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This topic never gets old, but, perhaps a little bit worn-out?

To make more ‘C/H Speed’ you need to get more ‘Fit’. Make sure you consult with your ‘Primary Care Physician’ or ‘Personal Fitness Trainer’ before you undertake any athletic heroics! Soft Tissue Injuries (STI) can be career changers or open the doors to compounding problems!

Clubhead Speed squarely applied is the only way by which one might achieve greater ‘Distance’ … unless you have the ability to order a boisterous ‘Tail Wind’!

Here are a couple ‘Pre Shot Routine Set-Ups’ that will help.

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When you work on ‘Golf Drills’ you are best served by ‘Quantifying’ the physical layout. Read the greens and determine the ‘Big Math Picture’. Gather enough data that your ‘Bullet-Proof Drill’ makes optimal sense … so you get the most out of the exercise!

This is a great ‘Putting Drill’ that is more about ‘Distance’ than ‘Direction’. Slope will factor. Try to set-up on a relatively level part of a big practice green. Here is how this works! Lay a ‘Ground Stick’ 36 inches past the cup and a piece of string 18 inches in front of the flagstick. Your ‘Target or Performance Zone’ is thus 54 inches total depth.

Place tees in the putting surface every three feet starting at 12 feet and working away from the hole out to 60 feet … pretty long putt! Do your ‘Pre-Shot Routine’ (PSR) every position. From 18 feet, if you come up short of the cup, you get ‘Zero Points’. If you hop over the ‘Ground Stick’ you get ‘Zero’. This is your ‘Safety or Scoring Zone’. You get two golf balls from each 3 Foot increment.

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Do you struggle …

  • With not being ‘Lower Body Machine’ (LBM) dominant With being ‘Upper Body Machine’ (UBM) dominant (see ‘Arms Over Legs’)
  • With poor and inconsistent contact and inefficient ‘Energy Transfer’With unstable ‘Compression and Line Of Compression’
  • With deep or shallow divots, in front and behind the ball
  • With unstable overswinging (bigger is not more beautiful)
  • With being over the top (above Plane and Outside-In)

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I just had a conversation with a student about the ‘Duration of a Putting Stroke’ … the time it takes to complete a Tick Tock – Back & Up and Down & Out and Back. The premise was that a very long/big ‘Stroke Length’ takes the same amount of time (Duration) as a very short/small stroke. I shall leave this very specific math aspect up to you and Mr. Newton!

Longer stroke lengths make a golf ball roll farther due to the ‘Kinetic Energy Load’ or ‘Terminal Velocity At Impact’. (see ‘Energy Transfer Clubhead To Ball’)

Thus, if we learn how to ‘Control Our Stroke Length’ in our ‘Putting & Chipping Pre-Shot Routine’, we shall be able to control our ‘Ball Rolling Distance’ (BRD).

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Let us assume that you have located a perfectly flat and smooth area on your club’s practice green. If there is ‘Slope and Break’, read and evaluate that first by using your proven professional ‘8 Step Putting & Chipping Pre-Shot Routine’. Factor in ‘Mother Nature’s Elements’.

Test your stroke outcomes (performance) from 8, 12 and 16 Feet … 5 balls from each point! Pace and mark these Ball Locations with a tee so you can retest any aspect that you are unsure of. Use a ‘Ground Stick or long-shafted club to define your ‘Target and Body Lines’. (Set-Up) Remember, ‘All Putts and Chips Are Dead Straight’ from an initial ball rolling line perspective. That helps keep your very short game simple and definable!

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Let’s take ‘Bunker Basics’ back to raw basics … like at the beach … sand, bucket and shovel? If you want to make this procedure more complicated, that is your prerogative, your poison!

Always apply your ‘5 Set-Ups’ (Posture, Grip, Stance, Ball Location & Alignment)

Factor in your ‘5 Essential Elements’ (Clubface Aim, Clubhead Path, Clubhead Speed, Sweet Spot & Angle Of Attack - AoA)

These ten elements or components never go out of style … anywhere or ever!

Working off the beach! We hear relentlessly about ‘The Open Open Method’ … Open Clubface Aim, Open Alignment and then we need to decide about our ‘Clubhead Path’ … Outside-In so as to accomplish more ‘Cut Spin Rate’. Pretty complex? A lot of factors?

Bunker Work.

Let me please tell you about a ‘Bullet-Proof Bunker Drill’ that is a baseline experience. It is called ‘The Line Drill’. Just draw a straight line in the sand working squarely away from your feet and chest. It is useful to have this line just inside your Target Heel about equivalent to your ‘Putting Ball Location … about 2 inches from the back of the line to the inside of your ‘Target Foot’.

When this is accomplished, make several Tallish-Chested and Longish-Armed swings that just thump the sand. You will recall that this is about your ‘Tether all Pole’ (TOP) Bottom Of Swing Arc (BOSA - Bottom). You will find that your divot starts just behind the ball and extends two to four inches out in front of the ball and line. You do not want to be too deep or FAT as you may not get the ball out of the bunker! Put another way, your ‘Angle Of Attack’ (AOA) should be more ‘Shallow’ than many might think.

Interested in a trick that works like a charm?

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Let us discuss achieving the perfect impact, the perfect moment’s outcome of a disciplined ‘5 Set-Ups’ (Posture, Grip, Stance, Ball Location & Alignment) and ‘Pre Shot-Routine’. (PSR) This includes an efficient blend of the ‘Physiological and Psychological’ (Physical & Mental)!

Whenever we spend time working on our golf swing, any aspect of it, we are really working on achieving the perfect impact position and sequences … static and dynamic, potential and kinetic. We must, somehow, get the ‘Sweet Spot Of The Clubface’ (‘Center Of Mass, Moment Of Impact Event or Coefficient Of Restitution’) precisely delivered to the ‘Ballistic Point or the Bottom Inside Cheek Of The Golf Ball’. (BIC) (see ‘Inside-Out Clubhead Path’ or ‘Swing Radius’ … ‘The Physics Of Rotation and The Geometry Of The Circle’)

‘Pure Impact Conditions’ is a consistent universal golf challenge ‘Putting To Driving’.

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I was going to title this article ‘A GOOD CASE OF THE YIPS’, but I have never seen a ‘Good One’!

The ‘Yips’ are generally ‘Involuntary Musculo-Skeletal Movements’ or spasm in varying degrees. It is logical to refer to them as ‘Twitches’ but there are many of these descriptive names that suffice or apply. Many very normal golfers (who perform well) struggle from time to time just ‘Triggering The Stroke Pattern’. They cannot accomplish a smooth ‘Take-Away’.

Let us see if we cannot provide two methodologies that might help any ‘Yipper’ improve and avoid this affliction?

1) Can’t Pull The Trigger … If this applies to you, when you take that ‘Last Look Down The Line’ (DTL) and return back to the ball, you will do so at a natural pace. If it happens to be 5 Feet Per Second, do that as a ‘Routine’. Here is the ‘Magic Key’ that might help.

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When this author – teacher thinks about his chest, that includes from the ‘Hip Girdle or Socket Axis’ up and through the Trunk and Abdomen including the ‘Shoulder Axis and Shoulder Sockets’. (see ‘The 13 Human Primary Articulating Joints’)(see ‘Pivot Core’).

If at any time during the ‘Golf Back & Up or Down & Out Swings’ you find your ‘Chest’ pointing upwards or facing the heavens, you are out of position and flirting with trouble. Your ‘Pivot Axis’ will have been compromised along with your ‘Ball Flight Outcome’.

We have a physical instruction that refers to ‘Covering The Ball’. It means that we keep our Sternum and Breast Logo facing the ball when the Lever Assemblies (Hands, Wrists and Arms) are in the ‘Bottom Half Of The Swing Circle’ moving in either direction.