By: Charles W. Boatright
SUBJECT– Using the Baseball-Style Golf Swing to Develop The Golfer’s ESP
One of the most common swing in sports is the baseball-style swing that can allow the golfer to sync the elbows with the shoulders. This creates a significant mechanical advantage for the golfer that allows the golfer to create a nice-and-easy golf swing with power and consistency. The baseball-style golf swing provides the golfer with a crossover-technique that allows the golfer to take familiar motor-skills from the batter’s box to the tee box. This baseball-style golf swing is what I refer to as the golfer’s ESP, or ExtraSensory Performance, or the golfer’s sixth sense. Some sports psychologists refer to it as simply muscle memory that engages the golfer’s subconscious mind.
But muscle memory is too general of a term and not specific enough to establish the golfer’s swing on a consistent basis. One reason for the golfer’s inconsistency is the sheer number of muscles that the golfer could focus on during the typical golf swing. The golfer needs a cue-type technique that the golfer could use to cue their muscle memory sequence like in a baseball-style swing. To cue up the golfer’s ESP ability, the golfer needs to key in on just a couple of their muscles, instead of four or five of them.
Establishing the Golfer’s ExtraSensory Performance (ESP) with Two Muscles
The golfer’s subconscious mind, or ExtraSensory Performance, can automatically be engaged if the golfer can cue up their baseball-style golf swing, by using either their visualization or feeling like in the baseball-style golf swing. I like to focus on two muscles (A and B) that are indicated by the simple drawing below. Focusing on these two muscles is similar to how athletes get into their ZONE. This ZONE allows the subconscious mind to take over the entire golf swing sequence without swing thoughts.
Fine-Tuning the Golfer’s Muscle Memory
Golf is a sport that demands precision, in that the golfer is trying to hit a 24-yard wide target area, the width of an average fairway, from a distance of 250 to 280 yards away. This requires the golfer to fine-tune their muscle memory and motor-skills to a couple of muscles. This avoids the distraction of trying to manage establishing five or even four muscles and synchronizing them at one time. The baseball-style golf swing can be an automatic process like the batter uses standing in the batter’s box.
This is true with even the Major League Baseball Pitchers on the mound trying to hit a certain spot in the strike zone from sixty-and-a-half feet away. The pitcher’s main objective is to use their conscious mind to focus on the target point in the strike zone and get the conscious mind out of the pitching process. The pitcher uses their sense of feel in their fingers by gripping the seams of the ball a certain way to throw a particular pitch selection. This sensation engages the pitch sequence stored in pitcher’s subconscious mind. Synchronization is a lot easier if the golfer, like the pitcher, can narrow down their muscle sensation and sequence to just two muscles (e.g., A and B muscles), as indicated in the above drawing of the golfer’s target muscles.
The demands on the golfer’s precision get only more critical as the golfer proceeds toward the green. Instead of measuring golfer’s target in yards in the fairway, the golfer is now trying to hit a target areas that measure, in feet, between six to four feet for their approach shot. And the golfer doesn’t need to remember more than two muscles in this process.
The approach shot is the most critical golf shot, based on statistics, because it will determine if the golfer will be making a one putt for birdie or par, inside four feet, or a two putt for bogie or worse, between eight to ten feet, statistics are based on NCAA players.
Going Beyond Muscle Memory to Establishing Target Muscles
ESP goes beyond developing general muscle memory, that is not defined enough, to developing two target muscles like used in the baseball-style golf swing. You’ve heard Jordan Spieth mention- “Aim small; miss small” to the your target. ESP takes muscle memory to the next level in your golf game, by targeting certain muscles in the ESP sequence process. The golfer wants the sensation of these two specific target muscles engaging to Sync and Preset their golf swing. This sensation of these two muscles develops the ExtraSensory Performance golf swing, providing the golfer with confidence and consistency.
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is a self-coaching forum allowing the golfer to establish muscle memory by training two muscles to simply supinate and pronate. These two muscles are used to Sync the elbow (by supinating) and Preset the wrists (by pronating) this locks the elbows and wrists into the Lock position featured in the drawing above. One muscle (A) below in the anatomical chart is called the Supinator muscle for Syncing, the first Ergonomic element in the ESPY Golf Swing.
I use the Supinator muscle to Synchronize my entire golf swing. This is located just below the golfer’s dominant elbow that is one of the key components in the golf swing. This is similar to what the baseball-style golf swing is accomplishing. This is indicated in the time-lapse photography of the golf swing vs the baseball swing below. If the golfer can train by using these two target muscles, instead of focusing on developing general muscle memory, the golfer will improve consistency, power, and distance to hit those narrow target areas with confidence.
My book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, allows the golfer to focus on training just two muscles to sync the elbows with the shoulders and presetting the wrists by using something quite unusual, a pair of boxing gloves. But the boxing gloves narrow the golfer’s attention to a confined area is the reason I use a pair of boxing gloves. The Supinator muscle is at the bottom of the boxing glove wristband, where the Supinator muscle attaches to the radial bone as indicated above. The other muscle is in the base of the lead hand (B) and thumb. The thumbs represents certain components of the golf club to help the golfer orientate their golf swing. The drawing with the golfer’s wrists and elbows in the preset position indicates these areas. This is a key point in the ESPY Golf Swing.
Process for Training your Target Muscles
The other muscle (B) is discussed in detail in my book. This muscle is used to preset the golf swing. The boxing gloves allow the golfer to synchronize the wrists with the powerful forearms to transfer the power and generate the speed the golfer is depending located in the body’s core muscles. The boxing gloves, I have found, offer a great mentalization, or ESP, of the golf swing and engage these two muscles.
A comment on swing thoughts- Some people might think swing thoughts are important and are a positive factor, but, in reality, swing thoughts have a negative impact on the golfer’s game. One reason is that golfers don’t have the same swing thoughts each time because of distractions. But, on the other hand, if I can feel just two muscles that sync elbows and preset my wrists, I stand an 80 percent chance of hitting my target area. Focus on developing your ExtraSensory Performance, or ESP, that initiates an automatic or involuntary sequence in the golfer’s swing.
To learn how to take your baseball-style swing from the batter’s box to the tee box to develop your target muscles, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
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