Sync & Lock the Elbow | Classic Golf Swing Mechanics

The Great Qatspy

By: Charles W. Boatright


Homegrown Classic Golf Swing Mechanics

The homegrown Classic golf swing mechanics is as simple as using the golfer’s elbow and shoulders to create a turbocharged component in the golf swing. This provides the golfer the power, speed, and control. This was part of a technique that was discussed during an interview that Charlie Rymer did with David Duval, who developed his own homegrown golf swing, on Golf Channel earlier this year (2017). If you get a chance to look at this interview, I would strongly recommend you do so.

NOTE of interest: Both Charlie Rymer and David Duval both attended and played their golf at the University of Georgia Tech.


Charlie Rymer and David Duval Interview

Charlie Rymer referred to this technique that David Duval was using as That wrist thing. But, in reality, this wrist thing that David Duval illustrated is a little more encompassing than described by That wrist thing. That wrist thing that was a homegrown golf swing sets up a significant turbocharger component, if the right elbow (for the right-handed golfer) is properly synced and lock-in with the shoulders. This allows the golfer to capture the power and speed being generated by the upper and lower body, the high threshold (high-load) muscles. Syncing the elbow with the shoulders was classic golf swing mechanics technique that Arnold Palmer gave President Eisenhower during a Pro-Am to help to improve the President’s golf swing.

Low-Threshold Strategy: Slow, tonic, local stabilizer, stabilizing muscle contractions that are for low-load tasks and reflexive postural control.  This is necessary for joint centration.

High-Threshold Strategy: Fast, phasic, prime mover, global mobilizer, mobilizing muscle contractions that are for high-load tasks and force production.  This is necessary for strength training.

Critical Swing Path Component of the Homegrown Golf Swing

One important process to understand is what I call the Critical Swing Path in the homegrown golf swing that the golfer needs to use to properly sync and lock their elbow with their shoulders that represents the classic golf swing mechanics. The elbow is the missing link in golfer’s pursuit of power, speed, and control. This is where Incremental Training is critical to the golfer’s practice or training sessions. The Critical Swing Path is not the path the club handle or the clubhead takes in relation to a particular swing plane, but a series of how key muscles are utilized during the golf swing.

There are two muscles that I key on to sync my elbow, and this was described by Charlie Rymer as That wrist thing. These two maneuvers sync and lock the elbow with the shoulders, that is called supination. The supination syncs the elbow, and the pronation presets the wrists and locks, or pirouettes (twist or rotate), the elbow. These two maneuvers are shown above in the illustration above.

Trading in Your Golf Glove for a Different Type of Glove

Boxing gloves

For my golf practice and physical training, I trade in my golf glove for a different type of glove, a pair of boxing gloves, to help me isolate these two muscles. The supination maneuver is performed by the Supinator muscle. This muscle is located in the top part of the outer forearm and just above the wristband. The Supinator muscle is like the supervisor for all golf operations. To help me remember to set the Supinator muscle, I key in on the word SUPER. This muscle is illustrated in the anatomical chart below.

Classic golf swing mechanics of Supination and Pronation

The Supinator Muscle used to Sync the elbow with the shoulders to create the Turbocharged component in your golf swing.

The next maneuver in the homegrown classic golf swing mechanics is called pronation. The problem with the pronation maneuver is that it can be performed with four other muscles. If you look at a drawing my grandfather did in his red book, you see how the wrists are preset using a key muscle in the wrist, instead of using the forearm’s muscles. The pronation is performed by using the muscle just below the boxing glove wristband, the Thenar, on the left hand. Important distinction to make- The wrist is not located where you would wear a wristwatch. This is the lower part of the forearm. The wrist is made up of eight small bones and two muscles, the Thenar and Hypothenar.

The Preset position of the wrist in That wrist thing


The Lack of Ergonomic Training and Maneuvers Creating Back Issues

A lot of lessons, training, and practice sessions do not cover these ergonomic maneuvers of syncing the elbow and presetting the wrists in the homegrown classic golf swing coaching format, taught to me by my grandfather, The Qatspy. This is one main reason the number of back injuries have increased among professional golfers and other amateur golfers. This was one reason that David Duval preset his wrists, his golf swing was a homegrown classic golf swing, and was the number one golfer in the world for 15 weeks, from March 28, 1999 to July 3, 1999. For more information on David Duval, see the very in depth article in Men’s Journal.

If you want to develop a turbocharged component in your homegrown classic golf swing without creating lower back issues, learn to sync the elbow by supinating, then lock the elbow by pronating. The pronation does not only preset the wrist and lock the elbow, it twists, or pirouettes, the part of the Supinator muscle located just above the wristband, this acts like a coil spring or bull whip-action in your golf swing. This is what causes the turbocharged component in your classic homegrown golf swing mechanics.

There was another golfer that has a homegrown golf swing that has just broken onto the PGA golf stage this week, Ole Miss Braden Thornberry who won just last week the Individual NCAA Golf stroke play Tournament to earn a spot in the FedEx St. Jude Charity Classic in Memphis, TN. Braden tied for fourth on the last day, shooting a 65 for a combine score of 272. Keep your eye on this gentleman who has a homegrown classic golf swing.

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