to hit down on the golf ball, as illustrated in the Preset Wrist Figure above. There is no effective means for the golfer to Sync and Lock their elbow with the shoulders without properly syncing and locking these two Flex muscles.
Subconscious Golf Swing Coaching Technique
Any golf swing coaching method must address the subconscious mind in order to be effective. The golfer’s conscious mind accounts for less than 15 percent of the golf swing. Any golf swing coaching technique must be developed to address the feel, or muscle memory. Muscle memory can only be self-taught, and that represents 85 percent of the golf swing coaching process. A coach can’t describe this to the golfer. The golfer has to develop a self-coaching technique to establish “the feel” to accomplish this muscle memory and golf swing mechanics.
The Elbow Power-Flex golf swing coaching technique uses two simple maneuvers called CAM and CAM-OVER, which includes three muscles (Brachio-Radialis, Thenar, and Supinator). Syncing the elbow is accomplished with setting the Flexor Carpi Radialis muscle, while the Lock element is accomplished with setting the Elbow Flexor Carpi Ulnaris muscle.
These Flex muscles are in the crown part of the right medial forearm, as shown in the Flex Forearm Muscle Figure above. Presetting the wrists (CAM-OVER) and Syncing the elbow (CAM) establishes the Preset Wrist Figure above. Setting the Elbow Flex muscles completes 80 percent of the total golf swing in the Preset Wrist Figure.
The whole basis of my golf swing book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, is based on what these three professional golfers, such as, Arnold Palmer, Ken Duke, and David Duval, used to set up their golf swing. I refer to this method as the Preset and Sync maneuvers. And what is even more convenient about The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is that it takes muscle memory, which has already been developed for the baseball-type swing and allows the golfer to use this same muscle memory in their golf swing. See the time-lapse photography below comparing the baseball swing vs. the golf swing.
To learn more about the Elbow Power-Flex golf swing coaching technique, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
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This book is based on a self-coaching forum that provides the beginner and advance single-digit handicap golfer with safe ergonomic classic golf swing for more power and control without debilitating injuries. As part of the ESPY Golf Swing Coach is a workout program designed especially for golfers and a effective diet program detailed below:
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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.
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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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