Monday, October 24, 2016

IMPROVE YOUR GOLF SWING BY DEVELOPING A SUB-ZONE-TYPE MUSCLE MEMORY, THE 'IT' FACTOR IN GOLF

Bill Murray, who has played in several AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Ams, played in the movie Caddyshack. Even though this movie was a comedy about golf, it had a great quote by Ty Webb, played by Chevy Chase. This is a golf tip that we all can use to improve our golf swings. Ty stated to Danny Noonan, played by Michael O'Keefe, Danny, Let me give you a little advice. There is force in the universe that make things happen. The only thing you got to do is get in touch with IT. Stop thinking and let things happen, and be the ball.

There are four key phrases in Ty's quote that can actually serve as great advice for the golfer to use on the golf course:

  • There is a force in the universe.
  • Get in touch with IT.
  • Stop thinking.
  • Be the ball.

Get in touch with IT, Stop thinking, and Be the ball are three of the most important points from this quote for the golfer to use in their golf game. What this does is that it redirects or shifts the golfer's conscience outward from interfering with the natural process of the Subconscious mind. Thus, the term The SUB-Zone, the 'IT' Factor.
   
The natural force, the 'IT' Factor, in golf is the subconscious mind where the golfer's muscle memory is stored and where the ability to execute the golf shot consistently resides. The golfer's ability to get in touch with IT, the subconscious mind, or SUB-Zone, is to the golfer's advantage by creating the same situation that occurs in Driving Hypnosis. Driving Hypnosis, or the SUB-Zone, is where the conscious mind shifts outward from being aware of the driving task and starts thinking about other issues or objectives.

The last thing the golfer wants to do at address is think about the golf swing. Thinking is just as disastrous for the golfer as it is for a baseball pitcher on the mound. The pitcher, like the golfer, needs to develop confidence in his/her mechanics and techniques. If the pitcher starts thinking about their mechanics or techniques, they lose all focus. The pitcher needs to focus attention outwardly on the strike zone.

While Driving Hypnosis is unsafe to use for driving a vehicle down the highway, it works great for driving a golf ball down the fairway. The golfer, like the driver, relies on muscle memory to execute a consistent golf swing. Muscle memory, the subconscious strength, or the SUB-Zone, develops the golfer's feel for the golf swing. For Driving Hypnosis or to develop the SUB-Zone, there are three conditions that must be in place:

  1. Normal and routine tasks and conditions must exist.
  2. Rely on a high degree of relaxation, confidence, and muscle memory.
  3. The conscious and subconscious minds are focused on two different situations, or the SUB-Zone.

The last phrase in the quote that Ty gave Danny is to be the ball. If the golfer wants to improve their golf swing, they need to redirect their consciousness outwardly, like what occurs during Driving Hypnosis. The conscious mind needs to shift, or be redirected outwardly, like the golfer thinking about being the ball. This shift, or redirection, allows the conscious mind to get out of the way of the subconscious mind in order to execute a good golf shot. The conscious mind has a role to play in the golf swing, but swing mechanics are not one of them. The conscious mind works best just by identifying the WHAT, or the objective, and letting the subconscious mind concentrate on HOW.

Another advantage the subconscious mind has over the conscious mind is there no sense of time. That's the reason our auto response is quicker, like a person's instincts when falling which automatically extends the arms to brace themselves. In golf, the subconscious mind treats the golf swing as a survival skill.

The survival skills developed by our ancestors are well-entrenched in all of us. The subconscious mind doesn't accept a new or different process, without verification or proof. It's treating your golf swing as if your life is depending on it. That is why it takes a long period of time to entrench a new technique in the golf swing. During the learning period, the subconscious mind is being convinced that the new technique works and how it fits into the sequence.

The subconscious mind depends on a sequential process to work efficiently. This is why it is important to establish a sequential process, like in The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, using Ergonomic, Sync, Preset, and Yaw elements. Once the golfer can develop a routine, then the golfer can develop more reliable muscle memory.


A great method to develop the muscle memory in the ESPY Golf Swing is to preset the wrists, as noted in the diagram above, the preset position. This allows your conscious mind to become like a spotter at the target zone and get out of the way of the subconscious mind. This will preoccupy your conscious mind and allow the subconscious mind do what it does best, execute the golf shot with confidence and consistency.


Presetting the wrists taps directly into your subconscious mind. This preset represents 80 percent of the golfer's swing. This develops the feel the golfer is trying to establish, without applying much effort. Presetting the wrists sets two key muscles, the thenars (Thenar and Hypothenar) and the Brachio-Radialis muscles, noted in the diagram of the forearm, wrists, and hand above. This starts the Domino effect, where the rest of the muscles are naturally set in the golf swing, as if they are on autopilot. So if the golfer wants to significantly improve his/her golf swing and simplified it, preset the wrists.   


By: QATSPY GOLF Approach
Charles W. Boatright
Madison, MS
1-888-514-1228
www.espygolfapp.com


The ESPY Golf Swing Coach- Price for Paperback $15.75 and E-Book $8.99, Hardback is also available on my website: www.espygolfapp.com/store OR your local bookstore and also:




Check out my full library of BLOGS @ www.espygolfapp.com/blog or purchase your copy of "The ESPY Golf Swing Coach" @ www.espygolfapp.com/store.


Once you learn WHY, you don't forget HOW!

YouTube Videos:
https://youtu.be/ZGVNrIw_wlo (Cam & Cam-over elements)
https://youtu.be/K2FDHZ3AX9w (Figuring your proper swing plane)
https://youtu.be/TO82PMO6G8M (Developing muscle memory)

Two decisions that you can make for yourself and your kids are to get a copy of my book and place the book and a golf club into their hands. You will never look back, but only forward. You will not miss with this for yourself and/or your kids.

A Recommendation for your Golf Game:

I would like to recommend a wonderful radio program that I regularly listen to on my I-Heart Radio app on KARN 102.9 FM station, out of Little Rock, AR. They air a golf show called "Arkansas Fairways and Greens," at 7:00 AM CT each Saturday morning, hosted by Bob Steel and Jay Fox. Bob occasionally has on his show a guest named Shawn Humphries, a Professional Golf Instructor from Dallas, Texas. One thing that Mr. Humphries stresses is the mental part of golf, not focusing on the results but the process.

Until next time-- Be Synched, Tee-to-Green, with The ESPY Golf Swing!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

IMPROVE YOUR FITNESS, QUALITY OF LIFE, AND YOUR GOLF GAME WITH A SIMPLE DIET PLAN, WORKOUT and CONDITIONING!

The QATSPY Golf Approach

Working out by following an exercise routine is an important aspect of your fitness and investment in your health and quality of life. But you don't always see the results in your waistline. The hard work and sweat at the gym doesn’t seem to render the results you are looking for.

I experienced the same situation that I just described and what you are having issues with in your exercise workout program. The problem with this approach is that the exercise workout is only one part of your Fitness Pyramid. Exercise alone does not achieve the results. Including a diet plan and conditioning in your fitness program will change that.

I have exercised since I was 12 years old by playing football, rugby, baseball, and golf. But as I approached my mid-thirties, I started gaining weight, despite my exercise regimen. By my late forties, my exercise workout had little to no impact on my waistline and weight, despite the diets I tried. Then, I saw an advertisement on Circadian Rhythms and how this affects sleep routine. I'm always interested in quality sleep, so I started doing some research on the Circadian Rhythm as it pertains to sleep. Then I came across a topic of Circadian Rhythms as it controls our digestive system. The article explained the best times to eat and the maximum time period that the body consumes food. The best time to eat is within an eight-hour window, and the maximum consumption of food by the body is between 2 pm and 5 pm. This reinforced the Eight-Hour Diet Plan.

HEALTH & FITNESS PYRAMID
As I followed the eight-hour diet plan, I had some results reducing my waistline, but this was not what I was expecting. Then I started looking at Nutrition Labels, mainly to reduce my consumption of sugar. To assist me in establishing a Weight Factor. I picked two foods, mainly pinto beans and potato chips at each end of the food spectrum. This is like the Good, Bad, and the Ugly of foods.

As I used my engineering background in analytics, I came up with the Weight Factor. When I started selecting foods to be consumed based on the Weight Factor and within an eight-hour window, something amazing happened. I started dropping weight faster and was healthier than when I used any other program. Within a period of four months, from December of 2014 to March of 2015, I lost a total of six-inches in my waistline. And over a period of one year, I went from 37.5 inches down to a waist measuring 30.5 inches.

The Weight Factor is an easy formula to apply using Nutrition Labels or your I-phone apps, if you are in a restaurant. To derive the Weight Factor, divide the Net Calories (Total Calories - Fat Calories) by the sum of Total Carbohydrates + Dietary Fiber + Sugar + Protein.
I personally established an Index Tolerance at 5.75, based on foods that are considered healthy and should make up the majority of your meals. I call the plan the SR-925 Diet Plan. With the SR-925 Diet Plan, I established a 90/10 rule for my meal makeup. I try to eat 90 percent (18 meals) of foods that are below or at the 5.75 Weight Factor. Then for 10 percent (2 meals), I have at least one item above the 5.75, but below 7.00.

I also followed my CASPER (Cardio, Aerobics, Strength, Plyometric, Exercise Regimen) Workout and developed a lifestyle that includes mental relaxation, reading, and writing. I write all of my blogs which are usually focused on the mental and physical approach to golf. Please visit my website to see my blogs and especially the blogs on the SR-925 Diet Plan and the CASPER Workout Program. And these are totally FREE for you to use.
To link specifically to the blogs on the SR-925 Diet Plan and the CASPER Workout Program, refer to these links:

SR-925 Concept- http://goo.gl/RX1HzC
Food Selection- http://goo.gl/S8pgWA
Results of the SR-925 Diet Program- http://goo.gl/AGulqo
Setting up a Home GYM and CASPER Workout Program: http://goo.gl/hsi3Ee




By: The QATSPY Golf Approach

Charles W. Boatright
Madison, MS
1-888-514-1228

The ESPY Golf Swing Coach
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach:
Paperback $15.75
E-Book $8.99
Hardbacks, signed if desired, are also available
Purchase a copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach on my website, www.espygolfapp.com/store OR at your local bookstore.

You may also purchase my book from one of the following retailers:
Check out my full library of QATSPY GOLF BLOGS @ www.espygolfapp.com/blog
Once you learn WHY, you don't forget HOW!
YouTube Videos:
https://youtu.be/ZGVNrIw_wlo (Cam & cam-over elements)
https://youtu.be/K2FDHZ3AX9w (Figuring your proper swing plane)
https://youtu.be/TO82PMO6G8M (Developing muscle memory)
You can make a difference for yourself and your kids by placing a golf club and a copy of my book into their hands. You will never look back, only forward. You should not miss this opportunity for yourself and/or your kids.
A Recommendation for your Golf Game:
I would like to recommend a wonderful radio program that I regularly listen to on my I-Heart Radio app on KARN 102.9 FM, out of Little Rock, AR. They air a golf show called "Arkansas Fairways and Greens," at 7:00am CST on Saturday mornings. It is hosted by Bob Steel and Jay Fox. Bob occasionally has on his show a guest named Shawn Humphries, a Professional Golf Instructor from Dallas, TX. One thing that Mr. Humphries stresses is the mental part of golf, not focusing on the results but the process.
Until next time-- Be Synced, Tee-to-Green, with The ESPY Golf Swing!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Make The Most Out of Playing Golf by Improving Your Golf Swing

Many golfers feel that they have the ability to play much better, even if they consistently score 90 or below on each round. Many also believe that, at their current talent level, they could break 80 or even shoot par. If you want to make the most out of your golf game, then it will take more than hitting a bucket of balls on the range.

Search the Internet for Resources

New technology has been created which allows users to place a sensor on the golf club's shaft. It captures your swing mechanics. After concluding your round of golf, take the sensor off and plug it into your smartphone, tablet or laptop to retrieve the analytics for each swing.

The statistics provided will show the club head speed for each golf swing as well as the swing path for each shot. You can share a video file of your golf swings with an instructor for immediate feedback and turn your best golf swing into your normal golf swing. Remember, practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent!

Watch Videos

Videos are a great way to show a golf swing in slow motion. The golf swing motion can be captured in a comprehensive sequential format which illustrates the inherent strengths and weaknesses of the golf swing. A video can make it easier to see the proper mechanics of a golf swing in order to emulate them on the course.

Develop Confidence

Confidence is the single most important factor in the game of golf. It doesn’t matter how great your natural ability is, confidence is necessary to achieve your full potential. You need a demeanor which never changes, especially after hitting consecutive bad shots, and the understanding that negativity is counter-productive. Better players know how to “shut out” negative thoughts.



Sources:

Video Feature: Golfing Apps That Improve Play From Tee to Green, NYTimes.com Inside the Golfer's Mind, Golfdigest.com

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Basic Introduction to Perfecting an Effective Golf Swing

In golf, every player has their own unique golf swing; however there are some basic fundamentals that must be used to hit the ball well.

One of these fundamentals is a proper golf swing stance setup. Grip the club, bend from your waist, stand with your feet shoulder width apart, and square your body to the target line. Your arms should be relaxed and your weight equally distributed between your feet.

To begin your backswing, rotate your shoulders and keep the clubface square. Then turn your body, but don't sway your hips as this may lead to a bad golf shot. After hitting the ball, make sure you follow through. A good finish position includes having all your weight on your front foot and your chest facing the target.

Common Misconceptions about the Golf Swing

According to Golfsmith, some common misconceptions about the golf swing include the stationery head and the straight lead arm.

Many new golfers are told that they must keep their head steady throughout the swing. Although this is a common lesson, it is entirely wrong. During the course of a golf swing, a player must transfer their weight, which requires moving head. The head should remain down through the follow through, but should do so while slightly moving backward then forward, staying parallel to the ground.

Another common piece of advice which players are given is to maintain a straight lead arm until the follow through. While it should be fairly straight and stable, a degree of flexation is necessary and to be expected.

The Ultimate Goal

The ultimate goal of a good swing is to product a "square" impact with the ball, properly moving it toward the player's intended target. This can be a challenge at times but with good instruction and consistent practice, a player can form a good golf swing and be able to make any shot.



Sources
Basic Golf Swing Tips, golftips.golfsmith.com

Common Misconceptions about the Golf Swing, golftips.golfsmith.com

Monday, November 16, 2015

Make the Most of Your Next Round by Improving Your Golf Swing Habits

Golf is a game of technique. A good golf swing is one fundamental skill that all successful golfers need to master. While even the most successful golfers may struggle with their swings occasionally, one of the quickest ways to derail a golf swing is lateral sway during the backswing. This can cause your ball to veer off course and land far from the green or your intended target. It also robs you of club head speed which could otherwise power the ball further down the fairway.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Quick Tips for Improving Your Golf Swing: The Art of Using the Putter

“A man who can't putt is a match for no one; a man who can putt is a match for anyone.”

Putting is considered one of the most important aspects of golf to master and you can practice your swing anywhere. If your putting game could use some polishing, try these quick tips to improve your golf swing in no time: 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Boost Your Golf Swing Speed and Send the Ball a Greater Distance

Speed is essential to a good shot. Other factors remaining constant, it is what sends your ball "flying". The average amateur golfer swings at about 90mph and sends the ball around 220 yards. In contrast, professional golfers swing at an average of around 113mph and their shots can reach over 290 yards. Considering these, speed is clearly a critical factor when it comes to distance.

Many golfers, to get more distance, tend to hit the ball harder. But that’s tension, not speed. Your shots will be more precise and fluid if you don’t let tension get in the way. By focusing on smoothing your movements, you’ll find your golf swing will become more consistent which provides greater accuracy and distance.

For a faster, more fluid swing, you need a stable base. On a treadmill, walk backward to strengthen the backs of your back legs. To exercise your shoulders, press your palms straight in front of you and pinch your shoulder blades together for a few seconds. Stronger shoulders and legs will help provide more club speed without sacrificing control.

Improving your grip will also help fix some speed issues. When the club is already positioned parallel to the ground, a weak grip means poor control. If you hold the club more securely, you can make your shots more precise while increasing your club's speed.

To practice speed, use a shaft or alignment rod and swing five times right-handed and another five left-handed as fast as you can. Repeat using a 5-iron and then a sand wedge. After swinging right-handed and left-handed with all three items, shift to your usual stance and repeat the exercise. This will help you swing faster and more fluidly.


Source:


Increase Your Swing Speed, GolfDigest.com