By: Charles W. Boatright
The Impact the Phantom of the Golfer’s Elbows has in the Golf Swing
Webster Dictionary defines Phantom as a representation of something abstract, ideal, or not readily understood of its impact.
Phantom perfectly describes the impact the golfer’s elbows has on the golf swing to produce POWER and SPEED without effort. This was exactly the technique Arnold Palmer was trying to get President Eisenhower to incorporate his elbows into his golf swing at a Pro-Am at the American Heart Association Charity. Arnold Palmer was trying to get the President to keep his right elbow near his right side on the takeaway.
Discover the Phantom of your Classic Golf Swing Mechanics, Syncing the golfer’s elbows, and Presetting the wrists, The basis of the ESPY Golf Swing.
One of the classic vehicles of all time is the 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II that was personally supervised by Henry Royce. Henry Royce supervised every facet of the vehicle to enhance the performance of the Phantom II, especially the gearbox. The Phantom II was a sportier version in the line of Rolls-Royce that was featured in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
I mentioned the Rolls-Royce Phantom II because of three factors that are synonymous with the Phantom- reliability, performance, and innovation, especially in the gearbox. I set reliability, performance, and innovation as key objectives in my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, that provides the basis of the classic golf swing mechanics.
The gearbox was what Henry Royce concentrated his efforts on in developing the Phantom II.
The gearbox was what Henry Royce concentrated his efforts on in developing the Phantom II. I was doing some research on the Rolls-Royce Phantom II when I came across the innovations to the Phantom’s II gearbox. This confirmed the approach my golf coach, my grandfather The Great Qatspy, used in teaching me the classic golf swing mechanics. He took a different approach that allowed me to develop confidence that I could take to the golf course. The average golf lessons does not allow the golfer to take advantage of the body’s natural mechanics or their subconscious mind, where the real power is developed.
This is the main reason that I used the term ergonomics (E) in self golf-coaching forum in a book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, that would allow the golfer to improve their own golf game. I wanted to give the golfer the ability to create power and speed at impact without injuring themselves, especially their lower back, the lumbar area. The acronym ESPY is more than just a word meaning to reveal or uncover, but the word ESPY means the following:
- E stands for ergonomics that properly takes advantage of the golfer’s natural mechanics to produce maximum power, acceleration, control, and speed without experiencing injuries from repetitions from the golf swing.
- S stands for synchronization of the golfer’s elbows with the shoulders to create the X- Factor in the golf swing.
- P stands for presetting the wristbands to properly set the golfer’s elbows, swing plane, and create the lag at impact.
- Y stands for an aviation term yaw, the perpendicular rotation of the golfer’s shoulders about a vertical axis, in this case, the golfer’s spinal axis.
The Gearbox, the Heart of the Phantom
There were two main themes that stood out in my research of the Phantom II. One was the name, the Phantom. You cannot help but be impressed by the name phantom. Phantom besides meaning something abstract or an ideal, in my book is means an invisible force called torque and cantilever force. Vehicles are rated by torque and foot-pounds. The second was the amount of attention Henry Royce paid to the innovation in the gearbox, or the golfer’s elbows.
The vehicle’s performance depends on the ratios in the gears to provide power and speed that the designers were looking for. The ESPY Golf Swing provides the golfer with both power and speed that are critical at impact. Relying on my kinesiology background and what I knew about the classic golf swing mechanics I learned from my grandfather, Qatspy, Homer E. Q. Boatright, I focused on how the golfer could incorporate the gearbox, the golfer’s elbows, into their golf swing by simply using their elbows and shoulders as gears. This is the phantom in the golfer’s swing mechanics called gear ratios. To set up this mechanical advantage, the golfer must Sync their elbows with the shoulders by Presetting the wristbands.
If you are a sports car enthusiast, like I am, you undoubtedly understand gear ratios in the vehicle’s performance. This is exactly what the golfer wants to create in their golf swing.
If the golfer could learn how to sync the golfer’s elbows with the shoulders by presetting their wristbands, the golfer could gain a tremendous mechanical advantage in their golf swing just by using the golfer’s elbows and shoulders as gears that are at the heart of the ESPY Golf Swing.
Syncing and Presetting the Golf Swing
As soon as I discovered the advantages of syncing my right elbow (I’m right-handed) with my shoulders by presetting my wristbands (the wrist and lower forearm), I no longer had to:
- Overpower my golf swing, but instead swing nice-and-easy.
- Wonder if the handle of the golf club was on the correct swing plane.
- Assume if I was correctly squaring up the clubface at impact.
- Wonder if I could develop the horizontal force at impact for distance and control.
The wristbands are important part of the golfer’s swing, I use boxing gloves to help be establish the Sync and Preset the components in my takeaway swing. The Sync and Preset completes 80 percent of the golfer’s swing sequence with just a simple maneuver. This maneuver is something we perform each and every day. This provides a tremendous advantage for the golfer especially standing on the first tee box. This sets up the gear configuration in the golfer’s swing.
The advantages of using the golfer’s elbows and shoulders as a phantom gearbox in the golf swing are that it develops:
- Power– in the takeaway swing, where the small gear (elbows) turns the large gear (shoulders).
- Speed– in the downswing, where the large gear (shoulders) turns the small gear (elbows).
If there is one component that the golfer is looking for more than any other component, it is speed at impact for the smash-factor, the speed of the golf ball coming off the clubface, divided by the club head at impact. The smash factor is a means to gauge the effectiveness of the compression of the golf ball at impact to drive the ball.
This gearbox mechanics that the ESPY Golf Swing is based and operates on are the same principles of how the ten-speed bicycle functions (see figure below).
The ESPY Golf Swing is like discovering the phantom, invisible force, of the golf swing and having the status and repetition of a Rolls-Royce, consisting of confidence, reliability, innovation, and a thing of beauty. If there is one single advantage the golfer has, it is treating the elbows and shoulders as gears in their golf swing. This was a technique that Arnold Palmer gave President Eisenhower during a PGA Pro-Am of syncing and presetting the President’s elbow..
To develop your own Phantom Rolls-Royce-type performance in your golf game, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach and develop your own self-coaching approach to improve your golf game.
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
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