The Art of The Golf Swing & The Way of The Breath


People use their breath differently in different professions in order to be the best at what they do. An opera singer uses the breath to create emotions, and to express them in tone and volume. A runner creates and uses his breath for speed and distance, and how he uses his breath is different from an opera singer. A deep-sea diver will control his breath differently when coming back to the surface of the water. It is vital that he does that to prevent damage to his body during the change of water pressure. Each of them has coaches to help them reach their goals. If you want to improve your golf swing Scott Bartley, energy coach, can help with simple exercises that will add power, distance and greater enjoyment to your golf game.

He shows simply how to develop the breath within the core or abdominal muscles of the body in a specific way to support the golf swing, and in return, the golf swing supports the breath. This interaction gives a person the ability to create a ”Zone” or a “Zen state” to be experienced as enjoyment, properly using the golfer’s breath (energy), combined with his body and mind. All three must work together in harmony to achieve the desired results.

In order to create the “Zone” or a “Zen state” that form this Art, there are two parts that come together. The first part is the physical side that talks about the form that makes up the golf swing. The second part is about the internal energy created from abdominal breathing which is The Way of The Breath. The Way of The Breath part of this Art is about using breath techniques to create a state of “mindfulness” where mind and body are connected.

This forms the power behind The Art of the Golf Swing. By bringing The Way of The Breath to the Art of any physical endeavor, one can create the “Zone” or “Zen” state which is the absence of distraction or abstraction in the mind and a feeling of the ability to direct and control the body in movement. The power of Breath, correctly used, is one of the key elements and is the starting point of The Art of the Golf swing. It is a process starting from the internal forces of action and going to the external effects. It is a process of using the Breath to transition energy clearly and smoothly from one muscle group to another muscle group to form the best movement of the muscles for the golf swing.

The goal of this art is to give a person the ability to create a balance of energy flow and strength by taking stress out of the shoulders before and during the golf swing. The energy that collects in the shoulders that forms stress has to be discharged out of the shoulders to let energy circulation happen. Relaxing the shoulders by discharging the energy will let more energy and strength go to the hands and feet to execute a beautiful golf swing.

The center point of this Art is how to use the creation of the Breath to release stress in the shoulders and to make the hands and feet more forceful in physical activity such as the golf swing. Scott Bartley’s coaching program gives concepts, techniques and methods to increase performance and enjoyment in the act of swinging the golf club, by increasing and using the breath as energy source.

This art is about how to create the golf swing by directing internal energy and strength through the golf swing. The golf swing starts by forming the breath from the core or in the abdominal muscles, then releasing stress in the shoulders and feeling the hands and feet connected to the abdominal muscles or core. This art creates the physical form (addressing the ball) by using internal strength to form one’s address and then transitioning the strength as one is executing the golf swing with maximum energy and force.

The biggest problem encountered by most golfers is stress in the shoulders. This is true for most sports. Stress in the shoulders makes the hands, feet and body physically weaker. It gives the mind less control in directing one’s strength and energy to physical action. Through concepts, techniques and methods learned in The Art of the Golf Swing and The Way of the Breath, energy moves smoothly and accurately.

“As an instructor of The Art of the Golf Swing and The Way of the Breath,” says Scott Bartley, “My job is to give a client concepts, techniques and methods that help him to feel what his body is doing in executing the golf swing that will enhance his performance.” It is not about Scott Bartley saying how to do a golf swing. It is about getting internal energy and strength into the golf swing.

One of the focus points in this Art is the natural arch in the lower back. It is a key to a good golf swing and how a golfer creates that arch in the lower back affects the upper body for the golf swing. A major benefit of using the concepts and techniques in this art is that it lessens the possibility of hurting the lower back.

There is a test at the beginning of instruction to gauge if the person can use this Art and can see the difference after instruction in this Art. The first test is the strength of the thumb. The second test is to see where a golfer gets his strength or force to start the downward swing of his golf swing. It is about what muscles tighten up to start the downward swing. There are stages or levels of development a person can find within “The Art of the Golf Swing and the Way of The Breath” to work on over the years of playing golf. It is a matter of enjoying the golf swing experience that makes this art valuable.

I teach classes in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. It takes one class to feel a difference and two more to refine what one learns in the first class. With three classes or less, a client will have more force to bring the club downward on the golf swing. There will be more control with the ability to feel and experience the down ward motion of the hands and club. My training is about not wasting energy, but directing it within the movement of the golf swing. For example is in my instruction, a client will move the down ward swing very slowly at first just so he can feel the muscle groups that are generating the force. To change is to feel what is and then to decide what should be in feeling the groups of muscles that need to be used. My rule is no shoulder stress or tension in executing the downward part of the golf swing.

Based on the concepts and techniques that form my method, a client plays with these ideas on how to form the golf swing he enjoys. Performance without enjoyment is a waste of time.