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The golf swing fundamentals used in The Palmer CAM-OVER Golf Technique of presetting the wrist action in the golf swing. This is demonstrated in The Home Depot Orange Bucket Challenge. This challenge is where I’m trying to get 4-out-of-5 of my tee shots within 15-foot of the orange bucket.

By: Charles W. Boatright

Golf Swing Fundamentals CAM & CAM-OVER- Basic Preset TECH Wrist Action in the Golf Swing for Hitting More Fairways & Greens in Regulation

The term overhead CAM usually relates to a sports car performance where the term cam relates transforming rotary motion into linear motion. How best to describe the golf swing than with the term CAM. The challenge to any golfer is transforming a rotary force from their shoulders into a linear force to hit more fairways and greens.

One of the biggest mechanical advantages that the golfer can have is developing this CAM-Action in their golf swing. I demonstrated this CAM-Action of my wrists in the golf training video that I made called The Orange Bucket Challenge. The raw video below, the Introduction, was one of a three-part video used to produce the Orange Bucket Challenge. This was aired on a CBS affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi, WJTV-12 Sports Zone Show. You can view this at the end of this article.

The Orange Bucket Challenge Introduction


The Introduction, the first part of three-part raw videos shot at Germantown High School Football Field, describes the very simple wrist maneuvers used to Sync and Preset the golfer’s wrists. While this is a very simple and natural wrist action, the Sync and Preset maneuver is very effective to produce confidence and consistency in the golfer’s game.


If the golfer could develop the Sync (CAM) and Preset (CAM-OVER) wrist action in their golf swing, it would be the single biggest advantage the golfer could gain. These could make shooting a single-digit handicap possible.

The CAM (Sync) and CAM-OVER (Preset) Maneuver

What is significant about the CAM and CAM-OVER maneuvers is that they are natural and instinctive maneuvers. This means that the golfer doesn’t have to learn them from scratch because these fall under what is called Apperception Techniques. So what is Apperception Technique?

Apperception is where an athlete can take skills from one sport (baseball) and apply these same skills in another sport (golf). So what the golfer is doing is taking their wrist action in the golf swing from the batter’s box to the tee box. THAT IS IT, IN A NUTSHELL!

The CAM, or the Sync, is a Dorsiflex maneuver of the trail wrist. While the CAM-OVER, or the Preset, is a Pronation maneuver of the lead wrist. These two maneuvers we picked up while playing baseball. That makes the CAM and CAM-OVER wrist action in the golf swing instinctive and stress free.


The two Raw Orange Bucket Challenge Videos below were done in one take. The camera crew were estimating four takes to get the raw video, especially where I’m demonstrating hitting four, 300-yard tee shots to within 15-feet of the Orange Bucket. The reason I could do these two videos below in the first take is that the CAM and CAM-OVER maneuvers are instinctive.

Orange Bucket Challenge Walk-Through

Orange Bucket Challenge Demo

The Short Learning Curve for the CAM and CAM-OVER Technique

The only learning curve needed is making the CAM and CAM-OVER a part of your golf swing routine that is done just by Syncing and Presetting the wrist action in the golf swing. Once this is done, it is a matter of just maintaining the CAM and CAM-OVER routine.

If the golfer develops this CAM and CAM-OVER routine, 80 percent of the golfer’s swing mechanics are developed. The only thing left to do is the baseball swing of taking the club up to the top and dropping back down in the slot and through the golf ball. The golfer will hit more fairways and greens in regulation under pressure of competition.

The WJTV-12 Video of my Home Depot Orange Bucket Challenge

The WJTV-12 Home Depot Orange Bucket Challenge that ran on Sports Zone during April, May, and June of 2021


In the above article and Videos of the Orange Bucket Challenge, I demonstrated the WHAT, performing the CAM and CAM-OVER. But to learn the HOW and WHY, please download the Palmer CAM & CAM-OVER Golf TECH:

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