Nearly Every Athletic Motion Is Preceded By A Trigger

If it isn’t, it should be, because you will see these triggers everywhere in athletics for a reason.

In track & field, you see it in athletes before they begin their run down the pit runways (long, triple jumps, pole vault), or their discus/shot put throws, etc.

In basketball you see it in the form of great free throw shooters who bounce the ball and their bodies with a knee flex before shooting.

I’d say the exception proving the rule of a trigger move before an athletic action is perhaps in baseball, where the pitcher (especially with runners on base looking to steal) tries to imitate a statue before going into his windup.

If one wishes to nitpick, you can also see a lack of trigger in racing, where after runners take their marks and either set or (in longer races) wait for the gun, they must be motionless. Otherwise, you wouldn’t see it.

And it was something I hated in the sprints, because someone with faster reflexes had a distinct advantage even if you could run faster than them once in motion.

I wouldn’t use this example however because the only reason the athletes are stock still before the gun is because it’s the rule and motion will provoke a false start DQ. 

For that reason, I wouldn’t use American football with the players on the scrimmage line.

If someone doesn’t have a trigger in their golf swing motion, which is the reason for this posting, I would strongly encourage it.


Because we are not Iron Byrons.

It can mean the difference between feeling 100% confidence in one’s swing over every shot and feeling frozen and unsure how to even begin the back swing pivot, especially under stress.

In this swing gif of mine a couple or more years back, you see the trigger move I had at the time:

There is nothing more counterintuitive to me than being completely still before beginning an athletic motion and I was reminded of it today when I began to do some actual speed work for the first time in months.

From the same day as the above gif, you see the trigger viewed head-on, although my trigger move now is slightly different but similar:

I’ve come to the point in my model building where I’m ready to now begin to test the metrics, although I’m unfortunately up to two months away from being able to do so, but I’ve begun the process of conditioning the muscles and of course test my speed with my Swingrite.

I was getting a little frustrated with my inability to click the device on every swing until I remembered something critical to a smooth and vigorous golf swing – the initial trigger move.

Now, it could simply be that without the trigger move, I’m not actually in the optimal position from which to swing down and really load the device, because I noticed that my particular trigger is more than just something to get me moving smoothly.

It actually puts me into that optimal position from which to begin the back pivot, and I’ve tried getting into that position without actually performing the trigger move, but it doesn’t work as well – I still get frozen and have to force the motion, which doesn’t engender confidence.

However, I find the perfect position for the swing start with my trigger move and there is no hesitation or loss of a feeling of balance when I begin the weight shift and draw the club back.

So for me, the trigger move is a tool for hitting that optimal setup position and beginning the back pivot.

Before it put it away, I was clicking that Swingrite on a pretty stiff setting on every swing, not just every other swing or after two or three passes.

It simply is the way to perform an athletic motion with optimal effect.

That way is to have a trigger to put one in motion before the actual start of the back pivot.

If you can be in motion before beginning another motion, you’ve a great advantage over someone who stands like a statue over the ball. 

That includes a motionless you.