By: Charles W. Boatright
Great Tip: Golf Swing Compared to Baseball Swing
One of the best and simple golf swing tips a golfer can perform is to view time-elapse photography of the golf swing compared to the baseball swing, especially this week during the College World Series (CWS).
If you are like me, I learned to swing a baseball bat before I started swinging the golf club. As a matter of fact, Brooks Koepka, who won back-to-back wins of both the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open, preferred swinging a baseball bat to swinging a golf club. He preferred pursuing his baseball career like his great uncle, Richard Morrow “Dick” Groat, a shortstop who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But he stated he couldn’t hit the long ball. Well I believe he might have mastered the long ball in his golf swing, with his average drives of 322- yards.
The time-lapse photography viewing the golf swing compared to baseball swing is a great way to use well-established muscle memory in your baseball swing and translate this muscle memory to you golf swing with confidence.
Brooks Koepka played Baseball before Golf
Brooks Koepka isn’t alone as someone who played baseball, but is now playing golf. Two of the best MLB pitchers in baseball, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, have great golf swings. If they weren’t pitching that day during the regular season, they were playing golf. I would think that if golf interfered with their baseball game, Bobby Cox would had discouraged the practice of both Tom and John playing golf on their days off. In reality, Bobby Cox encouraged his pitchers to play golf because golf improved their focus and ball control.
Context-Based Learning a Major Coaching Factor
This practice of using other sports (like golf swing compared to baseball swing) to learn and improve in other areas is called Context-Based Learning, or Apperception. This is what (app) in ESPYgolfapp stands for. It allows the golfer to take their baseball-style golf swing from the batter’s box to the tee box. The main reason I use the baseball-style golf swing in golf is because of how many baseball batters do you know of who stand in the batter’s box and think about their swing mechanics or techniques, while looking at a 95-mph fast ball? NONE!
Yogi Berra had a great quote and question- “How can you think and hit at the same time?“
The answer is that the golfer or baseball batter can’t think and hit at the same time. To avoid this issue of thinking in your box, my golf coach, H.Q. Boatright, used a very natural golf swing technique to teach the golf swing. But one thing he did was use his playing partner’s research. Dr. Choate identified three key muscles that my golf coach used to teach the Critical Swing Path. The Critical Swing Path consists of three key muscles that the golfer can use to engage the nearly 640 other muscles in the human body used during the golf swing.
Golf Swing Compared to Baseball Swing
With the modern-day video equipment that most PCs and I-Phones are equipped with, the golfer can take time-lapse photography to view the golf swing compared to the baseball swing, like I did for my book, with this typical time-lapse photography shown below. Without a doubt or dispute, the two swings are more similar to each other than they are different. In the time-lapse photography of the golf swing compared to the baseball swing shown here at impact, the observer can detect two main areas of similarities- the Syncing of the elbows with the shoulders and the wrist action.
Syncing the right elbow with the shoulders, in this case, was a technique that Mr. Arnold Palmer gave President Eisenhower at a Pro-Am.
The Critical Swing Path
The Critical Swing Path in the ESPY Golf Swing doesn’t refer to the path that the club head or club handle takes in the takeaway swing or downswing, but identifies the three key muscles that Dr. Choate highlighted in his research, which are both the Palmaris Longus Muscle/Tendon, Pronator Quadratus and the Brachio-Radialis muscles to help Sync the elbow and the Thenar muscle used to preset the wrists. The last critical muscle is the Brachio-Radialis muscle used to take the club to the top of the swing in the Yaw element.
Above and below are the first two muscles in the Critical Swing Path: (Left) the Supinator muscle, and (Right) the Thenar muscle.
On the left is the third muscle in the Critical Swing Path, the Brachio-Radialis muscle, to set up the Yaw element.
These muscles in the Critical Swing Path can be applied to both the golf swing compared to baseball swing to achieve maximum results in both swings.
If you want one of the best golf swing tips, take your familiar baseball-style golf swing from the batter’s box to the tee box. Remember, once you step into your batter’s box (your golf setup at address), don’t let anyone else or thing into your box. The golfer’s box is yours where the golfer must have ExtraSensory Performance (ESP) by:
- Having a normal and routine task and conditions must exist.
- Relying on a high degree of relaxation, confidence, and muscle memory.
- Allowing the conscious and subconscious minds to focus on two different situations.
As I was listening to a Jazz station on I-heart Radio while I was writing this article, the host was interviewing Richard Elliot, a famous saxophone musician, who explained how he performed at his best. He stated, “When he thinks, he overworks the music and his performance suffers.”
This goes along with Mental Golf Rule No. 9: The greater the conscious effort, the lesser the subconscious response. The golfer depends on their subconscious mind to perform their golf swing.
The 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hill Golf Course on Long Island offer the golfers some of the toughest conditions they have faced at a U.S. Open where on the second day the cut was set st +8. On Friday Brooks Koepka was setting at 7, just inside the cut line. On the last day, Brooks battle to gain the lead at one time one under to moving back to 1 over to win the 2018 U.S. Open. I’m sure his baseball influence played a major role in his mental toughness. Brooks in addition to mastering his golf swing sequence has master his mental ability to focus.
Going into the 2018 U.S. Open, Brooks Koepka was my odds on favorite to win the tournament because of two reasons. ONE the baseball-type swing and mentality he has; and TWO- his focus factor. I even have a signed pin flag of the 2017 U.S. Open that Brooks Koepka signed.
To learn to take your baseball-style golf swing from the batter’s box to the tee box, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
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